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Monthly Archives: July 2015

07.31.15

New amfAR Report Highlights Priority Actions to Help States Achieve National HIV/AIDS Strategy Goals

By O’Neill Institute

Report urges stronger, more consistent state leadership to help end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Major achievements have been made in the domestic HIV/AIDS response as a result of increased realignment and coordination of efforts at the federal level. However, that level of consistent coordination and alignment has yet to take place in […]

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07.30.15

HIV Policy Expert Jeffrey Crowley Speaks on Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

By O’Neill Institute

WASHINGTON (July 30, 2015) – I congratulate Douglas M. Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy on the release of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States to guide the Nation’s efforts through 2020. This updated Strategy holds the potential to make the next five years as consequential to our collective work as the last five years […]

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07.28.15

Treating the gun violence epidemic: A Call to Action

By Aliza Glasner

Yesterday, marked the three-year anniversary of weekly demonstrations led by a group called We the People for Sensible Gun Laws.  The group meets every Monday in front of the White House, holding signs displaying the names of victims of gun violence and demanding sensible gun laws. In honor of the group’s third anniversary, the District’s […]

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07.28.15

Addressing disparities in global health – it’s about time, but we still have important questions to consider

By Katherine Shats

Those working in global health and development are used to hearing about inequalities and disparities in health outcomes. We know that poor or disadvantaged populations around the world are more likely to have poorer health outcomes across almost all measures of health. It is promising to see large donors such as the Ford Foundation recognizing […]

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07.24.15

The Abortion Drone: An Innovative Use of Technology to Advance Women’s Health

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was co-authored by Rebecca Reingold and Sandra Majestic. Last month, sexual and reproductive rights activists found a new use for drone technology. The Dutch NGO Women on Waves, in collaboration with other women’s rights organizations, coordinated the first “Abortion Drone”. The unmanned aerial vehicle flew packets of abortion pills from the German town […]

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07.17.15

Can Biohacking Solve the Global Insulin Shortage?

By Brian Honermann

For many diabetics, access to insulin can mean the difference between life and death. However, this vital product is often exorbitantly expensive, particularly for those living in low- and middle-income countries. As a result, many needlessly suffer and die from a manageable disease. One study estimates that the global prevalence of diabetes will rise from […]

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07.17.15

One year later: did the Ice Bucket Challenge actually work?

By Fernanda Alonso

One year ago, the Ice Bucket Challenge was on its way to becoming one of the world’s most successfully awareness campaigns, instantly going viral on all social media platforms all over the world. Throughout the 2014 summer, more than 17 million people participated in the challenge, whose goal was to grow ALS awareness and support. However, the […]

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07.10.15

How would obesity policy differ if we didn’t blame the individual?

By Sarah Roache

This week in the New York Times, Aaron E. Carroll questioned why paying people for quitting smoking and losing weight is unpalatable to many Americans, even though significant evidence shows that financial incentives improve health outcomes. Carroll concludes that financial incentives tend to be least palatable for behaviors we know are harmful to begin with, […]

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07.08.15

The Right to Health, Europe, and Greece

By Eric A. Friedman

Following capital controls and the partial shutdown of the financial system after Greek’s default last week on a loan payment to the IMF, food and medicine are becoming scarce. The threat to health from austerity  are far from new with the latest phase of Greek’s economic disaster, however. A 2014 study in the Lancet “found evidence of […]

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07.07.15

The Worst Global Sickness

By Eric A. Friedman

  A family survives, if barely, “by eating water lilies and grasses in the marshes.” Still, they are better off than former neighbors who have been burned alive in their huts. You can join the thousands trying to escape the worst of it, those soldiers who are burning their homes and shooting their children, but […]

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