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Monthly Archives: August 2015

08.31.15

Welcome Global Health Law LL.M. Students

By Ana S. Ayala

Today marks the start of classes at Georgetown Law—the classrooms and hallways will once again be filled with students. As the law school welcomes the new class of students, the phrase “we have been waiting for you” found its way in many of the speeches made during orientation. And we have indeed. For the O’Neill Institute for […]

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08.31.15

“I’d like to see the last Guinea worm die before I do”

By Mary DeBartolo

Former U.S. President, Noble Peace Prize winner and member of The Elders, Jimmy Carter, recently announced he was diagnosed with cancer. We wish him well. During his press conference announcing his diagnosis, he made the following comment when asked about his remaining priorities for the Carter Center: “I would like to see Guinea worm completely […]

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08.23.15

"That Sugar Film": The O'Neill Institute Goes to the Movies

By Rebecca Reingold

Each summer, staff at the O’Neill Institute gather to informally enjoy and discuss films covering events in public health. This summer, the majority of the movies – Food, Inc., Fed Up and Food Chains – focused on the role that the food industry plays in shaping American eating habits.  The O’Neill Institute wrapped up its summer movie series with a […]

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08.20.15

Why I oppose Amnesty International’s sex work policy

By Katherine Shats

Last week, Amnesty International approved a policy to advocate for the decriminalization of the sex trade worldwide. Some countries such as Sweden, Iceland and Norway have adopted what is known as the Swedish or Nordic model, which makes buying sex, pimping or operating brothels illegal, while protecting women who sell sex. Amnesty’s position is to […]

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08.13.15

Remembering Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Regulator Who Saved a Generation of American Children

By Brian Honermann

In the late 1950s, a new over-the-counter sedative, thalidomide was introduced in Germany. At the time, it was the only non-barbiturate sedative on the market and it was marketed as an extraordinarily safe sleeping aid. The drug company “advertised their product as ‘completely safe’ for everyone, including mother and child, ‘even during pregnancy,’ as its […]

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08.11.15

Developing Better Worldwide Solutions to Manage Brucellosis: Good for People, Good for Goats (Animals)

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Sharon Jackson, an independent consultant.  Any questions about the post can be directed to sharonjackson@att.net. Infectious diseases, especially those that have been controlled in countries with advanced economies but continue to threaten developing countries, pose a particularly difficult challenge in many areas of the world. Zoonotic diseases, infectious illnesses that […]

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08.10.15

John Oliver: Jon Stewart’s legacy on public health

By Aliza Glasner

Last semester I taught a course on public health law. There was hardly an issue we covered that did not have an astute The Daily Show with Jon Stewart segment to help the students understand not just the health issue, but also its underlying political and legal conditions. Many of the clips are captured here […]

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08.06.15

How many people lack access to health care? (Hint: More than WHO and the World Bank report)

By Eric A. Friedman

Not long ago, WHO and the World Bank came out of with a report that led to headlines like this one in the New York Times: “400 Million Lack Basic Health Services, Report Finds.” And no wonder these were the type of headlines that emerged. The World Bank’s own press release led with the same 400 […]

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