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Monthly Archives: January 2016

01.29.16

4 Challenges to Mitigating the Impact of Zika Virus Infection

By Rebecca Reingold

Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus was “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as three to four million people in the region could be infected in the next year. 23 countries and territories in the region have already reported cases of infection with the virus. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which also transmits […]

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01.28.16

Ending childhood obesity: the role of laws and regulations

By Sarah Roache

Obesity can have serious effects on children’s health, educational achievements, and overall quality of life. In 2014, a UNICEF-WHO-World Bank joint report estimated that 41 million children under 5 were overweight or obese. Globalization and urbanization mean that many children are growing up in obesogenic environments and that the prevalence of childhood obesity is increasing, […]

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01.21.16

Preliminary Opinion Validates the Legality of Large Pictorial Warnings and Plain Packaging Measures in the European Union

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Céline Brassart Olsen. Any questions or comments can be directed to celine.brassart.olsen@jur.ku.dk. On December 23, 2015, Advocate General Kokott of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave a preliminary opinion in which she validated the legality of the European Union’s (EU) Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40 (the Directive). In particular, the […]

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01.19.16

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH – AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Fernanda Alonso and Oscar Cabrera. Questions about this post can be directed to fa265@law.georgetown.edu. Whether or not you agree with legalizing marijuana, it is happening. So far, at least nine countries have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Uruguay has also made it legal for recreational use, and […]

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01.12.16

The Promise and Pitfalls of Eradicating Hepatitis C

By Sonia Canzater

Hepatitis C is a contagious, bloodborne viral infection that causes inflammation in the liver. Many people with Hepatitis C are unaware of their infection because they can remain asymptomatic for years. However, if left untreated, a chronic Hepatitis C infection can cause severe scarring of the liver – called cirrhosis – liver cancer or death. […]

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01.11.16

The Persisting Toll of Global Health Inequity

By Eric A. Friedman

Inequity kills — by one measure, more than one in three of us. And this unconscionable toll hasn’t been getting much better. That was the finding from calculations by Juan Garay of the European Commission several years back, explained in his new book available for free viewing, Health Equity: The Key for Transformational Change (p. 33-35).  Essentially, if […]

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01.06.16

HIV and Medical Bills: The Importance of the Affordable Care Act and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

By Sean Bland

Yesterday, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times reported on a recent survey of the problems Americans face with medical bills. The survey, conducted by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation, shows a cascade of financial troubles due to many individuals and households paying substantial medical bills. In the survey, 20 percent […]

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01.06.16

Public Health: A Missing Link in the Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence

By Aliza Glasner

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin and O’Neill Institute Associate, Aliza Glasner. Questions about this post can be directed to gostin@law.georgetown.edu or ayg8@law.georgetown.edu.   Yesterday, President Obama took a modest, but critical first step to strengthen America’s existing regulatory framework aimed at preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths. Speaking from […]

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