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Monthly Archives: February 2016

02.25.16

Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence: Hidden Damage

By Anna Roberts

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant and largely hidden public health issue. It results in an approximated 373,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States with 99,000 survivors classified as disabled and costs an estimated 48.3 billion US dollars with most experts agreeing that these figures are underestimates of the true problem. TBI has […]

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02.19.16

#CATmageddon: a bold and new approach in anti-smoking campaigns

By Fernanda Alonso

Social media had an unexpected guest Monday night during the 2016 Grammy Awards. While many people were tweeting the latest red carpet looks, Taylor Swift’s multiple wins or Adele’s disastrous performance, an anti-tobacco campaign managed to take over social media. This may sound odd, considering anti-smoking ads are rarely considered trending topics or hip. However, […]

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02.18.16

Sugary drinks: New evidence on damage to cognitive development & Soda’s expansion into low and middle-income countries

By Katherine Shats

I’ve previously written about just how important the first three years of life are for brain development, and how food insecurity, malnutrition, stress and abuse can disrupt normal development of brain architecture and circuitry with life-long repercussions. This week, a study came out suggesting that exposure to something much more ubiquitous may have a similar […]

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02.18.16

Sugary drinks: New evidence on damage to cognitive development & Soda’s expansion into low and middle-income countries

By Katherine Shats

I’ve previously written about just how important the first three years of life are for brain development, and how food insecurity, malnutrition, stress and abuse can disrupt normal development of brain architecture and circuitry with life-long repercussions. This week, a study came out suggesting that exposure to something much more ubiquitous may have a similar […]

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02.10.16

FY 2017 Federal budget proposal addresses Hepatitis C epidemic, but misses opportunity to reach many at highest risk for infection

By Sonia Canzater

  Yesterday the White House released the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017. It includes a $5 million funding increase to the CDC and a $9 million increase to HRSA to support viral hepatitis prevention and treatment initiatives, with an emphasis on addressing the Hepatitis C epidemic. The $5 million at CDC will fund increased efforts […]

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02.09.16

President’s Budget Proposes $20 Million Pilot Program to Increase Access to PrEP

By Sean Bland

In his final State of the Union Address, President Obama told Congress, “Right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and we have the capacity to accomplish the same thing with malaria — something I’ll be pushing this Congress to fund this year.” HIV experts applauded the President’s elevation of HIV/AIDS […]

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02.04.16

Beyond cost-effectiveness: Why we need a human rights approach to universal health coverage

By Eric A. Friedman

This blog was jointly prepared by Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin. The world having agreed to universal health coverage as a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals, a basic question becomes: Coverage of what? A traditional approach to answering this question is to focus on cost-effectiveness. Start with a given resource envelope. […]

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02.03.16

Enforceability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Historical Background, Legal Basis and Misleading Assumptions

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Daniel Cerqueira, Senior Program Officer at DPLF and originally appeared on the DPL Foundation blog. The original posting can be found here. After World War II, a paradigm of States’ promotion of social welfare was predominant in several western governments, including those that lead the peace conferences that galvanized […]

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02.01.16

The WHO Must Include Access to Birth Control and Abortion in its Temporary Recommendations for Zika-Associated Public Health Emergency of International Concern

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and University Professor, Georgetown and Alexandra Phelan, an Adjunct Professor in Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Doctoral Researcher with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions about […]

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