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Monthly Archives: February 2017

02.24.17

Let’s Get Physical: WHO’s Renewed Focus on Promoting Physical Activity

By Sarah Roache

In January this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) renewed its focus on physical inactivity, a key risk factor for the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Encouraging and creating universal opportunities for physical activity is a complex, potentially costly exercise for governments, involving a wide range of public and private actors. Fresh global attention […]

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02.24.17

Let's Get Physical: WHO's Renewed Focus on Promoting Physical Activity

By Sarah Roache

In January this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) renewed its focus on physical inactivity, a key risk factor for the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Encouraging and creating universal opportunities for physical activity is a complex, potentially costly exercise for governments, involving a wide range of public and private actors. Fresh global attention […]

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02.21.17

Don’t Forget the Forgotten Children

By Eric A. Friedman

In our turbulent and oft troubled world, with new threats to people’s rights and health coming at us quickly, whether a new epidemic or a policy against immigrants or refugees that comes with great health costs, it is too easy to forget some of the long persisting health and human rights crises, particularly those that […]

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02.17.17

O’Neill Institute Event this Thursday February 23rd on Georgetown University’s Main Campus

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Anita Alvin Nilert, Art Dialogues Curator, please direct any questions or comments to an435@georgetown.edu. DIALOGUES ON BEING HUMAN: Intersections of Art, Health and Dignity with artist Jesse Krimes in dialogue with Marc Howard of the Prison and Justice Initiative moderated by Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of the Health and Human […]

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02.17.17

Carfentanil

By Katie Gottschalk

In an international game of Whac-A-Mol, this week China announced that it would be adding four lethal heroin-like narcotics to a list of controlled substances to help combat the growing opioid epidemic in America. The primary target of the ban is Carfentanil, one of the latest and deadliest synthetic opioids to show up in the […]

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02.13.17

The Global Virome Project: Understanding Our Viral Enemies to Create a Safer World

By Ana S. Ayala

There is no doubt that viruses, emerging and re-emerging, have become an imminent global health threat. Starting in 2014, we saw the decimation of West African countries as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Soon after came the Zika outbreak that continues to pose a threat to countries in the Americas and around the world. Since December […]

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02.07.17

Face the Facts: The benefit of continued support of stem cell research transcends partisan politics.

By Sonia Canzater

Stem cell research is a volatile scientific topic in the US, with supporters who are usually divided along political lines. Conservatives tend to view stem cell research – and particularly embryonic stem cell research – with disfavor. Thus, the new administration poses a threat to the continued support of research and innovation in this field, […]

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02.03.17

The Cannabis Update: Germany legalizes for medical use while scientists in the USA analyze existing scientific evidence

By Fernanda Alonso

Germany joins the growing cannabis experiment   On January 19th, Germany joined the growing list of countries who have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. The bill, which was passed unanimously by the German Parliament after being first approved by the country’s cabinet in May 2016, will come into effect March 2017. The law allows doctors to […]

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02.01.17

Testimony of Prof. Timothy Westmoreland – Medicaid Oversight: Existing Problems and Ways to Strengthen the Program

By O’Neill Institute

This statement was given by Professor Timothy Westmoreland on January 31st, 2017 to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prof. Westmoreland is a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Any questions or comments can be directed […]

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