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Author Archives: Brian Honermann

06.12.14

The 2014 World Cup: Scoring a goal for public health?

By Brian Honermann

Beginning today, Brazil will play host to the world’s most-watched sporting event, the football World Cup. 3.7 million Brazilian and foreign tourists are expected to travel throughout Brazil during the World Cup, and nearly half the world’s population is anticipated to tune in for the tournament. Some effects are intuitive: worker productivity plummets, while hungry (and […]

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05.23.14

The CIA’s Deadly Ruse: Murdered Health Workers and the Return of Polio

By Brian Honermann

In early 2011, a CIA-recruited Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, entered Osama Bin Laden’s compound posing as a Hepatitis B vaccination worker. His real intention was to gather samples of the Bin Laden family’s DNA to aid the CIA in locating the Al Qaeda leader. Although Dr. Afridi was apparently unsuccessful, the CIA’s actions would have […]

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05.09.14

Engaging the Budgetary Process through Socio-Economic Rights Litigation

By Brian Honermann

With the South African elections taking place on Wednesday and the ongoing saga of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, a relatively small but important judgment out of the High Court is likely to go unheralded. Assertions of insufficient resources have continually plagued socio-economic rights proponents. The ability to uphold socio-economic rights has always faced an […]

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04.17.14

Employer-Based Health Care – All Cons, No Pros

By Brian Honermann

Since the beginning of the debates around the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there’s been a relatively muted on-going conversation about the value of the employer based health insurance model. It has, however, never really come to the fore as the ACA never seriously engaged with the idea of canning the whole system and starting fresh […]

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04.04.14

Georgetown Celebrates the Launch of Global Health Law Book with Distinguished Panel

By Brian Honermann

On Monday evening, Georgetown Law celebrated the launch of O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence Gostin’s new book Global Health Law. At the event, Ezekiel Emanuel, Laurie Garrett, and Edith Brown Weiss joined a panel, moderated by Gostin, to discuss the book and broader themes of global health and justice. This post provides a brief recap […]

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03.26.14

The Boogeymen of HIV that Never Were

By Brian Honermann

In the 30 plus years since HIV was first described, there’s been an omnipresent desire to identify the “bad actors” that are responsible for HIV becoming an epidemic. This is true nowhere more than in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Much blame over the years has been laid at the feet of those who are perceived as […]

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03.10.14

Arcing Toward Justice: Three Reasons the Fight for Access to Medicines Is Far from Over, But Can Be Won

By Brian Honermann

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The past few years have produced a flurry of films documenting (e.g. Fire in the Blood and How to Survive a Plague) and dramatizing (e.g. Dallas Buyers Club) the fight for access to medicines during the […]

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02.28.14

Recap: Fire in the Blood by Dylan Gray

By Brian Honermann

On Wednesday evening, the O’Neill Institute and Doctors Without Borders hosted a film screening of Fire in the Blood, followed by a panel discussion. This post provides a recap of the main themes of the film. A video recording of the panel discussion that followed is available at the end of the post. Director Dylan Gray’s […]

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02.14.14

Update on the Canadian National Breast Screening Study

By Brian Honermann

Last month, I wrote a blog post that discussed the value of asymptomatic breast cancer screening to public health. Essentially, several studies looking at all cause and breast cancer specific mortality outcomes from breast cancer screening programs – including meta-analysis from the Cochrane Group and the US Preventative Services Task Force – have identified generalized […]

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01.13.14

Four things we should probably stop doing in the name of public health in 2014

By Brian Honermann

Within public health, we have many victories to claim. Vaccinations – for example – have been and remain unmitigated successes. Yet, there are many public health interventions that have been instituted and promoted by public health advocates, medical doctors, and various pharmaceutical or medical device companies that have proven to be ineffective at improving health […]

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