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Author Archives: Sonia Canzater

09.06.17

I am the DREAM my ancestors dared to dream: Rescinding DACA makes the American "Dream" a mere fantasy

By Sonia Canzater

(SPECIAL THANKS TO MY COUSIN XENEIDA FOR INSPIRING THIS ARTICLE. TE QUIERO MUCHO, PRIMA!) First, let me state for the record that I was born in a hospital in Queens, New York in the U.S. of A, and I have the long form birth certificate to prove it, so no need to open that link […]

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07.26.17

House Appropriations Committee passes FY2018 health services budget bill that offers no additional funding for HIV or viral hepatitis initiatives; does not acknowledge the rising rates of Hepatitis C infections in the U.S.

By Sonia Canzater

In a vote that followed party lines, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY2018 Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on July 20, 2017. The bill rejects most of the proposed cuts to health services recommended by the current Administration, but does little to boost funding for health services that desperately […]

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07.07.17

Hepatitis Policy Project Releases Recommendations to Improve Monitoring of the Hepatitis C Epidemic in the U.S.

By Sonia Canzater

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law’s Hepatitis Policy Project recently released a report offering recommendations to strengthen data collection and monitoring of cases of Hepatitis C in the U.S. in order for public health authorities to gain a better understanding of the effects of the disease and most effective strategies to curb […]

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05.05.17

Louisiana Proposes that the Federal Government Bypass Patent Restrictions to Acquire Cheaper Hepatitis C Drugs

By Sonia Canzater

Anyone who follows U.S. public health issues – or who reads my blog posts – knows that the cost of the drugs needed to treat Hepatitis C infections is very high. The cost of these drugs is of particular concern to state health authorities who are charged with providing health care for Medicaid recipients and […]

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03.10.17

COLLATERAL DAMAGE: REPEALING OBAMACARE WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL CDC PREVENTION PROGRAMS

By Sonia Canzater

There are many reasons for concern regarding the repercussions of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Much of the focus as of late has been on the effect repeal would have on Medicaid recipients and how the cost of health insurance would change under a new plan. However, there are […]

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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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12.22.16

Obama signs $6.3 billion Cures Act – But Does it Do More Harm than Good?

By Sonia Canzater

On December 13th, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. This law provides $6.3 billion for cancer cure research, and to address the growing opioid drug abuse epidemic. The Act also allows for a more streamlined approval process for the FDA to bring new drugs and medical devices to the market. While […]

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11.21.16

Now What?? The Potential Effects of a Trump Administration and Republican-Controlled Congress on Hepatitis C care

By Sonia Canzater

The 2016 presidential election ended in a result that few who are passionate about public health, human rights, and race, gender and sexual orientation equality could have ever wanted. However, as we face the reality of this reality, we who work to improve health outcomes must steel our resolve and continue to address the critical […]

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10.26.16

GET YOUR FLU SHOT, OR WE ALL PAY THE PRICE! Unvaccinated adults are a costly economic burden every year in the U.S.

By Sonia Canzater

    Many of us have seen the signs at work, gotten the emails from our health care insurer, or heard the ads on the radio telling us that it is flu season, and thus time to get an annual flu shot.  Many Americans will comply with this yearly health edict, but many will challenge medical wisdom […]

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09.29.16

O'Neill Institute Hosts Meeting to discuss improving Hepatitis C data collection and surveillance

By Sonia Canzater

On September 19th, the Hepatitis C Policy Project hosted a meeting at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC to discuss strategies to improve data collection and case surveillance for Hepatitis C in the United States. Thought leaders from a range of public health backgrounds, – including physicians, patient advocates, researchers and federal agency directors […]

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