Vaccines and Adolescent Decision-Making: Part 3

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This post was written by Francesca Nardi, former intern at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold.  Other countries take various approaches to regulating the provision of childhood and adolescent vaccines, and many afford significantly greater deference to adolescents’ decision-making capacity than the U.S. Many of these approaches recognize that imposing fixed age restrictions on adolescent […]

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Quantity vs Quality: Legal Academia and Mental Health

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It’s Friday, 4pm. You are sitting at your desk, trying to cope with three different big deadlines. The clock is ticking. You can feel the pressure. You realize that you are almost done when an email pops up in your inbox requesting you to work on an additional task before the end of the day. […]

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Hepatitis Policy Project Releases New Brief on Expanding Syringe Service Programs as an Essential Tool to Achieve Hepatitis C Elimination in the U.S.

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Institute Senior Associate Sonia Canzater and Infectious Diseases Initiative Program Director Jeffrey S. Crowley have authored the Hepatitis Policy Project’s latest “Big Ideas” issue brief that explains how expanding the number of syringe service programs (SSPs) is essential to improve the health of people with substance use disorder and stop the spread of hepatitis C […]

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September is National Recovery Month

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September is National Recovery Month, which celebrates recovery from substance use disorders and mental health conditions and serves to increase awareness and understanding. I was thinking about this as I sat in my office last week across from a new first year law student here at Georgetown Law.  We talked about law school, what to […]

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The Growing Consumption of Hookah Tobacco among the US Youth and Gaps in Enforcing Existing Laws

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Since May 2016, when it had issued the final deeming rule, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exercising an extended regulatory power over all tobacco products including electronic nicotine delivery systems, cigars, hookah (water pipe) tobacco, pipe tobacco, etc. By subjecting hookah (also called shisha or waterpipe) tobacco under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic […]

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The Framework Convention on Global Health: An Empowering International Instrument to Advance the Right to Health

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We often look to how the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) would empower people, enhancing meaningful participation and government accountability to the right to health, with an emphasis on people who now have the least voice and to whom governments are least accountable. Such empowerment is central to the FCGH. Here, I focus on […]

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Rethinking the Deferral Period on Blood Donation: A More Tailored Measure than General Deferral on Men Who Have Sex with Men

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The French government recently lifted its blood donation ban on men who have sex with men (MSM). Currently, gay and bisexual men must abstain from having sex with men for 12 months in order to donate blood. As of February 1, 2020, the deferral period will be 4 months instead of 12. Ultimately, the French […]

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The other confidentiality

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Attorneys’ duty of confidentiality, its limits and consequences, are often portrayed in movies, tv series, and every introductory law class. It is considered and understood as an essential guarantee for the right of every individual to a fair defense and as a major pillar of the judicial system. However, when it comes to the medical […]

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O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on Scaling Up PrEP Use for HIV Prevention

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Last week, the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law released three new publications. I previously discussed two of these publications in a blog post. This week, I will discuss the remaining publication, Big Ideas: Achieving Sufficient Scale of PrEP Use Is Critical to Ending the HIV Epidemic. This […]

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My first month as a Law Fellow at the Institute

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It has now been 3 months since I completed the Global Health Law LL.M. Program and exactly a month since I started working as a post-graduate Fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law (the Institute). The program was a great foundation for all the skills one can acquire in the field […]

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