Category Archives: Health reform


Brazil, Zika and the Right to Abortion

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This post was written by Debora Diniz. Debora is a tenured professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Brasília and visiting professor on the Bioethics, Applied Ethics and Public Health Program at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in Rio de Janeiro, as well as a researcher at Anis – Institute of Bioethics. Debora is […]

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

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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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When the Status Quo Feels like a Victory

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This week Polish residents took to the streets. Dressed in black, they stood together in protest of a complete ban on access to abortion in their already conservative country. In Poland’s Communist era of the 1960s and 70s, abortions were easily available and cheap, with other European women even making the trip across the Iron […]

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Spike in hepatitis C rates in young women further supports the need for screenings for all pregnant women

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As the rate of Hepatitis C infections among young Americans increases, so does the risk of infections in infants. The CDC reports a 22% increase between 2011 and 2014  in HCV infections in women of childbearing age, between 15-44 years.  There was also a 14% increase in infections in children 2 years and younger seen during […]

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Viral Hepatitis is the seventh leading cause of death worldwide: Yet U.S. treatment interventions continue to go underfunded

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An article published on July 6, 2016 in The Lancet ranks viral hepatitis infections – specifically both Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) – as the seventh leading cause of death worldwide in 2013, up from tenth in 1990. Where other infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and diarrheal diseases saw sharp declines over this timespan, HBV […]

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May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month: Hepatitis C testing is critically important as CDC reports infection rates and deaths in U.S. at all-time high

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May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month. The CDC has designated May 19th, 2016 as National Hepatitis Testing Day in the U.S. This campaign is particularly timely this year given the report released this Wednesday by the CDC  which states that new infections and deaths caused by Hepatitis C (HCV) are at the highest rates ever reported. […]

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Global Health’s 21st Century Challenge: From An Inspiring Lecture to A Candid Conversation with WHO's Dr. Margaret Chan

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This post was written by Anna Tordjmann, a 2016 candidate for the Global Health Law LL.M. at Georgetown Law.  The views presented here are her own. Any questions or comments can be directed to I am a candidate in the Global Health Law LL.M at Georgetown Law, and I received the unique chance to […]

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On the 25th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act

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This post is adapted from remarks made by Tim Westmoreland at a celebration convened by the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House on September 9, 2015. Professor Westmoreland is Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center; Senior Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; and Former Counsel, Subcommittee on Health […]

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John Oliver: Jon Stewart’s legacy on public health

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Last semester I taught a course on public health law. There was hardly an issue we covered that did not have an astute The Daily Show with Jon Stewart segment to help the students understand not just the health issue, but also its underlying political and legal conditions. Many of the clips are captured here […]

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4 Health Issues of Potential Importance During the Next 535 Days

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There are 535 days left in President Obama’s term of office. What does that mean? It means election campaigning is well under way in states like New Hampshire and Iowa. It means that approximately seventeen Republican candidates and several Democratic candidates are appearing at state fairs, famers markets, Pizza Ranches, televised debates and even a Wing Ding […]

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