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Category Archives: Healthcare

04.05.16

HHS guidance on syringe service programs provides substantive support for HCV and HIV infection reduction efforts among injection drug users.

By Sonia Canzater

On March 29, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services released guidance to assist state and local health departments to request permission to use federal funds for Syringe Support Programs (SSPs). This guidance is in response to bipartisan legislation passed in December 2015 that relaxed previous restrictions on federal funds being used for any […]

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03.11.16

American Women's Reproductive Health at Stake in Whole Women's Health and Zubik

By Rebecca Reingold

Since the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court has played a major role in establishing, expanding and defending American women’s reproductive rights. From Griswold v. Connecticut to Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court developed a line of jurisprudence that protects women’s rights to contraception, to abortion, and to bear a child. This term, the Court is considering 2 […]

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03.11.16

American Women’s Reproductive Health at Stake in Whole Women’s Health and Zubik

By Rebecca Reingold

Since the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court has played a major role in establishing, expanding and defending American women’s reproductive rights. From Griswold v. Connecticut to Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court developed a line of jurisprudence that protects women’s rights to contraception, to abortion, and to bear a child. This term, the Court is considering 2 […]

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02.25.16

Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence: Hidden Damage

By Anna Roberts

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant and largely hidden public health issue. It results in an approximated 373,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States with 99,000 survivors classified as disabled and costs an estimated 48.3 billion US dollars with most experts agreeing that these figures are underestimates of the true problem. TBI has […]

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02.10.16

FY 2017 Federal budget proposal addresses Hepatitis C epidemic, but misses opportunity to reach many at highest risk for infection

By Sonia Canzater

  Yesterday the White House released the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017. It includes a $5 million funding increase to the CDC and a $9 million increase to HRSA to support viral hepatitis prevention and treatment initiatives, with an emphasis on addressing the Hepatitis C epidemic. The $5 million at CDC will fund increased efforts […]

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02.09.16

President’s Budget Proposes $20 Million Pilot Program to Increase Access to PrEP

By Sean Bland

In his final State of the Union Address, President Obama told Congress, “Right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and we have the capacity to accomplish the same thing with malaria — something I’ll be pushing this Congress to fund this year.” HIV experts applauded the President’s elevation of HIV/AIDS […]

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02.04.16

Beyond cost-effectiveness: Why we need a human rights approach to universal health coverage

By Eric A. Friedman

This blog was jointly prepared by Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin. The world having agreed to universal health coverage as a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals, a basic question becomes: Coverage of what? A traditional approach to answering this question is to focus on cost-effectiveness. Start with a given resource envelope. […]

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01.12.16

The Promise and Pitfalls of Eradicating Hepatitis C

By Sonia Canzater

Hepatitis C is a contagious, bloodborne viral infection that causes inflammation in the liver. Many people with Hepatitis C are unaware of their infection because they can remain asymptomatic for years. However, if left untreated, a chronic Hepatitis C infection can cause severe scarring of the liver – called cirrhosis – liver cancer or death. […]

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01.06.16

HIV and Medical Bills: The Importance of the Affordable Care Act and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

By Sean Bland

Yesterday, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times reported on a recent survey of the problems Americans face with medical bills. The survey, conducted by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation, shows a cascade of financial troubles due to many individuals and households paying substantial medical bills. In the survey, 20 percent […]

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12.01.15

WORLD AIDS DAY: SPOTLIGHT ON PREP FOR HIV PREVENTION

By Sean Bland

December 1 marks World AIDS Day.  This day is an opportunity not only to support and advocate for the more than 1.2 million people who are currently living with HIV and AIDS in the United States, but also to spotlight the need for preventing new HIV infections.  There have been approximately 50,000 new HIV infections […]

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