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10.23.17

Ebola Taï Forest: A Unique Emergence, and the Dawn of the Modern Age of Ebola

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  “These woods are where silence has come to lick its wounds.”  – Samantha Hunt   In 1994, Ebola, a lethal virus that had been silent for fifteen years, awoke. Two separate outbreaks would shatter this silence, but one of these was unique, the likes of which has not been seen since. Though the last […]

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10.17.17

A Thoughtful Comparison of the Government’s Response to Crack Epidemic of the 1980s vs. the current Opioid Epidemic: A look at criminalization, race, and treatment

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I grew up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1980s. I saw a lot of things many children not raised in a big city never experience. One of the things I remember is seeing some of my neighbors – who had previously been vibrant people who chatted with my parents in the building lobby or […]

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10.05.17

New Research Offers Progress Toward Detecting and Treating Ebola

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Last week, two scientific discoveries were announced that could lead to better and earlier treatments for persons with Ebola virus disease. First, scientists at University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston have discovered a protein within the body’s immune system that plays a central role in Ebola infections. Ebola virus infections are known to cause […]

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10.04.17

Recent Developments in HIV Criminalization

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This blog post was co-authored by Natalie Dobek, a second-year law student at Georgetown Law and a research assistant at the O’Neill Institute. In the United States, criminalizing HIV remains a way in which people with HIV are discriminated against. HIV criminalization refers to the unjust application of criminal laws to people living with HIV […]

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09.22.17

The Debate About Cultural Appropriation

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            A simple definition of cultural appropriation is the idea of someone adopting something from a culture that is not their own.  At first glance, it appears that this is a harmless act.  Well, think again.  A deeper understanding of what cultural appropriation is digs up issues of whether it […]

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09.14.17

Chagas Drug Gets FDA Approval: A Victory over Shkreli-esque Pharmaceutical Price Gouging

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  Left: Martin Shkreli (photo courtesy of The Source).  Right: A “kissing bug” (photo courtesy of Scienceline).   On August 29th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval to benznidazole for use in children ages 2 to 12 years with Chagas disease. The approval is the first treatment of its kind to be approved […]

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09.06.17

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

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(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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08.17.17

Is There Any Reason to Allow Cigarette Companies to Send Coupons (or Any Other Advertising) to Nonsmokers?

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  A recent study in the Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal confirms that the tobacco industry sends discount cigarette coupons to non-smokers in the USA and that some of those receiving the coupons become smokers. The study concludes that its findings support more restrictive policies to curtail the use of tobacco product discount coupons because […]

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08.16.17

Long-Acting Agents for HIV Treatment and Prevention: Updates from the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science

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The global advocacy for HIV/AIDS has been a model of success for an array of initiatives such as the climate protection movement. Analysts point to the multi-stakeholder composition and the autonomy from governments as some of the features that have allowed for an increasing global consensus on the necessary steps toward scaling up HIV treatment […]

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08.11.17

Human Rights-Based Approaches to Health: How Do We Measure Them?

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Neil Sircar, J.D., is an LL.M Candidate in Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center & the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments related to this post can be directed to nrs53@georgetown.edu. Dr. Tedros, the newly-minted Director-General of the World Health Organization, has made human rights and health […]

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