Tag Archives: public health

07.28.14

How Many Lawyers Does it Take To Achieve the End of AIDS?

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Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-chair of the recently concluded 20th International AIDS Conference, believes that “[a]nti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries around the world will have ‘consequences’ for the continued spread of HIV around the world, potentially dashing hopes of eradicating the virus in the early 21st century.” Apropos to the theme of the […]

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06.06.14

Bolivian Zebras for Road Safety: Saving Lives One Stripe at a Time

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Early one morning, as I walked the streets of La Paz, Bolivia, last week, I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into a pack of zebras crossing the street right in front of me. Zebras in Bolivia, you say? Well, not quite. As in turns out, what are known as Las Cebras de La Paz […]

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05.02.14

The ACA: Towards “A State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being”

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“Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius in representation of the Americas before the World Health Assembly in May 2013. She then added, “[a]s President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some […]

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03.13.14

Is obesity the ticket to fighting antibiotic resistance?

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Research points to the possibility that taking antibiotics could lead to weight gain. Could this reality be the necessary catalyst to change the way we use antibiotics in general?Antibiotic overuse is a public health crisis. For decades, scientists have supported changing antibiotic prescribing practices in response to the alarming consequences of their overuse – most […]

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02.10.14

Toward a Smoke-Free Generation: FDA Launches Tobacco Education Campaign for Teens

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On February 11, 2014, the FDA launched “The Real Cost” education campaign, aimed at preventing at-risk youth from using tobacco and reducing the amount of teenagers who become regular smokers. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, granting the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco. The campaign […]

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01.17.14

Anti-Homosexuality Bill Passed in Uganda: A Lesson Unlearned and a Step Back for Public Health

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Less than one month ago, on December 20, 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed an anti-homosexuality bill that, if signed by President Yoweri Museveni, will mean not only a critical step back in the protection of human rights for members of the LGBT community in Uganda, but also one for the country’s public health. As an […]

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12.13.13

FDA Issues Guidelines on Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

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On December 11, 2013, the Food Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines aimed at phasing out the use of antibiotics that are critical to human health in food-producing animals,  including penicillin, azithromycin and tetracycline. Aside from treating infections in animals, livestock producers have been using antibiotics to induce growth in an animal and maximize feed. The […]

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07.22.13

Will FDA Turn the Tide on Industry-wide Medical Product Development?

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The advent of big data has forced a sea change throughout the scientific research enterprise, shaking the industry’s fundamental attitude towards the data themselves. Data is now understood as the currency of research. Consequently, industry is warming to the new reality that legal norms once considered to drive business – confidential commercial information, trade secrets […]

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06.14.13

Lessons from the Industry

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In her opening remarks to the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned: [e]fforts to prevent non-communicable diseases go against the business interests of powerful economic operators. In my view, this is one of the biggest challenges facing health promotion . . . [i]t is […]

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