Public Health

Mental Health and New York’s No-Gun List

Filed in Mental Health, Public Health by on December 10, 2014 14 Comments
Mental Health and New York’s No-Gun List
Share

By Tiffany Tagarelli New York has recently revealed its newly created database of New Yorkers determined to be mentally unstable and unable to carry a firearm.  The New York Safe Act required the establishment of the database, maintained by the State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, after the tragic events of Sandy […]

Share

Continue Reading »

Do Healthcare Workers Have a Duty to Treat During a Pandemic?

Filed in Ethics, Global Health, Public Health by on November 13, 2014 0 Comments
Do Healthcare Workers Have a Duty to Treat During a Pandemic?
Share

By Donna Hanrahan The recent Ebola outbreak has reignited a longstanding debate in medical ethics – in times of a pandemic, do healthcare workers have a duty to treat? The global community was confronted with similar issues during the outbreak of SARS in 2003, a time when 30% of cases were attributed to healthcare workers […]

Share

Continue Reading »

Addressing the Dearth of Data on Fetal Death: The Role of Hospitals*

Filed in Children's Issues, Hospitals, Public Health by on November 10, 2014 0 Comments
Addressing the Dearth of Data on Fetal Death: The Role of Hospitals*
Share

Cross-Posted at Bill of Health As I have blogged about before, including last year here, research and public health interventions aimed at preventing stillbirth are stymied by a dearth of data. In an article in this month’s Maternal and Child Health Journal, Erica Lee and colleagues at New York City’s Bureau of Vital Statistics evaluate data […]

Share

Continue Reading »

State Quarantines: Balancing Public Health with Liberty Interests

Filed in Public Health by on October 28, 2014 0 Comments
State Quarantines: Balancing Public Health with Liberty Interests
Share

Cross-Posted at HealthLawProf Blog Nurse Kaci Hickox is a powerful reminder that states must carefully balance patient’s liberty interests when crafting appropriate, reasonable responses to potential threats to public safety. Beginning with New York and New Jersey last Friday and now continuing with Illinois, Florida, Maine, and Virginia, states are issuing quarantine orders that exceed […]

Share

Continue Reading »

Health Reform from a Surprising Source: CVS and the Latest Move Against Tobacco

Filed in Health Reform, Public Health by on October 27, 2014 0 Comments
Health Reform from a Surprising Source: CVS and the Latest Move Against Tobacco
Share

By Marissa A. Mastroianni The war on tobacco took an interesting turn when CVS announced its latest move to improve public health. As of last month, CVS banned the sale of all tobacco products in 7,700 CVS locations. The decision cost CVS an estimated $2 billion annually. This choice came as a shock to many […]

Share

Continue Reading »