Public Health

By Kate Greenwood
In Mental Health
Dec 10th, 2014
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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 […]...
By Kate Greenwood
In Ethics
Nov 13th, 2014
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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 […]...
By Kate Greenwood
In Children's Issues
Nov 10th, 2014
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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 […]...
By Tara Adams Ragone
In Public Health
Oct 28th, 2014
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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 ...
By Kate Greenwood
In Health Reform
Oct 27th, 2014
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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 […]...