Tag: Public Health

Concussion Prevention: When Equal Treatment Might Not Make Good Policy

Concussion Prevention: When Equal Treatment Might Not Make Good Policy
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I was stunned to learn recently that female lacrosse players, at least in my town in New Jersey, may not wear hard helmets even though male lacrosse players must wear them.  This struck me as ludicrous and unfair.   Both sports involve athletes running around with long sticks, hurling dense rubber balls at high speeds. […]

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Navigating the New Field of International Health Law, Featuring Gian Luca Burci, Legal Counsel for WHO

Filed in Global Health, Health Law, Public Health by on January 29, 2012 1 Comment
Navigating the New Field of International Health Law, Featuring Gian Luca Burci, Legal Counsel for WHO
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This lecture, “Navigating the New Field of International Health Law,” will explore the intersection of health and international law and the emergence of International Health Law as a practice area. Featuring Gian Luca Burci, Legal Counsel for the World Health Organization, this program will focus on the growing interactions between health policy and various areas […]

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Research, the Avian Flu and Bioterrorism

Filed in Public Health by on January 26, 2012 0 Comments
Research, the Avian Flu and Bioterrorism
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In their zeal to keep us all alive, it seems fair to say that public health officials love bioterrorism preparedness measures. In fact, the only thing they might love planning for more is pandemics. So last month, when researchers at two different facilities revealed they were able to mutate the virulent H5N1 avian flu strain […]

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The Needle (Exchange) and the Damage Done

Filed in Public Health by on January 5, 2012 0 Comments
The Needle (Exchange) and the Damage Done
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As those nationwide prepared for their holiday gift exchange, American lawmakers inexplicably put an end to a different type of exchange:  a life-saving and successful public health tool called needle exchange. House Republicans fought for, and won, a ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs in a massive spending bill passed in December that […]

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Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, and Immunization and Human Subject Research, or “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”

Filed in Bioethics, Public Health by on December 18, 2011 1 Comment
Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, and Immunization and Human Subject Research, or “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”
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I am reading Will Durant’s Story of Civilization as of late–actually, I’ve been reading the splendid 11 volume set off and on since I first bought it at a garage sale some twenty years ago. The work of a lifetime, Durant and his collaborating wife, Ariel, published these volumes between 1935 and 1975–and few things […]

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