Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Executive Director!

Petrie-Flom Center, May 10, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH (HLS ’10, HSPH ’10), will join...

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2017-2018 Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship
Harvard Law School

Deadline: August 4, 2017

The Center and Student Fellowship

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The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and...

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2017 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Open House

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2017-2018
HLS Pub, Wasserstein Hall, 1st floor
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Join faculty, colleagues, and students with shared interests in health law policy, biotechnology, an...

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McConnell Confides Uncertainty Over Health Plan

Kaiser Health News, May 25, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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Senate...

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Regulating Research with Biospecimens under the Revised Common Rule

The Hastings Center Report, May/June 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Michelle N. Meyer (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper

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Since 2011, the research community had waited with bated breath as regulators conte...

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Call for Proposals
Harvard Divinity School

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Ways of Knowing 2017, the 6th annual graduate conference on religion at Harvard Divinity School, wil...

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Ancestry.com denies exploiting users’ DNA

BBC News / BBC Radio 4, May 25, 2017
by Harry Kretchmer

[...] The company, which uses customers' saliva samples to predict their genetic ethnicity and f...

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Reading the Fine Print in DNA Kits

NBC Boston, May 23, 2017
by Interview featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

DNA kits are very popular these days with people wanting to know what countries their ancestors came...

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Roster exemptions for players with concussions could draw vote from NFL owners

USA Today, May 22, 2017
by Tom Pelissero, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article

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A short-term injured reserve for players diagnosed with a concussion was among 76...

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Why Successful Post-Season Runs Make People Lose Their Minds About Concussions

Forbes, May 16, 2017
by Lee Igel, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article

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Were either or both Crosby and Harden suffering the effects of a head injury, yet...

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How does the NFL stack up with health care?

ESPN, May 22, 2017
by Michael McCann, citing Petrie-Flom's report

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joins OTL to discuss the NFL's health care for i...

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FDA User Fee Reauthorization Clears Hurdle In Senate With Bipartisan Support

Health Affairs Blog, May 15, 2017
by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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On Thursday, May 11, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension...

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Angel investors are the first stop in a new era of drug development

Newsworks, May 11, 2017
by Elana Gordon, quoting Rachel Sachs

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So is this really the best way to develop new healthcare technologies and therapi..

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The Trump administration could bring down drug prices. But it would take guts

STAT News, May 15, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“If Price and [President] Trump are interested in lower-priced drugs, they...

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The White House budget director dropped a hint about how Trump could bring drug prices down

Washington Post, May 12, 2017
by Carolyn Y. Johnson, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the artcile

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Trump has repeatedly said that drug prices are too high but has often suggested t...

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New FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb: Medication Reformer or Big Pharma Shill?

The Fix, May 18, 2017
by Paul Gaita, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Gottlieb's position has earned cautious approval from medical industry observ...

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New York state wants its prescription drug money back—or else

USA Today, May 18, 2017
by Julie Appleby, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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New York’s Medicaid program, for example, has seen its drug spending rise o...

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Faculty Books in Brief—Spring 2017

Harvard Law Bulletin, May 18, 2017
by Featuring book by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), & Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

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Cohen, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center; Lynch, the center’s exec...

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The NFL May Make A Smart Change To Its IR Rules

Deadspin, May 17, 2017
by Dom Cosentino, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article

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What the NFL could use is a short-term disabled list not unlike what ex...

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Babies from skin cells? New fertility technology raises ethical questions

The Current, May 19, 2017
by Lara O'Brien and Karin Marley, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Women producing sperm. Or, for that matter, men producing eggs. Those could,...

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Medical Tourism, Medical Migration, and Global Justice: Implications for Biosecurity in a Globalized

Medical Law Review, April 11, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the paper

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We live in the age of globalization. In medicine, that globalization has brought ma...

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Call for Papers
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Deadline: June 16, 2017

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The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago Sc...

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Call for Abstracts
Postgraduate Bioethics Conference

Deadline: July 01, 2017

On this page, you can register for the 2017 Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (PGBC), to be held 4-5...

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VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost?

STAT, May 24, 2017
by Associated Press

[...] It was one of several gaps in the VA’s proposed budget that Shulkin acknowledged&nb...

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U.S. Charges Four With Trading Insider Tips on Health-Care Policy

Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2017
by Brody Mullins and Susan Pulliam

>This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access it via Hollis+

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Federal prosecutors...

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Putting A Lid On Waste

Kaiser Health News, May 24, 2017
by Chad Terhune

[...] Some experts estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessiv...

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Harvard Graduate Student and Postdoc Bloggers
Bill of Health, Petrie-Flom Center

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Petrie-Flom Center’s Bill of Health is currently seeking Harvard graduate student and post...

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Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission

New York Times, May 22, 2017
by Kate Murphy

If you took Psychology 101 in college, you probably had to enroll in an experiment to fulfill a cour...

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Texas Lawmakers Pass Strict Abortion Bill

Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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The le...

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New Laws In The UK And EU Further Restrict Tobacco Industry

NPR, May 20, 2017
by Maggie Penman

In recent months, some Brits have expressed their distaste for European Union regulations ...

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Trump, Shouting ‘Death Spiral,’ Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward

New York Times, May 20, 2017
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — When Aetna, the health insurance giant, announced this month that it wa...

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Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration’s hiring freeze

Washington Post, May 19, 2017
by Lena H. Sun

Nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of a conti...

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Trump reportedly wants to kill critical Obamacare subsidies

CNBC, May 19, 2017
by Dan Mangan

President Donald Trump now reportedly wants to pull the plug on a big pot of Obamacar...

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Texas leans into unproven stem cell treatments, to the dismay of scientists

STAT, May 16, 2017
by Andrew Joseph

He made the emotional plea to his colleagues: Pass this bill

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“It might give somebody like my...

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After All That Turmoil, House May Have To Vote On Health Plan Again

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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In an...

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‘There Are No Hands On The Wheel’

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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The fi...

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Analyst in Health Policy
Library of Congress

Deadline: June 08, 2017

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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks two Analysts in Health Policy to...

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Administration Reportedly ‘Encouraged” Texas To Pursue Millions In Withheld Medicaid Funds

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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State...

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Duterte Orders Strict Smoking Ban in Philippines, and Asks Citizens to Help

New York Times, May 18, 2017
by Felipe Villamor

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a deadly campaign to eradicate drug...

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Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts

New York Times, May 16, 2017
by Tamar Lewin, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Three prominent academics in medicine and law sounded an alarm about the possible...

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Harvard Study Looks At Ways NFL Can Bolster Player Health

Law360, May 16, 2017
by Fola Akinnibi, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and citing Petrie-Flom's report

Law360, New York (May 16, 2017, 6:03 PM EDT) -- Harvard Law School published a report Monday explori...

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A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare

New York Times, May 15, 2017
by Mary Williams Walsh

When Medicare was facing an impossible $13 trillion funding gap, Congress opted for a bold...

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Call for Papers
Rutgers Journal of Bioethics

Deadline: November 11, 2017

MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE RUTGERS JOURNAL OF BIOETHIC

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As members of the Bioethics Society of Rutg...

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Flickers Of Bipartisanship May Light Way For Plan B In Senate If GOP Legislation Fails

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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There...

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Trump Says He Knows About Health Care, But Some Of His Facts Seem Alternative

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Lost in all the coverage of the firing of FBI Director James Comey last week were a pair of in-depth...

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Harvard’s Advice for NFL Player Health and Safety

MMQB, Sports Illustrated, May 15, 2017
by Jenny Vrentas, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and citing Petrie-Flom's report

From ;MMQB: 

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Today’s 255-page report comes from Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Fl...

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Harvard study suggests some NFL health and safety changes

Washington Post, May 15, 2017
by Rick Maese, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the ;Washington Post: 

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The physical demands are different. The types and severity of...

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Harvard study: NFL should offer treatment for performance-enhancing drug users

Boston Globe, May 15, 2017
by Travis Anderson, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the Boston Globe: 

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The National Football League should consider providing treatment to an...

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The Malware Attacking the U.K.’s National Health Service Could’ve Been Stopped

Slate, May 12, 2017
by Josephine Wolff

The ransomware attacks spreading across the computer systems of the British National Health Ser...

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New Gene Tests Pose a Threat to Insurers

New York Times, May 12, 2017
by Gina Kolata

Pat Reilly had good reason to worry about Alzheimer’s disease: Her mother had it, and she saw...

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Heroin Epidemic Is Driving A Spike In Hepatitis C Cases, CDC Says

NPR, May 11, 2017
by Colin Dwyer

The number of new Hepatitis C cases leaped nearly 300 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to a...

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With Alcoholism Rampant On Nearby Reservation, Nebraska Shuts Town’s Liquor Stores

NPR, May 11, 2017
by Jim Kent

The battle over alcohol stores in tiny Whiteclay, Neb., has been going on for decades. Home to rough...

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Sessions Suspends DOJ Forensic Science Commission (Audio)

Bloomberg Radio, April 11, 2017
by David Sucherman, featuring Christopher Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Christopher Robertson, professor of Law at the University of Arizona, and Brandon Garrett, professor...

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There’s a federal law to lower drug prices—and Louisiana may just use it

Ars Technica, May 4, 2017
by Beth Mole, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in St Louis, told the ...

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Louisiana proposes tapping a century-old patent law to cut hepatitis C drug prices

Kaiser Health News, May 2, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis...

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Promoting demand-side innovation: prizes for payers

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, May 5, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,1 the recent article by Pro...

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Innovative Contracting for Pharmaceuticals and Medicaid’s Best-Price Rule

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Forthcoming
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius N. Lakdawalla

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In recent years, drug manufacturers and private payers have expressed interest i...

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Call for Proposals
FDLI

Deadline: May 25, 2017

FDLI invites medical product industry stakeholders to submit a session proposal recommending a topic...

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Aetna Pulling Out Of All ACA Marketplaces Amid Uncertainty, Financial Losses

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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While...

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Call for Abstracts
Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: June 09, 2017

Emerging technologies—including developments ranging from internet-connected devices and elect...

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CMS Gives States Until 2022 To Meet Medicaid Standards Of Care

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2017
by Phil Galewitz

The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping...

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Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice
Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health

Deadline: Strongly encouraged to submit by May 5, 2017

The Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice is a one-year position designed for law and pu...

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Trump’s pick to run mental health is poised to shake things up. Even some liberals can’t wait

STAT, May 11, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan

President Trump’s pick to run federal mental health services has called for a bold reordering...

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Call for Proposals
Health Data for Action

Deadline: May 24, 2017 3 PM ET

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The HD4A program will fund innovative research that uses the available data to answer impor...

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Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book

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While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilita...

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Vape Shops Want to Do Good, but Fear F.D.A. Won’t Let Them Do Well

New York Times, May 10, 2017
by Caitlin Kelly

Like so many entrepreneurs who have opened vaping shops lately, Stephen D’Angelo was a heavy s...

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Post-Baccalaureate Bioethics Research Position
Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program

Deadline: March 18, 2016

The Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program seeks applicants for a one-year postbaccalaureate res...

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Fellowship Programs
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Deadline: December 01, 2014

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University announces the 2016-17 Call for Applicati...

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Trump administration appoints new AHRQ director

Modern Healthcare, May 9, 2017
by Maria Castellucci

Gopal Khanna has been tapped as the new director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,...

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Senate Confirms Scott Gottlieb to Head F.D.A.

New York Times, May 9, 2017
by Katie Thomas

The Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and D...

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Health Act Repeal Could Threaten U.S. Job Engine

New York Times, May 6, 2017
by Nelson D. Schwartz and Reed Abelson

[...] The outsize economic role of the American health care industry heightens the risks posed by th...

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France bans extremely thin models

BBC News, May 6, 2017

A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect

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Models wil...

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White House Proposes Cutting Drug Control Office Funding by 95%

New York Times, May 5, 2017
by Alan Rappeport

WASHINGTON — When he was running for office, Donald J. Trump promised to rid America...

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Tobacco company flags appeal over plain packaging

BBC News, May 5, 2017

British American Tobacco has suggested an appeal is likely amid reports that the World Trade Organiz...

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Anthem Seeks SCOTUS Review Of Cigna Deal

Forbes, May 5, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

Anthem confirmed Friday it will seek a U.S. Supreme Court review of a U.S. Appeals Court&r...

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In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few...

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House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace major parts...

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$8 Billion Deal Gives Crucial Momentum to G.O.P. Health Bill

New York Times, May 3, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Two Republican lawmakers who had come out against the House bill to repeal the Af...

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Revised ‘Common Rule’ Shapes Protections For Research Participants

Health Affairs, May 2017, Vol. 36, No. 5
by By Barbara E. Bierer, Mark Barnes and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

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Research with human participants funded by most federal agencies is governed by a...

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Second Chance Kids

Frontline, PBS, May 2, 2017
by Featuring Robert Kinscherff (Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience)

On May 2, 2017, PBS's ;Frontline ;aired "Second Chance Kids," an exploration of the...

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The New Federal Budget Protects Medical Marijuana

Forbes, May 2, 2017
by Richard Kestenbaum

[...] One feature in the current bill is aimed right at the cannabis industry.  The langua...

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More Salt In School Lunch, Less Nutrition Info On Menus: Trump Rolls Back Food Rules

NPR , May 2, 2017
by Alison Aubrey

The Trump administration has said it wants to remove burdensome regulation, and on Monday it served...

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Feud erupted between CDC, Puerto Rico over reporting of Zika cases, document shows

STAT, May 1, 2017
by Helen Branswell

US health officials have privately expressed deep concern that Puerto Rico is downplaying ...

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