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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Post-Doctoral Research Position
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE)

Deadline: August 01, 2017

This position is available as part of the Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Im...
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Senate Plan Would Give Corporations, High Income Earners A $1 Trillion Tax Cut

Kaiser Health News, June 23, 2017

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

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Health-Care Stocks Get Boost From Senate Bill

Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2017
by Amrith Ramkumar and Riva Gold

>This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis+

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Health-c...

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Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid

New York Times, June 22, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, who for seven years have promised a repeal of the Affordable...

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Senate bill contains $50B to stabilize ObamaCare markets

The Hill, June 22, 2017
by Nathaniel Weixel

The Senate Republican healthcare reform bill would appropriate $50 billion over four years to try to...

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Promises Made To Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow

Kaiser Health News, June 22, 2017
by Jay Hancock and Rachel Bluth

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as prese...

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Panel: Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives

The New York Academy of Sciences, June 21, 2017
by Panel featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Amrit Ray, Matthew Rotelli, Steve Usdin, and Robert Walker

On June 21, 2017, Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch participated in a panel discussion on "We...

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Turning to the States to Solve the National Problem of Drug Pricing

STAT News, June 20, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Drug pricing is a national problem. So a nonprofit wants to help hand off some of...

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GOP Senators Working On Health Bill Weigh Deeper Reductions In Medicaid

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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State Officials Scramble To Woo Insurers Back Into ACA Marketplaces

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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Lacking Real Power To Alter GOP Bill, Democrats Try To Throw Wrench In Process Itself

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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At Drug Hearing, Senators Discuss Meanings of Price and Value - and Debate Health Reform

Health Affairs Blog, June 20, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article by ;Rachel E. Sachs, (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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On Tuesday, June 13, the Senate...

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The Senate Is Close to a Health Care Bill, but Do Republicans Have the Votes?

New York Times, June 19, 2017
by Wilson Andrews and Hayeoun Park

The 52 Republican senators have been meeting several times a week behind closed doors to d...

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Charlie Gard: European Court orders life support to continue

BBC News, June 19, 2017

Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life support until judges make a ruling on...

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Trump ‘simply does not care’ about HIV/AIDS, say 6 experts who just quit his advisory council

Washington Post, June 19, 2017
by Amy B. Wang

The first hints of an uncertain future for the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS came last y...

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Book Review: I Contain Multitudes - The Microbes Within us and a Grander View of Life

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

From the review by Rachel E. Sachs

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Ed Yong's ;I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within us...

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Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability

Kaiser Health News, June 15, 2017
by Alex Smith, KCUR

[...] In the U.S., fewer than half of people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 perc...

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Is Competition the Solution to High Drug Prices?

Marketplace, June 14, 2017
by Dan Gorenstein, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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“Biosimilars free up funding in the health care system to pay for other inn...

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Descent Into Secrecy

Kaiser Health News, June 14, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Congress struggling to finish a huge budget reconciliation bill. A GOP president pushing a major ove...

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Trump Administration Gives Industry More Time to Adopt New Nutrition Fact Label

NPR, June 13, 2017
by Allison Aubrey

The Food and Drug Administration has delayed the deadline for food companies to adopt a new Nutritio...

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Trying to Keep up with the Health Care Debate on the Hill? Follow These Folks on Twitter

STAT News, June 13, 2017
by Megha Satyanarayana, featuring Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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The GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is picking up steam again as the S...

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Do family members have a right to know when a loved one overdoses on opioids?

STAT, June 13, 2017
by Erin Mershon and Andrew Joseph

mid a national opioid epidemic, should family members have the right to know when an adult chil...

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Gilead’s HIV prevention pill will be going generic. How far will Teva drop the price?

STAT, June 9, 2017
by Rebecca Robbins

It’s been lauded as an essential public health tool and maligned as “a party drug.&...

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Medical Responses To Opioid Addiction Vary By State, Analysis Finds

Kaiser Health News, June 12, 2017
by Julie Appleby

Location, location, location. That mantra may apply even when it comes to how opioid addiction is tr...

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Label Or Liability: GSK Faces $3M Verdict Over Product It Didn’t Make

Forbes, June 12, 2017
by Stephanie Grimoldby

This spring, a Chicago federal jury awarded $3 million to the widow of a lawyer who committed suicid...

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This Pharma Company Won’t Commit to Fairly Pricing a Zika Vaccine You Helped Pay For

The Huffington Post, June 9, 2017
by Alexander C. Kaufman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“The incentives for any one company to raise its prices or engage in questi...

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Price Defends Trump’s Budget Plan For Medicaid, Saying A Reduction In Growth Is Not A Cut

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2017

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

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Powerful GOP Chairman Backs Insurance Subsidy Payments

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2017

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

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ERISA: A Bipartisan Problem For The ACA And The AHCA

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2017
by Abbe R. Gluck, Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), and Peter D. Jacobson

From the post

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The Supreme Court has once again been called on to mediate the boundaries...

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From the Technical to the Personal: Teaching and Learning Health Insurance Regulation and Reform

Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 61, no. 411
by Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), Whitney A. Brown, and Lindsay Cutler

From the article

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In the Fall of 2016, I taught Health Law and Policy for the fourth consecutive se...

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Aid-In-Dying Requires More Than Just A Law, Californians Find

NPR, June 8, 2017
by Stephanie O'Neill

[...] In the year since California's End of Life Option Act took effect on June 9...

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Q&A with Faculty Scholar Rachel Sachs

Institute for Public Health at Washington University , May 23, 2017
by Interview featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the interview

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Rachel Sachs, associate professor, School of Law, is a scholar of innovati...

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How a Supreme Court ruling on printer cartridges could have a big impact on drug prices

STAT News, May 30, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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A Supreme Court ruling on international printer cartridge sales could have major...

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Legal Roundtable: Discussing abortion restrictions, health care, Supreme Court developments and more

St. Louis Public Radio, May 30, 2017
by Kelly Moffitt, featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the radio episode

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On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Legal Roundtable panel return...

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Paris pollution victim sues France for bad air

BBC News, June 7, 2017

A Parisian woman is taking the French state to court for failing to protect her health from the effe...

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Call for Papers: Data-driven Health Care Conference
Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics, South Korea

Deadline: June 15, 2017

1.   Conference Descriptio

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The Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics (EIBLE) is...

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Lawmakers Consider Tough New Penalties For Opioid Crimes, Bucking Trend

NPR, June 6, 2017
by Carrie Johnson

For nearly four years now, an unusual coalition of Republicans and Democrats has worked to reduce ma...

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From ‘Subsidy Cliffs’ To Empty Marketplaces

Kaiser Health News, June 5, 2017

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

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In Texas, Abstinence-Only Programs May Contribute To Teen Pregnancies

NPR, June 5, 2017
by Lauren Silverman

[...] Traditionally, the two variables most commonly associated with high teen birth rates are educa...

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Nurse Practitioner Demand Eclipses Doctors As States Lift Hurdles

Forbes, June 4, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

[...] The trend may only escalate as more states give direct access to nurse practitioners as moment...

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A taxpayer gamble on medical tourism

STAT, June 2, 2017
by Max Blau

Taxpayers in Louisiana are helping to subsidize construction of two health care centers offering a d...

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Republican Senator

Kaiser Health News, June 2, 2017

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

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Sen. R...

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Specimen Science

MIT Press, October 2017
by Edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara E. Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Suzanne M. Rivera

This edited volume stems from a ;conference in 2015 that brought together leading experts t...

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How Restricting Abortion Access Affects Rural America

1A, WAMU (NPR), June 1, 2017

The Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 by no means settled the controversy over a woman’s right to a...

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Walmart Is Accused of Punishing Workers for Sick Days

New York Times, June 1, 2017
by Rachel Abrams

A report released Thursday by a workers’ advocacy group says Walmart, the nation’s...

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New Issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), Vol. 4, No. 1, April 2017

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the open-access journal launched in 2014 by the Pe...

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Health Care Groups At A Crossroads Over Trying To Kill GOP Bill Or Help Shape It

Kaiser Health News, May 30, 2017

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

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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

New York Times, May 29, 2017
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted...

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The Sean Pendergast Show with Dr. Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law Professor

The TJ Show, AMP Radio 103.3 FM, May 28, 2017
by Interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Harvard Law Professor [I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)] joins Sean to discuss a study he and...

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The addict brokers

STAT, May 28, 2017
by David Armstrong — STAT and Evan Allen — Boston Globe

[...] Patient brokers can earn up to tens of thousands of dollars a year by wooing vulnerable addict...

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Hogan lets drug price-gouging bill, dozens of others become law without signature

Baltimore Sun, May 26, 2017
by Michael Dresser

Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday he will not block a new law giving the Maryland attorney gene...

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In Arizona, Doctors Criticize Tightening Of Late Abortion Rules

NPR, May 26, 2017
by Will Stone

>Many states have laws about what to do if there are signs of life after an abortion. But Arizona leg... Read More

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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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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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

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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

General Descriptio

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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