NEW Joint “Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience” for 2014-2016

Petrie-Flom Center, April 16, 2014

Official Press Release Wednesday, April 16, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior and Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center announce joint “Project on Law…

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2014-2015 Student Fellowship Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Petrie-Flom Center, Deadline: May 19, 2014, 9:00am

The Center and Student Fellowship.  The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the scholarly research of important…

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2014-2015 Student Fellowship

2014-2015 Student Fellowship
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: May 19, 2014

The Center and Student Fellowship.  The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the scholarly research of important issues at the intersection…

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AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: Biostatistics and FDA Regulation:
The Convergence of Science and Law

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Symposium Presented by the Drug Information Association (DIA), the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and…

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2014 Annual Conference:
Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy

Saturday, May 03, 2014
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

We've increased our registration limit! Register here. Conference DescriptionRichard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein's book Nudge: Improving Decisions About…

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Clashing Rights:

Northeastern University Program on Health Policy and Law, April 25, 2014
by featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In recent years, the First Amendment’s free speech clause has played an increasingly critical role in the battle over reproductive rights. For example, states seeking to limit access to abortion…

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FDA Advises Against Morcellator Use in Hysterectomies:

Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2014
by Jon Kamp and Jennifer Levitz, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] "The fact that the FDA released this warning makes it more likely that a doctor who went against it will be held to have practiced in a way below the…

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Enrollments Exceed Obama’s Target for Health Care Act

New York Times, April 17, 2014
by Mark Landler and Michael D. Shear

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Thursday that eight million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, including what the White House said were a sufficient…

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Dallas Buyers Club:
Free Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall 1010
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Students from across Harvard were invited to view a free screening of the Academy-award winning film Dallas Buyers Club and participate in…

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When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue

New York Times, April 16, 2014
by Stephanie Strom

Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights? General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker,…

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Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying

ProPublica, April 16, 2014
by Charles Ornstein

In August 2011, federal agents swept across the Detroit area, arresting doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals accused of running a massive scheme to defraud Medicare. The following month, several…

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Many states avoiding paying for glitchy health care sites:

Washington Times, April 15, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Co-Director)

“I think these will be handled as is most government contracting: threats of litigation or excluding the contractors, followed by real negotiations and agreements,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health…

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US judge blocks Mass. ban on painkiller:

Boston Globe, April 15, 2014
by Milton J. Valencia

A federal judge struck down the state’s first-of-its-kind emergency ban on Zohydro on Tuesday, saying Massachusetts had no authority to overrule a federal decision to approve the powerful, controversial painkiller.…

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Abortion Coverage Details Hard To Find On Marketplace Plans

Kaiser Health News, April 15, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

When it comes to coverage of abortion services in plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces, opponents and supporters of abortion rights are in complete agreement on one thing: Coverage…

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Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

Washington Post, April 14, 2014
by AP

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that…

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Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

The Atlantic, April 14, 2014
by Olga Khazan

RECIFE, Brazil — When Ivana Borges learned she was pregnant, she told her obstetrician that she wanted a natural birth. Her mother had delivered five children without surgery or medication,…

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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

NPR, April 11, 2014
by Richard Harris

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is terrifying because there's no drug to treat this often fatal disease. But the disease is so rare, there's no incentive for big pharmaceutical companies to…

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Hot Topics at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues:
Plus Q&A on Careers in Law and Bioethics!

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Pound Hall 100
1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This event featured an update from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues delivered by Michelle Groman (HLS '05), Associate Director at the…

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Deputy Attorney General

Deputy Attorney General
Civil Division, Health Law Unit, New Castle County, Delaware Department of Justice

Deadline: April 17, 2014

Description of Duties: The Delaware Department of Justice, Civil Division, Health Law Unit, seeks a Deputy Attorney General to primarily represent The Department of Health and Social Services and its divisions, including the Division of…

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Sebelius Resigns; Obama Names OMB Chief Burwell To Head HHS

Kaiser Health News, April 11, 2014
by Mary Agnes Cary

President Barack Obama Friday officially announced the resignation of Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, praising her efforts to implement the federal health overhaul and predicting that…

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Book Launch: The Witch-Hunt Narrative:
Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall 2019A
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Please join us for the launch of Professor Ross E. Cheit's new book The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual…

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EdX Course:

EdX, Course began April 7, 2014
by John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA

This online course provides a basic and thorough understanding of the U.S. health care system focusing on access, quality of care, and costs.

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European Union Debates Initiative on Embryo Protection

New York Times, April 10, 2014
by James Kanter

BRUSSELS — A packed hearing on a petition calling for the protection of human embryos led to a rare outbreak of raucous exchanges in the European Parliament on Thursday —…

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WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C

NPR, April 9, 2014
by Richard Knox

Authors of the first-ever global guidelines for treating hepatitis C went big Tuesday, advocating for worldwide use of two of the most expensive specialty drugs in the world. The new guidelines from…

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Doctor-Pay Trove Shows Limits of Medicare Billing Data:

Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2014
by Christopher Weaver, Melinda Beck, and Ron Winslow

The trove of Medicare data released Wednesday shows a wide cast of characters in the top ranks of the highest-reimbursed doctors, and reveals as much about the limits of the newly public…

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Italian court overturns divisive ban on donor eggs, sperm

Reuters, April 9, 2014
by Naomi O'Leary

Italy's constitutional court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments on Wednesday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproduction. The…

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Judge hits state on painkiller ban:

Boston Globe, April 8, 2014
by Milton J. Valencia

A federal judge said Tuesday that she will probably strike down Governor Deval Patrick’s emergency ban on the sale of Zohydro, a controversial painkiller that has been approved by federal…

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Obama Administration Retreats On Private Medicare Rate Cuts

Kaiser Health News, April 8, 2014
by Jay Hancock

Under intense, bipartisan political pressure, the Obama administration backed down for the second year in a row on proposed payment cuts for insurance companies that offer private plans to Medicare…

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Medical Assn Won’t Stop Medicare Doc Data Release

NPR, April 7, 2014
by AP

The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to…

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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation To Novartis’ Meningitis B Vaccine

Forbes, April 7, 2014
by David Kroll

Novartis AG in Basel announced early this morning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation – a rapid development track – for potential approval of Bexsero®, their innovative vaccine…

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How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators

NPR, April 6, 2014

Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers have linked to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over…

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Military’s mental-health system faces shortage of providers, lack of good diagnostic tools

Washington Post, April 5, 2014
by Sandhya Somashekhar and Ellen Nakashima

The shooting rampage at Fort Hood has once again focused attention on the military’s ­mental-health system, which, despite improvement efforts, has struggled to address a tide of psychological problems brought…

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Newly Enrolled, but Not Counted by Insurance Exchanges

New York Times, April 1, 2014
by Katie Thomas

Millions of newly insured people are hiding in plain sight. They are the people who have bought new health insurance since the start of this year but have chosen for one reason…

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E-cig rule coming ‘very soon,’ U.S. FDA chief says

Reuters, April 3, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday…

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FDA approves device to combat opioid drug overdose

Washington Post, April 3, 2014
by Brady Dennis

In a move aimed at stemming the tide of deaths caused by the nation’s prescription drug epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new device that would allow family…

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Alabama Lawmakers Send New Abortion Restriction Bills to Governor

New York Times, April 3, 2014
by Reuters

Alabama measures to extend an abortion waiting period and tighten rules for minors seeking the procedure are headed to the governor's desk, but a move to ban abortions based on…

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Mental Health Groups Split on Bill to Overhaul Care

New York Times, April 2, 2014
by Benedict Carey

Lawmakers, patient advocates and the millions of Americans living with a psychiatric diagnosis agree that the nation’s mental health care system is broken, and on Thursday, Congress will hear testimony…

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Burnt Out Primary Care Docs Are Voting With Their Feet

Kaiser Health News, April 1, 2014
by Roni Caryn Rabin

[...] Physician stress has always been a fact of life.  But anecdotal reports and studies suggest a significant increase in the level of discontent-especially among primary care doctors who serve…

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Arizona Limit on Non-Surgical Abortion Allowed by Judge

Bloomberg, April 1, 2014
by Edvard Pettersson

An Arizona law limiting women’s access to drug-induced abortions was allowed by a federal judge to take effect in a defeat to reproductive-rights activists fighting parts of a 2012 state overhaul of…

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Welcome 2014-2016 Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs!

Petrie-Flom Center, April 17, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to announce the new 2014-2016 Academic Fellow, Rachel Sachs. Rachel earned her J.D. in 2013 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the Articles Chair of…

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Dust Settles As First Enrollment Period Comes To A Close

Kaiser Health News, April 1, 2014

Though March 31 is increasingly viewed as a somewhat soft deadline, it's come and gone amidst last-day technical troubles. In its wake, lots of analysis and speculation about where the ultimate tally --…

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Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Generic Drug Case

New York Times, March 31, 2014
by Andrew Pollack

As the world’s largest maker of generic drugs, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has been critical of brand-name manufacturers that try to block generic versions of their high-priced medicines. But Teva is…

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What A Small Town’s Teen Pregnancy Turnaround Can Teach The U.S.

NPR, March 30, 2014
by NPR Staff

Thirty years ago, the small town of Denmark, S.C., had one of the state's highest teen pregnancy rates. "We had very young grandparents, grandparents were maybe [in their] 30s," says…

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Child Euthanasia Law in Belgium First to End Age Limits

BloombergBusinessweek, March 26, 2014
by Andrea Gerlin

Stefaan van Gool has treated brain tumors in children for almost 20 years. None of his young patients has asked for help to die. The Belgian doctor is now bracing…

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Project to Improve Poor Children’s Intellect Led to Better Health, Data Show

New York Times, March 27, 2014
by Sabrina Tavernise

In 1972, researchers in North Carolina started following two groups of babies from poor families. In the first group, the children were given full-time day care up to age 5…

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Make it Work!:

Harvard Law Review 128, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Co-Director)

This short essay is part of a Harvard Law Review Symposium honoring Justice Breyer on his 20th Year on The Supreme Court. It examines Breyer's opinions and impact on the…

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U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Texas’ Restrictive Abortion Law

Al Jazeera America, March 27, 2014

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state. The court said the new rules don't…

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Obama Announces 6 Million Have Signed Up For Insurance

Kaiser Health News, March 27, 2014
by Mary Agnes Carey

More than 6 million people have signed up for health insurance through the health law’s state and federal online marketplaces, or exchanges, since Oct. 1, the administration announced Thursday. [...]

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In California, Chefs Fight For Bare-Hand Contact

NPR, March 23, 2014
by Associated Press

As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders. One used her hands…

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