Health Law Workshop: Amy Kapczynski

Monday, February 23, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Amy Kapczynski is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She…

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Book Launch: Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Harvard Law School Library, Langdell Hall, Caspersen Room
1557 Massachsetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

I. Glenn Cohen's new book Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics  (Oxford University Press, 2014) is the first comprehensive…

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Global Reproduction:
Health, Law, and Human Rights in Surrogacy and Egg Donation

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1010
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Please join us for a screening of the documentary Can We See the Baby Bump, Please?, followed by a panel discussion of…

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Transparency in the Global Food System:
How Much Information and to What Ends?

Saturday, October 25, 2014
UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA

SAVE THE DATE!The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and The Food Law Lab…

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Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Washington, DC

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Food and Drug Law Institute are pleased to…

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Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Start-Ups
(followed by Petrie-Flom's 2014 Open House)

Monday, October 06, 2014 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B
1585 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd floor, Cambridge, MA

New healthcare start-ups face a range of legal and ethical challenges as they develop new products and services and solicit…

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Health Law Workshop: Anup Malani

Monday, September 15, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Paper: "The Insurance Value of Medical Innovation" Anup Malani is the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University…

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US to Announce Major Increase in Aid to Fight Ebola

Washington Post, September 15, 2014
by Lena H. Sun

President Obama plans to announce a significant boost in the U.S. response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history in West Africa, including more involvement of the U.S. military, according…

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Maker of Hepatitis C Drug Strikes Deal on Generics for Poor Countries

New York Times, September 15, 2014
by Gardiner Harris

The maker of one of the costliest drugs in the world announced on Monday that it had struck agreements with seven Indian generic drug makers to sell lower-cost versions of…

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The New Demographics of Suicide

The Atlantic, September 11, 2014
by Tanya Basu

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report this week that has piqued the interest of the public health community for its surprising findings on who commits suicide. One dramatic trend the…

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An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Controversial Health Issues, September 9, 2014
by Tavis Smiley, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In an interview with, Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen, sat down with Tavis Smiley to discuss important health issues, such as experimental Ebola drugs and prescription opiate use in the U.S.…

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World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

New York Times, August 26, 2014
by David Jolly and Sabrina Tavernise

Governments should ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and outlaw tactics to lure young users, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Tuesday that calls for…

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The Danger in Losing Sight of Ebola Victims’ Humanity

The Atlantic, August 22, 2014
by Raphael Frankfurter

[...] Responding to Ebola requires putting patients and families into inescapably horrific situations. Being diagnosed with the disease means confronting and accepting the absolute terror of a likely-terminal condition—I am…

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Clashes Erupt as Liberia Sets an Ebola Quarantine

New York Times, August 20, 2014
by Norimitsu Onishi

[...] The clashes were a dangerous new chapter in West Africa’s five-month-old fight against the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record. The virus continues to spread, yet the total number of…

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Study Shows Rise in Visitors to Switzerland Seeking Assisted Suicide

Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2014
by Shirley S. Wang

The number of people traveling to Switzerland for assistance with suicide grew by more than a third between 2008 and 2012, according to a preliminary analysis published Wednesday in the…

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Experimental Vaccine for Chikungunya Passes First Test

NPR, August 18, 2014
by Michaeleen Doucleff

Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere…

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West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic Spreads

On Point , August 18, 2014
by Jane Clayson

More than one thousand people dead, more than two thousand infected. Ebola continues to spread across West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The worst outbreak in history.  And still not…

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Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Kidney Patients to Costa Rica

New York Times, August 17, 2014
by Kevin Sack

[...] Because most people can live with only one kidney, that organ accounts for the vast majority of living-donor transplants. Laparoscopy has made the surgery to remove a kidney fairly…

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Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO:

BBC News, August 12, 2014

The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths - more than 1,000 people have died in West Africa. The…

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WHO: Ebola ‘an international emergency’

BBC News, August 8, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency. WHO officials said a coordinated international response was essential to stop and…

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Medical ethicists to meet on use of experimental Ebola drugs:

Al Jazeera America, August 8, 2014
by Courtney Brooks

Medical ethicists will meet next week to discuss the use of experimental medicines in the West Africa Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the talks in the wake…

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Ebola crisis:

BBC News, August 1, 2014

The head of the World Health Organization and leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a new $100m (£59m; 75m euro) response plan. They…

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US tries to calm fears as Ebola virus spreads:

Al Jazeera America, July 29, 2014

U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but said the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the United States is remote. The Centres for Disease Control…

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Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

NPR, July 28, 2014
by Jason Beaubien

Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine. "Even when they took out the pistol, I…

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Ebola outbreak:

BBC News, July 28, 2014

Most border crossings in Liberia have been closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to try to halt the spread of the virus. Screening centres are also…

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A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache

New York Times, July 27, 2014
by Tamar Lewin

[...] The emerging Planet Hospital story, which Mr. Rupak characterized as one of mismanagement rather than fraud, stands as a cautionary tale about the proliferation of unregulated surrogacy agencies, their lack…

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Food Safety in China Still Faces Big Hurdles

New York Times, July 23, 2014
by Michael Moss and Neil Gough

China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated with an…

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Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor infected as the worst outbreak in history continues,

Washington Post, July 23, 2014
by Abby Phillip

The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has contracted the virus himself, government officials said. Sheik Umar Khan, 39, was on the front lines of battling the…

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Three person IVF plans ‘progress’ in UK:

BBC News, July 22, 2014

A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health. But a number of technical and scientific details need to be finalised…

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Leading AIDS Researcher Killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash

New York Times, July 18, 2014
by Thomas Erdbrink and Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

Members of the international HIV research community are reeling from the news that many of their own, including world-renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, perished when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot…

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Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

New York Times, July 13, 2014
by Gardiner Harris

SHEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people,…

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Synthetic cannabis ‘not medicinal’, EU top court says

BBC News, July 10, 2014

The EU's top court says designer drugs that mimic cannabis, which are already illegal in many countries, cannot be classed as medicinal. If a drug is not "medicinal" then it…

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Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally

NPR, July 9, 2014
by Michaeleen Doucleff

The total doses of antibiotics sold in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose 36 percent from 2000 to 2010, scientists reported Wednesday. The finding, published in The Lancet Infectious Disease, comes from the first…

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Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care:

New Republic, July 7, 2014
by Adam Teicholz and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new piece in New Republic on the practice adopted by some insurance companies of sending clients across the border for less expensive care. From…

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Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It:

New York Times, July 5, 2014
by Tamar Lewin

[...] In an era of globalization, the market for children crosses national borders; witness the longtime flow of Americans who have gone overseas to adopt babies from South Korea, China,…

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India to provide four free vaccines, including rotavirus

BBC News, July 4, 2014

India will provide four new vaccines free of cost as part of a programme to reduce child mortality, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said. They include one for rotavirus, which…

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WHO urges ‘drastic action’ to combat Ebola in West Africa:

Al Jazeera America, June 26, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called for "drastic action" to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis. The…

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Health Care System Needs To Prepare For Global Warming

Kaiser Health News, June 26, 2014
by Lisa Gillespie

Climate change is happening, and with that will come more deaths from heat-related illness and disease, according to a report released Tuesday. The report, spearheaded and funded by investor and philanthropist…

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Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law

Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law
O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Deadline: July 14 - 18, 2014

Please join the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University for a one-week intensive summer institute exploring the domestic and international legal, regulatory, and policy framework shaping the safety and availability…

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Silent kidney epidemic ravages Central America sugar belt:

Al Jazeera America, June 22, 2014
by Tim Gaynor

[...] The five men in Zapata's family are among tens of thousands cut down by a new form of chronic kidney disease striking like a scythe across the sweltering plains…

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Dementia is ‘one of greatest enemies of humanity’ - PM

BBC News, June 19, 2014

A "big, bold global push" is needed to beat dementia, David Cameron has told a summit in London. He pledged to accelerate progress on dementia drugs, by increasing funding and…

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Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey

Washington Post, June 16, 2014
by Lenny Bernstein

A report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same…

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A Chinese Chemical Company And A ‘Bath Salts’ Epidemic

NPR, June 16, 2014
by Frank Langfitt

[...] Shanghai has a big, legitimate pharmaceutical industry. Power — who never actually ordered the mephedrone — says factories like Chang's branched out into recreational drugs in response to orders…

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EU’s top court may define obesity as a disability:

BBC, June 12, 2014

Denmark has asked the European Court of Justice to rule on the case of a male childminder who says he was sacked for being too fat. Karsten Kaltoft weighs about…

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More than 10,000 suicides attributed to Great Recession, study finds

Al Jazeera America, June 12, 2014
by Peter Moskowitz

The Great Recession is a story of numbers: rising unemployment rates, the widening gap between rich and poor, contracting GDP.  But a new study has added a figure that underscores…

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How A Lack Of Toilets Puts India’s Women At Risk Of Assault

NPR, June 9, 2014
by Julie McCarthy

A young girl sweeps fallen debris from a tempest that blew through her village of Katra Sahadatganj one recent evening. This remote spot in Uttar Pradesh — India's largest state…

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Police defend decision to arrest parents of obese boy on suspicion of neglect:

The Guardian, June 6, 2014
by Ben Quinn

A police force has defended its decision to arrest the parents of a 15 stone [210 pound] 11-year-old on suspicion of neglect for allowing their son to become obese. The un-named 49-year-old…

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Saudi Arabia reports big jump in MERS cases, including 282 deaths

CNN, June 4, 2014
by Greg Botelho and Hamdi Alkhshali

Saudi Arabia reported significantly more deaths from the MERS virus on Tuesday, the same day the country sacked one of its top health officials. The Saudi Ministry of Health reported…

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‘Millions denied end-of-life drugs’:

BBC News, June 2, 2014
by Tulip Mazumdar

Figures suggest almost 18 million people - mainly in developing countries - died in unnecessary pain in 2012. In Ethiopia, there are reports of cancer patients throwing themselves in front…

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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

NPR, May 28, 2014
by Richard Knox

There's new evidence that an oral cholera vaccine might help stop an epidemic in its tracks. That's the encouraging message from a study that tested a two-dose vaccine during a…

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