Concurrent Surgeries:
Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues

Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
TBD
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Concurrent, or overlapping, surgeries involve the simultaneous scheduling of substantial portions o...

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Zika May Place Burden On Medicaid

Health Affairs Blog, June 8, 2016
by Emma Sandoe (Student Fellow)

From the article:

Congress is currently debating the level of federal funding that should be made...

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Public Health Policy Director

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Public Health Policy Director
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is now accepting applications to fill the polic...

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Politics Makes Abortion Training In Texas Difficult

NPR, June 22, 2016
by Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media

[...] It may be good learning, but in Texas this training happens quietly, almost in secret.

"Doct...

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New Ways to Treat Pain Meet Resistance

New York Times, June 22, 2016
by Barry Meier and Abby Goodnough

[...] Mr. Scott’s story highlights one patient’s success. Yet it also underscores the d...

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A Cautionary Tale of ‘Stem Cell Tourism’

New York Times, June 22, 2016
by Gina Kolata

[...] 

A growing number of clinics, often in places like Russia or China, but also in Eu...

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‘They Made It Worse’:

NPR, June 22, 2016
by Merrit Kennedy

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office has filed a civil lawsuit against two compa...

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Pediatricians Call For More Testing And Tighter Rules On Lead Exposure

NPR, June 20, 2016
by Rae Ellen Bichell

[...] 

The academy recommends that pediatricians and primary care providers proactively test...

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Antitrust Regulators Concerned About an Anthem-Cigna Merger:

Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2016
by Liz Hoffman, Brent Kendall, and Anna Wilde Mathews

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

U.S....

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Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar

New York Times, June 19, 2016
by Pam Belluck

A quiet shift is taking place in how women obtain birth control. A growing assortment of new a...

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Vermont Insurers Must Now Cover Vasectomies

NPR, June 18, 2016
by Rebecca Sananes

Vermont has become one of several states working to make sure vasectomies are among the birth contr...

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As More Cities Eye Soda Tax, Industry Vows To Fight New Tax in Philadelphia

NPR, June 17, 2016
by Allison Aubrey

The soda industry says it will fight to repeal the tax on sweetened beverages voted in by the Phila...

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Advocates: FDA Blood Donation Ban Based On Stigma, Not Science

Kaiser Health News, June 16, 2016

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

Howev...

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Feds Urge State Medicaid Programs To Encourage Long-Acting Contraceptives

Kaiser Health News, June 16, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

The federal government, which spends billions of dollars each year covering unintended pregnan...

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AMA To Battle NRA, GOP To Allow Federal Gun Research

Forbes, June 15, 2016
by Bruce Japsen

The American Medical Association will throw its considerable lobbying clout behind efforts to...

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Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics

NPR, June 15, 2016
by Michelle Eloy

[...] Outpatient clinics like the one Talbott co-owns dispense drugs like methadone and bupren...

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F.D.A. Warns Whole Foods on Failure to Address Food Safety Problems

New York Times, June 15, 2016
by Stephanie Strom

Prepared foods are an increasingly important part of the grocery business, delivering fat margins a...

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Judge Rejects F.T.C. Effort to Block Health System Merger

New York Times, June 14, 2016
by Reed Abelson

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the merger of two large Illinois hospital systems could proce...

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Drug Maker’s Former Employees Accused of Shady Dealings With Doctors

New York Times, June 10, 2016
by Katie Thomas

[...] Mr. Roper and a former sales representative, Fernando Serrano, were arrested on Thursday...

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Investors See Big Opportunities In Opioid Addiction Treatment

NPR, June 10, 2016
by Alison Kodjak

[...] Every crisis presents an opportunity, as the saying goes. And when it comes to opioid ad...

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California Raises Smoking Age To 21

NPR, June 9, 2016
by Robert Siegel, interviewing state Sen. Ed Hernadez (CA)

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to state Sen. Ed Hernandez about California becoming the second state...

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FDA Takes Action Against Websites Illegally Selling Unapproved Prescription Drug Products

Forbes, June 9, 2016
by C. J. Arlotta

Criminals profiting from consumers purchasing unapproved prescriptions drugs off the Internet are b...

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At This Medical School, Students Mix Science And Health Policy

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2016
by Julie Rovner

Medical students cram a lot of basic science and medicine into their first two years of training. B...

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Ireland Abortion Ban Violated Woman’s Human Rights, U.N. Panel Says

New York Times, June 9, 2016
by Sewell Chan

LONDON — Ireland’s abortion ban subjects women to cruel, degrading and discriminatory t...

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Policy Fellowship

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Policy Fellowship
OSU Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS) invites ap...

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In Texas, Strict Laws On Clinics Drive Demand For Abortion Pill

NPR, June 8, 2016
by John Burnett

The abortion pill is booming in Texas. Since the FDA loosened restrictions, more women are circumve...

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FDA Moves To Speed Access To Compassionate-Use Drugs

NPR, June 8, 2016
by Rachel Bluth

The Food and Drug Administration has reduced an obstacle from its compassionate use policy, streaml...

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New Opioid Limits Challenge the Most Pain-Prone

New York Times, June 6, 2016
by Paula Span

If you’ve come to rely on opioids for chronic pain, as a growing proportion of older adults h...

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A FEMA-Like Fund Exists To Fight Zika — But Congress Has Left That Piggy Bank Empty

Kaiser Health News, June 6, 2016

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

The f...

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Florida Stores Help Consumers Buy Imported Drugs Despite Federal Ban

Kaiser Health News, June 6, 2016
by Phil Galewitz

LAKELAND, Fla. — A hardy market for imported low-cost prescription drugs has taken root in Fl...

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FDA Unveils New Sodium Guidelines:

Kaiser Health News, June 2, 2016

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

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Florida’s Crackdown On Opioids May Be Influencing Prescribing

Forbes, June 2, 2016
by C.J. Arlotta

Laws crafted to limit the number of opioid prescriptions in Florida seem to be influencin...

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The Aging Of America Will Create A $279B Opportunity By 2020

Forbes, June 2, 2016
by Larry Myler

The massive baby boomer demographic has been impacting industries like housing, travel, pets and he...

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Details On Death Certificates Offer Layers Of Clues To Opioid Epidemic

NPR, June 1, 2016
by Jeff Cohen

[...] There's another reason to get solid data — so you can craft a public health respons...

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The Summer Olympics And The Zika Virus — Is It Safe To Hold The Games In Brazil?

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 1, 2016
by Jim Braude, interviewing Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch

Olympic athletes going to Rio de Janeiro might come home with more than just a medal.  Some pu...

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Housing The Homeless Could Eventually Pay For Itself

Forbes, May 31, 2016
by Peter Ubel

A study of a supportive housing facility in Portland, Oregon, provides provocative evidence that a...

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Parents May Be Refused Details Of Adult Children’s Medical Care

NPR, May 31, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

[...] These days when people think about patient privacy problems, it's usually because someone...

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150 experts say Olympics must be moved or postponed because of Zika:

Washington Post, May 27, 2016
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

More than 100 prominent physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world posted a...

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Virginia Insurer’s Decision To Drop Bronze Plans Prompts Concerns

Kaiser Health News, May 27, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

News that a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield subsidiary will stop selling bronze level plans on...

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Long-Acting Opioid Treatment Could Be Available In A Month

NPR, May 27, 2016
by Martha Bebinger

Labels for the first long-acting opioid addiction treatment device are rolling off printing machine...

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It’s Still Hard to Get Birth Control Pills in California without a Prescription

NPR, May 26, 2016
by Kelly O'Mara

It has been more than 18 months since California's governor signed a law that allows...

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The Other Bathroom Wars:

New York Times, May 25, 2016
by K. J. Dell'antonia

Jana Serge remembers her father pushing her wheelchair into a men’s room in the late 1970s. &...

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New York Legislature Cuts Taxes on Tampons and Other Feminine Hygiene Products

New York Times, May 25, 2016
by Associated Press

ALBANY — The State Legislature has given its final approval to a bill exempting tampons and o...

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Baby Boomers Will Become Sicker Seniors Than Earlier Generations

NPR, May 25, 2016
by Alison Kodjak

The next generation of senior citizens will be sicker and costlier to the health care system over t...

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Healey, other AGs demand CDC study on gun violence

Boston Globe, May 24, 2016
by Michael Levenson

About a dozen attorneys general, led by Maura Healey, are asking Congress to allow the nation&rsquo...

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Research Project Coordinator

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Research Project Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Description

The Research Project Coordinator will provide research and administrative assi...

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FDA Considering Pricey Implant As Treatment For Opioid Addiction

NPR, May 20, 2016
by Martha Bebinger

Amid a raging opioid epidemic, many doctors and families in the U.S. have been pleading for better...

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F.D.A. Finishes Food Labels for How We Eat Now

New York Times, May 20, 2016
by Sabrina Tavernise

WASHINGTON — Major changes to nutrition labels on food packagesbecame final on Friday, w...

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When Big Data Isn’t Big Enough

Ampersand, May 20, 2016
by Elise Davis

Elise Davis of PRIM&R attended the Petrie-Flom Center's 2016 Annual Conference on "Big Data...

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Legal Research Associate, Policy Surveillance Program

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Legal Research Associate, Policy Surveillance Program
Temple University

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Policy Surveillance Program (PSP) is a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Fo...

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House Passes $622M For Zika Funding, But CDC Says ‘It’s Just Not Enough’

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2016

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

On Tu...

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It’s Not Against The Law For Doctors To Ask Patients About Guns, A New Report Concludes

Forbes, May 17, 2016
by Rita Rubin

When it comes to patients and firearms ownership, there’s no “don’t ask, don&rsqu...

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Much of World Suffers Not From Abuse of Painkillers, but Absence of Them

New York Times, May 17, 2016
by Rick Gladstone

While Americans are confronting an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, particularly for addic...

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Despite $10B ‘Fix,’ Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer To See Doctors

NPR, May 16, 2016
by Quil Lawrence, Eric Whitney, and Michael Tomsic

Many veterans are still waiting to see a doctor.

Two years ago, vets were waiting a ...

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Dying Infants and No Medicine:

New York Times, May 15, 2016
by Nicholas Casey

BARCELONA, Venezuela — By morning, three newborns were already dead.

The day had begun with...

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Study of Telemedicine Finds Misdiagnoses of Skin Problems:

Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2016
by Melinda Beck

[...] Direct-to-consumer telemedicine services have exploded in recent years, with more than o...

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How Much Is Too Much Marijuana to Drive? Lawmakers Wonder

New York Times, May 13, 2016
by Jonah Bromwich

It’s relatively easy to determine when someone is too drunk to drive. If a driver’s blo...

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House Republicans Win Lawsuit Over Obamacare Subsidies

Kaiser Health News, May 13, 2016

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

A fed...

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Blue Cross Partners With Google-Backed Startup To Speed Mental Health Referrals

Forbes, May 13, 2016
by Bruce Japsen

One of the nation’s largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans has partnered with a behavi...

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Presidential Candidates Confront Obstacles To Opioid Addiction Treatment

NPR, May 11, 2016
by Tamara Keith

Presidential candidates have been confronted by voters over the crisis of opioid abuse and heroin a...

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Doctor-Device Deals Need Scrutiny, Report Says:

Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2016
by Stephanie Armour

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

Spinal...

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Q & A: What the Recent Explosion of Health Data Means For Patients

ProPublica, May 9, 2016
by Charles Ornstein

Two years ago, when the federal government first released data on how much Medicare paid...

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Bartenders Can’t Refuse Pregnant Women Alcohol, New York City Says

New York Times, May 9, 2016
by Mike McPhate

It can be an awkward order for a pregnant woman: A glass of merlot, please.

But she is legally ent...

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Professional ‘Guinea Pigs’ Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

NPR, May 8, 2016
by Rae Ellen Bichell

[...] Like other serial participants in clinical trials, Clough knows that what he's doing...

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Plagued With Out-Of-State Pill Seekers, Missouri Considers Prescription Drug Monitoring

KBIA (NPR Missouri), May 8, 2016
by Bram Sable-Smith

[...] Because it’s the only state that does not yet have a database, Missouri has become...

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Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract: 

A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law...

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-008; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 503
by Rebecca Eisenberg and W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract:

Innovation policy often focuses on the incentives of firms that sell new products. But o...

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Harvard Medical School’s 2016 Bioethics Conference:
Social Justice and Ethics Committees in Health Care: Core to our Mission or None of our Business?

Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Conferences
2015-2016
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

Couldn't make it to the conference? Join the conversation on Twitter using #HMSABC!

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Director of Master of Arts in Bioethics

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Director of Master of Arts in Bioethics
Center for Ethics at Emory University

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Center for Ethics at Emory University seeks a scholar in ethics and a clinical field, public he...

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Petrie-Flom & Coalition to Transform Advanced Care Launch Project on Advanced Care & Health Policy

Petrie-Flom Center, March 28, 2016

The Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy will foster development of improved models of care f...

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Genetically Modified Crops

Foundation of American Scientists

An introduction to genetically modified crops, including key ecological concerns. 

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Title 21: Food and Drugs

Code of Federal Regulations

In Chapter I, Subchapter B, Parts 100-190, the regulations applicable to FDA’s oversight of f...

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Food, Genetically Modified

World Health Organization

Educational page providing general and technical information on genetically modified foods. 

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FDA - Guidance and Regulation

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Section of the FDA website containing FDA guidance and regulatory information applicable to food, i...

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Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States

United States Department of Agriculture, February 2014

Report by the USDA Economic Research Service on recent trends in adoption of genetically engineered...

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Food Code

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA’s Food Code is a model that assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of gover...

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Food from Genetically Engineered Plants

Food and Drug Administration

This FDA site includes consumer information about food from genetically engineered plants, as well...

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USDA - Food Safety

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Website for FSIS, an agency of the USDA responsible for ensuring food safety for meat, poultry, and...

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Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects

National Academy of Science

Website announcing NAS study on the benefits and risks of GE crops. 

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Foodborne Outbreaks

Centers for Disease Control

This site outlines the CDC’s role in investigation, surveillance, and prevention of food safe...

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Bioengineered (Genetically Engineered) Crops and Foods

American Medical Association

AMA statement on genetically engineered crops and foods. 

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Food Safety

FoodSafety.gov

Describes provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and their role in strengthening t...

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GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 20, 2015
by Philip J. Landrigan and Charles Benbrook

Describes the impact of two recent changes in the GMO landscape, and considers their larger implica...

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Codex Alimentarius

World Health Organization

The Codex, administered by WHO and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, establishes internat...

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