SAVE THE DATE: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Please join us for the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review symposium, with leading experts discussing major developments during…

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Outbreak: Developing New Medical Products for Epidemics

Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Hauser Hall 102
1575 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

The recent outbreak of Ebola has called attention to the substantial difficulties associated with developing and testing new products for…

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Harvard Law School Library, Langdell Hall, Caspersen Room
1557 Massachusetts 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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Massachusetts Town Votes to End Bid for Tobacco Ban

New York Times, November 19, 2014
by Katharine Q. Seelye

In the face of a revolt by townspeople, the Board of Health in Westminster, Mass., voted Wednesday to drop a proposal to ban the sale of all tobacco andnicotine products. The ban would…

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Massachusetts Town Mulls Nation’s First Total Tobacco Ban

PBS NewsHour, November 16, 2014
by William Brangham

The town of Westminster, Mass., could become the first in the nation to ban the sale of tobacco products if a proposal from the city's board of health passes in…

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Obamacare, back on trial

Harvard Gazette, November 14, 2014
by Christina Pazzanese, interviewing Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director)

From the article: In a move that caught many observers off guard, the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced it would review one of four cases currently challenging provisions of the Patient…

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Web of Incentives in Fatal Indian Sterilizations

New York Times, November 12, 2014
by Ellen Barry and Suhasini Raj

[...] When Ms. Nirmalkar arrived at the “sterilization camp” on Saturday, she found a clinic streaked with cobwebs, its hallways covered by a film of dust, so long abandoned that…

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Call for Nominations: Outstanding Junior Scholars Award

Call for Nominations: Outstanding Junior Scholars Award
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Program in Public Health Law Research

Deadline: December 10, 2014

Do you know of a doctoral student or scholar who finished his or her last degree in 2009 or later, and who has produced excellent empirical research on the relation of law or…

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Medical Records: Top Secret

The New York Times, November 08, 2014
by Elisabeth Rosenthal, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: […] In a digital age when we can transfer money to purchase a house online or view a college transcript by logging on to a secure website,…

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Juvenile Death With Dignity? U.K. Case May Hurt Aid in Dying Push

NBC News, November 07, 2014
by Bill Briggs, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  […] “Many groups pushing for more end of life options find these kinds of cases to be political kryptonite and want to be able to say ‘that's…

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Election Day Entailed Casting Votes for Soda Taxes and Food Issues Too

New York Times, November 5, 2014
by Stephanie Strom

[...] In all, food and biotech companies spent at least $60 million fighting proposals linked to what Americans eat and drink, and a considerable amount of media attention was devoted…

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Voters Provide Mixed Messages On Health Ballot Measures

Kaiser Health News, November 5, 2014
by Julie Rovner

[...] The Affordable Care Act wasn’t directly on the ballot in any state, but voters did decide a host of health-related issues in Tuesday’s elections.  And there was no clear…

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Regulating the Organ Market: Normative Foundations for Market Regulation

Social Science Research Network, November 03, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:       Should organs for transplant be bought and sold? There is a developed literature providing various arguments against organ markets and/or refuting those arguments. There is also a developing literature…

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New Rules for Human-Subject Research Are Delayed and Debated

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 3, 2014
by Christopher Shea, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  When I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and director of a bioethics center there, helped to organize a conference in 2012 about the future…

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Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation

New York Times, November 2, 2014
by Katie Hafner

[...] As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So the retirement…

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Efforts to Enable Americans to Age in Place are Expanding, Survey Shows

Washington Post, November 1, 2014
by Fredrick Kunkle

A new survey of hundreds of federally sponsored local agencies that assist aging Americans has found increased efforts to help the elderly remain in their homes as they grow older,…

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Obamacare May Mean High Drug Costs For Floridians With HIV

Miami Herald, October 31, 2014
by Nicholas Nehamas

[...] Last spring, two nonprofit groups filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging that some Florida insurers were discriminating against people with HIV by charging “inordinately high” rates for HIV…

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An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Ebola Quarantines

America's Forum, Newsmax TV, October 31, 2014
by Nick Tate, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen joins Newsmax's Deputy health editor to discuss the Ebola quarantines. Why are some medical professionals breaking quarantine, such as the doctor being treated for Ebola in…

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Police Need More Training to Deal with Mentally Ill, L.A. County Told

Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2014
by Abby Sewell

A onsultant hired to find a way to divert the mentally ill from Los Angeles County's jail system found that not enough law enforcement officers were trained to handle people…

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Soda Makers Battle Proposed Taxes In Berkeley, San Francisco

Kaiser Health News, October 29, 2014
by Sarah Varney

Again and again in the United States, anti-obesity crusaders have been stymied wherever they’ve tried to impose new laws on soda sales: in New York, ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to…

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2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship

2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship
Reporting on Health, University of Southern California

Deadline: December 01, 2014

When: March 1-5, 2015 Where: Los Angeles As its enters its second year, Obamacare promises to continue to be one of the biggest stories for California news media. The…

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In a First, Mass. Town May Prohibit Tobacco Sales

Boston Globe, October 28, 2014
by Kay Lazar

The Central Massachusetts town of Westminster would become the first community in the state, and perhaps the nation, to ban all tobacco sales under a proposal made public Monday that regulators…

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Tobacco Product Regulatory Science Position

Tobacco Product Regulatory Science Position
Georgia State University College of Law

Deadline: December 01, 2014

Georgia State University College of Law currently seeks qualified applicants for a tenure‐track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor specializing in tobacco product regulatory science. This position is part of a university‐wide interdisciplinary hiring initiative.

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New Class of Abortion Providers Helps Expand Access in California

Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2014
by Lee Romney

[...] Although state legislatures across the country have passed laws in record numbers over the last four years setting restrictions on abortions — undermining Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme…

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Ebola Vaccine, Ready for Test, Sat on the Shelf

New York Times , October 23, 2014
by Denise Grady

Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results…

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Screening of Fed Up

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Documentary Synopsis:Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. Fed Up is the film…

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Paid Summer Internship in Health Services Research

Paid Summer Internship in Health Services Research
Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program, University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: February 01, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) offers paid summer internships for underrepresented minority undergraduates, or any other undergrads interested in exploring the field of health services research.  LDI is…

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Practice Associate

Practice Associate
Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Deadline: December 01, 2014

Overview The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is a 501c3 that is engaged in a three year Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project. Through the ACO, the Coalition is working to…

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Hospitals’ Struggles To Beat Back Familiar Infections Began Before Ebola Arrived

Kaiser Health News, October 21, 2014
by Jordan Rau

While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than one in six hospitals — including some top medical centers — are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal…

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Dangerous Dietary Supplements Return to Store Shelves

New York Times, October 21, 2014
by Anahad O'Connor

The Food and Drug Administration frequently recalls dietary supplements that are found to contain banned substances. But a new study suggests that many of these products return to store shelves…

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Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
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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Freezing Eggs to Put off Pregnancy - Clever Business Move but Not Magic Bullet: Experts

Ria Novosti, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), October 20, 2014

From the article: [...] Although companies consider their offer to freeze eggs to be a benefit for female employees, Glenn Cohen, a Professor of Law at Harvard University, believes there…

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Prisons Balk at Sovaldi’s $84,000 Cost for Hepatitis C Treatment

San Francisco Chronicle, October 20, 2014
by Stephanie M. Lee and Joe Garofoli

In San Francisco’s jails, no inmates with hepatitis C are receiving Sovaldi, the breakthrough pill that can cure most patients in an unprecedented amount of time. In California’s prisons, the…

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First Two Chapters of “Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics” Available for Free

Social Science Research Network, October 19, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014) is the first comprehensive legal and ethical analysis of medical tourism. Examining both the legal and ethical issues raised by medical…

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Beyond Brittany: Assisted Suicides Happen in Every State, Insiders Say

NBC News, October 18, 2014
by Bill Briggs, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] Indeed, one of the three choices for terminally ill Americans seeking a physician’s aid to end their lives is to “get illegal assistance in your home…

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​Nudging the FDA

The American Interest, October 17, 2014
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow alumna) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] The FDA’s regulation of drugs is frequently the subject of policy debate, with arguments falling into two camps. On the one hand, a libertarian view of patients…

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Egg freezing message: Lean in, and save the kids for later

The Boston Globe, October 16, 2014
by Joanna Weiss, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School, worries that an egg-freezing perk could function as a sorting mechanism, too. Soon, he fears, we’ll be able…

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Facebook and Apple Are Now Paying for Egg Freezing

HuffPost Live, October 15, 2014
by Nancy Redd, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In this segment of HuffPost Live, host Nancy Redd interviews Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen to discuss the recent news that Facebook and Apple will now offer their employees the…

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Can Big Data Cure Cancer?

U.S. News, October 15, 2014
by Lindsey Cook, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  In some ways, the learning health system has been around since the beginning of medicine, says Glenn Cohen, a professor specializing in health law policy at Harvard…

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Full or Part-Time Bioethics Junior Faculty Member

Full or Part-Time Bioethics Junior Faculty Member
Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

Deadline: November 07, 2014

Harvard Medical School’s new Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce a Request for Applications to recruit one or more faculty members for junior appointments as instructor, assistant professor, or associate professor with…

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Associate Director for Research

Associate Director for Research
Center for Bioethics, Geisinger Health System

Deadline: Open until filled.

Geisinger’s initiatives in bioethics are entering a new phase of growth, spurred in part by the system’s embrace of the IOM’s concept of a learning health care system—a phase that will include both…

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Apple, Facebook Will Pay for Employees to Freeze Their Eggs

ABC World News, October 14, 2014
by Alyssa Newcomb and Catherine Cole, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and an expert in the intersection of bioethics and law, said the perk could be perceived in several…

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What About Ebola’s Impact on Insurers?

CBS, October 14, 2014
by Bruce Kennedy

Along with all the concerns regarding the ongoing Ebola epidemic, here's one many people probably haven't considered: What about health care and life insurance costs if the disease were to…

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Dallas Residents Still Trust Texas Health Presbyterian

The Atlantic, October 10, 2014
by Olga Khazan

[...] So why are people so sympathetic to a hospital that made an egregious—and possibly fatal—error involving a highly contagious virus? Whether deserved or not, medical workers are often crested…

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