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

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015

At our Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review, we will welcome experts discussing major developments during 2014 and what to watch…

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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 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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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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Petrie-Flom Center Annual Open House - 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B
1585 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd floor, Cambridge, MA

Come learn more about what the Petrie-Flom Center does and how you can get involved at this gathering for faculty, colleagues,…

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A Conversation with the HHS Office of the Inspector General

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Please join the Petrie-Flom Center for a conversation with the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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Post-Trial Responsibilities:
Ethics and Implementation

Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Driving Directions

Registration for the conference is almost closed! Register online. Please make sure to read the Hypothetical Post-Trial Scenarios prior to the event.…

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Harvard Law Professor: Medicalization of Death is Problematic

Newsmax TV, September 17, 2014
by Courtney Coren, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the interview: [...] Cohen: The idea here is that we think that execution is the state ending someone's life, and we don't want to make that look like a medical…

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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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Changing Tack, GOP Candidates Support Over-The-Counter Birth Control

NPR, September 12, 2014
by Mara Liasson

A string of Republican candidates for Senate are supporting an issue usually associated with Democrats: easier access to contraception. They're supporting it on the road and in ads, like one…

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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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GLOBAL: New medical tourism book from Glenn Cohen

International Medical Travel Journal, discussing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), September 10, 2014

From the article:  [...] Glenn Cohen's new book "Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics" is from Oxford University Press. It claims to be the first comprehensive legal and ethical analysis…

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An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Controversial Health Issues

PBS.org, September 9, 2014
by Tavis Smiley, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In an interview with PBS.org, 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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Lasker Winner Calls for More Genetic Testing for Cancer

New York Times, September 8, 2014
by Lawrence K. Altman and Roni Caryn Rabin

[...] The recipient, Mary-Claire King, 68, of the University of Washington in Seattle, is one of five scientists being honored; she won the special achievement award for “bold, imaginative” scientific…

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CDC Warns of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children

NPR, September 8, 2014
by Nancy Shute

A rarely seen virus is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors and parents to be…

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D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies

New York Times, September 8, 2014
by Catherine Saint Louis

Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. The…

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Where Are All the Female Test Subjects?

The Atlantic, September 4, 2014
by Cari Romm

In 1987, the National Institutes of Health made a bold update to its grant guidelines, encouraging scientists seeking funding to include women and minorities in their clinical research. Six years…

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Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics

Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics
The University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

Deadline: November 10, 2014

The University Center for Human Values of Princeton University invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics (#1400502). Applicants must have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D., M.D., or…

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Replacing an Ambulance with a Station Wagon

NPR, September 5, 2014
by Eric Whitney

[...] Several cities across the country are using paramedics as physician extenders, sending ambulance crews to do routine things like hospital follow-up visits in places where basic health care is…

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HLS Students: Join the American Health Lawyers’ Association

Petrie-Flom Center, September 4, 2014

The Petrie Flom Center and Harvard Law School are proud members of the American Health Lawyers' Association (AHLA) School Alliance program. This program offers a host of benefits, including: Electronic…

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IV Misplaced in Oklahoma Execution, Report Says

New York Times, September 4, 2014
by Erik Eckholm

An official report released Thursday about a bungled execution in Oklahoma in April says that an improperly placed intravenous line in the prisoner’s groin allowed the drugs to perfuse surrounding tissue rather than to…

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QA/QI Specialist

QA/QI Specialist
Human Research Quality Improvement Program, Partners Healthcare

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program (QI Program) is recruiting a QA/QI Specialist to join their team. The specialist will be responsible for providing regulatory support and education to investigators and research staff…

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Summer Institute in Bioethics

Summer Institute in Bioethics
Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University

Deadline: January 17, 2015

Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics is again hosting its intensive Summer Institute in Bioethics for US and international participants June 1 - July 24, 2015.  This eight-week immersion in bioethics consists of lectures,…

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FDA Proposal for Regulating Laboratory Diagnostics Could Improve Patient Care

Hastings Center Bioethics Forum, September 4, 2014
by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article: [...] [T]he FDA's proposal [to regulate laboratory-developed tests] ... could improve patient care by collecting, for the first time, clinical validity data on tens of thousands of…

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Frozen embryos: Who do they belong to?

Chicago Lawyer Magazine, September 3, 2014
by Roy Strom, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor who has written academic papers on embryo disputes, does not believe constitutional cases answer whether a person has a…

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CVS Stores Stop Selling All Tobacco Products

New York Times, September 3, 2014
by Rachel Abrams

[...] The rebranding even comes with a new name: CVS Health. The decision to stop selling cigarettes is a strategic move as pharmacies across the country jockey for a piece…

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The Food Gap is Widening

The Atlantic, September 2, 2014
by James Hamblin

[...] “We need to intensify efforts to educate the public about the role of diet in prevention of disease, and also implement policies that can help to improve the food…

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GOP Senate Hopefuls Favor Over-The-Counter Birth Control

Washington Post, September 2, 2014
by Sandhya Somashekhar

Several Republican candidates for Senate have embraced an unorthodox issue as the midterm election approaches — support for over-the-counter birth control pills. At least three GOP hopefuls have spoken during…

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Smaller Military Hospitals Said to Put Patients at Risk

New York Times, September 1, 2014
by Sharon LaFraniere and Andrew W. Lehren

[...] Two-thirds of the hospitals last year served 30 or fewer inpatients a day — less than a third as many as the typical civilian hospital. Nine served 10 or…

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How Racism Creeps Into Medicine

The Atlantic, August 29, 2014
by Hamza Shaban

[...] Shaban: In the scientific community there’s this insurgent belief that political correctness is getting in the way of discovery. This argument holds that the question “Is race real?” is a…

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Expansion of Mental Health Care Hits Obstacles

New York Times, August 28, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

[...] The Affordable Care Act has paved the way for a vast expansion of mental health coverage in America, providing access for millions of people who were previously uninsured or…

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Why Are There So Few Doctors in Rural America?

The Atlantic, August 28, 2014
by Olga Khazan

[...] There are about 6,000 federally designated areas with a shortage of primary care doctors in the U.S., and 4,000 with a shortage of dentists. Rural areas have about 68 primary care doctors per…

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The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion

New York Times, August 28, 2014
by Emily Bazelon

[...] A medical abortion in the United States usually involves two office visits. At the first, a woman often has an ultrasound, to date the pregnancy. She is given mifepristone…

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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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Democratic group claims Cory Gardner backs bill to ‘ban all abortions’

PolitiFact, August 21, 2014
by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] By suggesting that a fetus has the "right to life," the bill challenges the Supreme Court's past support for a constitutional right to abortion. An act…

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Information Research Specialist

Information Research Specialist
Legislative Branch, Library of Congress

Deadline: September 10, 2014

Job Title: Information Research Specialist (Health Policy and Medicine) Job Announcement Number:140222 SALARY RANGE: $75,621.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to Wednesday, September 10, 2014 SERIES & GRADE: GS-1410-12 POSITION…

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Health Acceleration Challenge

Health Acceleration Challenge
Forum on Health Care Innovation, Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School

Deadline: September 29, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that the HBS- HMS Health Acceleration Challenge has gone live. Innovations must have credible, demonstrated evidence of their value proposition (such as cost savings, outcomes improvement, patient satisfaction, etc.); have a compelling…

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Bioethicist

Bioethicist
Program in Medicine & Human Values, California Pacific Medical Center

Deadline: Open until filled.

Primary Purpose The Bioethicist West Bay Region ("WBR"), under the supervision of the Director PMHV, the Senior Ethics Scholar and CPMC Bioethicist, will be the key provider of ethics expertise to Sutter West Bay Hospitals. …

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The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance

The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance
Association of Health Care Journalists

Deadline: October 01, 2014

The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance is a yearlong program allowing journalists to pursue a significant reporting project related to the U.S. health care system. It can be local or national in scope,…

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Full-Time Clinical Ethicist

Full-Time Clinical Ethicist
Los Angeles Ethics Center, University of California

Deadline: September 05, 2014

The University of California - Los Angeles Ethics Center serves the needs of the UCLA Health System's three hospitals, which rank among the best in the nation, and the full UCLA patient population. The volume…

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Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net in San Antonio

NPR, August 19, 2014
by Jenny Gold

[...] This sort of situation is not unusual: Across the country, jails hold 10 times as many people with serious mental illness as state hospitals do, according to a recent report from the Treatment Advocacy…

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Legal Marijuana for Parents, but Not Their Kids

New York Times, August 18, 2014
by Tara Parker-Pope

[...] Antidrug advocates say efforts to legalize marijuana have created new challenges as they work to educate teenagers and their parents about the unique risks that alcohol, marijuana and other…

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Who Has a Right to Pain Relief?

The Atlantic, August 18, 2014
by Rebecca Davis O'Brien

[...] The symposium called attention to a dilemma facing clinicians and American society at large—one that has unfolded in conference rooms, statehouses, and courts. The day’s roster of speakers, all…

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Gay Teen’s Eyes Rejected for Donation Due to FDA Policy

Newsmax TV, August 15, 2014
by Wanda Carruthers, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] The FDA rule goes back to when HIV and AIDS epidemic started in the United States. The FDA maintained the policy was necessary due to "documented increased…

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After suicide, gay teen’s eye donation rejected

Washington Post, August 14, 2014
by Ryan Weber, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Glenn Cohen, a bioethics law professor at the Harvard Law School, wrote that the United States should repeal the rules…

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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver?

NPR, August 14, 2014
by Rob Stein

[...] "Either it's a jackpot and you have very, very easy access to a lifesaving liver — if you lived in Indiana or if you lived in Louisiana or Florida,"…

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Ebola Crisis and Rationing

CCTV Mandarin, August 13, 2014
by CCTV Broadcaster, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on CCTV Mandarin to discuss the rationing and usage of experimental drugs for the Ebola outbreak.

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Ethical issues over experimental Ebola drug

CCTV America, August 13, 2014
by Asieh Namdar, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on CCTV America to discuss ethical questions about who is receiving an experimental drug to treat Ebola. From the interview: [...] Usually when we think about what's ethical,…

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Expanding waistlines will cause 3,500 more cancers each year, study finds:

The Guardian, August 13, 2014
by Sarah Boseley

[...] Dr Bhaskaran said he hoped the findings would help governments take "courageous action" to tackle the obesity. "It will require action in various different areas. We need to look…

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The Suburbs Made Us Fat:

The Atlantic, August 13, 2014
by James Hamblin

[...] Norman Garrick and Wesley Marshall are assistant professors of engineering at the University of Connecticut and Colorado University, respectively, and they are making names for themselves among the anti-cul-de-sac…

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