Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid

New York Times, June 22, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, who for seven years have promised a repeal of the Affordable...

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Senate bill contains $50B to stabilize ObamaCare markets

The Hill, June 22, 2017
by Nathaniel Weixel

The Senate Republican healthcare reform bill would appropriate $50 billion over four years to try to...

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Promises Made To Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow

Kaiser Health News, June 22, 2017
by Jay Hancock and Rachel Bluth

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as prese...

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Panel: Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives

The New York Academy of Sciences, June 21, 2017
by Panel featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Amrit Ray, Matthew Rotelli, Steve Usdin, and Robert Walker

On June 21, 2017, Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch participated in a panel discussion on "We...

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GOP Senators Working On Health Bill Weigh Deeper Reductions In Medicaid

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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The Senate Is Close to a Health Care Bill, but Do Republicans Have the Votes?

New York Times, June 19, 2017
by Wilson Andrews and Hayeoun Park

The 52 Republican senators have been meeting several times a week behind closed doors to d...

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Trump ‘simply does not care’ about HIV/AIDS, say 6 experts who just quit his advisory council

Washington Post, June 19, 2017
by Amy B. Wang

The first hints of an uncertain future for the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS came last y...

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The Platinum Patients

The Atlantic, June 15, 2017
by Story by Andrew McGill, Graphics by Russell Goldenberg of Polygraph

Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined. Th...

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Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability

Kaiser Health News, June 15, 2017
by Alex Smith, KCUR

[...] In the U.S., fewer than half of people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 perc...

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‘Supersizing Urban America’

NPR, June 15, 2017
by Tove Danovich

[...] Jou's book chronicles how policies put in place by the federal government actually ma...

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5 people, including Michigan health chief, charged in Flint

STAT, June 14, 2017
by Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. — Five people, including the head of Michigan’s health department, were cha...

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Descent Into Secrecy

Kaiser Health News, June 14, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Congress struggling to finish a huge budget reconciliation bill. A GOP president pushing a major ove...

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Trump Administration Gives Industry More Time to Adopt New Nutrition Fact Label

NPR, June 13, 2017
by Allison Aubrey

The Food and Drug Administration has delayed the deadline for food companies to adopt a new Nutritio...

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Do family members have a right to know when a loved one overdoses on opioids?

STAT, June 13, 2017
by Erin Mershon and Andrew Joseph

mid a national opioid epidemic, should family members have the right to know when an adult chil...

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Gilead’s HIV prevention pill will be going generic. How far will Teva drop the price?

STAT, June 9, 2017
by Rebecca Robbins

It’s been lauded as an essential public health tool and maligned as “a party drug.&...

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Medical Responses To Opioid Addiction Vary By State, Analysis Finds

Kaiser Health News, June 12, 2017
by Julie Appleby

Location, location, location. That mantra may apply even when it comes to how opioid addiction is tr...

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EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

BBC News, June 12, 2017
by Nick Triggle

There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures...

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Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product

New York Times, June 11, 2017
by Abby Goodnough and Kate Zernike

The ads have been popping up on billboards, buses and subways and in glossy magazines, with portrait...

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This Pharma Company Won’t Commit to Fairly Pricing a Zika Vaccine You Helped Pay For

The Huffington Post, June 9, 2017
by Alexander C. Kaufman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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“The incentives for any one company to raise its prices or engage in questi...

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Price Defends Trump’s Budget Plan For Medicaid, Saying A Reduction In Growth Is Not A Cut

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2017

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

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Powerful GOP Chairman Backs Insurance Subsidy Payments

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2017

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

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ERISA: A Bipartisan Problem For The ACA And The AHCA

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2017
by Abbe R. Gluck, Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), and Peter D. Jacobson

From the post

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The Supreme Court has once again been called on to mediate the boundaries...

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From the Technical to the Personal: Teaching and Learning Health Insurance Regulation and Reform

Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 61, no. 411
by Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), Whitney A. Brown, and Lindsay Cutler

From the article

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In the Fall of 2016, I taught Health Law and Policy for the fourth consecutive se...

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How a Supreme Court ruling on printer cartridges could have a big impact on drug prices

STAT News, May 30, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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A Supreme Court ruling on international printer cartridge sales could have major...

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Legal Roundtable: Discussing abortion restrictions, health care, Supreme Court developments and more

St. Louis Public Radio, May 30, 2017
by Kelly Moffitt, featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the radio episode

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On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Legal Roundtable panel return...

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Paris pollution victim sues France for bad air

BBC News, June 7, 2017

A Parisian woman is taking the French state to court for failing to protect her health from the effe...

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Lawmakers Consider Tough New Penalties For Opioid Crimes, Bucking Trend

NPR, June 6, 2017
by Carrie Johnson

For nearly four years now, an unusual coalition of Republicans and Democrats has worked to reduce ma...

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From ‘Subsidy Cliffs’ To Empty Marketplaces

Kaiser Health News, June 5, 2017

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

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In Texas, Abstinence-Only Programs May Contribute To Teen Pregnancies

NPR, June 5, 2017
by Lauren Silverman

[...] Traditionally, the two variables most commonly associated with high teen birth rates are educa...

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Nurse Practitioner Demand Eclipses Doctors As States Lift Hurdles

Forbes, June 4, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

[...] The trend may only escalate as more states give direct access to nurse practitioners as moment...

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A taxpayer gamble on medical tourism

STAT, June 2, 2017
by Max Blau

Taxpayers in Louisiana are helping to subsidize construction of two health care centers offering a d...

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Tiger Woods and America’s Drugged-Driving Problem

The Atlantic, May 30, 2017
by Olga Khazan

Shortly after being arrested for driving under the influence near his home in Florida Monday, golf l...

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Republican Senator

Kaiser Health News, June 2, 2017

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

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How Restricting Abortion Access Affects Rural America

1A, WAMU (NPR), June 1, 2017

The Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 by no means settled the controversy over a woman’s right to a...

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Express Scripts Sues Maker of Overdose Drug, Intensifying Feud

New York Times, May 31, 2017
by Katie Thomas and Charles Ornstein

A company that manages prescription drug plans for tens of millions of Americans has sued a tiny dru...

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Ohio Sues 5 Major Drug Companies For ‘Fueling Opioid Epidemic’

NPR, May 31, 2017
by Colin Dwyer

The state of Ohio has sued five major drug manufacturers for their role in the opioid epidemic. In t...

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Health Care Groups At A Crossroads Over Trying To Kill GOP Bill Or Help Shape It

Kaiser Health News, May 30, 2017

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

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States Fear Price Of New Zika Vaccine Will Be More Than They Can Pay

NPR, May 30, 2017
by Alison Kodjak

The U.S. Army is planning to grant an exclusive license to the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi...

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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

New York Times, May 29, 2017
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted...

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The addict brokers

STAT, May 28, 2017
by David Armstrong — STAT and Evan Allen — Boston Globe

[...] Patient brokers can earn up to tens of thousands of dollars a year by wooing vulnerable addict...

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California’s Largest Health Provider Takes On Human Trafficking

Forbes, May 26, 2017
by Nicole Fisher

Healthcare settings are commonly considered the most promising places to identify and serve vic...

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In Arizona, Doctors Criticize Tightening Of Late Abortion Rules

NPR, May 26, 2017
by Will Stone

>Many states have laws about what to do if there are signs of life after an abortion. But Arizona leg... Read More

McConnell Confides Uncertainty Over Health Plan

Kaiser Health News, May 25, 2017

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

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Roster exemptions for players with concussions could draw vote from NFL owners

USA Today, May 22, 2017
by Tom Pelissero, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article

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A short-term injured reserve for players diagnosed with a concussion was among 76...

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Why Successful Post-Season Runs Make People Lose Their Minds About Concussions

Forbes, May 16, 2017
by Lee Igel, citing Petrie-Flom's report

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Were either or both Crosby and Harden suffering the effects of a head injury, yet...

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Angel investors are the first stop in a new era of drug development

Newsworks, May 11, 2017
by Elana Gordon, quoting Rachel Sachs

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Putting A Lid On Waste

Kaiser Health News, May 24, 2017
by Chad Terhune

[...] Some experts estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessiv...

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Texas Lawmakers Pass Strict Abortion Bill

Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2017

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

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New Laws In The UK And EU Further Restrict Tobacco Industry

NPR, May 20, 2017
by Maggie Penman

In recent months, some Brits have expressed their distaste for European Union regulations ...

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Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration’s hiring freeze

Washington Post, May 19, 2017
by Lena H. Sun

Nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of a conti...

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Trump reportedly wants to kill critical Obamacare subsidies

CNBC, May 19, 2017
by Dan Mangan

President Donald Trump now reportedly wants to pull the plug on a big pot of Obamacar...

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Texas leans into unproven stem cell treatments, to the dismay of scientists

STAT, May 16, 2017
by Andrew Joseph

He made the emotional plea to his colleagues: Pass this bill

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“It might give somebody like my...

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Administration Reportedly ‘Encouraged” Texas To Pursue Millions In Withheld Medicaid Funds

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2017

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

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Duterte Orders Strict Smoking Ban in Philippines, and Asks Citizens to Help

New York Times, May 18, 2017
by Felipe Villamor

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a deadly campaign to eradicate drug...

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Flickers Of Bipartisanship May Light Way For Plan B In Senate If GOP Legislation Fails

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017

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

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New Gene Tests Pose a Threat to Insurers

New York Times, May 12, 2017
by Gina Kolata

Pat Reilly had good reason to worry about Alzheimer’s disease: Her mother had it, and she saw...

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Heroin Epidemic Is Driving A Spike In Hepatitis C Cases, CDC Says

NPR, May 11, 2017
by Colin Dwyer

The number of new Hepatitis C cases leaped nearly 300 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to a...

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With Alcoholism Rampant On Nearby Reservation, Nebraska Shuts Town’s Liquor Stores

NPR, May 11, 2017
by Jim Kent

The battle over alcohol stores in tiny Whiteclay, Neb., has been going on for decades. Home to rough...

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Aetna Pulling Out Of All ACA Marketplaces Amid Uncertainty, Financial Losses

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2017

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

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Trump’s pick to run mental health is poised to shake things up. Even some liberals can’t wait

STAT, May 11, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan

President Trump’s pick to run federal mental health services has called for a bold reordering...

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Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book

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While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilita...

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Vape Shops Want to Do Good, but Fear F.D.A. Won’t Let Them Do Well

New York Times, May 10, 2017
by Caitlin Kelly

Like so many entrepreneurs who have opened vaping shops lately, Stephen D’Angelo was a heavy s...

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Trump administration appoints new AHRQ director

Modern Healthcare, May 9, 2017
by Maria Castellucci

Gopal Khanna has been tapped as the new director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,...

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Senate Confirms Scott Gottlieb to Head F.D.A.

New York Times, May 9, 2017
by Katie Thomas

The Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and D...

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France bans extremely thin models

BBC News, May 6, 2017

A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect

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Models wil...

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White House Proposes Cutting Drug Control Office Funding by 95%

New York Times, May 5, 2017
by Alan Rappeport

WASHINGTON — When he was running for office, Donald J. Trump promised to rid America...

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Tobacco company flags appeal over plain packaging

BBC News, May 5, 2017

British American Tobacco has suggested an appeal is likely amid reports that the World Trade Organiz...

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In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few...

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House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace major parts...

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Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

Health Affairs Blog, April 27, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius Lakdawalla

From the article

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Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices&nb...

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As a competitor encroached, Mylan took one state to court to push EpiPen sales, documents

STAT News, April 24, 2017
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Three lawyers who reviewed the case at the request of STAT said they could...

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Science Needs Your Cells

New York Times, April 21, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Steven Joffe

>Biospecimens are essential to medical progress, but just medical waste to patients. Let's promot... Read More

Release of New FDA Guidance Declines Sharply Following Trump’s Inauguration

Regulatory Affairs , April 11, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, told Focus:...

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Panthers doctor: ‘Turf war’ keeping neurologists off NHL study group

TSN Canada, April 7, 2017
by Rick Westhead, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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One Harvard University law professor says that the NHL should overhaul its medica...

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2017 Just Food? Conference

Saturday, April 01, 2017 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Conferences
2016-2017
Austin Hall
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

>Videos from the event are available on the conference website here

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This year’s Just Foo...

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An FDA Commissioner for the 21st Century

NEJM, March 29, 2017
by Amitabh Chandra and Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

President Donald Trump has named Scott Gottlieb as his nominee to be the next commissioner of the Fo...

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In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past

WBUR, March 21, 2017
by Paul C. McLean, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article

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That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel...

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