AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: 2015 Annual Conference
Law, Religion, and Health in America

Saturday, May 09, 2015
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Registration is now available online! Conference DescriptionReligion and medicine have historically gone hand in hand, but increasingly have come into…

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King v. Burwell and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This Term, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Affordable Care Act permits the government to extend…

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Book Launch: Identified versus Statistical Lives:
An Interdisciplinary Approach

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 2012
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Approach is an edited volume that grew out of the 2012 conference "Identified versus Statistical…

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What Working Parents Really Want

Fast Company, March 3, 2015
by Stephanie Vozza, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Last year, Apple and Facebook both announced that they would cover egg freezing as a benefit for female employees. If you’re a woman who is considering postponing parenthood, this perk might…

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RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities: 2015 Call for Applications

RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities: 2015 Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: April 14, 2015

Purpose The RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities program advances RWJF’s vision for building a Culture of Health by recognizing and celebrating individuals who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health. Recognition of…

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The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government

The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
American Public Health Association

Deadline: March 09, 2015

The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make a contribution to enhancing public health science and practical…

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Call for Papers: Health Law Scholars Workshop 2015

Call for Papers: Health Law Scholars Workshop 2015
The Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law

Deadline: April 13, 2015

The Health Law Scholars Workshop is a collegial forum in which faculty new to health law and bioethics scholarship present works-in-progress and receive in-depth advice from experienced scholars and teachers in the field of health…

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Clinical Instructor

Clinical Instructor
Hamline University School of Law

Deadline: Open until filled.

Hamline University School of Law is seeking a Clinical Instructor to direct a medical-legal partnership (MLP) that is being created between Hamline and United Family Medicine, a Federally-Qualified Health Center serving patients in St. Paul,…

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Program Manager

Program Manager
Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center, Harvard University

Deadline: Open until filled.

The mission of the MRCT Center at Harvard is to improve the design, conduct, and oversight of multi-regional clinical trials, especially trials sited in or involving the developing world; to simplify research through the use…

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Most Doctors Give In to Requests by Parents to Alter Vaccine Schedules

New York Times, March 2, 2015
by Catherine Saint Louis

A wide majority of pediatricians and family physicians acquiesce to parents who wish to delay vaccinating their children, even though the doctors feel these decisions put children at risk for measles, whooping…

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Pakistan arrests parents for refusing polio vaccine

BBC News, March 2, 2015

Pakistani authorities have conducted their first-ever mass arrest of parents for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio. Authorities in Peshawar, in the north-west of the country,…

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People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

NPR, March 2, 2015
by Patti Neighmond

When you ask people what impacts health you'll get a lot of different answers: Access to good health care and preventative services, personal behavior, exposure to germs or pollution and…

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Petrie-Flom Event Review: An opening for measles:

Harvard Gazette, February 27, 2015
by Colleen Walsh

[...] The recent California outbreak has reignited debates about balancing the public welfare while safeguarding civil liberties. A panel of experts convened atHarvard Law School on Wednesday to discuss the return…

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Harvard Food+ Research Symposium

Friday, February 27, 2015 12:30 - 4:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Geological and Mineralogical Museum, University Museum Room 100
Harvard University, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is pleased to announce the first Harvard Research Symposium on the Nexus of Food, Agriculture, Environment, Health,…

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Introduction of “Identified Versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective”

Social Science Research Network, February 27, 2015
by Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Norman Daniels, Nir Eyal

Identified Versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2015) is an edited volume that addresses the identified lives effect, which describes the fact that people demonstrate a stronger inclination…

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Petrie-Flom Event Review:

Harvard Crimson, February 26, 2015
by Gabrielle M. Williams

There is a delicate balance between preserving individual rights and protecting public health when it comes to vaccines, experts argued at a panel discussion at Harvard Law School on Wednesday.…

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Hospital-Based Active Shooter Incidents:

JAMA, February 26, 2015
by Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS; Hans Gao, BA; I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director)

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has published a new co-authored article in the The Journal of the American Medical Association on active shooter incidents in hospital settings. From the article: On January 20,…

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Measles, Vaccines, and Protecting Public Health

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 4:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1010
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

For more on this event, check out the write-ups in the Harvard Gazette (February 27, 2015) and the Harvard Crimson (February…

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Vermont Tackles Heroin, With Progress in Baby Steps

New York Times, February 25, 2015
by Katherine Q. Seelye

[...] Officials here say they have made strides against addiction, a nationwide scourge that is particularly acute across New England. About 40 percent more Vermonters are seeking treatment for addiction…

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A Faster Way to Try Many Drugs on Many Cancers

New York Times, February 25, 2015
by Gina Kolata

[...] The studies of this new method, called basket studies because they lump together different kinds of cancer, are revolutionary, much smaller than the usual studies, and without control groups…

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WHO ‘taken aback’ by measles outbreaks:

BBC News, February 25, 2015
by Smitha Mundasad

Officials say they have been "taken aback" by more than 22,000 cases in 2014 and the first months of this year. The WHO demands that counties control the outbreaks with…

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Inmates riot at for-profit Texas immigrant detention facility:

Al Jazeera America, February 23, 2015
by Renee Lewis

At least 300 inmates were transferred from a Texas prison on Monday after a riot broke out in the facility — which holds mostly immigrants detained for crossing into the…

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Lots Of Seniors Are Overweight, But Few Use Free Counseling For It

NPR, February 23, 2015
by Sarah Varney

[...] To help the nation's 13 million obese seniors, theAffordable Care Act included a new Medicare benefit offering face-to-face weight-loss counseling in primary care doctors' offices. It is free to patients, with…

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Flood of Briefs on the Health Care Law’s Subsidies Hits the Supreme Court

New York Times, February 21, 2015
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Liberal groups are emphasizing states’ rights, a theme calculated to appeal to conservative Supreme Court justices. The insurance industry, once a foe, has come to the aid of President Obama. Conservatives…

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WHO urges shift to single-use smart syringes:

BBC News, February 23, 2015
by James Gallagher

Reusing syringes leads to more than two million people being infected with diseases including HIV and hepatitis each year. The new needles are more expensive, but the WHO says the…

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Idaho’s faith-healing debate pits child welfare against parental rights:

Al Jazeera America, February 22, 2015
by Leah Sottile

CALDWELL, Idaho — [...] Many of the nearly 600 people buried here were Followers of Christ — a Christian sect that believes in faith healing and does not allow members — including sick…

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Polluted Air Cuts Years Off Lives of Millions in India, Study Finds

New York Times, February 21, 2015
by Gardiner Harris

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — More than half of India’s population lives in places with such polluted air that each person loses an average of 3.2 years in life expectancy, according to…

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Why Some States Want To Legalize Raw Milk Sales

NPR, February 20, 2015
by Abby Wendle

The federal government banned the sale of raw milk across state lines nearly three decades ago because it poses a threat to public health. The Centers for Disease Control and…

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A Mosquito Solution (More Mosquitoes) Raises Heat in Florida Keys

New York Times, February 19, 2015
by Lizette Alvarez

KEY HAVEN, Fla. — In this bite-size community near Key West, like so many other mosquito-plagued spots up and down the Florida Keys, residents long ago made peace with insecticides…

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U.S. to Monitor Air Quality in India and Other Countries

New York Times, February 19, 2015
by Austin Ramzy

HONG KONG — The United States says it will expand air-quality monitoring at some overseas diplomatic missions, following several years of reporting pollution data in China. The goal is to…

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Call for Participants: Making Sense of Clinical Translation: Ethical, Regulatory & Policy Challenges

Call for Participants: Making Sense of Clinical Translation: Ethical, Regulatory & Policy Challenges
Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline: February 27, 2015

We hereby invite early career researchers to participate in a workshop on the ethical, regulatory and policy challenges for clinical translation on May 18-19, 2015. Ever more frequently, innovation policies in biomedicine are driven by…

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Stuart J. Novick Fellowship in Child Advocacy

Stuart J. Novick Fellowship in Child Advocacy
Legal Department, Boston Children's Hospital

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Fellowship (Req ID: 35164BR) will serve as a legal advocate for children within Boston Children’s Hospital and as the internal point of contact for the medical legal partnership. The Fellow would reside within the General…

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Vaccinations Are States’ Call

New York Times, February 16, 2015
by Denise Grady

Henning Jacobson just said no. Even though Massachusetts required it, he did not want to be vaccinated. He had had a bad reaction to a vaccine, and he opposed vaccination…

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Beyond BPA:

NPR, February 16, 2015
by Jon Hamilton

BPA-free isn't good enough anymore if you're trying to sell plastic sippy cups, water bottles and food containers. The new standard may be "EA-free," which means free of not only BPA,…

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Blood transfusions show early promise as possible Ebola cure:

Al Jazeera America, February 16, 2015
by Amy Maxmen

[...] With the trials coming a year after the start of the outbreak in Guinea, blood treatments will not make much of a dent in the overall death toll, which…

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A Cancer Cluster Is Tough to Prove

New York Times, February 16, 2015
by George Johnson

Last month, thousands of Marines and their families were blocked in federal court from pursuing their claim that the government had given them cancer. The decision, involving people exposed to contaminated drinking water…

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Tomorrow’s mothers ‘need obesity help’:

BBC News, February 16, 2015

The authors, including a team from Edinburgh University, say children born to overweight mothers are at greater risk of health problems in later life. They say every pregnant woman should…

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Supreme Court Health Law Decision Could Have High Costs For Consumers, Hospitals

Kaiser Health News, February 13, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. The high court's decision could result in millions of people losing access to financial assistance for health insurance,…

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Questions Continue About Plaintiffs In Pending Supreme Court Health Law Challenge

Kaiser Health News, February 12, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. The questions have to do with whether plaintiffs in King. v. Burwell have standing in the lawsuit and…

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Withdrawing Troops, Obama Calls for Vigilance on Ebola

New York Times, February 11, 2015
by Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis

[...] The announcement reflects vindication for Mr. Obama and the administration, whose slow initial response to the Ebola outbreak raised questions about the president’s ability to handle fast-moving global crises.…

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Report: US jails are clearinghouses for poor, ill who can’t afford bail:

Al Jazeera America, February 11, 2015
by Marisa Taylor

Jails have become warehouses for poor and mentally ill people who are unable to post bail for minor infractions such as parking violations or shoplifting, according to a report published Wednesday…

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As Health Incentives Rise, Many Get Paid To Work Out And Eat Kale

WBUR (NPR), February 9, 2015
by Martha Bebinger

Laura Smith scans a wall of pasta sauce jars at a Shaw’s in Waltham, and reaches for her favorite. “It looks like it would be fantastic for you,” Smith says,…

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Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs Presents at 2015 Works-in-Progress in Intellectual Property Colloquium

Petrie-Flom Center, February 7, 2015

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs presented her paper, "Innovation Law and Policy: Preserving the Future of Personalized Medicine," at the 2015 Works-in-Progress in Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium.  Held this year…

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Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review collaborative blogging with Health Affairs

Petrie-Flom, February 5, 2015

The Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review was a big success!  Video will be posted on our website shortly, but our presenters will be posting on their respective topics…

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Strict vaccine law introduced in California following measles outbreak:

Al Jazeera America, February 5, 2015

California lawmakers have put forward legislation requiring parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child is deemed to be in danger due to a pre-existing medical condition. If passed, California would…

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CDC: Ebola lab mix-up likely not dangerous:

Al Jazeera America, February 5, 2015

A high-security federal laboratory made a frightening mistake in sending certain Ebola samples to a lab with fewer safeguards, but an investigation concludes that the samples probably did not contain…

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Americans are ignoring the science and spending billions on dietary supplements

Washington Post, February 4, 2015
by Jason Millman

Dietary supplement fans got a big "buyer beware" warning this week when the New York attorney general's office ordered GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart to pull a number of store-brand products from their shelves,…

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Director of Clinical Ethics

Director of Clinical Ethics
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Campus

Deadline: March 01, 2015

The Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Bioethics invites applications for the Director of Clinical Ethics at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston campus. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate or full Staff (faculty…

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Call For Abstracts: 143rd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition Law

Call For Abstracts: 143rd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition Law
American Public Health Association

Deadline: February 11, 2015

The Law Section sessions provide an opportunity to present to APHA members new and emerging research and analysis of topics related to public health law and policy, health law, international health law, and human rights…

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