REGISTER NOW! 2015 Annual Conference
Law, Religion, and Health in America

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

Registration is now available online!

Conference Description

Religion and medicine have historica...

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Bill Requiring Vaccination of Children Advances in California, but Hurdles Remain

New York Times, April 22, 2015
by Jennifer Medina

LOS ANGELES — A bill that would require nearly all children in California to be vaccinated by...

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Innovation Law and Policy:

U. C. Davis Law Review, Forthcoming 2016
by Rachel E. Sachs

Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs has a new article forthcoming in 2016 on law and the future of pers...

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What Does Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law Mean For Health Care?

Health Affairs Blog, April 21, 2015
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch spoke on the impact of the Hobby Lobby decision...

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Californians Can Now Pay Cash For Health Insurance At 7-Eleven

NPR, April 21, 2015
by Sarah Varney

The largest publicly run health plan in the nation, L.A. Care, will allow customers who do not have...

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Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

NPR, April 20, 2015
by Katherine Hobson

In 2009, I was among the scrum of reporters covering the controversial advice from the U.S. Prevent...

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Bill Would Give F.D.A. More Muscle on Cosmetics

New York Times, April 20, 2015
by Rachel Abrams

For decades, the Food and Drug Administration has had fewer than a dozen pages of instruc...

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Teva to Pay $512 Million to Settle Suit Over Delay of Sleep Disorder Drug

New York Times, April 20, 2015
by Katie Thomas

The drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Monday that it had agreed to pay $5...

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A Drug Trial’s Frayed Promise

New York Times, April 17, 2015
by Katie Thomas

Last fall, an article in The American Journal of Psychiatry caught the attention of speci...

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New Ariz. Law Would Keep State From Setting Up Its Own Exchange

Kaiser Health News, April 16, 2015

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


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Nut So Fast, Kind Bars:

NPR, April 15, 2015
by Poncie Rutsch

If you're deciding between a candy bar and a fruit-and-nut bar, and health is top of mind, the...

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FDA’s Impact on Pharmaceutical Innovation:
A lecture by Neil Flanzraich

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Griswold Hall, 110
Harvard Law School, 1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Neil Flanzraich, Chairman and CEO of Cantex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., discussed the balance between sp...

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“Ending Institutional Corruption” conference, May 1-2

Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, April 14, 2015

On Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, several Petrie-Flom Center affiliates will participate in th...

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Health Law Workshop: Rachel E. Sachs

Monday, April 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Presentation Title: "Rethinking the Incentives/Access Dichotomy: Prescription Drug Reimbursement as...

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Senate debates Medicare bill:

Al Jazeera America, April 13, 2015
by Sara Hassan

The Senate has until Tuesday to debate a bill that would completely overhaul how Medicare payments...

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Sex Education in Europe Turns to Urging More Births

New York Times, April 8, 2015
by Danny Hakim

COPENHAGEN — Twenty-five Danish 13- and 14-year-olds gathered in a circle to talk about sex....

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Are trade secrets delaying biosimilars?

Science, April 10, 2015
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus) and Arti K. Rai

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow alumnus Nicholson Price, now an Assistant Professor at the Un...

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Transatlantic Lessons in Regulation of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy:

Science, April 10, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), with Eli Adashi and Julian Savulescu

Cambridge, Mass., April 9, 2015 – A paper forthcoming on Friday in Science discusses the regu...

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Trio contrast approaches taken by Britain versus the US concerning mitochondrial replacement therapy

MedicalXpress, April 10, 2015
by Bob Yirka, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

Glenn Cohen, with Harvard University, Julian Savulescu, with the University of Oxford and Eli Adash...

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Is UK evaluation of reproductive tech a model for US?

MedicalXpress, April 10, 2015
by David Orenstein, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

When the United Kingdom resoundingly approved mitochondrial replacement therapy in Februa...

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Kansas Limits Abortion Method, Opening a New Line of Attack

New York Times, April 7, 2015
by Erik Eckholm

Kansas on Tuesday became the first state to sharply restrict or alter the most common technique use...

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Study Warns of Diet Supplement Dangers Kept Quiet by F.D.A.

New York Times, April 7, 2015
by Anahad O'Connor

Popular weight-loss and workout supplements on sale in hundreds of vitamin shops across the nation...

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Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated With Cow’s Milk

NPR, April 7, 2015
by Michaeleen Doucleff

Selling breast milk is big business.

Each year tens of thousands of women post ads on websites, of...

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California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

NPR Health, April 3, 2015
by Pauline Bartolone

[...] Many Christian denominations officially oppose physician-aided dying. But Peg Sandeen&nb...

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Contrived Threats v. Uncontrived Warnings:

University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 83, No. 2, 2016
by Professor Einer Elhauge (Founding Director)

Professor Einer Elhauge has posted an updated version of his article, “Contrived Threats and...

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Johns Hopkins Sued For $1 Billion Over Unethical STD Study

BuzzFeed News, April 2, 2015
by Azeen Ghorayshi, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

More than 780 people filed a $1 billion lawsuit Wednesday against Johns Hopkins University over exp...

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Margaret Hamburg Ends Six-Year Run As FDA Commissioner

NPR, April 1, 2015
by Robert Siegel, interviewing Margaret Hamburg

Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration...

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Johns Hopkins sued over STD study in Guatemala:

Al Jazeera America, April 1, 2015

More than 770 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp. over its role in a serie...

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Tobacco Firm Seeks Softer Warning For Cigarette Alternative

NPR, April 1, 2015
by Rob Stein

The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to allow a tobacco company to do something it&...

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Just Food?:
Forum on Justice in the Food System

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Wasserstein Hall
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

A conference exploring the intersections between social, economic, and environmental justice in the...

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New York State’s Medical Marijuana Rules Shaping Up as Unusually Restrictive

New York Times, March 29, 2015
by Jesse McKinley and Catherine St. Louis

ALBANY — When New York State’s lawmakers were mulling legalizing themedical use of mari...

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From Microsoft, a Novel Way to Mandate Sick Leave

New York Times, March 26, 2015
by Claire Cain Miller

It is difficult to imagine, at least in the current political climate, that the federal government...

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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

NPR, March 25, 2015
by Michelle Andrews

This tax season, for the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed five years ago, consumers...

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Breast Milk Becomes a Commodity, With Mothers Caught Up in Debate

New York Times, March 20, 2015
by Andrew Pollack

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — When Gretty Amaya took an unpaid maternity leave five months ago,...

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Supreme Court Will Likely Uphold Affordable Care Act, Law Profs Say

Harvard Crimson, March 9, 2015
by Andrew M. Duehren, quoting Einer Elhauge (Faculty Director)

Last week’s oral arguments in King v. Burwell suggest that the United States Supreme Court wi...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 th...

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Neuroscience in court:

Nature, February 25, 2015
by Sara Reardon, quoting Amanda Pustilnik (Senior Fellow)

[...] "But some scientists and ethicists are concerned about where the increasing acceptance of pai...

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