SAVE THE DATE! PORTAL Ethics and Health Policy Seminar:
Returning Results to Research Participants

Friday, February 10, 2017 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
Room TBD
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Clinical investigators, public health advocates, and IRBs have been struggling to develop appropria...

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Concurrent Surgeries:
Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues

Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
TBD
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Concurrent, or overlapping, surgeries involve the simultaneous scheduling of substantial portions o...

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HHS Proposes To Streamline Medicare Appeals Process

Kaiser Health News, June 29, 2016
by Susan Jaffe

The Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday proposed key changes in the Medicare appeals pr...

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Biden threatens funding cuts for researchers who fail to report clinical trial results

Stat, June 29, 2016
by David Nather and Charles Piller

WASHINGTON — At a national cancer summit Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden t...

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Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules

NPR, June 29, 2016
by Rob Stein

An influential federal panel has taken the unusual step of telling the Obama administration to with...

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Latest Plan to Cut Medicare Drug Payments Leaves Senators Skeptical

New York Times, June 28, 2016
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Under fire from senators in both parties, a senior federal health official told...

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An N.Y.U. Study Gone Wrong, and a Top Researcher Dismissed

New York Times, June 27, 2016
by Benedict Carey

New York University’s medical school has quietly shut down eight studies at its prominent psy...

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GMO labels: The great American food fight:

Christian Science Monitor, June 25, 2016
by Stephanie Hanes

[...] How little Vermont, with a population smaller than Memphis, Tenn., has brought change to...

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Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic restrictions

Washington Post, June 27, 2016
by Robert Barnes

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down Texas abortion restrictions that had caused more than half...

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Brexit Won’t Change Britain’s Drug Regulatory Scheme

Forbes, June 27, 2016
by Scott Gottlieb

The Brexit has sent quivers through the ranks of the pharmaceutical industry. There are f...

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How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care:

Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2016
by Melinda Beck

[...] As a measure of how rapidly telemedicine is spreading, consider: More than 15 million America...

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The Difficult Ethics of Organ Donations From Living Donors:

Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2016
by Amy Dockser Marcus

Robert Osterrieder, a 52-year-old project manager, returned home to Pittsburgh from a business...

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When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers:

New York Times, June 25, 2016
by Danielle Ivory, Ben Protess, and Kitty Bennett

[...] The business of driving ambulances and operating fire brigades represents just one facet of a...

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Suit Challenges U.S. Over Abortions and Birth Control for Immigrant Minors

New York Times, June 24, 2016
by Erik Eckholm

The federal government is placing unaccompanied immigrant minors caught crossing the Southern borde...

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Long-Awaited GOP ‘Replace’ Health Plan Offers Broad Outline, Few Financial Details

Kaiser Health News, June 22, 2016

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

Many...

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New Ways to Treat Pain Meet Resistance

New York Times, June 22, 2016
by Barry Meier and Abby Goodnough

[...] Mr. Scott’s story highlights one patient’s success. Yet it also underscores the d...

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A Cautionary Tale of ‘Stem Cell Tourism’

New York Times, June 22, 2016
by Gina Kolata

[...] 

A growing number of clinics, often in places like Russia or China, but also in Eu...

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‘They Made It Worse’:

NPR, June 22, 2016
by Merrit Kennedy

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office has filed a civil lawsuit against two compa...

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Pediatricians Call For More Testing And Tighter Rules On Lead Exposure

NPR, June 20, 2016
by Rae Ellen Bichell

[...] 

The academy recommends that pediatricians and primary care providers proactively test...

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Antitrust Regulators Concerned About an Anthem-Cigna Merger:

Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2016
by Liz Hoffman, Brent Kendall, and Anna Wilde Mathews

This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text using Hollis +.

U.S....

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Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar

New York Times, June 19, 2016
by Pam Belluck

A quiet shift is taking place in how women obtain birth control. A growing assortment of new a...

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Canada Legalizes Physician-Assisted Dying

NPR, June 18, 2016
by Merrit Kennedy

After weeks of debate, Canadian lawmakers have passed legislation to legalize physician-assisted de...

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Vermont Insurers Must Now Cover Vasectomies

NPR, June 18, 2016
by Rebecca Sananes

Vermont has become one of several states working to make sure vasectomies are among the birth contr...

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As More Cities Eye Soda Tax, Industry Vows To Fight New Tax in Philadelphia

NPR, June 17, 2016
by Allison Aubrey

The soda industry says it will fight to repeal the tax on sweetened beverages voted in by the Phila...

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Advocates: FDA Blood Donation Ban Based On Stigma, Not Science

Kaiser Health News, June 16, 2016

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

Howev...

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Feds Urge State Medicaid Programs To Encourage Long-Acting Contraceptives

Kaiser Health News, June 16, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

The federal government, which spends billions of dollars each year covering unintended pregnan...

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Need For Blood In Orlando Raises Questions About Wisdom Of Banning Donors Due To Sexual Orientation

Forbes, June 14, 2016
by Rita Rubin, reviewing article by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Jeremy Feigenbaum, and Eli Y. Adashi

Excerpt from the article:

[...] In a 2014 “viewpoint” article in the Journal of t...

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FDA Regulations Limit Blood Donations From Gay Men

CBS San Francisco, June 14, 2016
by Holly Quan, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from the article:

On World Blood Donation Day and in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting...

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After The Orlando Massacre, Many In The LGBTQ Community Are Turned Away From Giving Blood

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 14, 2016
by Nikki Blank, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from interview:

Early in the 1980's, there was a lifetime ban or deferral for any man...

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Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics

NPR, June 15, 2016
by Michelle Eloy

[...] Outpatient clinics like the one Talbott co-owns dispense drugs like methadone and bupren...

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F.D.A. Warns Whole Foods on Failure to Address Food Safety Problems

New York Times, June 15, 2016
by Stephanie Strom

Prepared foods are an increasingly important part of the grocery business, delivering fat margins a...

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Oregon Court Allows a Person to Choose Neither Sex

New York Times, June 13, 2016
by Christopher Mele

A judge in Oregon has granted a petition allowing a person to legally choose neither sex and be cla...

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California Inches Closer To Offering Coverage Under Health Law To Those In U.S. Illegally

Kaiser Health News, June 13, 2016

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

Gov....

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California Raises Smoking Age To 21

NPR, June 9, 2016
by Robert Siegel, interviewing state Sen. Ed Hernadez (CA)

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to state Sen. Ed Hernandez about California becoming the second state...

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FDA Takes Action Against Websites Illegally Selling Unapproved Prescription Drug Products

Forbes, June 9, 2016
by C. J. Arlotta

Criminals profiting from consumers purchasing unapproved prescriptions drugs off the Internet are b...

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Preventing Mitochondrial DNA Diseases: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Journal of the American Medical Association, June 9, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

From the article:

On February 3, 2016, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its Ethical a...

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HHS Unveils Rules To Limit Short-Term Health Policies, Strengthen Marketplaces

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2016

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

These...

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Ireland Abortion Ban Violated Woman’s Human Rights, U.N. Panel Says

New York Times, June 9, 2016
by Sewell Chan

LONDON — Ireland’s abortion ban subjects women to cruel, degrading and discriminatory t...

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In Texas, Strict Laws On Clinics Drive Demand For Abortion Pill

NPR, June 8, 2016
by John Burnett

The abortion pill is booming in Texas. Since the FDA loosened restrictions, more women are circumve...

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FDA Moves To Speed Access To Compassionate-Use Drugs

NPR, June 8, 2016
by Rachel Bluth

The Food and Drug Administration has reduced an obstacle from its compassionate use policy, streaml...

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Species-wide Gene Editing, Applauded and Feared, Gets a Push

New York Times, June 8, 2016
by Amy Harmon

[...] On Wednesday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the premier...

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Supreme Court to Hear Death Penalty Cases

New York Times, June 6, 2016
by Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two appeals raising questio...

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New Opioid Limits Challenge the Most Pain-Prone

New York Times, June 6, 2016
by Paula Span

If you’ve come to rely on opioids for chronic pain, as a growing proportion of older adults h...

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Florida Stores Help Consumers Buy Imported Drugs Despite Federal Ban

Kaiser Health News, June 6, 2016
by Phil Galewitz

LAKELAND, Fla. — A hardy market for imported low-cost prescription drugs has taken root in Fl...

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Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive

New York Times, June 5, 2016
by Steve Lohr

[...] Since the financial crisis, the Obama administration has moved aggressively to push medi...

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Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

NPR, June 2, 2016
by Rob Stein

A group of scientists say they want work toward being able to create a synthetic version of the ent...

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FDA Unveils New Sodium Guidelines:

Kaiser Health News, June 2, 2016

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

&ldqu...

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Florida’s Crackdown On Opioids May Be Influencing Prescribing

Forbes, June 2, 2016
by C.J. Arlotta

Laws crafted to limit the number of opioid prescriptions in Florida seem to be influencin...

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The Aging Of America Will Create A $279B Opportunity By 2020

Forbes, June 2, 2016
by Larry Myler

The massive baby boomer demographic has been impacting industries like housing, travel, pets and he...

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The Summer Olympics And The Zika Virus — Is It Safe To Hold The Games In Brazil?

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 1, 2016
by Jim Braude, interviewing Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch

Olympic athletes going to Rio de Janeiro might come home with more than just a medal.  Some pu...

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Parents May Be Refused Details Of Adult Children’s Medical Care

NPR, May 31, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

[...] These days when people think about patient privacy problems, it's usually because someone...

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ACOs Will Face ‘Uphill Battle’ In Qualifying For Exemptions After IRS Ruling

Kaiser Health News, May 31, 2016

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

The a...

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Long-Acting Opioid Treatment Could Be Available In A Month

NPR, May 27, 2016
by Martha Bebinger

Labels for the first long-acting opioid addiction treatment device are rolling off printing machine...

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Insurers Seeking Rate Hikes of 20 Percent Or More for 2017

Kaiser Health News, May 26, 2016

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

The p...

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It’s Still Hard to Get Birth Control Pills in California without a Prescription

NPR, May 26, 2016
by Kelly O'Mara

It has been more than 18 months since California's governor signed a law that allows...

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The Other Bathroom Wars:

New York Times, May 25, 2016
by K. J. Dell'antonia

Jana Serge remembers her father pushing her wheelchair into a men’s room in the late 1970s. &...

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New York Legislature Cuts Taxes on Tampons and Other Feminine Hygiene Products

New York Times, May 25, 2016
by Associated Press

ALBANY — The State Legislature has given its final approval to a bill exempting tampons and o...

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WHO Plans to Reshape Itself to Better Handle International Outbreaks

NPR, May 24, 2016
by Michaeleen Doucleff

Health officials have warned for years that the world is not ready for the next big pandemic. Leade...

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Din Erupts Over Obama’s Proposed Medicare Payment Plan

Kaiser Health News, May 23, 2016

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

Patie...

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FDA Considering Pricey Implant As Treatment For Opioid Addiction

NPR, May 20, 2016
by Martha Bebinger

Amid a raging opioid epidemic, many doctors and families in the U.S. have been pleading for better...

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Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Criminalize Performing Abortions

NPR, May 20, 2016
by Rachel Hubbard

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a controversial abortion bill Friday. The measure would have made...

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F.D.A. Finishes Food Labels for How We Eat Now

New York Times, May 20, 2016
by Sabrina Tavernise

WASHINGTON — Major changes to nutrition labels on food packagesbecame final on Friday, w...

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FDA’s Punt on Finalizing the Generic Drug Labeling Rule: Experts Debate

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, May 19, 2016
by Zachary Brennan, featuring Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article: 

Rachel Sachs, JD, an academic fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health...

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How Obamacare Affects Our Wallets And Debt Ratio

NPR, May 18, 2016
by Shankar Vedantam

A study examined the economic effects of the Affordable Care Act. Researchers found states that opt...

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In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

NPR, May 18, 2016
by Rob Stein

A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find d...

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South Carolina Legislature Approves Ban on Abortions at 20 Weeks

New York Times, May 18, 2016
by Christine Hauser

The South Carolina legislature has passed a bill making it illegal for a woman to get an abort...

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Is Your Food ‘Natural’? F.D.A. to Weigh In

New York Times, May 17, 2016
by Anahad O'Connor

Can you define the word “natural”?

The Food and Drug Administration is certainly tryin...

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Much of World Suffers Not From Abuse of Painkillers, but Absence of Them

New York Times, May 17, 2016
by Rick Gladstone

While Americans are confronting an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, particularly for addic...

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HHS Extends Anti-Bias Health Care Protections To Cover Gender Identity

Kaiser Health News, May 16, 2016

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

Under...

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Pharma, The FDA And Social Media

Forbes, May 15, 2016
by Joanna Belbey

The pharmaceutical industry is beginning to embrace more communications and social channels. Accord...

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How Much Is Too Much Marijuana to Drive? Lawmakers Wonder

New York Times, May 13, 2016
by Jonah Bromwich

It’s relatively easy to determine when someone is too drunk to drive. If a driver’s blo...

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Pfizer Blocks the Use of Its Drugs in Executions

New York Times, May 13, 2016
by Erik Eckholm

The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced on Friday that it has imposed sweeping controls on the di...

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House Republicans Win Lawsuit Over Obamacare Subsidies

Kaiser Health News, May 13, 2016

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

A fed...

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GOP’s Obamacare Replacement Would Include Changes To Medicare, Taxes On Insurance

Kaiser Health News, May 13, 2016

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

The H...

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Abortion study: 25% of pregnancies terminated, estimates suggest

BBC News, May 12, 2016
by Smitha Mundasad

One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organ...

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Sounds Like A Good Idea? Selling Insurance Across State Lines

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2016
by Julie Rovner and Francis Ying

Presidential candidates like to propose solutions to long-standing problems. Health care is no exce...

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China’s Regulators Come Knocking Again At Pharma’s Door

Forbes, May 11, 2016
by Benjamin Shobert

Last week, China’s National Development and Economic Reform Commission (NDRC) announced that...

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Watchdog Report Sharply Criticizes Fed’s Efforts To Recoup Medicare Advantage Overcharges

Kaiser Health News, May 10, 2016

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

The G...

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Doctor-Device Deals Need Scrutiny, Report Says:

Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2016
by Stephanie Armour

This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis +.

Spinal...

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Q & A: What the Recent Explosion of Health Data Means For Patients

ProPublica, May 9, 2016
by Charles Ornstein

Two years ago, when the federal government first released data on how much Medicare paid...

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Bartenders Can’t Refuse Pregnant Women Alcohol, New York City Says

New York Times, May 9, 2016
by Mike McPhate

It can be an awkward order for a pregnant woman: A glass of merlot, please.

But she is legally ent...

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Professional ‘Guinea Pigs’ Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

NPR, May 8, 2016
by Rae Ellen Bichell

[...] Like other serial participants in clinical trials, Clough knows that what he's doing...

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Plagued With Out-Of-State Pill Seekers, Missouri Considers Prescription Drug Monitoring

KBIA (NPR Missouri), May 8, 2016
by Bram Sable-Smith

[...] Because it’s the only state that does not yet have a database, Missouri has become...

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Regulatory Specialist
Partners HealthCare

Deadline: Open until filled.

As a not-for-profit organization, Partners HealthCare is committed to supporting patient care, rese...

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