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A Thoughtful Comparison of the Government’s Response to Crack Epidemic of the 1980s vs. the current Opioid Epidemic: A look at criminalization, race, and treatment

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1980s. I saw a lot of things many children not raised in a big city never experience. One of the things I remember is seeing some of my neighbors – who had previously been vibrant people who chatted with my parents in the building lobby or […]

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New Research Offers Progress Toward Detecting and Treating Ebola

Last week, two scientific discoveries were announced that could lead to better and earlier treatments for persons with Ebola virus disease. First, scientists at University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston have discovered a protein within the body’s immune system that plays a central role in Ebola infections. Ebola virus infections are known to cause […]

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This blog post was co-authored by Natalie Dobek, a second-year law student at Georgetown Law and a research assistant at the O’Neill Institute. In the United States, criminalizing HIV remains a way in which people with HIV are discriminated against. HIV criminalization refers to the unjust application of criminal laws to people living with HIV […]

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The Debate About Cultural Appropriation

            A simple definition of cultural appropriation is the idea of someone adopting something from a culture that is not their own.  At first glance, it appears that this is a harmless act.  Well, think again.  A deeper understanding of what cultural appropriation is digs up issues of whether it […]

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Chagas Drug Gets FDA Approval: A Victory over Shkreli-esque Pharmaceutical Price Gouging

  Left: Martin Shkreli (photo courtesy of The Source).  Right: A “kissing bug” (photo courtesy of Scienceline).   On August 29th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval to benznidazole for use in children ages 2 to 12 years with Chagas disease. The approval is the first treatment of its kind to be approved […]

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