On Wednesday evening, the O’Neill Institute and Doctors Without Borders hosted a film screening of Fire in the Blood, followed by a panel discussion. This post provides a recap of the main themes of the film. A video recording of the panel discussion that followed is available at the end of the post. Director Dylan Gray’s […]
On February 11, 2014, the FDA launched “The Real Cost” education campaign, aimed at preventing at-risk youth from using tobacco and reducing the amount of teenagers who become regular smokers. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, granting the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco. The campaign […]
Posted in FDA, Global Health, Health reform, Tobacco; Tagged: Adolescent Health, anthropology, child health, children, HHS, National Healthcare, NCDs, non-communicable diseases, public health, Real Cost Campaign, Smoking, Teenagers, tobacco control.
He might not have known it, but Pete Seeger, who died last week at 94, was one of the great health advocates of our time. Those of you familiar with the folk music legend may also be surprised to hear this. We think of his songs about the unions and workers’ rights, about racial justice, […]
Less than one month ago, on December 20, 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed an anti-homosexuality bill that, if signed by President Yoweri Museveni, will mean not only a critical step back in the protection of human rights for members of the LGBT community in Uganda, but also one for the country’s public health. As an […]
A recent major concern about the safety of Hepatitis B vaccines in China has put manufacturers and the health authorities under a spotlight and threatened progress in significantly lowering Hep B infection rate two decades after China added the Hep B vaccine into the newborn immunization plan in 1992. Last month, Chinese media relayed suspicions […]
Within public health, we have many victories to claim. Vaccinations – for example – have been and remain unmitigated successes. Yet, there are many public health interventions that have been instituted and promoted by public health advocates, medical doctors, and various pharmaceutical or medical device companies that have proven to be ineffective at improving health […]
Ever since our prehistoric ancestors discovered the pleasant psychoactive effects of fermented beverages, alcohol dependency and alcoholism have been drinking’s perennial companions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.5 million deaths each year result from the harmful use of alcohol, accounting for nearly 4% of all deaths worldwide. And that is not to mention […]
Last month in an effort to stem its soaring obesity rates, Mexico took bold public health action and passed a new soda and junk food tax. Beginning on January 1, 2014, Mexico will impose a national tax of one peso per liter (about 10 percent) on sugar-sweetened beverages and 8 percent on junk food. The […]
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This week Washington, DC hosted the Fourth Global Fund Replenishment, which was followed by a half-day conference: “The Global Fund 2014-2016: Sustaining the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria,” held at Georgetown University. While the Global Fund fell short of its $15 billion goal, the $12 billion pledged represents a 30% increase over its last […]
After I wrapped up last month’s blog post on the ownership of amputated limbs in China, I read an astonishing news story online: a 47-year-old Chinese peasant, Mr. Zheng Yanliang, cut off his diseased right leg to save both his life and healthcare costs. Mr. Zheng lives in Qingyuan County in the Hebei Province, just […]
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