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Understanding a Framework Convention on Global Health

This post by Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, originally appeared on The Internationalist blog. For years, a group of global health scholars and practitioners have been pushing for the idea of a legally binding global health treaty—a framework convention on global health (FCGH). Grounded in the right […]

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So what exactly is in our legal pot?

On Monday, a marijuana-testing lab in Colorado presented data on 600 samples of legal recreational marijuana. The results show cause for concern: three times the potency that marijuana had in the 80s, a decrease in CBD levels—the ingredient attributed to medical marijuana success—and the presence of contaminants such as butane and fungus. Marijuana has been […]

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Women and noncommunicable diseases in the United States

International Women’s Day on March 8 caused me to reflect on the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the lives of women in the United States. Four principal NCDs – cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease are largely caused by four shared and modifiable risk factors: tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, poor […]

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Scheduling Ketamine under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971: WHO Veto Power?

Currently, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is meeting in Vienna, Austria and one of the most debated issues is whether the Commission will vote to schedule the drug ketamine under the Convention of Psychotropic Substances of 1971. Regarding this issue, a critical legal interpretation question exists – does WHO have the power to veto the […]

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Getting the public’s attention: creative public health campaigns

This month, soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović, striker for Paris-Saint-Germain and captain of the Swedish national team, joined the latest campaign for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The campaign, 805 Million Names, is built around the 50 names symbolically representative of the 805 million people suffering from hunger around the world today and the […]

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Tackling NCDs in low- and middle-income countries: A public health lawyer’s essential partners

International public health lawyers are increasingly called upon to formulate and advise on legal interventions to tackle noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries. From smoke-free place laws, to taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, to zoning laws that encourage active transport, legal interventions are important tools to address NCD risk factors such as tobacco use, […]

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From HealthLawProf Blog: Guest Blogger Professor Lawrence O. Gostin – Science, Choice, and Parental Rights in Conflict: The Vaccination Debates

This post originally appeared on the HealthLawProf Blog. The original blog can be found here. The values of public health, personal choice, and parental rights have collided in an intense debate over mandatory vaccinations. Senator Rand Paul argued that parents have the right to choose: “The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children.” […]

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Danger in the Dietary Supplement Aisle. Again.

Good news? Walmart may be next in line to help police the dietary supplement industry. Let me explain. Yesterday, the NY state attorney general’s office accused four national retail chains – GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – of selling fraudulent and mislabeled dietary supplements based on findings that four out of five of the products […]

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A year into the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado

On January 22, President Obama stated in regards to marijuana legislation “What I am doing is asking my Department of Justice just to examine generally how we are treating nonviolent drug offenders. Because I think you’re right, what we have done is instead of focusing on treatment, the same way we focused say with tobacco […]

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Ban the (indoor) tan: it’s time to ban tanning beds in the United States

Despite strong evidence of carcinogenicity, despite increasing skin cancer rates, and despite harrowing stories of young people dying, the US lags behind many countries in the regulation of tanning beds. At a minimum, federal and state governments should ban the use of tanning beds by minors in the United States. In their 2014 review of […]

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