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The Public Health Implications of Normalized U.S.-Cuba Relations

Many thanks to Sarah Roache, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow, for her invaluable insights into legal interventions to prevent NCDs. In January 1959, after half a decade of armed revolution, Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement took control of Cuba from Fulgencio Batista, a president with increasingly dictatorial tendencies. Relations between the United States and Castro’s […]

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Let’s get physical! Using law and policy to promote physical activity

Each year, approximately 3.2 million people die due to physical inactivity. Physical inactivity can lead to obesity, and is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Modern lifestyles, predominately in developed countries, but increasingly in less developed countries too, are sedentary. Watching television, playing video-games, elevators, escalators, and […]

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Time to end discriminatory and outdated ban for gay blood donors

In 1983, during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, the FDA introduced a lifetime exclusion of sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) as prospective blood donors. At this time, the ascertainment of HIV status was not possible and not a lot was known about the disease. More than three decades later, we […]

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Hell’s Angels Create Iron Wings for Child Abuse Victims

With Thanksgiving just right around the corner, there is no better time to highlight the work of Bikers Against Child Abuse International, Inc. (B.A.C.A.), a group that deserves utmost recognition and praise for what they have pledged to do. Embracing the very stereotype that has been created for them, this group of bikers creatively use […]

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Harnessing the power of advertising to promote health: 6 of the best public health ads

Marketing and advertising are powerful tools to influence behavior. A good ad can have profound effects on our decisions – making us crave the latest gadget, causing us to switch away from a brand our family has trusted for generations, or to vote for a candidate we know little about. When it comes to health, […]

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Counterfeiting Ebola: Fakes, Frauds and other Malarkey

Photo Courtesy of Reuters   This Oped was written by Michelle Ratpan and originally appeared on OpedSpace. Michelle works as a Litigation Specialist for the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank and is a graduate of the Global Health Law and International Institutions LLM Program (2010). In the following Oped, Michelle examines the current […]

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How Public Health Can Help Tackle the NFL’s Domestic Violence Epidemic

  October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the wake of the National Football League’s (NFL’s) ongoing Ray Rice scandal and several incidents of domestic violence perpetrated by its players, this pressing issue is finally starting to grab the nation’s attention. To recap recent events, the NFL has been under fire for its mishandling of […]

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Recalling our First Fears about HIV—Can We Do Better with Ebola?

This post was written by Jeffrey S. Crowley, O’Neill Institute Program Director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to jsc26@law.georgetown.edu. Last week, CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, likened the health threat caused by Ebola to the growth of the global AIDS crisis. It is a parallel that […]

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From TIME: Ebola Co-Discoverer Peter Piot: ‘This Was an Avoidable Catastrophe’

This post originally appeared in TIME on October 1, 2014.  Professor Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He co-discovered Ebola in 1976.  The text is re-posted here, in part, with the permission of the author.  […]

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3 Issues to Consider before Voting in November

On November 4, many Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. And like all election seasons, issues threatening public health are chief among this nation’s top concerns.         In researching for this post, I came up with a fairly long “short-list” of pressing public health issues – […]

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