Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Ethics and Politics (Week of February 11, 2013)

This week was packed with news stories and events that have implications for health care, research, funding, and science writing.  Tuesday sparked two major discussions on Twitter.  The first was regarding the speech given by Jonah Lehrer (former journalist at The New Yorker and science writer) at a media learning seminar for which he was … Continue reading Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Ethics and Politics (Week of February 11, 2013)

A year-end Affordable Care Act litigation round-up

From the Health Affairs Blog: Undoubtedly the biggest health reform news of 2012 was the June 28 decision of the United States Supreme Court narrowly upholding the Affordable Care Act’s individual responsibility provision as a constitutional exercise of Congress’ power to tax. The Court also held that Congress lacked authority under the spending clause to require the … Continue reading A year-end Affordable Care Act litigation round-up

FAQ: Decoding The $716 billion in Medicare reductions

From Kaiser Health News: The structure and financing of Medicare, the federal health insurance program that serves seniors and the disabled, has become a defining issue in the presidential and congressional campaigns since GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked as his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions … Continue reading FAQ: Decoding The $716 billion in Medicare reductions

There’s an app for that – In China, track food scandals with a iPhone app

From the International Herald Tribune/New York Times: There’s mercury in the baby formula. Cabbages are sprayed with formaldehyde. Gelatin capsules for pills, tens of millions of them, are laced with chromium. Used cooking oil is scooped out of gutters for recycling, right along with the sewage. Accounts of dubious or unsafe food in China are … Continue reading There’s an app for that – In China, track food scandals with a iPhone app

“They Paved Paradise And Put Up A Parking Lot”

From Health Affairs, a "Narrative Matters" essay as a doctor'sthoughts turn to public health when a patient loses a park to exercise in and his health deteriorates. The patient sat in the squeaky chair in my exam room and told me his back hurt. He was a Hispanic man in his early forties; I’ll call him … Continue reading “They Paved Paradise And Put Up A Parking Lot”

Lecture – The Fukushima Disaster: Law, Politics, and Compensation in Japan

Eric Feldman, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak today on the compensation committee set up by the Japanese government in the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant destruction last year. The March 11, 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan left hundreds of thousands of people homeless, jobless, and … Continue reading Lecture – The Fukushima Disaster: Law, Politics, and Compensation in Japan

Lecture – Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Where Law and Politics Intersect

 Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice, will present a talk on 10 April, "Greenhouse Gas Emisons:  Where Law and Politics Intersect."  This free lecture is part of the Law School's Environmental Law and Policy Program Lecture Series. Date:  10 April Time:  4-5:00 Location:  250 Hutchins Hall For a complete list of past speakers as well as videos of their … Continue reading Lecture – Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Where Law and Politics Intersect

In Haiti, Global Failures on a Cholera Epidemic

From the New York Times, an important story on the handling of the cholera epidemic in Haiti. [C]holera has killed more than 7,050 Haitians and sickened more than 531,000, or 5 percent of the population. Lightning fast and virulent, it spread from here through every Haitian state, erupting into the world’s largest cholera epidemic despite … Continue reading In Haiti, Global Failures on a Cholera Epidemic

Behind the healthcare-law case – The challengers’ tale

From the New York Times and Reuters: A little over a year ago, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was on a mission. Along with a group of like-minded officials from other states, she was determined to be the first to test President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law at the U.S. Supreme Court. And she wanted … Continue reading Behind the healthcare-law case – The challengers’ tale