Public Health Law Blog Archive

May 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dementia Reimagined: Essential Insights and a Call for Supportive Laws and Policies

posted on Tue, May 21 2019 4:17 pm by James G. Hodge, Jr.

A 2018 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the U.S. burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will double by 2060. Responding to this national public health crisis of the mind facing millions of Americans and their families is essential. A recently released book, Dementia Reimagined, chronicles multiple opportunities to positively intervene in the lives of patients with dementia and their caregivers, and calls for national, state and local policy reforms to address deficiencies in the care and treatment of dementia.

Read More | Comments

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Access to Oral Health Care in the U.S. Remains an Issue, but Innovative Workforce Approaches Can Help

posted on Wed, May 8 2019 2:30 pm by Brittney Crock Bauerly

Despite progress in improving the nation’s oral health in recent decades, significant disparities still exist. People from rural communities, those with low incomes, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, pregnant women, and the elderly suffer disproportionately from tooth decay and gum disease and are less likely to visit a dentist than other Americans. Direct access laws and policies that authorize dental hygienists to provide oral health services in community-based settings, without the presence of a dentist, can bring important oral health care to underserved communities.

Read More | Comments

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Debate over Air Safety and Children: What the Law Says About Car Seats on Planes

posted on Tue, May 7 2019 11:43 am by Jennifer Bernstein

While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows children under the age of two to travel in an airplane seated on an adult’s lap, they contend that the safest place for a child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system or device, like a car seat. Despite laws allowing the use of certain car seats on aircraft, airlines are able to establish their own policies, and there is significant confusion among their personnel about what seats can be used.

Read More | Comments