Public Health Law Blog Archive

Feb 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Public Health and the Courts: Is there a fundamental right to a stable climate system?

posted on Wed, Feb 15 2017 1:59 pm by Colleen Healy

Frustrated by what they perceive as insufficient federal legislative and executive efforts to address climate change, a group of young plaintiffs and other activists have filed suit against the federal government, citing a wide variety of health-related harms they have suffered because of the government’s inability to reduce carbon emissions.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Raw Milk: Camels, the FDA, and State Deregulation

posted on Mon, Feb 13 2017 11:38 am by Mathew Swinburne

The movement to legalize the intrastate sale of raw milk continues despite warnings from the FDA and CDC that its consumption is a health risk. Federal law prohibits selling or transportation of raw milk, but there is decreased regulation within states. In the first month of 2017, five states have already introduced raw milk legislation to allow or expand its sale within their borders. 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Emergency Preparedness and Medical Countermeasures: FDA Emergency Use Authorization and Related Authorities Guidance Updates

posted on Wed, Feb 1 2017 3:45 pm by Lexi C. White

Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize emergency use of unapproved medical countermeasures during emergency circumstances to combat threats that involve chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear agents. On January 13, the FDA issued final guidance for industry and other stakeholders on EUA of Medical Products and Related Authorities.

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Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being through Public Health Law

posted on Wed, Feb 1 2017 1:02 pm by Jill Krueger

Across the United States, people are identifying mental health as an unmet need in their communities, and are beginning to devise strategies to promote mental health and well-being. Just as we have come to understand the role of the social determinants of health with respect to physical health, we have a growing awareness of the influence of the social determinants of mental health.

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