Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jan 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Women's Access to Birth Control: Court Challenges

posted on Wed, Jan 23 2013 4:00 pm by Dipti Singh

Prevailing standards of medical care recognize family planning services as a necessary component of preventive care for women. So, when regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) required most health insurance plans to cover all forms of FDA-approved methods of birth control without cost-sharing, it seemed like a logical decision, but not to everyone.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

FDA Releases Highly Anticipated Food Safety Rules

posted on Fri, Jan 18 2013 8:54 am by Mathew Swinburne

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two proposed food safety rules on January 4th, generating a lot of excitement.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Sodium Watch

posted on Mon, Jan 14 2013 9:17 am by Shari A. Dawkins

Public health leaders worldwide are advocating for voluntary industry standards, sodium reduction goals and public policies to get the excess salt out of our diets. The United Kingdom launched a public education campaign in 2004 with the character “Sid the Slug” to warn the public that salt can cause harmful health effects to humans too.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Debate over Mandatory Vaccinations

posted on Wed, Jan 9 2013 11:05 am by Chris Walker

Vaccines have had a hard go with some of the public lately. The ongoing battle with anti-vaccination advocates seems to be intensifying, with the alleged autism link still persisting and a new issue opening up in worldwide thimerosal use in vaccines. Mandatory influenza vaccination for healthcare workers is yet another front. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Environmental Noise Pollution: What’s Law Got to Do with It?

posted on Tue, Jan 8 2013 11:45 am by Monica Hammer

How public health attorneys respond to new medical knowledge can have a dramatic impact on public health. An example can be found in recent research on environmental noise pollution.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Year in Review

posted on Wed, Jan 2 2013 10:41 am by Dan Stier

I’m happy to report that 2012 has been a highly productive year for the Network. We made tremendous strides in creating awareness of, and growing the Network; increased our effectiveness in providing state, local and tribal public health agencies, policy-makers, advocates, and other partners with much-needed legal technical assistance and resources; and greatly accelerated our work in advancing the field of public health law.

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