Public Health Law Blog Archive

Nov 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Critical Congenital Heart Defect & Pulse Oximetry Screening: A Public Health Law Opportunity

posted on Wed, Nov 28 2012 9:56 am by Chris Walker


Critical Congenital Heart Defect (CCHD) is an umbrella term for seven congenital heart defects that are dangerous to newborn infants. Pulse oximetry screening is a non-invasive, low-cost procedure that can detect CCHDs, and a number of states have laws that make the screening mandatory.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Compounding Pharmacies: Moving Forward to Protect Public Health

posted on Tue, Nov 20 2012 10:42 am by Jennifer Bernstein

As patients, we all rely upon laws and regulations to ensure that pharmaceutical products meet high safety standards. So when over 400 people become ill and 30 people die as the result of meningitis-tainted steroid injections, we have to consider how we can use the law as a tool to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Lessons from Sandy: Using Social Media in Future Disasters

posted on Mon, Nov 19 2012 12:37 pm by Veda Collmer

In late October, Superstorm Sandy smacked the Northeastern states, and sparked a transition from traditional methods of emergency communication (e.g., televised press conferences and radio emergency broadcasting), to the use of social media.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Medicaid Expansion and Public Health

posted on Tue, Nov 13 2012 9:08 am by Corey Davis

The Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) decision left most of the law intact, including its many important public health provisions. However, the Court’s decision also created a loophole that may leave millions of Americans without access to affordable insurance.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Regulatory War Against the Airbag

posted on Thu, Nov 1 2012 9:36 am by Jon S. Vernick

Professor Susan Baker at Johns Hopkins University is one of the founders of the public health approach to injury prevention. Yet Sue credits someone else — Joan Claybrook — for helping to avert a serious injury she might have otherwise sustained.

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