Wednesday, February 16, 2011
People often don’t realize that even a brief encounter with a coughing store clerk exposes them to the flu. Each year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the dreaded disease, and more than 200,000 flu victims are hospitalized. From 1976 to 2006 annual flu-related deaths ranged from 3,000 to 49,000. To help prevent the spread of flu the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends those who are sick limit their contact with other people, which can mean several days of staying at home from work.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
As in some other states, plaintiffs in Florida are challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plaintiffs in the Florida case made several claims, but the two that appear to be significant include...
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
When we were kids, Schoolhouse Rock taught many of us how a bill becomes a law. Yet most of our young cartoon-watching minds never learned about the next stage in the process—how a law becomes a regulation. Because of the important role of regulations in public health, it is essential to understand the rulemaking process. The transformation from bill to law is just the beginning.
Shortly after I graduated from law school in 1989, I bought my first new car. It was a fairly modest affair – a silver 1989 Honda Civic with a stick shift – but I was very fond of it. As it happened, my first post-law school job involved working to improve motor vehicle safety, so naturally enough I began to scrutinize my automotive purchase with a new set of eyes. I noticed that my car did not have air bags – not too many cars did at that time. I also noticed that the Civic had 3-point lap-shoulder belts in the two front bucket seats and also in both rear seats near the windows (these are called the outboard seats). But it had only a lap seat belt in the middle (inboard) position of the rear seat (the seat my two sisters and I would fight to avoid as kids).