Category: School of Public Health

Alcohol Companies Are Funding Research To Convince You Drinking Is Healthy

Huffington Post David Jernigan Officials at the government agency tasked with studying the health effects of alcohol aggressively courted alcohol executives to fund a $100 million clinical trial on “moderate drinking,” according to recently published investigations by The New York Times, Wired and Stat… Expert quote: “It’s kind of the whole reason we have an independent […]

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism clinical trial should be halted

The Hill Michael Siegel At a congressional budget hearing the National Institute of Health (NIH) director Dr. Francis Collins was questioned about an NIH clinical trial on the benefits of drinking that is being funded primarily by alcohol companies, which are contributing $68 million to this $100 million project… Expert quote: “Whether consumption of a […]

These states are responding to the Parkland shooting by trying to do something about gun control

Think Progress Michael Siegel Since 17 students and faculty died in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, people across the country have been demanding real action on gun control… Expert quote: “It’s way too early to draw conclusions about how successful these laws are going to be. But right now […]

As Scott Pruitt Flies First Class, EPA Barely Gets Off The Ground

Huffington Post Jonathan Levy, Lindsey Butler, and Wendy Heiger-Bernays Whether or not one believes the adage that budgets are moral documents, how people or organizations choose to spend their money is clearly a reflection of their priorities… Expert quote: “As public health researchers, we can’t help but ask how the health and well-being of the […]

340B is a well-intentioned drug discount program gone awry

STAT Elsa Pearson and Austin Frakt Hospitals and clinics serving high-risk, high-need patient populations, including low-income and uninsured individuals, have long benefitted from a federal program that allows them to buy medicines from drug makers at a steep discount… Expert quote: “Because the program reduces acquisition costs but does not reduce reimbursement rates, providers could profit […]