Category: School of Public Health

US gives safety steps on Ebola

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Ebola, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

New federal guidelines for preventing the spread of Ebola recommend tougher restrictions for those at greatest risk of infection, but stop short of the strict quarantines that several states imposed in recent days…

Expert quote:

“They were nervous that if something happened they wouldn’t be seen as doing everything possible. . . . The public is remarkably calm, and always is.”

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Why There’s So Much Controversy Surrounding Ebola Quarantine Orders

October 27th, 2014 in 2014, ABCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health

At least six states have issued tougher rules for travelers returning from Ebola-affected regions, some with mandatory quarantines going above and beyond federal guidelines…

Expert quote:

“If you single out anyone who works with Ebola then you probably have to quarantine U.S. health care workers and U.S. hospital workers treating Ebola patients.”

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More research, regulation needed on energy drinks: study

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A new review of the existing evidence suggests that energy drinks may represent a looming public health threat in Europe, especially for kids and young adults…

Expert quote:

“It appears clear that excessive or irresponsible consumption of energy drinks does represent a public health problem.”

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Ebola quarantining could impinge on US civil liberties

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Al Jazeera America, Ebola, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Dozens of Texans came out of strict Ebola quarantining Monday after having been given the all clear from health officials. But many more continue to be monitored for the potential symptoms under surveillance conditions that some legal experts warn could result in the unintended consequence of violating civil liberties…

Expert quote:

“The public are going to overreact because they’re nervous. Politicians worry about how the public is going to view them, and whether the public thinks they’re not doing enough to protect them unless they literally lock people up.”

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As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns

October 21st, 2014 in 2014, Initiative on Cities, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Susan Foster 0 comments

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Susan Foster, School of Public Health

All around the world, rural migrants are flocking to cities in search of a better life. But it turns out that a move to the big city can bring out the worst in people…

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Who Should Mourn for Long Island College Hospital?

October 20th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The elderly, residents of a nearby low-income neighborhood and deli owners are bearing the greatest cost of losing a hospital in brownstone Brooklyn. But experts say the impact goes much further…

Expert quote:

“People might look at New York and say there are enough beds, but they are not in the right places. They are in Manhattan. You have so many people in Brooklyn but there are not as many beds.”

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The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?

October 19th, 2014 in 2014, Madeleine Scammell, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Nation 0 comments

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Madeleine Scammell, School of Public Health

For years, radioactive waste has seeped into swampland, canals—even drinking water. Now a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable…

Expert quote:

“Experimental science tries to understand the relationship between x chemical and y outcome in a controlled setting. Whatever you find, there will be people who doubt the veracity of your findings because we don’t live in an experimental setting, and you can never control all of the factors that might have contributed to that disease occurrence.”

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Ethics and Ebola

October 18th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, George Annas, Newsmakers, PBS, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

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Providers, health insurers point fingers, again, over market dominance

October 11th, 2014 in 2014, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Healthcare providers and insurance companies have long waged verbal battles over which group has more negotiating leverage. A new study from the nation’s largest doctor group fires the latest salvo at health insurers…

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Are Quarantines Really Legal?

October 10th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died from the virus on Wednesday

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