Miami Downtown, FL, USA - MAY 31, 2020: Woman leading a group of demonstrators on road protesting for human rights and against racism.

Understanding the Role of Race in Health

Structural racism pervades all facets of society, from education, to housing, to law enforcement.  The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the health disparities that result from this systemic and structural racism.

The Petrie-Flom Center has asked leading scholars in law, public health, history, sociology, and other fields to explore these issues for a digital symposium on the Bill of Health blog. The focus of the symposium is to unpack how critical race theories and other strands of racial justice scholarship can inform health care, public health, and other areas of law to improve health outcomes among minorities.

Follow the conversation and share the articles in this symposium using #RaceandHealth.

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By John Tingle The independent regulator for health and social care in England, the Quality Care Commission (CQC) has recently
By Nicolas Terry This week’s guest is Matthew Cortland, a patient and health care rights advocate from Massachusetts. He received
By Adriana Krasniansky Interest in artificially intelligent (AI) health care has grown at an astounding pace: the global AI health
By Dan Aaron As the opioid litigation continues over the shadow of one of our nation’s most pressing public health
By Beatrice Brown Recently, news broke that there is a critical shortage of vincristine, a drug that is integral for
By Adrian Gropper The October 22 announcement starts with: “U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Richard
By Nicolas Terry TWIHL welcomes back Professor Wendy Mariner, Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Public Health and
By Kaitlyn Dowling In a new, year-long series on Bill of Health, we’ll be exploring the legal scholarship on genetic
By Ameet Sarpatwari, Charlie Lee, Frazer Tessema, and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law
By Alexa Richardson Lawyers calling themselves the "Opioid Justice Team" are pushing forward in their mission to certify babies exposed
By Phebe Hong On October 7th, toward the end of his health care “bill-signing marathon,” Governor Gavin Newsom signed bill
By Sarah Alawi There has long been a debate about the potential ethical conflict between the role of the clinician
By David Orentlicher Should the United States achieve universal access to health care by adopting a single-payer, Medicare-for-All kind of
By John Tingle In terms of the progress of developing a patient safety culture in the National Health Service (NHS)
By Daniel Aaron On October 21, two Ohio counties are slated to present their opioid claims in a federal trial.
By Beatrice Brown On October 4, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear June Medical Services v. Gee, in
By Phebe Hong It happens every year like clockwork: Apple releases a new iPhone, and then hordes of people rush
By James Love This is a story about U.S. patent number 6,958,335, and how it took more than 18 years
By Shelly Simana Genetic information is quite distinguishable from much medical information due its familial nature and its unique ability
Friday, October 4, the Petrie-Flom Center will host “Abortion Battles in Mexico and Beyond: The Role of Law and the
By Scott Burris Federal District Judge Gerald McHugh of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled today that the operation of
Monday, October 7, the Petrie-Flom Center is co-sponsoring “15+ Years of PEPFAR: How U.S. Action on HIV/AIDS Has Changed Global
Friday, October 4, the Petrie-Flom Center will host “Abortion Battles in Mexico and Beyond: The Role of Law and the
Monday, October 7, the Petrie-Flom Center is co-sponsoring "15+ Years of PEPFAR: How U.S. Action on HIV/AIDS Has Changed Global
Friday, October 4, the Petrie-Flom Center will host "Abortion Battles in Mexico and Beyond: The Role of Law and the
By Emily Quian Preventive health clinics at large academic medical centers are one of many changes that allow individuals to
Friday, October 4, the Petrie-Flom Center will host “Abortion Battles in Mexico and Beyond: The Role of Law and the
By Beatrice Brown On September 10, 2019, the Joint Committee on Judiciary at the Massachusetts State House heard testimony regarding
By Adriana Krasniansky Earlier this year, consumer technology company Amazon made waves in health care when it announced that its
By John Tingle The first "World Patient Safety Day" took place on September 17, 2019. It is an annual event
By Daniel Aaron People following the opioid lawsuits might have noticed some strange headlines as of late. Virtually every state’s
By Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci, Janos Meszaros & Timo Minssen This post is the second part in a two-part series about
By Ameet Sarpatwari, Charlie Lee, Frazer Tessema, and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law
By Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci, Janos Meszaros & Timo Minssen Empirical studies in behavioral economics have demonstrated how people are biased
By Sarah Alawi Dar Al-Ifta, Egypt’s Islamic body, issued a statement earlier this month on the legality of egg freezing
By Kaitlyn Dowling, based on research by the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society In
By Alexa Richardson A new study indicates that 28.1% of women birthing in U.S. hospitals experienced mistreatment by providers during
By Nicolas Terry This episode was recorded at the 2019 meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools during a
By Phebe Hong Protective orders, confidentiality agreements, and sealed court files significantly impair public access to vitally important records. Recent
By David Orentlicher Once again this past Thursday, the Democratic presidential candidate debate began on the topic of health care
By Robert Field The influenza virus gained an important ally during the past few weeks: the Trump Administration. If you
By Emily Beukema, Aila Hoss, and Nicolas Terry In November 2014, Scott County, Indiana was the site of a now
By Shelly Simana The topic of posthumous reproduction has produced great interest globally due to the fundamental dilemmas it raises.
By Beatrice Brown On August 19, Planned Parenthood announced that they would be leaving the Title X family planning program
By Daniel Aaron On September 10, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to Juul asserting
By John Tingle The Care Quality Commission (CQC) occupies a pivotal role in the National Health Service (NHS) and social
A case of sensitive health news delivered via telemedicine incites questions about the use of technology in critical care conversations.
By Nicole Negowetti Sustainably feeding a growing population with healthy diets is a pressing global challenge. The role of meat
By Sarah Alawi My name is Sarah Alawi; I’m an LLM Student at Harvard Law School, from New Zealand. I
By John Novembre, Mason Kortz, Kaitlyn Dowling In a new, year-long series on Bill of Health, we’ll be exploring the
By Nicolas Terry Two great guests this week, Rachel Rebouché and Scott Burris, both from Temple Law School in Philadelphia.
By Carmel Shachar The Petrie-Flom Center’s 2020 annual conference, Innovation and Protection: The Future of Medical Device Regulation, co-sponsored by
By Dorit Reiss On June 13, 2019 New York repealed the religious exemption from its school immunization mandates. While the
By Alexa Richardson A woman whose hours-old baby was dying admitted to her care providers that she had abused prescription
On September 10 at 4:00 PM, join Prof. Fox in a discussion of his new book, Birth Rights and Wrongs:
By Phebe Hong Nine months have passed since the startling news broke in November 2018 that Chinese researcher He Jiankui
By John Tingle NHS Resolution is a major National Health Service (NHS) organisation concerned with patient safety, health quality, and litigation
By Jennifer S. Bard Just as medical students find themselves being asked at parties to look at rashes, this year
The Oklahoma opioid verdict was handed down on August 26 and, of course, there’s only one person to discuss it
Recorded at the 2019 annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Professor Elizabeth Weeks, Associate Dean for Faculty
By Oliver Kim I’ve written here before about areas where technology could play a role in providing access to complicated,
By Ameet Sarpatwari, Charlie Lee, Frazer Tessema, and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law
The Journal of Law and the Biosciences is the first fully open-access, peer-reviewed, legal journal focused on the advances at
By Lilo Blank The current xenophobic, racist, and anti-immigrant climate in the United States and its detrimental impact on immigrant
By Robert Field Should Medicare-for-All replace private insurance? That question, although central to many current health reform debates, presents a
By Nicolas Terry This episode was recorded at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools during a
By Stephen Wood I used to be averse to mayonnaise and I still am for its use as a condiment
This is the abstract of a paper by Alicia Ely Yamin. You can read the full paper in the Journal
This post originally appeared in Device and Materials Engineering. You can read it here. By Sara Gerke & I. Glenn
By Nicolas Terry Recorded at the 2019 annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools during a panel reviewing
By Justine Fuga Just last year, one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students across
By Lilo Blank Gentrification is highly contentious as it transforms neighborhoods from low to high value.  A National Community Reinvestment
By John Tingle NHS Resolution has several functions in the NHS (National Health Service) in England which include managing legal claims
By Audrey Lebret There are few cases as publicized in France as the story of Vincent Lambert, a patient in
By Ameet Sarpatwari, Frazer Tessema, and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review
On July 2, 2019 a new National Health Service (NHS) patient safety strategy was launched in England. The strategy promises many
A recent US lawsuit highlights crucial challenges at the interface of data utility, patient privacy & data misuse By Timo
By Timo Minssen (CeBIL, UCPH), Sara Gerke & Carmel Shachar A recent US lawsuit highlights crucial challenges at the interface
This is an excerpt of an article by Alaina Lancaster that originally appeared on Law.com. Read the full interview here. 
Health challenges for immigrant communities likely just became much more complicated even after planned ICE raids never materialized this weekend.
Via the Washington Post Daniel Callahan, a philosopher who helped found the modern field of bioethics, calling on physicians, patients
If you rely on a pacemaker, an implanted defibrillator, a prosthetic hip, wear contacts or need an MRI, then you
Recent events, such as the New Zealand mosque shooting in Christchurch and foreign meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, have
Accidents happen: Freezers fail. Samples are mislabeled. Embryos get switched. These may be first-world problems. But they’re not innocent, or
Race-based health disparities are real and persistent, but they are overwhelmingly due to social, economic, political and historical forces. Genetics
There does not seem to be a week that goes by without an NHS (National Health Service) patient safety crisis
Failed abortions, switched donors, and lost embryos may be first-world problems, but these aren’t innocent lapses or harmless errors.
More than once, the freezer tanks that secure families’ hopes have failed. Courts may fail these families too.
The rather esoteric issue of a national patient identifier has come to light as a difference between two major heath
Recent headlines highlighted a $40 million investment by a range of Blue Cross Blue Shield companies in Solera Health, a
Judge Reed O’Connor's decision is notable for both its expansion of religious exemptions, and its casual disregard for the realities of health insurance
While state initiatives are a crucial tool in the fight for reproductive justice, we must also ensure that access to healthcare is no
In terms of transparency and accountability the National Health Service ( NHS) in England is excellent at producing insightful, well-produced reports
The Week in Health Law Podcast from Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed
Persons with disabilities constitute the largest health disparities group in the U.S., but they have largely been absent from the
A new dataset of health care conscience laws relating to abortion reveals broad scope of protection for providers, limited protection
A series of failures among devices designed for women’s health has invigorated the FDA’s focus on its post-market regime.
Working at the intersection of law, medicine, ethics, and business, the book goes beyond the buzzwords to the heart of
Spring of 2019 brought flowers, showers, and many updates on fertility fraud cases across the country.
Hidden beneath the surface of new programs are a host of concerns about privacy, how insurers will use patient data, and
People with developmental disabilities are often less able to care for their teeth, and sometimes require special services not offered during
The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd), is committed to working with lawyers and policymakers to bridge the knowledge gap between genetics and law.
The common thread of our comments is the need to treat patients and physicians, not the data brokers, as the
Do you owe Alexa your politeness? Do you owe any moral consideration whatsoever to an AI?
There is already enough harm from this tragedy, neither the government or media should be adding to it.
Privacy is, in many ways, an always-ticking time bomb.
“Deep Dive” is broader than just pharmaceutical policy, and will explore market failures in health care, criminal justice, education, and
NHS Resolution has excellent patient safety and clinical negligence resources, learning materials and should be viewed as a priority global
This troubling decision should worry all those who seek to defend the rights of women in these contexts.
Gamete donors argue they have a right to privacy. But Seema Mohapatra says the idea of donor privacy is no
If the opioid shoes continue to drop, the parties may have more data from the disruptive state actions that they
This year I began a two-year appointment as Chair of the FDA’s Analgesic and Anesthetic Drug Advisory Committee (AADPAC). Our
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed
Global patient safety knowledge sharing, and learning helps all countries, regardless of income level and this needs to be encouraged.
Dr. Susan Hockfield's beautiful and powerful new book, "The Age of Living Machines," articulates her vision of the merging of engineering
A recent conversation between feminists, students, and other activists was inspired by the need for broader public awareness and understanding
Gestational limitation on abortion, or "heartbeat bans," recently became law in both Ohio and Georgia, but states are limiting abortion
The amicus brief submitted by PHLW et al. proposes a settlement that includes a framework for addressing the opioid crisis
An endowment at the DePaul University College of Law funds a faculty fellowship program.
23andMe floods the airwaves with ads painting genetics as deterministic, a unique form of self-knowledge that offers a definitive window
If DOJ hopes to create the consistency and confidence necessary for self-disclosure about misconduct, the recent guidance must be the
Jennifer Oliva in conversation with Professor Elizabeth Chamblee Burch about the settlement agreements and other idiosyncrasies in multidistrict litigation.
Health information should not be treated as property. Instead, we should continue to enhance existing regulatory and liability rules to
The more jurisdictions that adopt a cautionary approach to their own regulations for genome editing, the more likely it is
The majority of US state laws still rely on "zero tolerance" exclusionary school discipline, despite evidence the policies may do
Dean John F. Manning honored Prof. I. Glenn Cohen on the occasion of his appointment as the James A. Attwood
Jennifer Oliva makes a swift return to the pod!
Health care leaders gathered at Harvard Law School to discuss opportunities to redesign care delivery for people with serious illness.
Manufacturers have a strong motivation to promote the effectiveness of their drug, while downplaying the risks, in the FDA approval
We should resist the temptation of letting memories of Nazi war crimes lead us to a false story about the
While ancestry, fitness regimens, and food preferences may seem all fun and games, the potential of learning about a predisposition
Minority groups risk not benefiting from genomic discoveries to the same degree as individuals of European descent.
Age-based criteria can be not only legal but also ethically acceptable and even desirable.
The Week in Health Law Podcast from Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the thornier issues in
Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning honored Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen  on the occasion of his appointment
It is increasingly difficult to find a Democratic presidential hopeful who has not paid at least some lip service to
Suicide prevention needs to be taken more seriously globally by governments, health systems as an urgent public health concern. WHO
Many changes are needed to improve accessibility to housing and opportunities for health, made all the more urgent by troubling racial
The Week in Health Law Podcast from Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the thornier issues in
The Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship Program is designed to mentor students seeking to become thought leaders in health law policy
It is great for consumers to think ethically about what we buy and eat. But it is unfair to expect
Our current digital moment is rife with risks. Yet, a broader view shows that this moment represents a powerful opportunity.
The second-biggest outbreak of Ebola in history has been raging for eight months in eastern Congo. Notwithstanding the truly heroic
Now more than ever, there is a need for an open and consistent DOJ policy for resolving False Claims Act
Although Oklahoma will be receiving a one-time supply of medication, a better solution would be to demand that the drug
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed
Though a booming enterprise, the fertility industry remains distinct from other medical practices: it offers patients little recourse for medical mistakes
Ethical principles of health equity and justice must be examined as these new therapies are developed and progress to first-in-human
In an editorial this weekend, the New York Times supported efforts by the Petrie-Flom Center and suggested it was time
It is possible that particular gene drives will kill us all. But academia's emphasis on the risks of human, rather
This week, legislators in Minnesota proposed a resolution calling on Congress and the President to legislate to overturn the Supreme Court’s
Like Rockland county, New York City has been combatting a large measles outbreak for several months. As of April 9,
The regular revelation of past dangerous and unethical studies should warn us that we do not always appreciate the signs
Never Events are defined in the report as serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if healthcare
The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Annals of Health Law
In a few weeks, Google's Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) was scheduled to come together for its first meeting to
In the next 200 years, at least 20 billion people will die — and the issue of how best to manage
Important questions remain regarding Purdue’s Oklahoma settlement and its potential impact on the Opioid MDL and other state cases.
Our celebrated and generous colleague Eleanor Kinney passed away late last year. To honor her and her legacy, the Indiana
The recent crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft raise important questions for patients, physicians, and policymakers.
Pernicious epistemically justified distrust are those beliefs that are justified by the bad past actions of others, but now result
A new article in Pain Medicine describes U.S. policies limiting high morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) prescribing. We spoke with
The independent regulator of health and social care in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has just published a report
The ban on unvaccinated kids in public spaces seems like a drastic step, but it is the culmination of extensive
Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s nationally acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is pleased to invite original
Given the limits of HIPAA and the growth of virtual medicine and health apps, what is the optimal regulatory structure
There are several issues with the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on drug pricing, including that it both will lock in
Before we can assess whether technology can preserve what we care about in telling people they are dying, we need
Interested in learning more about pharmaceutical policy? Curious about the role of the FDA in ensure safe and effective drugs
Much of the housing in the U.S. is expensive, unsafe, and inadequate in supply. A new article outlines 23 legal
The global humanitarian crisis of millions of avoidable deaths due to lack of health is exacerbated by rapidly increasing wealth
As the suicide rate increases across the United States, researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health approached
Social media may play an outsize role in the evolution of the anti-vaxxer movement. But now the platforms are trying
Much of what we have done to curb it has done little to address the underlying pain that first draws
The redistributive intuition of interpreting the Nagoya Protocol to apply to sequence information is appealing. But it makes no sense.
Along with our partners at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, the Petrie-Flom Center is thrilled
Let’s hope that Congress will act this session to protect patients and fix this broken market.
Available March 26, 2019, a new course "FDA and Prescription Drugs: Current Controversies in Context" will be offered at no
Mental Health Care in the National Health Service in England has always existed in the shadow of physical care in
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed
The Week in Health Law Podcast from Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues
A number of state-level legislative projects are generating excitement about Medicaid buy-in plans.
Boston area healthcare providers, public safety officials and mental health clinicians will hear from experts on human trafficking including healthcare
When the stakes are as high as death and dying, only patients themselves should decide if alternatives to face-to-face dialog
What does a human rights perspective add to telling us what health inequalities (within and between countries) are inequities and
Is there a role for the government to play a greater role in making health insurance affordable and accessible? As
Multiple changes are looming in both the doctor’s and the patient’s roles. Here we highlight two of them.
Given his penchant for being chatty on Twitter, we rounded up some of the reactions to Gottlieb's resignation from Bill
It is hard to be upbeat and positive about the NHS complaints system, there is a quarter of a century
Despite being curable, and eliminated from most developed countries, malaria is the fifth deadliest infectious disease in the world. Gene
Is the fact that HIV has been functionally cured now twice amazing? Yes, absolutely. But nearly 37 million people are
In her new book, "Global Health Justice and Governance," Dr. Prah Ruger lays out the critical problems facing the world today
The focus on maternal health from a diverse range of policymakers and advocates is promising. However, it is critical to
For over two decades, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, in conjunction with the IU School of Medicine, has
The policy of family separation was curtailed after public outcry, but the trauma remains. In a timely panel on Monday,
Join us March 8 for a talk that will cover the science of genome editing, including CRISPR, and in particular,
Saliva doesn’t transmit HIV, yet a number of states explicitly criminalize the act of spitting if one is HIV-positive. These
Emergency Departments, through no fault of their own, are becoming holding cells for patients who are both vulnerable and often
The move by Memorial Sloan Kettering is an important one, and constitutes a high visibility statement about the need to
Anesthesiologists are the only type of healthcare provider that prescribes, dispenses, premixes, repackages, relabels, and administers the medications, independently and
The argument that Facebook’s suicide prediction algorithm should be subject to the same regulatory regime as medicine and digital health
Regardless of how one defines a longitudinal health record, we might agree that it should follow the patient by being
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed
Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on February 6 gave a wide-ranging speech on the
Amazon's hit TV show, "Homecoming," is terrifying because it embraces the truth about how American servicemembers have been used as
Legal epidemiology can provide an organized method to examine the laws that are present in each of these communities and
As a nurse practitioner in a busy suburban emergency department, pain is my job. Pain is one of the most
As a scholar of artificial intelligence, neuroscience and the law, I’m interested in the legal and policy questions that sex robots
While more research in this area is needed, studies show that paid leave can and should be framed as a
By Adrian Gropper and Deborah C. Peel Among other rich nations, US healthcare stands out as both exceptionally privatized and exceptionally
At the end of last semester, I conducted an online survey and series of interviews seeking to understand the perspectives of seniors on
A new working paper from participants in the AI-Health Working Group sets forth a research agenda for stakeholders to proactively collaborate
By Adrienne Ghorashi UPDATE: Late Thursday, February 7, the Supreme Court granted Plaintiff’s stay application, meaning Louisiana’s TRAP law may
Join us on Friday for Health Policy Biothics Consortium!
Does payment in exchange for research participation encourage deception?
Imagine “climate editing” — a potential massive future network of precise, local, and mutually-coordinated interventions.
By Jessica Amoroso On December 6, 2018, Philadelphia City Council unanimously voted on a bill to incrementally raise the hourly
As multitasking now defines modern life, a hugely important question emerges: What will an increasingly distracted brain mean for ethics?
The Department of Health and Social Care in England has just published two important publications on the NHS Constitution. The
While many issues are likely to play a prominent roles in this campaign, healthcare is likely to play an outsized
Pennsylvania is not the only state that imposes funding limitations through state law.
In an earlier post I offered two arguments for why wealthy nations have a moral obligation to address medical professional
While Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage will continue for federal employees during the shutdown, there are plenty of healthcare related complications
Questions about "filth" in food illuminate how complex our relationship to food is, and how difficult it can be to
As technology outpaces the law, law must adapt accordingly. And the law should not permit a physician whose livelihood and
A global set of authors make the case that military and police forces should be recognized as key players, rather than
What if a sitting head of state of a constitutional democracy were replaced by a clone of himself during his
A new series of 16 legal datasets on LawAtlas.org captures U.S. abortion regulations, relevant court cases and Attorneys General opinions
A real-world test of regulated payments is needed to show definitively whether this is a viable method of increasing the
The Petrie-Flom Center is thrilled to announce the launch of the Global Health and Rights Project, which will investigate using
While telemedicine advocates may see the New Mexico bill as a one-off issue, it should prompt some thinking about the
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed
Though the opportunities for crime-solving by utilizing DNA database searches may be vast, new technologies and innovative uses of them
Watch this webinar with the American Medical Association Medical Student Section Committee on Economics and Quality in Medicine.
The NHS (National  Health Service) in England is developing a new patient safety strategy which will be published in the
Talking of healthcare as a right in the context of U.S. policymaking, though laudable, is misplaced. Healthcare is only one
Alongside the growth of electronic health records, specialized add-on software capacities have also emerged, some of which even ask users
A new paper discusses questions such as: to what extent should data be available for use without a patient’s consent?
In order for public health officials to appropriately understand and react to the widespread societal impact of the opioid epidemic,
Now is the time to reconsider what ethical and regulatory safeguards should be implemented and discuss the many questions raised
Jack Hogan can now ride his bike home at dusk after an afternoon of playing with his friends. Is that
Ho-ho-ho! The return of TWIHL’s infamous and extra long “Who’s Been Naughty or Nice?” Holiday show. This year’s festive appreciation
The purpose and the policies of an emergency department need to be redefined. We're not emergency workers. We are public
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed
Taking on Derek Parfit, student fellow James Toomey argues ways that in some cases personhood will be indeterminate.
Abbe Gluck, Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale
Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics look forward to hosting the 42nd
If America were my patient, I would say that while the health diagnosis of climate change is grave, there is
By Joel McElvain This post was originally published on Take Care.  The Affordable Care Act reformed the individual health insurance
The majority of states have laws that criminalize activities by HIV-positive people that are not criminalized when the rest of
By Alicia Ely Yamin As Susan Sontag eloquently noted decades ago, illness conjures metaphors that reveal a great deal about
I am joined by Abbe Gluck, Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law
A recent report for the patient safety and justice charity, AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) identifies some short comings in
In early October, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed redefinition of the Immigrant and Nationality Act’s “public charge”
 Petrie-Flom Faculty Director Glenn Cohen discusses genome editing on Al Jazeera's The Stream.
With plenty of potential healthcare concerns and complications arising out of medical diagnoses and treatments themselves, errors in medical records
Most meetings of the FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC) are held to review a New Drug
Watching David Baltimore open the #GeneEdit Summit last week brought back a memory of the last time I saw the
If you ask someone to define AI, you will get no universal answer. One of the key challenges in legislating
This year brought with it a wave of interesting issues in the health law arena—be it questions of limiting health
Gottlieb's comments on the news that gene edited embryos in China had led to live births were wrong.
By Hailey Cleek The Ohio House recently voted to pass a controversial bill in effort to restrict abortion access for women.
Earlier this month, health law scholar and frequent Bill of Health contributor John Tingle visited Western New England University, School
The NHS (National Health Service) in England is in very deep water when it comes to the increasing costs of
A long overdue return from health care privacy and security guru Kirk Nahra. Kirk is a partner at Wiley Rein
As Nicholas Terry wrote in his recent blog post, the 2018 midterm elections produced some big wins for Medicaid. Voters
Bioethical debates are often something of a dialogue of the deaf. A fundamental reason for this is that so much
With the midterm elections now behind us, I thought it was time to revisit a prior blog post where I
On the blog Somatosphere, there has been a recent series on anthropological approaches to ethics and morality. The key intervention
African governments spend millions of dollars every year training physicians who will leave their home countries to live and work
Healthcare was at the top of many voters' minds in last week's election, with a range of health-related issues appearing on ballots
Advocating for patients is in a physician’s job description. Sometimes we forget that, and need a reminder. The National Rifle
An unnamed columnist writing for the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action blog advised physicians and other healthcare providers
What do you get when you put some super-smart lawyers from a top law firm and the Federation of State
Anya Prince, a legal scholar and thought leader in the field of genetic discrimination, will present a new paper at
Recently, a nursing mother in Pennsylvania made national headlines when her infant died from ingesting a combination of fatal drugs
Infectious disease emergencies are opportunities to test the efficacy of newly developed interventions—for example, drugs, vaccines, and treatment regimens. Yet
By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed
Midterm Takeaways Director’s Cut: I am joined by Professor Wendy Mariner, Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of
The Trump Administration launched the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history in June, charging over 600 individuals responsible for over
San Pedro Sula in Honduras was the murder capital of the world for decades, a title it lost only a
Health care issues were a major driver of voting across the country this week. Here are some key takeaways from
Machine learning in medicine is accelerating at an incredible rate, bringing a new era of ethical and regulatory challenges to
Eight in ten Americans think that prescription drug prices are unreasonable, according to a March 2018 Kaiser poll. That same
At the end of last month, the New York Times reported on a leaked internal memorandum from Health and Human
At the end of September, the Senate passed a final version of an expansive legislative package designed to tackle the
Suicide is a global problem that causes 800,000 deaths per year worldwide. In the United States, suicide rates rose by
I know Nurse X only by her failures the night a young woman with asthma died gasping for breath just
If you listened to the last episode of TWIHL you may recall that it was recorded early on October 26,
The FDA’s Analgesic and Anesthetic Drug Advisory Committee (AADPAC), of which I am a member, met October 12 to discuss
Matt Hancock, the recently appointed Government, Health and Social Care Secretary, made a keynote speech on patient safety in London
An Idaho U.S. District Court ruled this week that parents can provisionally sue the fertility doctor who, in 1980, used
According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll, shockingly large swaths of Americans have reported that they don't have a
How will artificial intelligence (AI) change medicine? AI, powered by “big data” in health, promises to transform medical practice, but
While there has been a great deal in the literature that discusses the ethics of neurologic, cardiopulmonary and biologic death
A recent web series sparked controversy with the headline that “Designer babies aren’t futuristic. They’re already here.” The online articles
By 2015, major news outlets were reporting on what the CDC was calling “one of the worst documented outbreaks of
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