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Systemic Failures Need Systemic Solutions: COVID-19 and Macromedical Regulation

Bill of Health

Among the many failures to mitigate the harm from COVID-19 in the U.S. Hospital bed shortages, overwhelmed intensive care nurses, and scarcities of needed medical equipment have been embarrassing but constant features of the American health care landscape. By Barak D. Richman and Steven L.

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News from the Consumer Technology Association and Withings Further Demonstrates Private Sector’s Role in the Pandemic and Public Health

Health Populi

This week, announcements from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Withings further bolster the case for the private sector bolstering public health in this pandemic…and future ones to come beyond the Age of the Coronavirus. On 27th July, CTA announced the Association’s launch of the Public Health Tech Initiative.

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ALERT! Your COVID-19 policies and procedures need a BOOSTER!

Health Law RX

Employers who are conducting automatic COVID-19 testing of employees or gathering test results of employees’ families should beware: the Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued new guidance limiting the former and has penalized a healthcare practice recently for doing the latter. Returning to Work After COVID-19.

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The Hair Economy in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Control, Wellness, and Self-Care

Health Populi

The barbershop and beauty salon are important community touch points for health, wellness, and social connection in so many peoples’ lives. In my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen , I feature the black barbershop to introduce a chapter on “The New Retail Health.”

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Biosafety Labs, Public Safety, and Politics

Bill of Health

By Barbara Pfeffer Billauer On May 25, 2023 , merely six weeks before the Wuhan Biosafety lab lost its NIH funding amid the controversy of possible lab leaks and connection with COVID-19, the United States proudly opened the doors of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), the 14th biosafety level 4 lab in the U.S.,

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Salus Populi: Training the Judiciary in the Social Drivers of Health

Bill of Health

While cases impacting the SDOH can be landmark Supreme Court cases, such as the ruling on the CDC’s eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic, judges also make decisions on a daily basis that can affect the SDOH and thereby health. Take, for example, a child welfare case out of New York, In re Brittany T , 852 N.Y.S.2d

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Americans’ Sense of Well-Being Falls to Great Recession Levels, Gallup Finds

Health Populi

It’s déjà vu all over again for Americans’ well-being: we haven’t felt this low since the advent of the Great Recession that hit our well-well-being hard in December 2008. As COVID-19 diagnoses reached 200,000 in the U.S. in April 2020, Gallup gauged that barely 1 in 2 people felt they were thriving.

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