HealthLawPolitics

Citation Needed

There are a lot of things wrong with our government. There are plenty of aspects to healthcare regulation that need to be fixed. But let’s at least focus on the right things. Late last month, the Green Party’s presidential nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, was quoted as saying, “In most countries, …

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IdentityLawLGBTQ

Potty Politics: Four things bathroom bill proponents get wrong

CN: Transphobia At the risk of making this the Grounded Bathrooms page for a little while here, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Target for doubling down on its corporate policy of inclusiveness by announcing that its customers are free to use whatever restroom and dressing room …

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LawLGBTQSex and Sexuality

Bathroom Bonanza

(Consider this my minor contribution to Lou’s excellent post on The Bathroom Wars.) I’m an engineer. In general, that means I tend to break a big problem into its components, analyze each one, work out contingencies, then work back up the chain to resolve the bigger issue. So let’s consider …

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ActivismAges 10-12 (Tween)Law

An Open Letter to My Local Police Department: Please Don’t Shoot My Neighborhood’s Kids

Dear District 5 police force, how are you? I hope you all had a safe and happy Holiday Season. It has been a mild winter here in the Queen City so far, but looking at the forecast I see that freezing temperatures are on the way and there may even be …

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ActivismFoodLaw

Gwyneth Goes to Washington: 5 Reasons She Wants to Label GMOs

Yesterday, Gwyneth Paltrow passionately urged the Senate to vote against the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Don’t worry, she came armed with reasons: 1. She’s a mom! When I first became a mother, my sister used to imitate my new mom-centered (read: self-centered) way of thinking by squawking “I’m a mom!” after everything …

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LawSpecial Needs

The ADA Turns 25 Today

The Americans with Disabilities Act is 25 years old today.  It has its detractors, but the ADA was hard fought for by politicians and activists, and has made a world of difference. My twins were micro-preemies, and have developmental delays consistent with extreme prematurity that fall into the following categories: motor …

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HealthLawUncategorized

Modern healthcare for kids…a postscript

Hey everyone. Just got back from Skepchicon in Minneapolis and am catching up on my email. Looks like the 21st Century Cures Act got a huge bump last week, with 189 supporters, almost perfectly split between Democrat and Republican representatives. While funding may still be an issue, there’s a real …

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HealthLaw

How exactly does a medicine get approved? (Part 5 of 5)

Episode 5: The Light At the End of the Tunnel Here are links to Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. Almost there! Almost there!   Pediatric medicine Finally we arrive at my original intended subject, pediatric medical products. It may seem trite and obvious, but children aren’t little adults. Growing bodies …

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HealthLaw

How exactly does a medicine get approved? (Part 4 of 5)

Episode 4: The One With the Bummer Ending [Ok, so I couldn’t get the articles to properly align, so we get the dark ending an episode early!] Here are links to Parts 1, 2, and 3. Now on with the show!   Clinical Testing As mentioned earlier, novel drugs and …

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HealthLaw

How exactly does a medicine get approved? (Part 3 of 5)

Episode 3: The Plot Thickens In Part 1, we covered the basic framework. In Part 2, we reviewed drug regulation. What about that shiny new defibrillator that grampa just got?   Devices Devices are a quite different story from drugs. While an adhesive bandage is used to treat a medical …

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