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Drop the Kleenex and Put Your Hands Up

February 9, 2017
Unbeknownst to most, the federal government is planning to expand greatly the power of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to detain people who are suspected of carrying a dangerous communicable illness. Also known as quarantine – the detention, isolation and even forcible treatment of those potentially exposed to a infectious disease like tuberculosis or Ebola is one of the most powerful and one of the most contentious tools in the public health arsenal. Will giving the CDC greater authority and power to detain people on public health grounds actually prevent new outbreaks of infectious disease in the US? Or will this only serve to further chip away at our already eroded civil liberties and rights?
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Human Breast Milk Sharing—Limited Regulation with Social Justice Implications

February 1, 2017
Knowing the great benefits of human breast milk, many parents who are unable to produce enough themselves have good reason to seek out private breast milk donors. There are, however, risks associated with private human breast milk sharing. Furthermore, for those families looking to receive a donation the competition is fierce. If families cannot find a donor on the unregulated market, they could turn to a milk bank. Sounds like a great option except, milk banks charge receiving families as much as $15 per 6 ounces of pasteurized breast milk. Families of limited means and resources, then, face a series of obstacles. So how can every child be provided the benefits of breast milk even if their family lacks the ability to pay the associated costs?
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The significance of 37

January 30, 2017
Mitochondrial gene transfer (MGT) is a new technique that might help us eradicate mitochondrial diseases by combining the healthy mitochondrial from one woman with the nuclear genes from another woman, resulting in baby having genes from two mothers. Despite the obvious advantage of avoiding serious hereditary conditions from abnormal mitochondrial genes, there are reasons to be concerned and cautious.
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