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“Involving children increases the likelihood that they will follow treatment plans,” said Jonathan Todres, professor of law. “It also might improve the treatment plan itself, because engaging children more meaningfully makes it more likely that they will open up and share what is happening in their lives.”

Todres: Children’s Right to Participate has Powerful Implications in Health Care

When children participate in discussions regarding health care options, their health outcomes improve. Yet children are often excluded from having meaningful involvement in health care decisions.

The right to participate has potentially powerful implications for children’s day-to-day lives and for their future as adults—therefore health care providers should develop more child-rights supportive processes to empower… more »

Jones Examines Role of Neuroscience in Legal System at Miller Lecture

 

“I like to think of law as a lever for moving human behavior in directions that it would otherwise not go on its on,” said Owen D. Jones, the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law and Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. “If we were going there, we wouldn’t need an… more »

Record Number of Medical Students Participating in HeLP Clinic

 

One of the unique things about the HeLP Legal Services Clinic is the collaboration among law students and medical students working to solve issues that impeded the health of children being treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The clinic, a collaboration with Atlanta Legal Aid SocietyChildren’s Health Care of Atlanta and the… more »

Valentine (J.D./M.S.H.A. ’16) Bridging the Communication Gap in Health Care

Dr. Sheila Salvant Valentine (J.D./M.S.H.A. ’16), a 2016 Health Law Award recipient, joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the HIV prevention division as an ORISE fellow in 2016. Formerly, she was a primary-care physician practicing in the Caribbean, first in Jamaica and then in Turks and Caicos Islands.

Why did you… more »

Navigating ACA Repeal/Replace Efforts

Associate Professor of Law Erin C. Fuse Brown’s research and expertise include health care prices, medical billing, the Affordable Care Act, health care competition and regulation, surprise medical bills, consumer protections for patients and genetic research and privacy. She is one of five new casebook authors for the 8th edition of Health Law, published by West.

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Public Figures and Genetic Paparazzi

Associate Professor of Law Yaniv Heled’s research focuses on legal and ethical aspects of biomedical technologies. He is the co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law.

You are researching what you call “genetic paparazzi.” Tell us more. It’s very clear that when you are a public figure, you have less of an expectation… more »

A HeLPing Hand: Celebrating the HeLP Legal Services Clinic

When the judge at an administrative hearing for Social Security benefits leaves the room following the hearing, it can be weeks or months before a decision is rendered about whether to award benefits. Parents or caregivers making the appeal for a disabled child can sit in a stew of worry.

Sometimes, though, the nerve-shredding is… more »

From the Interim Dean: Need for Educated Health Law Professionals Never Greater

It is not secret that health law has dominated the news this year. It is an area that affects people in their daily lives and has wide-reaching implications for society. Health is a complex concept that is determined by far more than the simple availability of quality medical care. It is also heavily influenced by… more »

Prenatal Genetic Testing Raises Ethical Questions

Paul A. Lombardo, Regents’ Professor and Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, is a lawyer/historian who served from 2011 to 2016 as a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He has published extensively on topics in health law, medicolegal history and bioethics and is best known for his… more »

Combatting Prescription Opioid Abuse

Patricia J. Zettler, associate professor of law, served as a consultant to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Pain Management and Regulatory Strategies to Address Prescription Opioid Abuse. The report, which was commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was released in July. Zettler has expertise in the regulation… more »