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The New York Times

The White House issues its first-ever proclamation on Black maternal health

Elizabeth Howell of the Perelman School of Medicine said that severe maternal morbidity, in which women experience severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, impacts more than 50,000 U.S. women each year. “Similar to maternal mortality, Black and brown women have elevated rates of maternal morbidity,” she said.

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Boston Globe

Biden, public health officials face crossroads on COVID-19

Aaron Richterman of the Perelman School of Medicine said promoting how effective COVID-19 vaccines actually are would help convince more people to get vaccinated. “Nothing is ever 100 percent, but these are as effective as any vaccine that’s ever been tested,” he said. “That’s how I would frame that.”

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The Guardian

Study reveals alarming trend in US death rates since 2000

Samuel Preston of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about rising mortality rates in the U.S. over the last two decades. Preston and his colleagues attribute the shift in part to this country’s lack of a universal health care system.

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Al Día

Dr. Antonia Villarruel to chair national committee tackling U.S. health disparities

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing is the newest chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health program. “The Culture of Health Program is well-positioned to build and strengthen the evidence base to address structural racism. This work will be accomplished together with communities and the multiple private- and public-sectors that intersect to promote health,” she said.

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Boston Globe

Big tobacco is coming for legal marijuana

Andy Tan of the Annenberg School for Communication and Shaleen Title of Ohio State University expressed concerns about tobacco companies’ involvement in the burgeoning legal cannabis industry. “The tragic public health consequences of cigarettes were exacerbated through sustained profit-driven predatory marketing practices and deregulatory efforts,” they wrote. “Instead of repeating that history, federal policy makers should work with tobacco control and state-level marijuana experts to prevent Big Tobacco 2.0.”

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The Hill

New global structure needed for infectious disease control

Harvey Rubin of the Perelman School of Medicine co-wrote an op-ed about the structural changes needed to prepare society for future pandemics. “The currently inefficient international regime for infectious disease control requires a new overarching structure that will harmonize, integrate, and coordinate the existing relevant legal structures that deal with infectious disease issues,” they wrote.

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