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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Another Personality Test

Ok, so perhaps the earlier geekiness personality test was not to your liking.  How about something more high-minded, perhaps something like a Dead Russian Composer Personality Test.  I ended up being somewhat like Igor Stravinsky - not too bad - he was definitely talented, however, the test also discussed that I may become rather bizarre I age.

Thanks to Majikthise for this website.  [bm]

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Helpful Website on Children's Research

The Childwatch International Research Network, a nonprof, nongovermental network of institutions involved in research for children, has an informative website for those interesting in learning more about research and children.  Childwatch describes itself as follows:


Childwatch International was founded in 1993 as a response from the research community to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention serves as a common agenda for research aimed at improving children's living conditions, well-being and participation.
The members of Childwatch International are the Key Institutions. They are committed to child research with an interdisciplinary approach, and within the framework of international cooperation.


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Monday, June 13, 2005

Fall-out from Medicinal Marijuana Case

According to an article in the onlineABA Journal, Congress may respond soon to the Supreme Court's opinion this week in Gonzales v. Raich, the medicinal marijuana case.  The article states,

. . .  the political dispute remains alive as Congress  prepares to vote as early as next week on a measure that effectively would end raids by federal agents on patients’ homes, such as one that sent the case to the high court in the first place.      

Meanwhile, proponents of medical marijuana say they still have significant legal weapons at their disposal as the case heads back to the lower courts to be litigated on separate issues. . . .

Raich says she  . . . plans to travel to Washington  to lobby for an amendment to an appropriations bill that would cut off  money to enforce the law against medical marijuana users. A vote could  come as soon as Tuesday, her lawyers say. Similar measures have failed at least twice before.

"Even though we lost, it doesn’t mean that the battle is over," Raich says. "I still have some life left  in my body."

Should be interesting to see how Congress handles this.  [bm]


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Majority of U.S. Residents Will Develop A Mental Illness

The NIH has set forth a study indicating that more than fifty percent of the American population will develop a mental illness during their lives.  According to the New York Times,

The survey is the most comprehensive in a series of censuslike mental health studies undertaken by the government. The findings of those studies are frequently cited by researchers, advocacy groups, policy makers and drug manufacturers to emphasize the importance of diagnosing and treating mental illness.

The earlier, less comprehensive surveys, which were published in 1984 and 1994 and which also found a high prevalence of mental illness, came under attack on the ground that they defined mental illness too broadly. Now, experts say, the new findings are sure to renew debate about whether mental illness can be reliably distinguished from garden-variety emotional struggles that are part of any life.

Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, the primary sponsor of the study, said in a conference call with reporters, "The key point to remember is that mental disorders are highly prevalent and chronic." The study, Dr. Insel added, "demonstrates clearly that these really are the chronic disorders of young people in this country."

On the other side are psychiatrists who say they believe that the estimates are inflated. "Fifty percent of Americans mentally impaired - are you kidding me?" said Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University.

Wow!  It amazes me how we do refuse to understand how important mental health is to an individual's overall well-being as well as how an individual's physical condition may dramatically impact their mental condition.

As a follow-up to this study, the Science section of the Times also has an interesting article on mental health and defining who is mentally ill. 


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OHRP Issues 2 New Guidance Documents

This just in from the Teaching Hospitals and Academic Medical Centers Practice Group of the AHLA:

The Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) has issued two press releases this morning. The first addresses reporting of adverse incidents:
(June 13, 2005) - Guidance on Reporting Incidents to OHRP

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has issued guidance on procedures institutions may use to file incident reports with OHRP. Incident reports include reports of unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects or others; serious or continuing noncompliance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations at 45 CFR part 46 or the requirements or determinations of the institutional review board (IRB); and suspension or termination of IRB approval. In particular, OHRP offers guidance on the following topics: (1) Applicability of incident reporting requirements; (2) information to be included in incident reports; (3) time frame for reporting incidents; (4) OHRP focus on corrective actions when reviewing incident reports; and (5) OHRP's response to incident reports.  Access the guidance in HTML format or PDF format.

The second addresses review of protocols involving children:
(June 13, 2005) - Children Involved as Subjects in Research: Guidance on the HHS 45 CFR 46.407 (407) Review Process

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has issued guidance on the HHS 45 CFR 46.407 review process required under subpart D of the HHS Protection of Human Subjects Regulations at 45 CFR part 46. In particular, OHRP offers guidance on the following topics: (1) IRB findings necessary to submit a protocol to OHRP for 407 consideration and/or review; (2) steps in the submission process; (3) OHRP's response to submissions; (4) the schedule and details for 407 panel review; and
(5) potential outcomes of the 407 review process.  Access the guidance, which applies to HHS-conducted or -supported research, in HTML format or PDF format.


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Census of Law Professor Bloggers

This morning's PrawfsBlawg has an interesting census of the current law professor blogging population.  They report that 103 law professors currently blog; we have 24 law professors who blog as part of our Law Professor Blogs Network.

PrawfsBlawg notes that of the 103 law professor bloggers, 80.6% (83) are male and 19.4% (20) are female.  The comparable numbers for the 24 members of the Law Professor Blogs Network:  62.5% (15) male and 37.5% (9) female.

Here are the law schools with the most law professor bloggers:

Law Schools with Most Law Prof Bloggers


Number of Bloggers

San Diego




George Mason


Ohio State




George Washington




St. Thomas




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Krugman Resumes Health-Reform Op-Eds in The Times

After a hiatus of more than a month, health care reform is again the focus of op-editorialist Paul Krugman's column in The New York Times.  He borrows his title ("One Nation, Uninsured") from Florida State Prof. Jill Quadagno's March 2005 study of health policy failures and options in the United States.  I haven't read Quadagno's book yet, but the Booklist review says her recommendations for reform include "a federal 'stop-loss' program that would assist businesses and individuals facing catastrophic health-care losses not covered by insurance."  For his part, Krugman argues for nothing less that a national, universal, single-payer system:

A system in which the government provides universal health insurance is often referred to as "single payer," but I like Ted Kennedy's slogan "Medicare for all." It reminds voters that America already has a highly successful, popular single-payer program, albeit only for the elderly. It shows that we're talking about government insurance, not government-provided health care. And it makes it clear that like Medicare (but unlike Canada's system), a U.S. national health insurance system would allow individuals with the means and inclination to buy their own medical care.

Krugman brushes aside the suggestion that powerful lobbies (including most conspicuously the insurance industry) will succeed, as in the past, in defeating sweeping reform.  Part of his reasoning is that conditions in the U.S. are approaching the "perfect storm": "The cost of health care is exploding, the number of uninsured is growing, and corporations that still provide employee coverage are groaning under the strain."  With memories of the insurance lobby's anti-reform efforts of 1993-94 still fresh, Krugman is obviously hoping that health-reform that merely buildings on the status quo will be less appealing than they were a decade ago.

Here are Krugman's other health-reform op-ed pieces:


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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Fistula Repair and Foreign Aid: Kristof's Home Run

Op-editorialist Nicholas Kristof has a column in Sunday's New York Times that is jaw-dropping: the story of Mamitu Gashe, a surgeon in Ethiopia who is working her way through third grade at the same time that she has established herself and the clinic where she works as the obstetrical fistual capital of the world.  Kristof also mentions "a hospital here in Addis Ababa that offered free surgery by a saintly husband and wife pair of gynecologists from Australia, Reginald and Catherine Hamlin. Reg is now dead, while Catherine is the Mother Teresa of our time and is long overdue for a Nobel Peace Prize."  It's an incredible story.  [tm]

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