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09/21/2015

A Crucial Catch: Ethics, the NFL, and Public Health Advocacy

by Macey L. Henderson, J.D.

I enjoy watching my favorite NFL teams and players during football season. As the daughter of a local sports attorney who grew up down the street from the Indianapolis Colts complex, I have always been exposed to programs and events that highlight advocacy that the NFL and their respective team markets provide for communities year after year through high profile efforts.

How can the most lucrative sports organization with north of $9 billion revenue help public health? In partnership with the American Cancer Society, the NFL’s A Crucial Catch campaign will again focus the month of October’s on the importance of annual breast cancer screenings particularly for women over 40 years old.

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08/31/2015

Hashtag Advocacy or Slacktivism: How Should We Evaluate the Impact of Social Media Campaigns for Public Health?

by Macey L. Henderson, J.D.

It takes more than a TV news story or a Twitter hashtag campaign to save lives. Last August’s viral ice bucket challenge did more than just improve public health awareness of an issue. Its now been reported to have made a real impact into research for a rare disease, not just for improved public education and awareness.

An estimated 5,000 persons receive a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) each year in the United States, with an estimated prevalence of 12,000 cases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The prevalence rate of ALS in the U.S.…

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08/17/2015

A Matter of Ethics and Policy in the Era of Regenerative Transplantation in the United States

by Macey L. Henderson and Brianna L Doby

Why do we need to care about the ethical development of health policies that impact research, donation, and transplantation in the United States? The story of Zion Harvey is a good place to start.

Zion lost all of his limbs to amputation from sepsis at the age of two. The infection that ravished his body and took his limbs also caused renal failure, resulting in a successful kidney transplant when he was 4 years old. Like all transplant recipients, Zion must take anti-rejection medications for life, making him a good candidate for hand transplantation.…

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07/16/2015

Planned Parenthood, Tissue Donation, and American Politics: A Call to Separate the Debate in the Media

by Macey L. Henderson, JD and Brianna L. Doby

The controversy over Planned Parenthood seems to be as old as time in American politics, but now the public perception of donated tissue for medical research might be at stake. Most recently, a video surfaced alleging to show the Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood engaging in what appears to be the buying and selling of tissue from fetuses to a start-up biotech firm. Let’s be clear: This is not the first attack on Planned Parenthood, nor will it be the last. However, this undercover investigative effort by the somewhat mysterious scientific Center for Medical Progress is a ripe opportunity to get the facts straight about the reality and current practice of donated tissue for research or transplantation in the United States.…

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06/12/2015

Financial Interventions and Living Organ Donation Research in a Learning Healthcare System

by Macey L. Henderson

Living kidney donation can potentially provide a solution for the growing waitlist in the United States, which is now holding steady at over 100,000 people. Through paired donation and kidney chains living donors could realistically be the solution to providing an unlimited number of transplants to those in need throughout the world, but the number of donors has been decreasing since 2004. Why? Leading groups of transplant surgeons and professionals have called for the active pursuit of health policies which achieve financial neutrality for the donor—meaning the donor wouldn’t be any financially worse off after donation than before.…

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