Health Law Review

A professional journal examining issues of concern for lawyers and health care professionals. Presents current issues connected to the medical-legal field.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1, Fall

A Note on the Economic Rationale for Regulating Health Claims on Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals: The Case of Canada
Introduction Regulating health claims continues to be among the highly contentious regulatory challenges involving functional foods, nutraceuticals and, more broadly, natural health products. (1) The potential effects of regulations on health claims...
At the Institute
When one opens a newspaper as of late, there is one after another report out about the obesity epidemic our nation, continent, and indeed, an ever-growing number of our global neighbours are encountering or will be faced with in the not so distant...
A Web-Based Instrument to Model Social Norms
Surveys and focus groups are well known methods for ascertaining public perceptions and opinion. The general view is that such tools provide reasonably accurate reflections of public opinion and values, and that the norms employed by people to make...
Breaking the Trance? Enabling Dissenting Views on Immortalism
From ancient stories, such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, to modern snake oil merchants and science fiction enthusiasts, humans have long dreamt of overcoming death, or at least putting it off for a few years.* (1) Recent breakthroughs in the understanding...
Canadian Consumers' Preferences for Food Safety and Agricultural Environmental Safety Research Summary
This summary reports on a study of Canadian consumers' attitudes and awareness relative to a variety of food and environmental issues associated with Canadian agriculture. Previous research on consumer attitudes and perceptions of various food safety...
Comparing Methods of Ethical Consultation for Biotechnology Related Issues
This paper provides a brief summary of the final public consultation event conducted as part of the Democracy, Ethics, and Genomics: Consultation, Deliberation and Modelling [DEG] project at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics [CAE] at the...
Deference in the Public Health Context
News media report on a daily basis about real or perceived public health threats--including infectious and chronic diseases, environmental pollutants and novel biotechnologies. Governments, public health officials and regulators must address public...
Functional Foods and Intellectual Property Rights: The Importance of an Integrated Approach
Functional foods are a relatively recent technology, but this form of innovation is almost daily increasing in marketplace importance. One author has stated that the growing importance of functional foods is due to the fact that, "it is estimated that...
Media Portrayal of Conflicts of Interest in Herbal Remedy Clinical Trials
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) encompasses a wide variety of treatments, such as herbal remedies, not currently thought to be part of mainstream medicine. Our study focuses on herbal remedies, as their use is significant and increasing....
Nanotechnology - a Lot of Hype over Almost Nothing?
Nanotechnology involves the design, characterization, production and application of structures, devices and systems by controlling shape and size at nanometer scale (one billionth of a meter). The convergence of numerous scientific fields at the nano-scale...
Public Preferences Relating to Plant Molecular Farming Research Summary
This study focuses on an emerging application of biotechnology--Plant Molecular Farming [PMF]--which proposes to use genetically modified plant crops as production systems to produce commercially valuable biomolecules, pharmaceuticals, or industrial...
Public Trust and Regulatory Governance as Represented through the Media
Media coverage of politics often comments on the decline of the public's trust in government institutions. There is a notion that public trust of government is steadily decreasing. Many factors contribute to this reduced trust, including: unhappiness...
Stem Cells, Politics and the Progress Paradigm
The analysis of Parliamentary debates provides the opportunity to assess the political context of Canadian legislation, particularly in controversial areas such as stem cell research. Parliamentary debates surrounding the recent Assisted Human Reproduction...
Stories from Guatemala and North America: Why Indigenous Beliefs Matter in the Debate on Genetically Engineered Food
Indigenous peoples do not share a common religion, but almost all share a history of colonialism and Christian missionization. Cultural practices relating to food production and consumption have been central to preserving and transmitting to future...
Trends in Evidence Based Medicine for Herbal Remedies and Media Coverage
Complementary and Alternative Medicines [CAM] are interventions that are not widely taught in medical schools and are not part of the usual arsenal of treatments and medications recommended and prescribed by physicians and available in hospitals. (1)...