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NPA Condemns Appeals Court Ruling on Firearm Safety

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media July 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Press Release Contact: Becky Martin, 202-420-7896, npa@npalliance.org Washington DC—July 29, 2014 The National Physicians Alliance (NPA) strongly opposes the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold a physician gag law that limits a physician’s ability to discuss gun safety with patients. “This is a very disturbing decision and we support the plaintiffs’ petition for […]

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Putting Patients First In Congress: A Lobbying Experience

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media July 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Written by Keziah Sully, MD. Dr. Sully is a physical medicine and rehabilitation resident at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and a member of the National Physicians Alliance FDA Task Force. On June 12th I had the opportunity to make legislative visits in our nation’s capital on behalf of the National Physicians Alliance […]

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We have lost a great voice in medicine: On the passing of Dr. Arnold Relman, June 18, 2014, on his 91st birthday

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media June 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Written by Lisa Plymate, MD, Co-Chair of the National Physicians Alliance FDA Task Force. Dr. Plymate practices primary care internal medicine and geriatrics in Seattle, Washington. Even though he had the fortune to live a full life of 91 years and we the great fortune of learning with him for many of those years, the […]

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Support CDC Research on Gun Violence

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Posted by Jim Scott, MD May 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Good News. NOT ONLY did the House pass the Thompson Amendment yesterday–increasing funding for states to submit additional records of prohibited firearm purchasers to the FBI ‘s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS), BUT ALSO, on May 21, Senator Markey and Congresswoman Maloney introduced bicameral legislation that would fund $10 million each year from […]

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Ban E-Cigarette Use Indoors and in Public Places

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media May 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Written by Vikram Krishnasamy, MD, MPH Affiliation: Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency. The views expressed in this editorial are personal and do not reflect the views of Johns Hopkins. We need a ban on e-cigarette use indoors and in public places. The rules for e-cigarettes should be the same as traditional cigarettes. And, why […]

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Major New ProPublica Project: Treatment Tracker

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media May 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM

NPA is excited to share this post from ProPublica’s award winning journalist Charles Orenstein On the day Medicare released a trove of doctor data last month, a number of large news organizations published quick-and-dirty searchable databases that allowed users to see how much doctors earned from Medicare in 2012. They were on top of the […]

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Health Professionals: Ask Trader Joe’s To Be A Leader In Saving Our Antibiotics!

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media May 9, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Few people know better than those on the front lines of medicine how critical antibiotics are to successfully treating patients, and how quickly the power of these precious drugs is disappearing. But while health professionals work to rein in the overuse of antibiotics in humans, antibiotic overuse in the production of food animals is rampant […]

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Medical Student Leaders: What You Need to Know to be an Effective Agent of Change at Your Medical School

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Written by Stephen R. Smith, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and founding member of the National Physicians Alliance. How can you be an effective change agent at your medical school? First of all, don’t underestimate yourself. Students have a tremendous potential to bring about change in […]

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Activism and Advocacy: How Medical Students at the 1969 AMSA Convention Changed the History of Healthcare Advocacy in the United States

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media April 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Written by Stephen R. Smith, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and founding member of the National Physicians Alliance. The first American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Convention I attended—it was actually called Student American Medical Association (SAMA) back then—was in 1969. It was an amazing time. The […]

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Protect Clinical Free Speech From Industry-Backed Gag Laws

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media April 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Shocking: Under Act 13, physicians in Pennsylvania whose patients are suffering from exposure to fracking chemicals may need to choose between violating a corporate confidentiality agreement and violating their ethical obligations to fully inform patients about chemical exposure.[1] Chemical exposures as trade secrets?! This offensive gag law requires health care providers to sign a confidentiality […]

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