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Separating Signal and Noise: How IMPROVE-IT’s Modest Results Became a “Home Run”

Posted by June 9, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Written by Stephen A. Martin, MD and Lisa Plymate, MD Given a set of data, we’re used to separating signal from noise. In the case of the IMPROVE-IT study results initially released in November at the American Heart Association conference and published June 3rd in the New England Journal of Medicine, however, that signal is […]

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NPA Connecticut Helps Win Passage of Health Bill

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 8, 2015 at 8:03 PM

Connecticut has a new law that will make health care prices more transparent, prevent “surprise billing,” limit facility fees, and restrict hospital consolidation thanks to the effort of NPA members in the state. A rare opportunity for major health care reform emerged when the Democratic and Republican leaders of the state senate co-sponsored a series […]

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Building Gun Violence Awareness in June

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 2, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Written by Jerry Walden, MD, a family physician and co-founder of the Michigan based Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence, and a member of the NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce. For several years the Brady Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics has led us in the ASK Campaign in June. ASK is the […]

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Opposition to the 21st Century Cures Draft Legislation

Posted by May 21, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Dear Members of the United States House of Representatives: The undersigned organizations represent healthcare providers, clinical researchers, public health experts, and consumer advocates. We thank you for this opportunity to comment on the 21st Century Cures draft legislation. Acknowledging the need for increased discovery, development, and distribution of new treatments for a variety of diseases, […]

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Criticism of NEJM’s Defense of Industry-Physician Relations

Posted by May 20, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Written by Susan Molchan, MD, a psychiatrist in the Washington, DC, area and member of the NPA FDA Task Force In the first of a series of pieces, New England of Journal of Medicine national correspondent Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum wrote, “Reconnecting the Dots – Reinterpreting Industry-Physician Relations.” (You really should read this piece to get […]

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The Cost of Gun Violence & Financing the Gun Industry

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director May 18, 2015 at 12:39 PM

The Cost of Gun Violence & Financing the Gun Industry Recorded Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Listen to Podcast – Watch Video Featured Speakers: Jennifer Fiore, Campaign to Unload, Executive Director Campaign to Unload, a national coalition of 50 organizations working to end the power of the corporate gun lobby through divestment from gun manufacturers. Campaign […]

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Tragedy Turns to Promise of Positive Change

Posted by May 16, 2015 at 12:05 AM

One year ago this week, a 22 year old man with a known history of mental health problems murdered 7 and wounded 13 on the streets of Isla Vista near Santa Barbara, California. From tragedy came progress as the California legislature passed the country’s first gun violence restraining order months later. This law empowers family […]

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Closing Loopholes in Background Checks

Posted by May 15, 2015 at 9:25 AM

Written by Kristin Huntoon, PhD, DO, Ohio State University Neurological Surgery Oregon this past Monday became the eighth state to expand criminal background checks to include all private gun sales, including transactions on the Internet, when Governor Kate Brown signed the bill into law. New research, released this past February by the American Bar association, […]

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Health Journalist Gary Schwitzer Joins NPA Board of Directors

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Posted by William Jordan, MD, MPH May 13, 2015 at 11:45 AM

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Gary Schwitzer to NPA’s board of directors. An award-winning health journalist with a profound commitment to unbiased, evidence-based reporting, Gary brings a wealth of shared values and communications experience to NPA’s leadership. Read Gary’s bio below, and do check out this recent article about his work at […]

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Guns & Community Health

Posted by April 29, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Written by Ramon S. Cancino, MD, MSc The community health center where I work is committed to improving the health of the population of patients we serve. The health center has continually assessed the community to find gaps in what we as physicians, nurse practitioners, and behavioral health staff can provide. When we find gaps, […]

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