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The Bible-Study Murders

Posted by June 25, 2015 at 8:49 AM

Written by R. H. Sprinkle, M.D., Ph.D., School of Public Policy, University of Maryland Gun violence and gun-violence prevention are now once again the subjects of commentaries — left, right, and occasionally center. The commentator’s task is to be both topical and timeless, to note in context the latest out-of-the-ordinary crime but to do so […]

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Time to Pick-up the Phone – Your Call Makes a Difference!   

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 22, 2015 at 8:01 PM

The massacre in Charleston ripped the bandage off a deep wound of racism in our society. It unmasked a willful blindness about structural white privilege. Too many people carrying guns “for protection” have made themselves judge, jury, and executioner for their neighbors. We’ve been here too many times before, and we know what needs to […]

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Charleston Shooting: A Concrete Request

Posted by June 18, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Written by Sarah Kimball, MD, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chair We stand saddened and outraged by yesterday’s grotesque hate crime in Charleston, South Carolina. This man carried out a vicious firearm assault on individual people, but also on a national symbol for the advancement of civil rights. This is the latest sign of powerful […]

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Guns & Gag Laws: 2015 State Legislative Update

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM

NPA Gun Violence & Public Health Monthly Webinar   Guns & Gag Laws:  2015 State Legislative Update Recorded Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Video – Podcast – Slides   Featured Speaker: Allison Anderman, Staff Attorney, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Allison Anderman is a staff attorney with the Law Centter to Prevent Gun Violence. Ms. Anderman […]

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The TPP Vote is Imminent!

Posted by June 11, 2015 at 3:29 PM

NPA has deep concerns about the impact that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) could have on the cost and quality of health care. Find out why: Letter About the Impact that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) Could Have on Health Care […]

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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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