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Gun Control Advocacy — Maine to D.C.

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Posted by April 8, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Written by Edward Z. Walworth, MD On the evening of February 20 in Portland, Maine, our senior Senator, Susan Collins, received the Buzz Fitzgerald Award at the annual Fitzgerald Dinner held by Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence. The award and event are named for the late CEO of Bath Iron Works, where Navy destroyers are […]

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The Challenge of Screening for Gun Violence

Posted by March 21, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Written by Sarah Kimball, MD, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chair My final patient of the day fit a disturbingly common mold in my primary care practice in a safety-net clinic in Boston. An otherwise healthy twenty-six year old woman, there would have been a small number of preventive care and screening issues to address, […]

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Bullets and Health

Posted by March 18, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Written by Kohar Jones, MD. Dr. Jones is a family physician and author of the blog Prevention Not Prescription. “What brings you in today?” I asked my new patient, a healthy appearing clean cut thirty five year old married man with kids. “Check me out, doc.” (STD check? chronic disease screen?) “My brother was just […]

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Who is Dangerous? Gun Laws, Mental Health, Suicides, & Restraining Orders

Posted by March 17, 2015 at 2:37 PM

NPA’s Gun Violence & Public Health – 4th Wednesday Webinar Series Who is Dangerous? Gun Laws, Mental Health, Suicides, & Restraining Orders LISTEN to podcast WATCH video: Live event recorded: March 25, 2015 Speakers: Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Gun Policy and Research Shannon Frattaroli’s […]

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PTSD: The Flash of a Gunshot

Posted by March 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Written by Hina Fullar, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist, New York While working with chronically homeless individuals going through the repeated cycles of incarceration, homelessness and hospitalizations, I have observed that having sustained gunshot injuries more than once in their lives is as common a complaint as insomnia or mood disorder. One thing that we often forget […]

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A Toast to Fierce and Funny!

Posted by Drew Hudson March 12, 2015 at 7:40 PM

We were thrilled to see John Oliver educate the nation about the pharmaceutical industry’s lesser known marketing tactics. We were even more delighted that he showcased two NPA members on the side of reform! This hilarious (occasionally edgy) take-down is so powerful that it garnered national media attention in its own right. We offer it […]

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Stopping the Bullets From Traveling

Posted by March 12, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Written by Nathan Irvin, MD, MSHPR, Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine “That bullet hit more than just my son. It has riddled my entire family with emotional and psychological wounds that persist today…I remember eating all day and still being unable to fill the void of emptiness inside of me.” These poignant words were […]

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Injury Prevention is Part of What Doctors Do

Posted by March 10, 2015 at 1:34 PM

Written by Avni Bhalakia, MD When it comes to injury prevention for children, pediatricians are at the forefront of this issue. On a daily basis, we counsel and educate patients and families regarding the use of car seats and seat belts to prevent injury and death from motor vehicle accidents, the use of bike helmets […]

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An antibiotics bill we can support!

Posted by Drew Hudson March 6, 2015 at 1:01 PM

A powerful new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives is taking a serious, science-based approach toward combatting the important problem of antibiotic resistance. It is called the Helping Effective Antibiotics Last (HEAL) Act. The HEAL Act, sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut: Supports the responsible use of all antibiotics, new and old; […]

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What if the Supreme Court Takes my Patient’s Health Care?

Posted by William Jordan, MD, MPH March 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Today, the Supreme Court is thinking about cutting health insurance subsidies. They will be taking aim at patients in state marketplaces (exchanges) run by the federal government. At stake is health care for more than 7 million people in 34 states. The final decision is expected in June. As a health care provider, you may […]

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