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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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The Cost of an Ankle

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Posted by William Jordan, MD, MPH March 4, 2015 at 2:13 PM

A colleague recently asked if I could offer advice for their friend with ankle trouble. The friend was in need of ankle surgery, but the price tag seemed steep. I had to admit, it’s very hard to compare prices in health care. There is a website that gives you a rough idea of the fair […]

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NPA’s Gun Violence Prevention Monthly Webinar

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Posted by February 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

View the Archive of NPA’s webinar: Gun Laws, Gag Laws & Domestic Violence Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9 pm (EST) Featured Speakers: Mike McLively, Staff Attorney, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Mike McLively tracks Second Amendment litigation and legislation nationwide as a Staff Attorney for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Mike […]

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Announcing NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce and Fellowship

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Posted by February 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

  Physicians know that gun violence is a public health issue. An informal poll of NPA members revealed that we know, on average, forty people personally affected by gun violence. FORTY lives: patients we encounter during training and in practice, neighbors, friends, and loved ones. Physicians live at the crossroads of gun violence both in […]

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When a Gunshot Wound to the Arm is a Blessing

Posted by February 4, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Written by Kohar Jones, MD. Dr. Jones is a family physician and author of the blog Prevention Not Prescription. “Blessed. I’m so blessed.” She kept repeating this, from her seat on the examining table. “I’m so blessed.” I unwrapped the bandage holding on the splint that had covered her arm for the three weeks since […]

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What is the Value of Physician Communication?

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Posted by February 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM

NPA Values Challenge: “We need to move away from the perception that social skills and better communication are a kind of optional extra for doctors. A good bedside manner is simply good medicine.” In “Doctor, Shut Up and Listen,” Dr. Nirmal Joshi explores the connection between physician communication failures and serious adverse health outcomes in […]

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Negotiating Away Health? Why Physicians Should Care About the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Posted by January 30, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Written by Elizabeth Wiley, MD, JD, member NPA FDA Taskforce Over the last five years, a new generation of “mega” trade agreement negotiations have emerged that seek to establish a new global trade governance framework with far-reaching potential implications for health and health care. The size, scope and lack of transparency of these negotiations are […]

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