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Will We Accept the Challenge?

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director April 18, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Written by Tobie Smith, MD, MPH, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chair “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.” – Dr. Vivek Murthy, Oct 16, 2012 This tweet sparked a political controversy that nearly derailed the confirmation of Dr. Murthy as […]

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Gunshot Wounds & Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by April 14, 2015 at 7:50 AM

Written by Kristin Huntoon, PhD, DO, Ohio State University Neurological Surgery GSW is the shorthand for gunshot wound. Sadly, this shorthand does not begin to relate or sum up what is in store for the gun violence patient or their family — unlike a disease, its course is not well understood. In my word of […]

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On Vigilance and Violence

Posted by April 13, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Written by R. H. Sprinkle, M.D., Ph.D., School of Public Policy, University of Maryland Here’s a quote we all remember: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” We can’t quite say who spoke it first because we don’t really know, but many people have repeated it, or something like it, on stumps and stages, at […]

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Child Access & Safe Storage – Gun Violence Prevention Webinar

Posted by April 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Nothing More Basic: Best Practices to Promote Safe Gun Storage Live event recorded: April 22, 2015 WATCH the video LISTEN to podcast VIEW full slide set from the Brady Center VIEW slide set from the National Crime Prevention Council Featured Speakers: Michelle Boykins: Senior Director of Communications, National Crime Prevention Council Rebecca Adeskavitz, MPH: Senior […]

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Product Labels: Comments Before FDA

Posted by April 13, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Written by Joseph Brodine, MD, NPA FDA Task Force Member Comments at FDA Meeting to Discuss Proposed Rule that Would Allow Manufacturers of Generic Medications to Autonomously Update Their Product Label On March 27, 2015, the FDA held a public meeting to discuss a proposed rule first published in the November 13, 2013 Federal Register […]

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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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