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Gun prevalence and suicide rank by state

Mapping the Overlap As these maps show, the correlation between guns and suicide is strong but inexact, since both are influenced by poverty, population density, and crime. The nine states that rank lowest in terms of gun prevalence are the very same nine…

Gun access heightens risk of suicide, murder

A new study finds that people with access to a gun are three times more likely to commit suicide and almost twice as likely to be murdered. David Hemenway of Harvard School of Public Health—who wrote an editorial in the Annals of…

Drinking coffee may reduce risk of suicide in adults

Caffeine impact on brain chemicals may play role July 24, 2013 — Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50%, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health…

Health Policy News: Chicago's new handgun ordinance won't make families safer

HSPH’s David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Youth Violence Prevention Center, is quoted in a Chicago Tribune op-ed (July 9, 2010) which argues against Chicago’s new handgun ordinance. The article cites research by Hemenway and colleagues on firearms and…

Suicide made easier

Editorial in the New York Times, February 15, 2013, referencing Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Preventing suicides by reducing access to guns

The national debate about gun violence has focused on mass shootings and assault weapons, but statistics show that most gun deaths are suicides. A number of recent articles and interviews featured Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) experts commenting on the topic.…