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Guns and suicide: A fatal link

[ Spring 2008 ] In the United States, suicides outnumber homicides almost two to one. Perhaps the real tragedy behind suicide deaths—about 30,000 a year, one for every 45 attempts—is that so many could be prevented. Research shows that whether attempters live or die…

Fire safe cigarette law in Massachusetts linked to drop in house fires

For immediate release: February 13, 2014 Boston, MA – A six-year-old Massachusetts law requiring that only “fire-safe” cigarettes (FSCs) be sold in the state appears to decrease the likelihood of unintentional residential fires caused by cigarettes by 28%, according to a new…

Shining a light on bicycle safety in Boston

June 26, 2013 — “Picture a bridge over a river with a hole in the middle,” said Dahianna Lopez, a PhD student in health policy at Harvard. “When people cross it, some are going to fall through the hole and into the…

New safety measures needed to reduce gun violence

July 18, 2013 — Among developed countries, rates of violence are roughly similar. But in the United States, the chance of dying from a violent act exceeds that of other countries by a wide margin. It’s because of guns, says [[David Hemenway]]. The…

National public health week 2011: Live injury-free

April 5, 2011 -- Each year since 1995, National Public Health Week has been celebrated during the first week in April. Organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the national campaign aims to raise awareness about public health topics among the general public, health…

A neurosurgeon returns to Louisiana focused on public health

October 12, 2011 -- Anil Nanda did not really need to seek a master’s degree in public health. He’s quite accomplished in his field already; Nanda is chief of neurosurgery at Shreveport’s Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, an academic center for medicine…

Construction workers struggle with pain, stress from injuries

October 28, 2013 – Construction workers are frequently stressed about work-related injuries and pain and often fail to seek help, putting themselves at risk for more injuries and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and even suicide, according to a new study…