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Guns, public health, and politics

Because the White House’s nominee for surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, tweeted in 2012 that “guns are a health care issue,” the gun lobby took issue and Murthy’s nomination is now in jeopardy. But [[David Hemenway]] of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)…

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…

Guns and suicide: Means matter

[ Spring 2008 ] More people die using a firearm than all other means combined, including suffocation (e.g., hanging or drowning), poisoning (e.g., drug overdoses), leaping from great heights, and cutting. Most gun users are middle-aged and male. These bar graphs reveal correlations between…

Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll

[ Spring 2013 ] Special Report by Madeline Drexler, Editor, Harvard Public Health There’s a gas station maybe a five-minute drive away from us, and the gas station sells guns. I didn’t realize places like that existed. Ryan just walked in and bought a…

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…