Hawaii’s gun death rate is only 2.5—far below the US’s 10.6 average. And it’s not because there aren’t guns there. Hawaii has robust hunting and gun collection cultures, but few guns are used in violent crime. This could be due to state laws correlated with lower gun death…

The CDC is rejigging its public data portal in response to reporting that revealed just how unreliable its estimates for nonfatal gunshot injuries are.   What makes the data so unreliable? A statistical model vulnerable to sudden sample shifts.   Without a dedicated…

After mass shootings, like those in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, medical workers “set aside their emotions” and spring into action, writes Gina Kolata in a New York Times article.   Yet even when they succeed, survivors often face a future of suffering.  

America’s gun violence problem calls for a public health approach, leaders from the country’s largest physician professional societies said in a joint statement yesterday.   7 groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association teamed up…

The deaths of 29 people in 2 mass shootings in the US over the weekend shocked Americans numbed by gun violence—and forced them to recognize again the threat posed by white supremacists in a nation with 270 million firearms.

In the 1990s, following an NRA anti-research campaign, US lawmakers squashed any potential for federally funded firearm studies. A deadly scarcity of research followed. If passed, a new proposed bill allocating $50 million for gun violence research could change that—and…

Firearm mortality is a leading—and preventable—cause of death in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. A new study surfaces demographic determinants of death between 1990-2015 and breaks down risk factors by age, sex, education, race or ethnicity (US and Brazil), and intent…

Trauma surgeons may see “the equivalent of a mass shooting every 2.5 months”—clusters of 4 or more gunshot victims–contributing to burnout or “moral injury.” Per a 2014 survey, 40% of trauma surgeons have PTSD symptoms and 15% meet criteria for PTSD diagnosis. But…

Opposing mining operations in South Africa brings heavy consequences, according to a Human Rights Watch report. While some attacks on activists make international headlines, many go unreported. In protesting mining activities that they believe dismantle their communities,…

17 died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida last February—but that was not the end. 2 survivors took their own lives in the last week, prompting activists to Tweet “17 + 2," The Washington Post reports.