EpiRen’s Journal Club: Firearm-Related Hospitalization and Risk of Bad Stuff Thereafter, in Washington State, Between 2006 and 2011

This study is pretty interesting... Researchers in Washington State took hospital records from 2006 and 2007 and found all the firearm-related hospitalizations (FRH) through diagnosis codes. They then matched those cases with hospitalized patients who were not hospitalized for FRH. They used frequency matching, which is one of the various types of matching you do when conducting [...]

Guns and Suicide

This is going to be about suicide. Please click here to be taken to something lighter if you don't feel like reading this today. It will always be here for you to read. I won't get offended if you go check out puppies. I'm not really surprised when I hear that firearms are the preferred [...]

What happens when you bring a gun to a road rage? Well, nothing good, of course!

Did you hear the sad story of Tammy Meyers, her son Brandon, and one Erich Nowsch? No? A sad series of coincidences and very bad decisions (though they are all adults) brought them together on the streets of Las Vegas... With deadly consequences. This story should serve as a warning about the intersection of gun culture, mental health, drug addiction, lack of impulse control, and lack of dealing with each other in a civilized way. And, no, this is not an anti-gun blog post.

Yes, gun violence is a public health problem

I've come to expect a certain degree of professionalism and competence from people with the letters "MD" after their name. I'll give "RNs" and "PAs" a pass most of the time. But physicians? They're in school longer than some people live, so why is it that some of them get so many medical and public issues so -- in my opinion -- wrong?

Here's the story of one such doctor...