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Despite What Biden Says, Guns Factor in Only a Small Percentage of Violent Crimes

In response to sharp increases in violent crime, President Biden stressed again last week that his administration is focused on “stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes.” But critics warn that this “guns first” approach ignores a basic fact – about 92% of violent crimes in America do not involve firearms. Although firearms were used in about 74% of homicides in 2019, they...

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What Sweden’s Covid failure tells us about ageism

Experts say that growing age discrimination in the West is a result of policies that far predate the pandemic After the pandemic’s deadly first peak in April 2020, it became clear that Sweden’s quest to protect its elderly had failed. My home country had become the last outpost for a “herd immunity” approach, with the government ignoring international calls for quarantine. Sweden’s strategy had...

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Free, 24-Hour Bilingual Grief Counseling Hotline Available to South Florida Residents Following Surfside Tragedy

Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering a free grief counseling hotline to anyone in need of emotional support following this yesterday’s building collapse in Surfside. The hotline is open 24-hours a day to the entire community at no cost and will connect callers with trained, caring professionals who can help. The toll-free helpline connects individuals...

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Advances in Hand and Upper Limb Arthroscopy (Hand, Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder)

Arthroscopy simply means observation of a joint utilizing an instrument. Watanabe first developed this in Japan nearly 50 years ago and it was soon obvious that the minimally invasive nature of this procedure lead to better visualization of a joint while simultaneously minimizing pain and joint morbidity. As in many orthopedic procedures, the knee was for decades the sole benefactor of this new...

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Heads up! The cardiovascular secrets of giraffes

Because of their height, giraffes require scarily high blood pressures — yet they escape the massive health problems that plague people with hypertension. Can clinicians learn from these animals? To most people, giraffes are merely adorable, long-necked animals that rank near the top of a zoo visit or a photo-safari bucket list. But to a cardiovascular physiologist, there’s even more to love....

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Trust but verify: Medical practice IT

Several years ago, a large provider suffered a computer system crash. Despite having devoted IT staff and internal policies, it was discovered that the practice’s back-up had not been performed in several months. We are not “tecchie” so we can’t tell you exactly what contributed to the system failure, but over time, it became clear that this seemingly small issue had large repercussions. The...

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