Protecting Kids from the Second Amendment

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In 2009, 7,391 children and youth were hospitalized for firearm-related injuries.  Death occurred in just over 6% of the cases.  This is from a new study released today by Pediatrics, the journal with which I continue to have a dysfunctional relationship.  For example, Pediatrics says that it is important that I know this number, but […]

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I Don’t Like Mondays

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On Monday, October 21, 2013, a shooting occurred at a middle school near Reno, Nevada. There are few details at this point, but sources agree that a 12-year-old boy returned from fall break with his parents’ handgun. He shot and killed a math teacher, wounded two other students, and then took his own life. Investigators […]

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Our Kids are Killing Us

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Of the 17 richest countries in the world, the U.S. has the shortest life expectancy, and it is getting worse.  This is according to a wonderful report that came out yesterday from the National Resource Council, called U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. Why this discrepancy compared to other rich countries?  It […]

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Basketball on the Brain

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“National Study Finds 70 Percent Increase in Basketball-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries.” That is the headline of a press release from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one that was picked up almost verbatim by Bloomberg and dozens of other media outlets, which is how I learned of it. 70% increase […]

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Judging how we judge juveniles.

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Today in the Phoenix New Times, Amy Silverman quoted me in her article, “From Brewer to Arpaio, No One’s Listening to the Experts About How to Save Money or Protect Civil Rights and Public Safety When It Comes to Juvenile Corrections.” I was proud to help Amy with her story. There are too many myths […]

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