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Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medicine, discusses the importance of a $5 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant that will focus on gun violence and its effect on children. She will be leading the work group on mental health, and will examine “what is the effects on communities and society and what can we do to decrease fears,” among other related topics.
Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medicine, delivered a presentation titled “Preventing Firearm Injury: ‘Yes, We Can’” during the first meeting of the Gun Safety Working Group. Dr. Ranney is the co-chair of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s working group, which is tasked with providing suggestions for reducing gun violence throughout the state.
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Dr. Karen Furie, chair of neurology at the Warren Alpert Medical School and stroke neurologist who was on the statement’s writing committee, says atrial fibrillation is a “major public health concern” yet many people diagnosed with it aren’t prescribed anticoagulants, which would help prevent strokes. Her comments come after the American Heart Association published a scientific statement calling for a deeper understanding of the growing and dangerous heart condition.
A new study led by Northwestern University researchers suggests that people who tend to be night owls when it comes to sleep have a higher mortality risk. Counter to the findings, Bustle quoted Dr. Katie Sharkey on other possible reasons people could be sleeping later. According to Dr. Sharkey, circadian rhythms shift over the span of a lifetime.
An emergency physician from Brown University, Dr. Megan Ranney, and a former state police major, James Manni, will lead Rhode Island’s Gun Safety Task Force — a group solely dedicated to studying how to strengthen the state’s gun laws.