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2011-11-17 10:56:26

Greening of vacant urban land may affect the health and safety of nearby residents, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology this week. The team, led by senior author Charles C. Branas, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, found in a decade-long comparison of vacant lots and improved vacant lots, that greening was linked to significant reductions in gun assaults across most of Philadelphia...

2009-10-01 00:18:46

People who possess a gun during an assault were 4.5 times more likely to be shot than those not possessing a firearm, U.S. researchers said. This study helps resolve the long-standing debate about whether guns are protective or perilous, study author Charles C. Branas, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, said in a statement. Will possessing a firearm always safeguard against harm or will it promote a false sense of security? The...

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2005-06-01 06:44:36

Almost 47 million Americans don't have rapid access to specialized trauma treatment centers should they get hurt in a serious accident, a national survey finds. The problem is worst in thinly populated rural areas, but a lack of coordinated planning means access is also limited in some urban areas, according to a report in the June 1 Journal of the American Medical Association. Trauma centers, which differ from emergency rooms because they specialize in treatment of injuries, are listed in...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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