American Medical Association takes a stand against gun violence

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❝ With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation’s largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease.

The action comes against a backdrop of recurrent school shootings, everyday street violence in the nation’s inner cities, and rising U.S. suicide rates.

❝ “We as physicians are the witnesses to the human toll of this disease,” Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine specialist at Brown University, said at the meeting.

RTFA. Nice to see a leading body of successful, well-educated professionals stand in responsible commitment to fighting a social disaster. Ain’t always the case.

Everyone wants to be in Silicon Valley — add the American Medical Association

The American Medical Association is investing $15 million to launch a new Silicon Valley company it hopes will help bring advances in healthcare technology to market faster…

The idea behind the new company, called Health2047, is to “take … our connections with physicians, our content expertise, and apply that in some bridging way to a technology center in Silicon Valley,” said Madara. “That’s what Health2047 is all about.”

“What’s been clear to some — but happened so gradually it kind of snuck up on us, is a massive shift from acute to chronic disease [care],” he continued. This movement to chronic disease care “has wavelets that emanate from it,” he continued. “One that’s really critical is a shift in the site of care, from less and less inpatient care to more and more ambulatory care, and now we are detecting a movement from ambulatory care into the home. So these fundamental factors of disease burden are probably going to drive what we need technologically…”

The company’s studio…can house 35-40 people and “is packed with interdisciplinary engineers, scientists, and design-led thinking,” Given continued. “Typical prototyping teams will spend 90 days on a project … Bringing together partners and a design engine, we will spin demos and prototypes which we believe will be investable concepts and push those back into the economy. We will work at the system level and do rapid-cycle innovation.”

How does your physician feel about unicorns?