Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

CHICAGO — 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.

AMA delegates voted to adopt several of nearly a dozen gun-related proposals presented by doctor groups that are part of the AMA's membership. They agreed to:

Many AMA members are gun owners or supporters, including a doctor from Montana who told delegates of learning to shoot at a firing range in the basement of her middle school as part of gym class. But support for banning assault weapons was overwhelming, with the measure adopted in a 446-99 vote.

"There's a place to start and this should be it," Dr. Jim Hinsdale, a San Jose, California, trauma surgeon, said before the vote.

Gun violence is not a new issue for the AMA; it has supported past efforts to ban assault weapons; declared gun violence a public health crisis; backed background checks, waiting periods and better funding for mental health services; and pressed for more research on gun violence prevention.

But Dr. David Barbe, whose one-year term as AMA president ended Tuesday, called the number of related measures on this year's agenda extraordinary and said recent violence, including the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and the Las Vegas massacre, "spurred a new sense of urgency ... while Congress fails to act."

"It has been frustrating that we have seen so little action from either state or federal legislators," he said. "The most important audience for our message right now is our legislators, and second most important is the public, because sometimes it requires public pressure on the legislators."

While it is no longer viewed as the unified voice of American medicine, the AMA has more clout with politicians and the public than other doctor groups. It counted more than 243,000 members in 2017, up slightly for the seventh straight year. But it represents less than one-quarter of the nation's million-plus physicians.

The National Rifle Association didn't immediately respond to email and phone requests for comment on the doctors' votes.

AMA members cited U.S. government data showing almost 40,000 deaths by gun in 2016, including suicides, and nearly 111,000 gun injuries. Both have been rising in recent years.

By comparison, U.S. deaths from diabetes in 2016 totaled almost 80,000; Alzheimer's, 111,000; and lung disease, 155,000. The leaders are heart disease, with 634,000 deaths in 2016, and cancer, about 600,000.


June 13, 2018

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  • Mom left brain damaged from stroke caused by infection she allegedly caught after giving birth

    Mom left brain damaged from stroke caused by infection she allegedly caught after giving birth

    or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Haywood claims she was discharged from the hospital despite exhibiting symptoms of an infection, which led to a debilitating stroke. &nbsp;(SWNS) </p><p>A new mom was left brain damaged after suffering a stroke caused by an infection she reportedly caught at hospital following the birth of her daughter.</p><p>Sarah Haywood, 44, collapsed just days after doctors discharged her with new daughter Mila, even though she was suffering symptoms of an infection.</p><p>On October 3, 2010, Haywood was rushed back into hospital and doctors discovered she had suffered a stroke which left her brain damaged.</p><p>Haywood, of Baddeley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, has spent the last seven years battling University Hospital North Staffordshire NHS Trust claiming they were negligent in her care.</p><p>Medical negligence lawyers Irwin Mitchell, who acted on her behalf, have revealed the NHS Trust was liable for causing her stroke following a trial in December 2016.</p><p>She has received an interim payment to help fund part of her rehabilitation but the case is ongoing and she has not received an offer of settlement.</p><p>Haywood said she still suffers with strength and mobility problems down the right side of her body and has difficulties with her speech, memory and coordination.</p><p>Haywood, who lives with her partner Mirko Budimir, 44, and their daughter Mila, now 7, has been unable to return to her job as a manager of a clothes shop.</p><p>“The effects of my stroke have a huge impact on my life,&quot; she said. &quot;Even things like dressing myself, brushing my teeth or making myself a hot drink are a problem now. Sometimes when Mila wants to do something, I can’t do it with her and I feel broken inside.&quot;</p><p>“Whenever we want to do something as a family we have to think ahead and look at how practical it will be,&quot; she said. “I try to keep upbeat and do my absolute best to get on with life the best I can. Mirko helps me more than I could ever ask or hope for; he has been amazing.”</p><p>Investigations revealed Haywood contracted an infection which triggered a huge stroke after having an emergency caesarean section birth at the hospital on September 17, 2010.</p><p>She was transferred to a ward following the c-section, which was deemed to be straight forward, without complications.</p><p>But on the evening of September 17, regular monitoring showed she had a high temperature and an increasing heart rate – a tell-tale symptom for having an infection.</p><p>Her heart rate continued to increase the following day but when it started to fall she was discharged on September 19, and told her high pulse would continue to settle.</p><p>On September 22 she went to her doctor complaining of feeling unwell and was prescribed antibiotics, as the incision which was made during the c-section had become infected.</p><p>She visited hospital three days later to have her wound drained and again on September 28 for a consultation.</p><p>On the morning of October 3, she suffered a stroke at home and was rushed back to hospital.</p><p>A judge agreed that if the hospital had fully investigated Haywood’s high heart rate, staff would have considered she had contracted an infection and received antibiotics which would have avoided the resulting stroke.</p><p>Almost eight years after suffering her stroke, Haywood said she still struggles with everyday activities.</p><p>“I am trying to move forward but it’s hard to get over the fact that a failure to take a few reasonable steps has caused so much damage and turned my life upside down,&quot; she said. “I try to keep upbeat and do my absolute best to get on with my life. Mila is my savior and my whole world revolves around making the most of life with her and Mirko.”</p><p>“Sarah was badly let down in the standard of care she received, which meant she experienced a life-changing moment for all the wrong reasons,&quot; Jenna Harris, a specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said. “It is important that there is not a loss of confidence in the NHS but it is also important that the NHS Trusts learns lessons from the care it provided Sarah so no other families don’t have to suffer the years of hurt that Sarah and Mirko have.&quot;</p><p>“We also call on the Trust to accept responsibility for its mistakes,&quot; Harris said. &quot;Despite strong evidence presented against it, the Trust tried to fight this case. Eighteen months from a Judge ruling Sarah’s care was negligent, the case is still ongoing.”</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 June 22, 2018
  • A better way to do a detox diet for summer

    A better way to do a detox diet for summer

    estriction and potential downsides that comes with detoxes and cleanses, clean up your eating with these nutritionist-approved tips instead.</p><p>To reboot your diet and reset your gut, remember to eat the three P&#x27;s: prunes, pulses and pears.</p><p>When I need to give my diet a reboot, I focus on having two nourishing, planned snacks per day.</p><p>“When I need to give my diet a reboot, I focus on having two nourishing, planned snacks per day, like a pear and pecans, or grape tomatoes and string cheese, or berries and yogurt. And I put the snacks on a plate, sit down and enjoy them.” This part is especially key. When you graze or snack mindlessly, you don’t register those foods as well as when you plate them. No plate? No problem! Use a paper towel, napkin, cup or whatever is available to you to help you eat more mindfully.</p>

    1 June 22, 2018


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