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  Patients, doctors talk online  
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  Instruction and permission in eye/brain development  
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  Grant targets minority youth  
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  Celebration Gala for cancer research set  
     
  Metastatic prostate cancer: common, deadly, costly  
     
  New cardiac cath suites  
     
  Hospital switches to digital x-ray  
     
  Insurance no barrier to cancer clinical trials  
     
  Redirecting frequent users of emergency room  
     
  Retesting of mammograms unnecessary for some  
     
  UC Davis grads find 'match'  
     
  Student wins grant  
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Summer 2003 Issue
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DEATH FINDS HANDGUN BUYERS

Researchers at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program have found that, among people who die within three years of purchasing handguns, more one-fifth of the deaths result from gunshot wounds.

The study, published in the March issue of Injury Prevention, was based on records for 213,466 Californians ages 21 and older who died in 1998. Rates of hand- gun purchase among persons dying from violence were compared to persons dying from natural causes.

Almost 22 percent of deaths in the handgun purchases group were gun-related. Gun suicide alone was the leading cause of death among women who pur- chased handguns, accounting for 37.2 percent of all deaths, and was the third leading cause of death among men who purchased hand- guns at 17.5 percent. By compari- son, gun suicide made up just 0.2 percent of deaths among women, and 1.1 percent of deaths among men, who did not purchase handguns.

 

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