Death rate for people with COVID-19 symptoms is ‘staggering’

COVID-19 is a lot more deadly than the flu, a new study in the United States shows. "We can put that debate to rest," says Anirban Basu.

Jake Ellison-U. Washington • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Model: COVID-19 deaths won’t peak in most states for weeks

It may be several weeks before COVID-19 deaths peak in most of the United States, according to a model that relies on US data.

Christine Sinatra-UT Austin • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~7 min

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States with gun license laws have 56% fewer mass shootings

In states with gun licensing laws that require an in-person application and giving fingerprints, there are fewer fatal mass shootings.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

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More than 99K opioid deaths in U.S. may have gone unreported

Almost 72% of unclassified drug overdoses between 1999-2016 involved prescription opioids, heroin, or fentanyl. That's more than 99,000 additional deaths.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Official drug death stats are off by half

"The basic records being kept are annual reports on the number of deaths from drug overdose. But that's only part of the picture."

Michele Berger-Penn • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Some cases of SIDS may have this genetic cause

New research links a genetic anomaly and some forms of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, which claims the lives of more than 3,000 infants a year.

Leila Gray-UW • futurity
Oct. 14, 2019 ~5 min

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The gun death epidemic is getting worse

"What we can see is a worsening epidemic of firearm mortality that is geographically and demographically broad..."

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Oct. 10, 2019 ~6 min

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Universal background checks really do cut gun deaths

"...the truth is that we have a pretty good grasp at what's going on. People who shouldn't have access to guns are getting access."

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Aug. 7, 2019 ~4 min

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