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Addressing a Public Health Crisis

Friday, March 30, 2018

Biosyntrx strongly supports the passionate, cross-country, bipartisan young people driving the Never Again, March for Our Lives movement.

Because of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, even more questions on how to prevent gun violence are resurfacing among public health officials, citizens, and politicians, therefore we felt it appropriate to feature a February 2018 Aspen Institute Ideas to Go podcast featuring a 2017 PBS Judy Woodruff interview with the former surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, MD.

Gun Deaths: A Public Health Crisis

At the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health, shortly after a shooting at a Washington baseball field that critically injured Congressman Steve Scalise, Dr. Murthy said, "Whenever you have large numbers of people who are dying for preventable reasons, that constitutes a public health crisis." More than 100,000 people are shot every year in the US, and nearly 32,000 of them die.

For years, Dr. Murthy has called gun deaths a bipartisan public health crisis, given that more people have died in our country from gun deaths in the past 50 years than have died in all of the world wars.  

Given the existing peer-reviewed data, Dr. Murthy thinks it’s an emotional health, as well as too-easy-access-to-guns, public health epidemic that needs solutions now.  

Why Can't the US Treat Gun Violence as Public Health Problem? The Atlantic:  An intellectually curious publication article that addresses gun violence as a serious public health issue that you might also find interesting:

Spotlight Health is the opening segment of the June 21-24, 2018, annual Aspen Ideas Festival. The three-day health conference features an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts who dive into topics of medicine and health. We highly recommend making your reservations now. 

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff


We featured Vivek Murthy, MD, when he was our US Surgeon General giving a June 2016 Aspen Spotlight Health talk on emotional well-being in our July 2, 2016 Sunday Morning at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities 

The prestigious speakers at this year's Aspen Ideas Spotlight Health conference include one of our personal favorites, Atul Gawande, MD. the author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.  We featured Dr. Gawande in our first October 2017, Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities

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