It’s 7 a.m. The hospital is just starting to wake up from its slumber, stretching arms and blinking eyes. I’m 54 minutes away from the end of another night shift. Night shifts are curious creatures. They are a part of the fabric of emergency medicine life — one of the often hated aspects of our jobs. They steal us away from our families, cutting short bedtime snuggles and picture books so ...

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When I was two years old, I ran naked through my living room. Mom reached out and playfully swatted my rump. I skidded to a stop, planted my fists on my little hips, and faced off. “Don’t touch that! It’s mine!” Everyone who knows me and hears the story just laughs and says my sassy started early. Now, I read story after story of inappropriate comments made to women, and I ...

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Another youthful slaughter, then a rote parade of shattered students, cacophony to ban all guns or arm every citizen.  Candlelight vigils, flowers, teddy bears mark the passing of more datapoints into statistical analyses of carnage. It’s sound and fury and no action. Dr. Megan Ranney penned the piercing “5 things America can do today to reduce gun deaths." I submit 7 things America can’t do to reduce mass violence. You ...

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