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WVU experts available to offer commentary on Virginia shooting

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Mental Illness Is Too Simple An Explanation For Shootings Of Virginia TV Journalists, Expert Says

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VA Media Shooting Leaves Journalists Feeling Vulnerable, in Need of Healing, Says UAB Psychologist

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Mass Shooters' Perceptions of Retaliation for Mistreatment by Bosses Are Often Directly Inflamed by Mental Health Issues

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Top Stories 24 August 2015

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U.S. Has 5% of World’s Population, But Had 31% of its Public Mass Shooters From 1966-2012

Despite having only about 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research.

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Police More Likely to Be Killed on Duty in States with High Gun Ownership

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Across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, homicides of police officers are linked to the statewide level of gun ownership, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study found that police officers serving in states with high private gun ownership are more than three times more likely to be killed on the job than those on the job in states with the lowest gun ownership.

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APA Review Confirms Link Between Playing Violent Video Games and Aggression

Violent video game play is linked to increased aggression in players but insufficient evidence exists about whether the link extends to criminal violence or delinquency, according to a new American Psychological Association task force report.

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Progress Has Been Made in Reducing Rates of Violence in U.S.; Overall Numbers Remain High

Even though homicide and assault rates have decreased in the U.S. in recent years, the number of these and other types of violent acts remains high, according to a report in the August 4 issue of JAMA, a violence/human rights theme issue. The authors write that multiple strategies exist to improve interpersonal violence prevention efforts, and health care providers are an important part of this solution.

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Emergency Department Intervention Does Not Reduce Heavy Drinking or Partner Violence

A brief motivational intervention delivered during an emergency department visit did not improve outcomes for women with heavy drinking involved in abusive relationships, according to a study in the August 4 issue of JAMA, a violence/human rights theme issue.