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Gun violence spreads like infectious disease, researchers find

Margaret Formica, PhDPublic health specialists, concerned about what they call an epidemic of firearm violence, have agreed on some tactics they hope will help reduce the number of people killed or injured by guns. Assistant professor Margaret Formica, PhD, from Upstate's department of public health and preventive medicine, says some studies have tracked gun violence, revealing trends similar to those seen in the spread of infectious diseases such as influenza. She says efforts are underway to improve gun safety and that more academic research is needed. Click here for a look at the research and here for an analysis of that research.