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Week of July 11, 2016

Role of open carry laws in Dallas shooting
Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Five Dallas police officers were shot and killed last week when a gunman opened fire into a crowd who were protesting the killing of men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota by police officers. Dallas police found it difficult to disern who was a threat to public safety, as numerous protesters were carrying AR-15 rifles like the one used by the shooter. David Swedler, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, can comment, as he is an expert on how gun ownership affects homicide rates across the country, especially for law enforcement officers. A 2015 paper he published in the American Journal of Public Health reported that cops living in states with higher levels of gun ownership, including Texas, were more likely to be killed in the line of duty.

New homes for ER 'superutilizers'
Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System has provided free housing for 15 of its chroncially homeless emergency department 'superutilizers' and expects that number to top 25 in the first year of its 'housing first' program. Superutilizers are patients that make eight or more visits to the emergency department annually. Their costs to the hospital average $32,000 per year, and according to preliminary reports, costs post-housing are averaging about $20,000 per year. The one-year pilot program funded by the hospital is the only program of its kind in the country. Avijit Ghosh, chief executive officer at UI Health, can comment.