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Gun violence spreads like common cold

Gun violence spreads like an infectious disease, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Yet it receives far less funding than other top causes of death. Gun-related incidents are among the top 30 leading causes of death, Pacific Standard reports, with more than 30,000 fatalities annually in the United States. A number that large should draw droves of research grants, according to a study published in JAMA, but in the last decade, only $22 million—or 6200% less than expected when compared with other top killers like heart disease—in federal funding was allotted to study these trends. Researchers hope using a mathematical model could help predict at-risk individuals. Commenters on the study, as written in STAT, suggest this “prove[s] gun violence functions like a disease and deserves public health and medical resources.”