Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI April 2018: Wearable Technology and Driving, Marijuana and Teenage Brain, Concussion and Dementia Risk, and More

April 30, 2018

Here is a roundup of recent news articles about child injury prevention:

Dementia Risk Increases with Even Single TBI

A new large study from Lancet found an increased risk of dementia after a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) , including mild TBI.

Looking to Sweden for Road Safety Lessons

This New York Times blog post discusses road safety advances in Sweden, with a focus on the AAP recommendations on rear facing child restraints. Click here for our recent blog post on the most recent study supporting the AAP recommendation for rear facing carseats for children younger than 2 years.

Concussions in Athletes with Developmental Disabilities

This article in Slate reviews some of the complications of concussion diagnosis and management in athletes with developmental disabilities such as learning disorders. Click here for our blog post on concussions in kids with ADHD.

The Ultimate Cost of Bullying

This heart-wrenching and bravely written obituary of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide as a result of bullying reminds us to teach our children about being a positive bystander. 

Wearable Technology Still a Driving Distraction

A new study found that although wearing technology (such as an smartwatch) might slightly decrease distraction while driving, texting with wearable technology was just was distracting as texting using a cell phone. 

Risk Factors for Youth Suicide in Utah

A new CDC report examines the risk factors for suicide among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Utah, where the suicide rate remains higher than the national average. 

Marijuana Use and the Teenage Brain

A new study adds a new layer to what we are learning about how marijuana use impacts cognitive processes in teenagers. In this study, detectable negative changes in cognition wore off after abstinence for three days. 

How Teens and Parents Think School Shootings Might Be Prevented

A new Pew Research study found that more than half of teens and their parents are worried about a school shooting occurring in their school. They also report on teens' and parents' views on which interventions are most likely to be effective.