Here is a round up of some newsworthy articles about child injury prevention from the past month:
The Rising Rates of Suicide
This month opened with a new study from the CDC which found rising suicide rates, and the suicides of high profile celebrities.
- The Centers for Disease Control reported that suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. More than half of those who completed suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
- A recent study from the National Center for Health Statistics showed that the rate of suicide in women is rising faster than in men. This rise is seen across all age groups.
- A moving essay in the New York Times describing a less frequently discussed side of suicide tragedies- the guilt of survivors.
Preventing Gun Violence
- At a recent meeting, the American Medical Association voted in favor of several gun control policies, including a ban on sales and ownership of assault-style weapons, bump stocks, and high capacity magazines.
- Spurred by local tragedy, and modeled after previous successful safety campaigns, Seattle Children's Hospital developed a firearm safety toolkit that can be a blueprint for other instutitions.
- This NPR article discusses the beneficial impact of gun permit laws on reducing firearm homicide rages and "red flag" laws (which allow police and courts to remove guns from people perceived to pose a threat) on reducing firearm suicide rates.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Can Impact the Next Generation
A new study showed that the higher the number of adverse childhood experiences experienced by parents (as children), the worse the parent-reported health status and the higher the risk of asthma diagnosis in their children.
Driver Education in Washington State Gets a Tune-Up
Teens in Washington state will soon be experiencing a new version of driver education, one that teaches them to think critically about their attitudes and behaviors, and how those affect their driving.
Patterns of Injury Mortality Rate among Children 10-19 years Old
The Centers for Disease Control released the most recent National Vital Statistics Report for Injury Mortality among children 10-19 years old between 1999-2016. The top three leading causes of death (unintentional injury, suicide, and homicide), as well as overall death rate, all displayed similar patterns of initial decrease between 1999-2013 followed by an increase from 2013 to 2016.
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