Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI November 2019: Concussion Laws, Childhood Exposure to Crime, Suicidal Thoughts in Transgender Adolescents, and More

December 3, 2019

Here is a roundup of newsworthy articles in child injury prevention from November 2019:

Barriers to Implementing Concussion Laws

A recent study analyzed interviews with high school athletic trainers to explore barriers to implementation of laws regarding concussion education, removal from play, and return-to-play.

Long-Term Effects of Surviving Gunshot Wounds

Gunshot wound survivors are at increased risk for positive screening for posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as increased risk for negative functional and health outcomes, such as unemployment and substance use.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated with Significant Health Risks

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found that 5 of the 10 leading causes of death were significantly associated with exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). 

Decals for Autistic Teen Drivers

A father in New York is proposing legislation to allow autistic drivers to add a decal on their driver's license to indicate that they are autistic. The goal is to prevent potential misunderstandings during interactions with law enforcement.

Children Who Experience Traumatic Injuries At Risk For Repeat Injury

The rate of repeat injury among children who survive traumatic injuries is nearly 3 percent, according to a recent study. About 20 percent of these repeat injuries are caused by violence.

Childhood Exposure to Crime: Annual Costs and Access to Treatment

Recent publications by University of Pennsylvania researchers sought to examine the societal costs of childhood exposure to crime, as well as access to treatment after these exposures.

Are Newspapers Following Suicide Reporting Guidelines?

According to a new study that examined media coverage of Anthony Bourdain's death following the death of Kate Spade, the answer is no. 

Differences in Suicide Risk Among Transgender Adolescents

A recent study in Pediatrics found that among subgroups of teens who identified as transgender, there were varying risks of having suicidal thoughts. Transgender boys were at the highest risk of a suicide attempt requiring medical attention.This research suggests that future researchers need to further explore the nuances of what has traditionally been treated as a homogenous group.