Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI October 2018: Marijuana's Long-Term Effects in Children, Football Rule Changes and Concussions, Suicide Risk and Sexual Orientation, and More

October 31, 2018

Here is a roundup of this past month's newsworthy articles.

Long-Term Effects of Marijuana in Children and Teens

A  new study reports that use of marijuana had a damaging effect on teens' long-term cognitive abilities (surpassing the impact of alcohol), which persisted even after teens stopped using marijuana.

Crashes Higher in States with Legalized Marijuana

A new research study reports that motor vehicle crashes have increased by 6 percent in states that have legalized marijuana.

The Ethics of Self-Driving Cars

Researchers from MIT argue that the operating systems of autonomous vehicles should incorporate moral algorithms. Do automakers agree? 

The Memories of School Shooting Survivors

This haunting essay gathers the memories of survivors of school shootings, ranging from events from 1960’s to the Stoneman-Douglas high school shooting earlier this year.

Preventing Suicide in a Rural Community

This NPR article describes how one community in Colorado is addressing the increasingly prevalent issue of suicide. 

Stress Among our Teens and Young Adults

The American Psychological Association found that people ages 15-21 years old (aka Gen Z) reported "the worst mental health of any generation included" in their annual Stress in America report. Gun violence was a particularly significant contributor to this stress.

Screening Women for Intimate Partner Violence

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that clinicians should screen all women of reproductive age for intimate partner violence.

A Small Rule Change, A Big Difference in Concussion Risk

A rule that changed the position of NCAA Football Ivy League kickoffs from the 35 yard line to the 40 yard line resulted in significantly fewer concussions per kickoff play.

The Dutch Reach, and other Road Safety Lessons from The Netherlands

This New York Times describes differences in Dutch road safety education, including small changes like the "Dutch Reach" (where a driver reaches across his body for the car door with the far hand, thereby positioning the body to look at the side mirror and car's blind spot for oncoming bicyclists and vehicles).

Risk of Attempted Suicide and Sexual Orientation

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics reports that youths in sexual minority groups (e.g. gay, bisexual, transgender) had a higher prevalence of attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youths, with the highest risk among teens who are transgender.

New Resources on National Child Traumatic Stress Network

New Resources on Teen Driving Safety