Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2018

December 27, 2018

As the year draws to a close, we want to look back on our most popular 2018 Research in Action posts:

  1. Can Loud Music Affect Driving Performance? – A curious exchange on Twitter recently occurred after singer Zara Larsson tweeted of her mother’s complaint that she “can’t see” while driving if the in-car music is too loud. Could this be a real phenomenon? This blog shares what we know about this based on science.
  2. As Suicide Among Children and Teens Rises, Acting on Warning Signs is More Important Than Ever – New findings that suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among children and teens are on the rise in the United States, unfortunately, comes as no surprise. The key questions on everyone’s minds include: What are youth suicide warning signs? How can we effectively act on these warning signs? 
  3. It’s All About Balance: Navigating the Pros and Cons of Smartphones for Teens and Children – Smartphones serve as a social lifeline for many but have also become a cause for concern as increasing evidence shows that excessive time spent on the devices can be a factor in depression and suicidal thoughts in teens and children. This blog post looks at the competing dangers and benefits of smartphones for teens and children and how parents can help kids manage their screen time appropriately.

  4. Concussions in Female Athletes: Higher Rates and Harder Recovery – As the landscape of women’s athletics changes, Dr. Kristy Arbogast briefly summerizes what scientists know about concussions in female athletes today and what we urgently still need to learn.

  5. It’s About Exposure: High U.S. Childhood Mortality Rates Due to Car Crashes and Firearm Assaults – A new study tells us that teen driver car crashes and gun assaults cause the US to lag behind other wealthy nations in reducing childhood mortality rates. How can we reduce exposure to these risks for our youth?

As always, we thank all of our loyal readers and wish you all a happy and healthy new year!