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Turning the Spotlight on the Learner Phase of Driving

Principal Investigator of CIRP@CHOP's TeenDrivingPlan research, Jessica Mirman, describes the decision to focus her efforts on the learner period of GDL to answer the question, "How can we help parent supervisors make the most of their practice time with their teenagers?" Initial results show intervention increases variety of practice drives and improves teenagers' driving performance.

Parent Injury Can Cause Stress for a Child

Nearly two decades ago our team was planning a follow-up study with parents of injured children treated in the Emergency Department. In the very first phone interview for the study, I spoke with the mother of a teenager injured in a traffic crash. She was very happy to answer our questions about her son’s recovery but quickly added, “You should be asking about me! My son is doing well now. I am a mess.” She went on to describe feeling worried and afraid every time her son left the house, even though she knew he was not in real danger. This mother’s voice was crucial. She reminded us of the importance of asking about a parent’s own responses to a child’s injury. But what happens to the child when it is the parent who is injured?

Disparities in Drowning: Swimming a Joy for Some, Deadly for Others

Each year, 4,000 die from drowning in the US. Many could be prevented through providing basic swimming instruction to at-risk groups that are described in a recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Can we teach a generation to swim and break the cycle?

Drowsy Driving: The Impairment That Can Impact Anyone

Media attention, research dollars, and awareness campaigns often target distracted driving and drunk driving as serious impairments that can impact drivers of any age. Another type of driving impairment that receives less attention, but whose prevalence and consequences are also significant, has suddenly been thrust into the national spotlight through a recent crash involving actor Tracy Morgan. That impairment is drowsy driving.

Neknomination- A Dangerous New Trend in Social Media

Peer pressure and cyber bullying are unfortunate, but increasingly well-studied, facets of adolescent life. But what if these two behavior-influencing tactics were combined and used to fuel an over-the-top drinking game? In a new phenomenon called “Neknominate,” this is exactly what occurs. Read on to find out why older teens and adults are among the first victims of this extreme social media "challenge."

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