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U.S. Gun Injuries Getting More Severe

Posted 15 days ago by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Nonfatal gun injuries in the United States are becoming more severe, increasing pressure on the health care system, researchers say. Since the 1990s, the severity of nonfatal gun injuries treated in U.S. hospitals has risen 1.4 percent a year, the new study found. "Both males and females and all types of intents of firearm injury demonstrated a comparable significant ...

Youth Violence in U.S. Declines -- but the War's Not Over

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Far fewer young people are turning up in U.S. emergency rooms with assault injuries, but youth violence remains a serious issue, a new government study shows. The good news: The number of nonfatal assault patients aged 10 to 24 dropped 28 percent between 2011 and 2015, reaching the lowest level in the 15 years studied, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

New Research Probes the Criminal Mind

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Are brain lesions linked to criminal behavior? That's the suggestion of a new study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Ever since the 1966 University of Texas Tower mass shooting, which left 13 people dead and 31 others injured, researchers have been intrigued by the possible ties between brain abnormalities and criminal behavior. In that ...

Study: Tougher Gun Laws Help Prevent Domestic Violence Deaths

Posted 30 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 – More stringent gun laws might spur a decline n domestic violence murders, new research suggests. Thirteen states and federal law prohibit people convicted of domestic violence from buying guns. But the study found that states that extended this ban to people convicted of any violent crime had 23 percent fewer domestic violence murders. The researchers also found that ...

Bullied Teens More Likely to Take Weapons to School

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Bullied teens are twice as likely to take weapons such as guns or knives to school, a new study reveals. Three factors were linked to greater odds of high school students carrying a weapon during school hours: fighting at school; being threatened or injured at school; and skipping school out of fear for their safety. "If kids were being bullied, but not in fear of their ...

Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – U.S. hospitals have been tackling increasingly serious injuries in the gunshot victims they treat, a 20-year review reports. "The severity of hospitalized firearm injuries [has] increased significantly," said researcher Bindu Kalesan, amounting to what she described as "a significantly elevated cumulative probability of death and disability from firearm injury." That ...

What Drives Teen School Shooters

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – A teenage school shooter may be attempting to prove his masculinity. So says an Oregon researcher who analyzed the traits shared by 31 boys involved in 29 mass shootings at U.S. schools. The attacks occurred between 1995 and 2015, and the killers ranged in age from 11 to 18 years old. The total number of dead: 58. Boys who don't meet their classmates' idea of manliness can ...

Health Tip: Talk To Your Kids About a Tragedy

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by

-- With graphic images of terrorist acts and mass shootings all over the news, it's difficult to keep your children from seeing and hearing about these events. The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should explain these tragedies to children in ways they can understand and cope with. Explain in an age-appropriate way that you are here to protect and support them. Ask them what they've ...

Can Gun Shows Trigger Gun Violence?

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Gun shows held in Nevada are not subject to any regulations, and they take place in a state that features some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country. But on the heels of the Oct. 1 shooting massacre in Las Vegas, a troubling new investigation reveals that when gun shows have been staged in Nevada, the neighboring state of California has seen gun-related ...

States That Make You Wait to Buy Guns Have Fewer Deaths: Study

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – State laws that mandate a waiting period before gun purchases were associated with roughly 36 fewer gun homicides per year in that state, new research shows. "We show that waiting periods, which don't limit anyone's right to own a gun, have a large impact on gun deaths," said study co-author Deepak Malhotra, a professor at Harvard Business School. Seventeen states ...

U.S. Gun Injuries Nearing $3 Billion in ER, Hospital Costs

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – Nearly 705,000 people were treated for gunshot wounds in U.S. emergency departments between 2006 and 2014, at a cost of $2.8 billion a year, a new study says. The report's release comes one day after a lone gunman unleashed automatic rifle fire upon a crowd of country music concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and injuring 500 more, making it one of the ...

State Policies Can Reduce Alcohol-Related Murders

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – Taxes, sales restrictions and other policies aimed at alcohol control appear to reduce the likelihood that murders and other violent crimes will be alcohol-related, according to a new study. The researchers, from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University, investigated whether alcohol policies had an impact on murders involving people who had been drinking. The ...

Gun Violence in Movies a Trigger for Teens?

Posted 25 Sep 2017 by

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – Kids who see gun violence in movies are more likely to play with and fire a gun if they have access to one, a new study finds. "We know from past research that kids who see movie characters smoke cigarettes are more likely to smoke them themselves, and kids who see movie characters drink alcohol are more likely to drink alcohol themselves," said lead researcher Brad ...

Asthma Drug, Montelukast, Tied to Nightmares, Depression

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers. But experts aren't yet ready to pull the plug on this class of medication. "In our study, we give prescribing physicians the advice to be alert for signs and symptoms for ...

Gun Surrender Laws Help Women Threatened by Domestic Violence

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Obtaining a restraining order may not be enough to prevent domestic violence, but when state laws require the removal of firearms, risk of those violent crimes goes down, a new study says. In states that require people with restraining orders against them to surrender their firearms, the intimate partner murder rate dropped by 10 percent. In states that don't require ...

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