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

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

U.S. Gun Sales Rose After Sandy Hook Massacre: Study

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – Firearm sales surged following the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, when it appeared the United States might adopt tougher gun control laws. But that flood of new guns put people in harm's way rather than adding to their safety and security, a new study reports. Accidental deaths related to firearms increased 27 percent in the months following Sandy Hook, including a ...

Dating Violence Tied to Spankings in Childhood

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Spanking your child may have unintended consequences as he or she forges adult romantic relationships years later, a new study suggests. The study found that spanked kids tended to have higher odds of being violent toward their dating partners, researchers said. "While we can't say that spanking causes later violence, it follows that if a kid learns that physical ...

Study: Tougher Gun Laws Help Prevent Domestic Violence Deaths

Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Spare the Rod, Spur Better Behavior?

Posted 17 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Before you let your parental frustration get the better of you, a new study suggests you should refrain from spanking your misbehaving youngster. Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 children in the United States and found that those who had been spanked by their parents at age 5 had more behavior problems at ages 6 and 8 than those who had never been ...

Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

Gunshot Sensors Improve Odds for Shooting Victims

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Gunshot sensors may help speed treatment of shooting victims and potentially improve outcomes for those with the most serious injuries, a new study suggests. About 90 U.S. cities have installed the sensors to help pinpoint shooting scenes and find victims. Fewer than 20 percent of shots fired are reported to police, according to the researchers. They analyzed the cases ...

Can Gun Shows Trigger Gun Violence?

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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