accidents

Firearm Injuries and Deaths in Children and Adolescents – A Call to Action

Just as pediatricians discuss poison prevention or using car safety restraints, we must also counsel patient-families on prevention of firearm-related injuries and deaths.  Pediatricians are in a unique position to provide anticipatory guidance to families about ways to keep children safe from firearms, particularly in light of the threat which children face from guns.   (more…)

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Distracted driving puts newly licensed teens at risk

A study published in the January 2014 New England Journal of Medicine showed that new teen drivers are significantly more likely than adults to be involved in a crash or near miss when distracted by a cell phone (dialing, texting, reaching for a phone or other object), eating, or looking at a roadside object. This study is in line with previous research involving experienced drivers indicating that cell phone use is associated with a 4x increase in the risk of a crash. (more…)