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HHS HealthBeat (November 6, 2012)

Kids At Risk

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children in America. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researcher Nagesh Borse says unintentional injuries account for more than 12,000 children’s deaths a year.

To help to prevent them, people need to know which kids are more likely to be hurt, when and how. For instance, Borse says boys ages 15 to 19 are among kids with the highest risk of death, notably in motor vehicle crashes. He notes some ways to prevent this:

“Using safety belts, wearing bicycle and motorcycle helmets, reducing drinking and driving, and enforcing graduated driver licensing.”

A study on deaths of young people up to 19 years old is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: December 4, 2012