HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Home injury found to be a major cause of deaths, largest study of its kind finds

CHAPEL HILL -- Home may be where the heart is, but it's also where danger lurks, new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research shows. More than 20 million visits to emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics occur because of mishaps there every year.

Between 19,000 and 20,000 U.S. residents were killed unintentionally in their homes in 1998, and at least 7 million suffered disabling injuries, according to the first State of Home Safety in America report, which was based on the study -- the largest and most comprehensive ever done on home safety.

To society, the resulting costs totaled almost $380 billion. The death toll uncovered during the research, conducted by UNC investigators for the Home Safety Council, is an underestimate because it could not factor in all poisonings, which are significant, the scientists say. "Falls are by far the major problem, followed by poisonings," said study leader Dr. Carol W. Runyan. "We were surprised to find that poisonings occur not just in little children, but also in large numbers of adults -- even middle-aged adults -- who appear to die from mixtures of prescription drugs and in some cases illicit drugs as well."

Runyan is director of UNC's Injury Prevention Research Center and professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health. Along with Home Safety Council staff, she released the study in Washington, D.C., today (Thursday, Sept. 26). After falls and poisonings, the leading causes of such deaths were fires, inhalations and suffocation and drowning, she said. Among other findings were that states with the fewest home injury deaths per 100,000 population were Massachusetts, Utah, Maryland, Minnesota and New York. Those with the most were New Mexico, the District of Columbia, Arizona, Mississippi and Wisconsin, followed by the Dakotas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Overall, New England was the safest region. New Mexico saw 17.31 deaths per 100,00
'"/>

Contact: David Williamson
919-962-8596
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
26-Sep-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. New scale predicts recovery of consciousness from coma after brain injury
2. Immersion in virtual world alleviates pain from injury
3. Uric acid may help reduce effects of spinal cord injury, Jefferson researchers find
4. Stem cell therapy for spinal injury
5. Alcohol drinkers three times as likely to die from injury
6. Promise of bladder pacemaker for people with spinal cord injury
7. Steroids increase death risk from traumatic head injury
8. Spinal cord injury patients show improvement in early device study
9. Understanding how prostaglandin prevents gut injury during radiation therapy
10. Early detection reduces threat of foot injury in college basketball players
11. The NIH funds network to study drug-induced liver injury (DILIN)

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/21/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Representatives with Bay-Bay Water today announced that the company has launched ... company logo as part of the ongoing evolution of our company’s brand,” said Osmay Gonzalez, ... company is expanding its national reach. , “We have refreshed our logo to reflect who ...
(Date:2/20/2020)... ... , ... R3 Medical Training announced its next joint injection training courses scheduled ... injections for all large and small joints along with ultrasound needle guidance. , Performing ... opportunity is to perform injections in a supervised setting. R3 Medical Training's joint ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... MONROE, Conn. (PRWEB) , ... February 19, 2020 ... ... respected periodontists at Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implant Center of Connecticut, celebrate 30 ... all new patients with the same low fees that they charged in 1989, ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... February 19, 2020 , ... ... quality and consistency of healthcare delivery, announced that it will participate in the ... in Orlando, Florida. BPM+ Health will engage healthcare professionals and other stakeholders at ...
(Date:2/16/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Canadian digital healthcare portal Ask The Doctor has ... about the Coronavirus. , "It is our duty and it is our responsibility to ... said Prakash Chand, CEO of Ask The Doctor. , Doctors and nurses around the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2020)... ... 2020 , ... NeoTract, a wholly owned subsidiary of Teleflex ... announced that Jayant Uberoi, MD, Chesapeake Urology in Baltimore MD, has been designated ... achieved a high level of training and experience with the UroLift® System and ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... February 19, 2020 , ... Aspire Regenerative, a leader ... with Cortex Wellness Pharmacy for a free weight-loss event on March 1, 2020. It ... Ave., #100, La Jolla, CA, 92037. , During the event, physicians and pharmacists will ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... February 19, 2020 , ... The Team Type 1 Foundation, ... medicine for everyone affected by diabetes, announced a partnership with VeloCity, a fundraising ride ... third annual VeloCity event takes place on May 2nd and begins on the Mercedes-Benz ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: