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New Study Indicates Lightning Can Kill Without Leaving a Mark

...said Wachtel. New Mexico ranks first in lightning fatalities with 1.88 deathsper million people annually, while Colorado ranks sixth with 1.04, according toa 1987 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lightning had been thought to affect victims in one of three ways: alightnin...

Six Football Players Died In 1997 Season: New Study

...udy shows.Eight other players also died, but those fatalities were not directly tied tothe game and could have resulted from other vigorous activities. "Five of the six injury deaths resulted from damage to the brain, whilethe other came from a blow to the chest that caused the boy's heart to stop,"said...

The Use Of Antimicrobial Drugs In Developing Countries Must Be Limited To Avoid Producing Untreatable Diseases

...t of infectious diseases, which cause 98% of child fatalities and the majority of overall deaths in the developing world. As the most effective and newly-developed drugs are expensive, many people turn to less expensive sources of treatment, such as pharmacies or markets for prescriptions. This overuse of unr...

Forecasting Killer Heat: UD Systems Predict Deadly Weather Worldwide

...umped from an average of 490 to anastounding 1,260 fatalities during a single 24-hour period in 1966. Every summerin the United States, health officials point to heat as the key cause of some2,000 deaths. And, many more heart attacks, strokes and other fatal afflictionsmay be triggered by stifling heat, accordi...

An Ergonomically Redesigned Analgesia Delivery Device Proves Safer And More Efficient

... showed that human error is responsible for 68% of fatalities and serious injuries associated with the Abbott PCA. We sought to demonstrate that the incidence of human error can be significantly reduced through a human factors approach to interface design. A redesigned interface was developed, then empirically ...

New Study Finds Blacks Face 38 Percent Higher Stroke Risk

... between theraces is due to incidence and not case fatalities suggests health-carespecialists need to focus more on prevention. "We found that differences in smoking history and prevalent heartdisease explained only part of the race-ethnicity difference in strokeoccurrence," he said. "Much of th...

NHTSA/NIH combat problem of drowsy driving among fast growing populations of shift workers and teenagers

...rvatively estimates that 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities annually areattributable to drowsy drivers. "As our culture moves to a 24-hour/7-day-a-week operation and the number ofshift workers and teens continues to climb, the problem could worsen if changesare not made now," said NHTSA Administrator Ricardo...

Human Voltage

...Weather Service,males account for 84% of lightning fatalities and 82% of injuries. Men can take comfort in the fact that the actual number of deaths and injuriesfrom lightning strikes has decreased in the past 35 years. Holle's teamattributes 30 percent of the decrease in lightning deaths to improved forecastsa...

Major economic change can lead to an increase in deaths in car accidents

... an associated four-fold increase in car accident fatalities between 1989-91. The age group most affected, find Winston et al, was 18-24 year olds - death rates in 18-20 year olds increased eleven-fold during this period and eightfold in the 21-24 age group. The authors conclude that a tragic consequence of th...

New study shows abuse homicides more common than records reveal

...abuse death rate. Deficiencies inrecognizing abuse fatalities are due to the system and certain other causes, notlapses in vital records." A report on the findings appears in the Aug. 4 issue of the Journal ofthe American Medical Association. Other authors are Dr. Gail Brown, formerdirector the N.C. chi...

Colorado most dangerous state in nation for avalanche fatalities

...mountains. In the United States, 514 avalanche fatalities were reported in 15 states from 1950 to 1997. Col... "While there is a lot of variability in avalanche fatalities from year to year, we have the dubious distinction of leading the nation." Each year avalanches ...

Kidney transplant proposal reduces wait from 24 to 14 months, improves equity for blacks & women

...ric kidneys, which are kidneys taken from accident fatalities and others who died with kidneys suitable for transplantation. Currently, there is a shortage of cadaveric kidneys for transplant. The UNOS system currently used gives each candidate a place on the waiting list based on a system that assigns points ...

New study finds 18 football players died in 1999 season, eight paralyzed

...ertion, not football directly. "All six direct fatalities resulted from injuries to the brain," said Dr. Frederick Mueller, professor and chair of exercise and sport science at UNC-CH. "We found two heatstroke deaths in 1999 and 13 over the past five years. These deaths make no sense since proper precaution...

Injuries on the job: the effects of problem drinking

...ng the last few years, 30.6 percent of all traffic fatalities are still alcohol-related (in the most recent data available). In contrast, very little is known about the association between problem drinking and workplace injuries. The few studies of blood alcohol in persons who have died from injury at work in...

Study shows alcohol boosts death risk for boat passengers as well as operators

...ts arent moving at all.About 80 percent of boating fatalities result from drowning, the team found. Just falling out of the boat and drowning is surprisingly common, he said. That means prevention activities oriented toward boat operators alone wont work as well as they do with drivers on the roads. If youve go...

Recent trends in motorcycle fatalities

... urban roads, and more than half of all motorcycle fatalities involved a collision with another type of vehicle....

Mecca pilgrims a priority for meningococcal vaccination

...vaccination this year. Thirty-three cases and nine fatalities were reported in England and Wales, a similar number to that reported in 2000, despite the recommendation to use a different vaccine in 2001. Better implementation of control policies are needed to prevent an outbreak of meningococcal disease among p...

Pop-up car bonnets will help reduce pedestrian deaths

...sible for more than a third of all traffic related fatalities and injuries worldwide, yet research has so far co...ecommendations, estimated reductions in pedestrian fatalities should exceed 20%, conclude the authors....

Rubber bullets not safe for crowd control

...ported a substantial number of severe injuries and fatalities inflicted by use of rubber bullets when vulnerable upper-body regions such as the head, neck, and upper torso were struck. This type of ammunition should therefore not be considered a safe method of crowd control. New types of ammunition with higher ...

Danger at Sea

... the developed nations' efforts to prevent fishing fatalities are just beginning. Much more work will be needed to make this occupation acceptably safe. Even more effort will be needed to spread the full benefits of new technology to the artisanal and subsistence fishermen and boats so numerous in maritime deve...

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