Falls, Assaults, Sports and Crashes

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By Staff Reports

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

An in-depth collaborative study on how young people get head injuries shows a lot of difference.

Washington University’s Kimberly Quayle, with colleagues from the University of California, Davis, led a multi-center study of data on more than 43,000 children and teenagers. Quayle says falls were the most common cause in children 12 and younger, and causes were more varied for older kids:

“In teenagers, the leadings causes of injury were assaults, sports activity and motor vehicle crashes.”

Quayle says many injuries could be prevented – for instance, by wearing seat belts in a vehicle.

The study in the New England Journal of Medicine was supported by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

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

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