About 20,360 children and adolescents died in the US in 2016, and 60% of those deaths were preventable injuries, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine. Cause # 1: Car crashes that killed more than 4,000 teenagers and children. Security experts say that prevention efforts, education campaigns, and more sophisticated cars that help prevent deaths and better manage trauma have halved the death rate of young people after such crashes in less than two decades.
The death of firearms was the No. 2 cause of death among adolescents, who in 2016 claimed the lives of more than 3,140 children and adolescents, according to a study by a team from the University of Michigan. That's about eight children who die each day from preventable firearm deaths. The number of firearms death deaths for the 1
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Cancer was No. 3 cause of death and had 1,853 deaths in those ages 1 to 19, even though mortality rates have dropped in the last 17 years, and suffocation – mainly suicides – has resulted were hanging and other means – was No. 4. Suicide however is on the rise. These causes were followed by drownings, overdoses / intoxications and birth defects, each with nearly 1,000 deaths in each of these categories. (The study used publicly available data from the database of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with information on death certificates.)
Fatal road accidents continue to be epidemic, say security experts. In all age groups, the number of road deaths last year was 40,000, down 1% from 2016, according to the National Safety Council. These numbers are high despite automatic emergency brakes as well as nationwide seat belts and sober driving and anti-texting campaigns. In 2016, the number of road deaths exceeded 40,000 for the first time since 2006. In car accidents, 4.57 million people were seriously injured. The company's cost was nearly $ 414 billion, down 1% year-on-year.
Number of dead with weapons is on the rise  The second leading cause of death among young people and children continues to frustrate lawmakers and activists. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that there were 39,773 firearms deaths in 2017. That's about 12 deaths per 100,000 people and also against the 28,874 firearms deaths in 1999. The CDC statisticians told CNN last week that these gun deaths have reached a record high of nearly 40 years. A recent Gallup poll found that one-third of K-12 teachers saw gun control as a solution to reducing shootings, while 22% said they would ban assault rifles and certain types of weapons For better mental health care, 15% more safety at schools, including bullet-proof windows and doors as well as armed guards, and 10% want stricter background controls. Only 7% of teachers said they wanted weapons in the classroom. Other suggestions from teachers included: More resources, teachers and psychologists for teachers (6%), more parental involvement (4%) and better communication between teachers and students. Only 1% supported the repeal of the Second Amendment or the dissolution of the NRAs.
However, the preference of K-12 teachers for steps to take on arms control may reflect their partiality more than the profession said. "About twice as many teachers identify themselves as Democrats or say they are independent, democratic, Republican or lean Republican," she noted. Democrats, according to the Pew Research Center, a non-party think tank based in Washington, DC, favor far more gun violence than Republicans.
There is a scientific agreement. "Strengthening the policy of firearms in the US can prevent suicide and murder of firearms, with benefits that can go beyond the borders of the state," said a study published in the March of the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study examined country and state rifle laws in 3,108 counties and 48 contiguous states and compared them with the death rates of firearms between 2010 and 2014) to states and counties.
(Leslie Albrecht has contributed to this story.)
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