Recent age and sex trends of suicides in veterans require in-depth investigations

On February 1st, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released the most recent statistics on suicides in veterans. The report is based on data from 21 states from 1999 to 2010. The report presented suicide trends in veterans in two different ways. First it showed that in 1999 one in four persons committing suicide […]

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Firearm research mentioned by US Vice President Biden in response to gun violence

Joe Biden has begun to offer an outline of what he will recommend to the US president as a policy response to gun violence. Early indications suggest that recommendations will include universal background checks for gun buyers, closing the “gun show loophole,”  and prohibitions on large capacity magazines. Interestingly, the press is also reporting that Biden would like to remedy the de facto […]

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What the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2010 says about causes of injury deaths.

Over the years, the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBDS) has provided an excellent resource to support advocacy for injury prevention research. The Lancet has recently published (Dec 14, 2012) findings from the latest GBDS funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The GBDS 2010 focused on comparing estimated mortality and morbidity trends between […]

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Groceries-for-guns: Too unrefined to be an effective solution

The Newtown gun violence tragedy has influenced opinions inside and outside United States (US). Los Angeles (LA) County, which has an annual buyback plan to exchange grocery cards for US$100 to US$200 for guns in May each year, decided to hold this event again on December 27, 2012. According to officials, the program duration had […]

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All-terrain vehicles remain in the spotlight

A timely paper by Denning, Harland, Ellis and Jennissen appeared in our ‘Online First’ register right before Christmas, and given the hectic nature of the festive season, I wanted to encourage our readers to make themselves familiar with the findings. All-terrain vehicles remain a controversial transportation mode in countries including the United States, Canada, and […]

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