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“Falls” lead the injury pack

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has been conducted since 1957 and is one of the main instruments to get a glimpse at the health of the US population. The NHIS is a “multistage area probability design,” or what many call cluster sampling. The idea is to first sample geographic areas in all 50 sates…

When old folks get the shaft

I admit there are some medical articles I just read the press release for. They are almost always articles in journals I don’t have easy access to and don’t read regularly, but when I run across a press release I find interesting enough to read and maybe post about, it often isn’t so compelling I’m…

Your home is your (dangerous) castle

Most people feel safe at home, but statistically it’s not the safest place to be, at least in terms of being injured (here injury includes not only trauma but poisoning, but if we restrict it to trauma probably little is changed). Here’s one of CDC’s “Quickstat” looks at the percentage distribution of injuries by place…

Jaws meets the grant writer

I’m coming up for air during my grant writing (so far this weekend I’ve spent in excess of ten hours yesterday and today just writing; all the rest of the time I spent obsessing about what I wrote and what I still needed to write), but you know I’m desperate when I start posting stuff…

Many years ago we had a terrific carpenter build stairs in our old house using a technique called housed stringer construction. This guy was fairly young but a skilled wood worker. He was also missing several fingers on his right hand. Table saw.

Crashworthiness and whiplash

When I recently got rid of my 15 year old car for one that is only 2 years old, I was amazed and impressed at the number of genuine safety features, many of them hidden or not obvious. Cars are simply much safer now than they were, even a decade ago, not to mention when…

Bourbon, vodka and hangovers

I went to medical school in the days when controls on human experimentation were not very robust (I understate). I think about that around Christmas time because one of the ways this penurious medical student used to make a few bucks was by volunteering for medical experiments (and eating Spaghetti-Os at 19 cents a can).…

A Christmas public health hazard

I am not a Christian (not now, not ever) but I have always liked Christmas. It’s my favorite (secular) holiday and when the time comes (Christmas Eve or Christmas Day) we Reveres will likely write our traditional Christmas post explaining just why we aren’t the obligatory curmudgeons on the issue. But that’s for then. There…

We’re saving lives on the battlefield. Lives that would have been lost in previous wars. That’s good. War takes too many lives. But there are ways to take lives that don’t involve killing someone. And we’re taking a lot of lives that way, many more than before. Here’s Liam Clancy with the great song by…

The uninsured and surviving an accident

Swine flu is a special danger to the young, but the biggest danger to the young is not an infectious disease but unintentional accidents. No matter what your age accident is among the top ten causes of death, but for those between the ages of 1 and 44 it is number one. Prevention oriented accident…