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October 20, 2006

Are trauma centers prepared for mass-casualty disasters?

Natural and manmade disasters, including the terrorist attacks of Sept.


September 11, 2006

Postpartum suicide risk linked to fetal or infant death

Postpartum suicide attempts are strongly associated with fetal or infant death and most commonly occur in the first and 12th months postpartum.


July 17, 2006

Newer, less aggressive air bags protect adults and pose less risk to children

Front air bags reduce injury and death for most drivers and front-seat passengers in vehicle crashes, yet first-generation air bags, installed in motor vehicles until 1998, deploy with such force that they put children and small adults at significant risk of death.


July 6, 2006

Testing hypertonic solutions for trauma victims

Hypertonic resuscitation — a concentrated intravenous dose of saline, with or without dextran, a sugar solution — has the potential to help survivors of traumatic injury by improving blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the injured brain while decreasing high pressure in the brain, a common problem for patients with brain injury.


June 9, 2006

Decreased Alcohol Consumption, Increased Use of Seat Belts Save Lives

Traffic crash mortality rates in the U.


May 19, 2006

New federally funded research program aims to improve survival from severe trauma

Hypertonic resuscitation — a concentrated intravenous (IV) dose of saline, with or without dextran, a sugar solution — has the potential to help survivors of traumatic injury by improving blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the injured brain while decreasing high pressure in the brain, a common problem for patients with brain injury.


May 4, 2006

Study: Taxes, ad bans can help curb youthful drinking

Harmful drinking is one of the leading causes of death in the U.


May 1, 2006

Building on parental safety concerns to motivate booster use among Latino families

Booster seats protect children from serious injury in motor vehicle crashes, yet research shows that parents are inconsistent in using booster seats to protect children 4-8 years of age.


March 13, 2006

Tax increases, advertising bans may reduce harmful alcohol consumption among youth

Harmful drinking is one of the leading causes of death in the U.


February 2, 2006

Trauma center care lowers risk of death, study shows

Care at a trauma center lowers the risk of death for injured patients by 25 percent compared to treatment received at non-trauma centers, according to the results of a nationwide study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the UW School of Medicine.


January 25, 2006

Trauma-center care significantly lowers risk of death

Care at a trauma center lowers the risk of death for injured patients by 25 percent compared to treatment received at non-trauma centers, according to the results of a nationwide study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Washington School of Medicine.


January 3, 2006

Follow-up care for adolescent trauma survivors’ emotional distress: A need unmet

Adolescents who suffer physical injuries are vulnerable to emotional distress in the months following their hospitalization, yet almost 40 percent of hospitalized adolescents interviewed for a new study had no source for the follow-up medical care that could diagnose and treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress.


December 23, 2005

Preventing Injury Death Around the World: ‘The 1,000,000 Lives Campaign’

At least five million people around the world die from trauma each year, with enormous disparities in survival rates for patients injured in high-income and low-income countries.


November 30, 2005

Parents slow to adapt to booster seat law

Booster seats have been proven to protect children from serious injury, yet new research shows that in some communities fewer than 21 percent of children 4-8 years old are properly secured in booster seats when they ride in cars.


October 27, 2005

Rivara elected to Institute of Medicine

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October 24, 2005

Rivara elected to Institute of Medicine

Frederick P.


August 8, 2005

Intimate partner violence often ignored in determining child custody

Most states mandate some consideration of intimate partner violence (IPV) in child custody proceedings, but the existence of such abuse is often unknown to the court when custody is at issue.


May 3, 2005

Color coding by size helps caregivers treat young patients with greater accuracy

Sick and injured children come in all sizes, challenging their caregivers to provide them with appropriate doses of medication and other necessary therapies.


April 25, 2005

Washington Legislature strengthens booster seat law

Washington’s Child Restraint Law, passed in 2002 as the first such law to be enacted in the U.


April 7, 2005

Charles Mock named to lead Injury Prevention Research Center

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March 21, 2005

Pregnant women face risk after motor vehicle crashes regardless of the presence of injuries

Pregnant women who are hospitalized following motor vehicle crashes are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, even if they are not seriously injured or not injured at all.


March 9, 2005

Mock named injury prevention center director

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February 10, 2005

Safe storage of guns does make difference, study finds

Keeping firearms in a household is associated with a five- to 10-fold increased risk of suicide among adolescents, and an estimated 35 percent of homes with children under the age of 18 contain at least one gun.


February 8, 2005

Safe storage of guns, ammunition reduces risk of firearm injury risk to youth

Keeping firearms in a household is associated with a 5-10 fold increased risk of suicide among adolescents, and an estimated 35 percent of homes with children under the age of 18 contain at least one gun.


October 25, 2004

Crash injuries result in large and potentially preventable productive losses to U.S. workers

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September 13, 2004

Injuries due to mismatch crashes support need for vehicle redesign

While the number of fatalities resulting from crashes between passenger vehicles decreased steadily between 1980 and 1998, there has been an increase in fatalities resulting from collisions between passenger vehicles and light trucks, a category that includes sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and vans.


August 20, 2004

Risks of falling lowest in older adults who wear athletic shoes

Falls are the most frequent cause of fatal injury to older Americans, and non-fatal falls, which are also common, can curtail mobility and quality of life for older adults. The choice of footwear for adults aged 65 and older may be an important factor in preventing these falls, according to new research by investigators at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound.


August 9, 2004

Binge drinking, harmful drinking linked to U.S. death rates

Binge drinking and harmful drinking, including both medium to high levels of regular alcohol consumption, account for a substantial number of deaths each year in the United States.


June 24, 2004

Some patients will get blood transfusions with fewer white cells

While physicians are able to treat patients who suffer blood loss after major injuries, a large number of these patients go on to develop infections or multiple organ failure, in which the functioning of the body vital organ systems, such as the lungs, heart, kidneys of liver, go awry.


June 15, 2004

Light trucks pose greater injury risk to pedestrians

Although pedestrian injuries have decreased in recent years, they still remain a significant health problem, accounting for 13 percent of traffic fatalities in the U.S. The growing popularity of light trucks, a category that includes sport utility vehicles (SUVs), has presented a new challenge for pedestrians and raises an important question: Do light trucks increase the risk of severe injury and death for pedestrians?


June 1, 2004

Leukoreduced transfusions may help severely injured patients

While physicians are able to treat patients who suffer blood loss after major injuries, a large number of these patients go on to develop infections or multiple organ failure, in which the functioning of the body vital organ systems, such as the lungs, heart, kidneys of liver, go awry.


May 26, 2004

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome to implement $1.5 million prevention project

A new research program may provide parents and other caretakers the tools they need to prevent shaken baby syndrome (SBS), a form of child abuse that can cause immediate damage to the victim’s brain or be fatal.


May 5, 2004

Collaborative care may prevent PTSD, alcohol abuse among trauma survivors

New research by investigators at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) indicates that a multi-faceted collaborative care intervention – one that combines medications and psychotherapy – can reduce alcohol abuse by trauma survivors as well as prevent the development of PTSD.


April 22, 2004

Harborview study examines police-chase fatalities

Approximately 300 lives are lost each year in the United States as a result of vehicle crashes related to police pursuits, and one third of these fatalities occur to people not involved in the chase.


January 20, 2004

Unbelted drivers and passengers can cause fatal injuries to others who ride with them

Drivers or passengers protected by seat belts are at increased risk for fatal injuries if others who ride with them fail to wear their seat belts.


December 4, 2003

Children who see mother abused are more likely to have behavior problems

Children exposed to abuse of their mother by an intimate partner are more likely to exhibit aggressive or delinquent behavior as well as other behavioral problems, compared with a representative sample of similarly aged children.


December 1, 2003

Children whose mothers are victimized at greater risk for behavioral problems

Children exposed to their mothers’ abuse by an intimate partner are more likely to exhibit aggressive or delinquent behavior as well as other behavioral problems, compared with a representative sample of similarly aged children. This research, by investigators at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and the University of Washington, is published in the November 2003 issue of Child Abuse & Neglect.


October 13, 2003

Proposal to require child restraint seats in airlines could cause more deaths than it prevents

Will the lives of young children be saved under a planned Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation requiring children under two-years-old to have their own seats and ride in child-restraint seats?


July 2, 2003

Booster Seat Coupons Help young passengers during summer drives

To make the summer a safer time for families with young children, the Washington State Booster Seat Coalition is now offering discount coupons for Cosco booster seats being sold at Target Stores throughout the state.


June 26, 2003

New therapy for blunt trauma victims being tested at Harborview

Hypertonic resuscitation – a concentrated intravenous (IV) dose of saline and dextran, a sugar solution – has the potential to help survivors of blunt trauma by improving blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the injured brain while decreasing high pressure in the brain, a common problem for patients with brain injury.



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