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The purpose of this blog is to foster public discussion about injury and violence prevention and response and gain perspectives of those we serve.

Bullying Then and Now: Talk to Children about Bullying Prevention

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Violence Prevention

Guest Blogger: Tracey Foster-Butler

Girl at her lockerHer last name is Flowers…but I didn’t think she was a delicate, sweet-smelling rose. She was more like a weed that squeezed the life out of me during my budding adolescence.

I can’t even recall how the bullying began. I remember always thinking about how to avoid her when catching the school bus, walking in hallways, and attending class. The threat of what she might say or do to me was always on my mind.

Core VIPP: Empowering States to Take Action To Put an End to Violence and Injuries

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

The headlines are all too familiar: A teen driver is killed just months after getting his license. A high school football player suffers a head injury after a tackle during practice. A mother overdoses on prescription pain killers. A youth is shot and killed after an argument with another teen. These tragic headlines make the news every day in states and communities across our country.

Teen Dating Video PSA Contest: Lights, Camera, Prevention

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Violence Prevention

How do you VetoViolence? Make a short film to tell the world, and you could win $500 in the “I VetoViolence Because…”: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest.

I VetoViolence Because... Teen Dating PSA Contest

Curbing the Growing Epidemic of Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in Women

Categories: Home & Recreational Safety

Every 3 minutes, a woman goes to the emergency department for prescription painkiller misuse or abuse.Do you know which of the following statements is TRUE about women and prescription painkillers?   
  1. Medical providers are more likely to prescribe higher doses of painkillers for women than men, and that women are more likely to have chronic pain.
  2. Women use prescription painkillers for longer periods of time and may become dependent on prescription painkillers more quickly than men.
  3. Female patients are more likely to have multiple medical providers to prescribe painkillers than male patients do.

KIDS: Draw, Paint, Create— Be Heads Up about Concussion Safety

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

Heads Up Poster Contest on challenge.govWhen you watch a child’s creativity come to life, you can see how their imaginations help them describe the world around them. Through their artwork, they can share their thoughts and ideas with a peer, parent, or teacher. They can express their feelings and their important lessons in life.

If you give a child the opportunity to teach others about safety in their own words and images, you give them a way of reaching out in original and imaginative ways! With this in mind, CDC’s Injury Center is launching the Be Heads Up Poster Contest, which asks kids and teens (ages 5-18) to Draw, Paint, Create— Be Heads Up about concussion safety at school, home, or play!

Multitasking is Dangerous: Don’t be a distracted driver behind the wheel

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Motor Vehicle Safety

If you think that your ability to text, talk, or email while driving is impressive… think again! It’s dangerous, and it can lead to a dangerous situation on the road.

Driving while distracted is dangerous

8 things that people should know about preventing falls in older adults

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury

 Taking care of older adults. Preventing falls

My grandmother lived with us when I was growing up, and I remember her being incredibly active in doing things around the house even as she approached her early 80s. This all changed one day when she slipped on a throw rug and fell, breaking her hip.  We called an ambulance and went with her to the emergency department, where she was admitted to the hospital and later had surgery.  Luckily, she did not have any complications from the surgery. Afterwards, she relied on a wheelchair to get around until she died 7 years later.  

People may take for granted how easy it is for them to move around when they know every step and corner of their home. But that is not the case for many older adults, whose declining balance, coordination or vision may put them at significant risk of falling. The risk of falling increases with each decade of life.  Injuries resulting from a fall, such as a hip fracture or head injury can affect an older adult’s health and take away their independence. Each year, one in every three adults age 65 or older falls, and more than 2 million are treated in emergency departments for injuries that result from falls.

Get to Know Risk Factors for Committing Sexual Violence

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Violence Prevention

Couple at homeEvery April, we observe National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For our part, the CDC Injury Center’s year-round goal is to stop sexual violence before it begins.

National Public Health Week: “Public Health is ROI” – Saving Lives, Saving Money through Injury and Violence Prevention

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

National Public Health Week Logo: Public Health Saves Lives, Saves MoneyInjuries and violence kill 180,000 people each year.  Motor vehicle crashes, falls, homicides, and other types of injury events kill more people in the first half of life than any other cause — including cancer, HIV, or the flu. And they cost more than $406 billion in medical care and lost productivity each year. If you yourself have not been seriously impacted by injury or violence, you probably know someone who has.  

But what does that mean for public health? Where do injuries and violence fit into the plan to help people be able to live their lives to the fullest potential?

[Videos] What is it like to recover from a traumatic brain injury?

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Traumatic Brain Injury

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Recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) doesn’t follow the same course for everyone. Doctors, nurses, physical or occupational therapists, and counselors are a few of the providers that may be available to help patients recover after their TBI. Even so, depending on the severity of their injury, TBI survivors—along with their caregivers and loved ones—may need to learn how to live with permanent effects of TBI.

TBI survivors, and their families and friends, have compelling stories to tell about how TBI has affected all of their lives.

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