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A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine finds that motor vehicle accidents were one of the main causes of deaths among children and adolescents in the United States in 201 6. Tim Graham / Getty Images hide caption change caption Tim Graham / Getty Images A New Study of the New England Journal of Medicine states that motor vehicle accidents were one of the main causes of deaths among children and adolescents in the United States in 2016. Tim Graham / Getty Images The primary cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 19 is not cancer or any other medical condition. It's hurt. And with a long shot – 61 percent, compared with 9 percent for cancer. The main cause of injury was motor vehicle accidents, and then firearms, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine . The study sorts through 20,360 deaths of American children and adolescents in 2016, which is counted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors of the report also found that the US compares poorly with other countries, rich and poor, as well as providing a safe environment for children. Leader author Rebecca Cunningham of the University of Michigan, who has been an emergency medical doctor for 20 years, was not surprised. "I have taken care of children and unfortunately gives bad news to families for decades," she says. Cunningham sees some good news in the motor vehicle number. Deaths from…

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine finds that motor vehicle accidents were one of the main causes of deaths among children and adolescents in the United States in 201

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A New Study of the New England Journal of Medicine states that motor vehicle accidents were one of the main causes of deaths among children and adolescents in the United States in 2016.

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The primary cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 19 is not cancer or any other medical condition. It’s hurt. And with a long shot – 61 percent, compared with 9 percent for cancer.

The main cause of injury was motor vehicle accidents, and then firearms, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine . The study sorts through 20,360 deaths of American children and adolescents in 2016, which is counted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The authors of the report also found that the US compares poorly with other countries, rich and poor, as well as providing a safe environment for children.

Leader author Rebecca Cunningham of the University of Michigan, who has been an emergency medical doctor for 20 years, was not surprised. “I have taken care of children and unfortunately gives bad news to families for decades,” she says.

Cunningham sees some good news in the motor vehicle number. Deaths from crashes have fallen dramatically over the years, from 10 deaths per 100,000 children and adolescents in 1999 to 5.21 deaths per 100,000 in 2016.

“In the United States we have invested in declining deaths in motor vehicles and we have been immensely Successful, she says. She and her colleagues pay seatbelts, car seats for children, safety improvements on cars, better roads and awareness raising about the dangers of teenage and driving.

But in the case of firearms, there has been no efficiency efforts to prevent deliberate and unintentional gunpower. While the death rate from guns was flat from 1999 to 2013, it jumped 28 percent in the next three years, to 4 deaths per 100,000 US children. “We see increases in both massacre and gun killings” among children and Cunningham says she is not sure why the rates of interest have risen. is that it should be addressed. “I do not think it is acceptable that firearms are a preventable cause of death and remain the cause of death of the second child and adolescent,” she says. “We do not do enough to keep the children safe.”

Edward W. Campion, executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, pointed out how exceptional the US is compared to other countries.

“We are far apart when comparing trauma deaths in American children compared to children in other developed countries such as Germany, Spain and Canada, ” he says. He points to a study published in January that shows that an American child or youth is 57 percent more likely to die at the age of 19 than children in other rich nations.

In a Journal editor that followed Cunningham’s study, Campion called the numbers “shameful.” He says that the United States clearly does not effectively protect their children.

The World Health Organization had collected data on fatalities and firearms in fatal accidents in 12 high-income countries and seven low and middle-income countries. Cunningham and her colleagues compared the data with their numbers of American deaths.

The number of deaths of firearms in the United States exceeds the prices for other countries included in the report. It is 36 times the average in the 12 high-income countries – that is 4.02 deaths per 100,000 children in the United States, against 0.11 deaths in other countries. “It’s a huge difference,” says Cunningham.

And it was five times as high as in the seven low and middle income countries studied, with an average of 0.8 deaths per 100,000 children per year.

US motor vehicle deaths also exceed the share of other high-income countries in the report. There were 5.21 deaths per 100,000 children – almost triple 1.63 per 100,000 average for other wealthy countries like England. Sweden launched a program in 1997 to try to eliminate all deaths caused by motor vehicles in the country and in 2016 came to less than one death per 100,000.

The comparison with deaths in motor vehicles in low and middle income countries is mixed. Some of the countries, such as Thailand, made higher results, but other countries, such as Romania, made lower results. The researchers say that everything is due to economic development – as poorer countries add cars, some spend money building safe roads and providing access to emergency medical care, and some countries are not.

The overall communication of data to both Cunningham and Campion is that if other countries can get lower deaths for their children and adolescents, the United States can also.

“The United States is proud of its medical knowledge,” said Campion. “People go to all sorts of lengths to try and help a child with a medical need.”

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