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Denise Kendrick, Injury Prevention associate editor, has been appointed Professor of Primary Care Research at the University of Nottingham.

INCREASE IN US INJURY MORTALITY FROM 1999 TO 2004

Injury death rates in the USA rose more than 5% after a two-decade period of decline, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the 14 December 2007 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (http://tinyurl.com/2lpg7c). The report indicates that the largest increases were seen in the 20–29- and 45–54-year age groups. The total injury mortality includes deaths from unintentional injury, suicides, homicides, and injuries of undetermined intent. If a death could not be definitively attributed to unintentional injury or suicide, it is considered to be of undetermined intent. Homicide rates remained stable throughout the 1999–2004 period, with unintentional poisonings accounting for more than half of the total increase in injury deaths. The 45–54-year age group experienced the largest increase in injury mortality. This group had a 25% increase, for an additional 8000 deaths in 2004. In comparison, the 20–29-year age group had an 8% increase in total injury death rates. Unintentional poisonings accounted for more than 50% of the increase in each group.

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