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Highlights from the injury prevention literature
  1. Anara S Guard
  1. Correspondence to Anara S Guard, EDC, Center for the Study of Injury and Violence, Education Development Center, 5315 Spilman Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819, USA; anara{at}anaraguard.com

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This month, three journal issues are available online for free, each with articles of interest.

World Medical & Health Policy includes a paper on how to improve emergency planning for frail and vulnerable people. Nearly half of those who died in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina were older than 75 years.

McCann, David GC. A review of hurricane disaster planning for the elderly. World Med Health Pol 2011;3. http://www.psocommons.org/wmhp.

Journal of Consumer Affairs has a special issue on Public Health Issues Influenced by Consumer Choice. Although injury is not mentioned, the principles of framing, message development, and communication styles are relevant for any public health topic. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joca.2011.45.issue-1/issuetoc.

A recent issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal is devoted to prevention and control of injuries and violence, containing findings from the state's violent death reporting system, and 14 invited commentaries on poisonings, falls, suicide, child maltreatment and traffic injuries. http://www.ncmedicaljournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/full-issue.pdf.

During a 6 year period, Alaska Native people had a firearm injury death rate more than three times the US rate and more than four times for firearm suicides. This study interviewed 258 heads of households in ten Alaska Native villages. Firearms were present in 76% of households, 73% of which also had children in the home. The vast majority (85%) had at least one unlocked firearm. …

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