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In the United States, a report showed that half of the households in bankruptcy courts reported that illness or medical bills drove them to bankruptcy. Of interest to Injury Prevention readers, nearly a third of the households in bankruptcy reported trauma/orthopedic/back problems. This finding indicates a perhaps undervalued benefit of preventing injuries. Further investigation of the sources of the injury (road crash, etc) would help focus injury prevention efforts on the financially debilitating injuries. To read the paper, visit

Contributed by Peter Jacobsen.

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