169 e-Letters

  • Protective balancing - an option for fall prevention among older subjects
    Karsten Knobloch

    Dear editor,

    We read with great interest the cost analysis of fatal and non-fatal falls among older adults aged >or=65 years. The authors point out that fall related injuries among older adults are associated with substantial economic costs with fractures accounting for 35% of non-fatal injuries but 61% for total costs. The authors concluded that effective intervention strategies are mandatory to implement in...

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  • Reply to Mr. Wardlaw's letter "Timely reporting of research is necessary"
    Alison K. Macpherson

    Dear Editor

    In his letter "Timely reporting of research is necessary", Mr Wardlaw suggests that lack of enforcement of bicycle helmet legislation in Ontario is an underreported aspect of bicycle helmet research.

    Although the issue of enforcement of legislation has been raised as a potentially important aspect of bicycle helmet laws, to our knowledge, no one has studied the nature of enforcement of helmet leg...

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  • Author's reply to Dr Lawson
    Simon Chapman

    Dear Editor

    Dr James Lawson [1] seeks to summarise similarities in our findings [2] with those of three other reports, particularly that of Baker and McPhedran [3]. He notes that we agree that there was a “continuation” of the pre-existing trend in falling firearm deaths following the implementation of the Australian National Firearms Agreement (NFA) of 1996. The word we used purposefully was that there was a sta...

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  • Re: Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearms, deaths firearms suicides and a decad
    James B Lawson


    Re: Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearms, deaths firearms suicides and a decade without mass shootings. Chapman et al. Injury Prevention: 12; 365-372. Dec 2006.

    Chapman et al. use official Australian Government statistics to demonstrate a continuing fall in firearms murder and suicide following the implementation of the Australian National Firearms Agreement (NFA) of 1996. T...

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  • Transportation safety issues portrayed on television: some thoughts on driver distraction
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    Dear Editor

    There is a plausible case that television affects the individual road-user's attitudes to safety-related issues, so McGwin et al [1] provide a useful survey of television content regarding the portrayal of seatbelt and helmet use. Whether McGwin et al should make such strong assertions about the value of these devices raises arguments which have been aired elsewhere [2].

    Such surveys could be...

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  • Re: Re: Timely release of information is important.
    Avery Burdett

    In his zeal to defend bicycle helmet laws, Editor Barry Pless ignored two important issues identified by Malcom Wardlaw and in doing so raises one of even more vital importance.

    First, child cyclist head injuries declined in Ontario while data from Macpherson showed a declining rate of bicycle helmet use. This suggests a factor other than helmet use and helmet laws was responsible for the decline in head injurie...

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  • Evidence on cycle helmets is contested, ambiguous and inconclusive.
    Peter W Ward

    The Editor of IP does not like the fact that a debate exists about cycle helmets. (1) He would like not to publish correspondence from helmet sceptics. He describes the letters he has received as frustrating and irritating “repeated almost boilerplate arguments”. It is welcome and honest of the Editor to state his willingness to publish helmet sceptic eletters despite his dislike for this view. It compares with the a...

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  • Raise Teen Driving Age
    Chairat Noppakovat

    Dear Editor,

    My name is Master Sergeant Chairat Noppakovat and I am stationed at the Madigan Army Medical Center located at Fort Lewis, Washington. I am in the United States Army and have served proudly for nearly 22 years. The reason I am writing this letter is to share with you the story of my son. His name is Apichai Kevin Noppakovat. He was just 18 years old and passed away on 14 August 2006. He had just g...

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  • Re: Timely release of information is important.
    Barry Pless

    Malcom Wardlaw asks if a serious head injury rate of 1 per 7,000 capita per year is great enough to warrant enforced use of protective headgear. My view is that there is no magic number; even 1 per 70,000 would be too many if the injury had serious sequelae, as undoubtedly many do. I am certain most sensible parents and most pediatricians who treat these children would agree. The opinions of the City of Toronto Police S...

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  • Reply to Hagel and Rowe
    Avery Burdett

    Dear Editor

    Hagel and Rowe reject(1) my criticisms(2) of their study of the impact of a child bicycle helmet law in Alberta, Canada(3). However they appear to have missed the point.

    The first issue raised in my letter concerning reduced cycling as a result of Alberta's helmet law, Hagel and Rowe say there could have been confounders which would discount the drawing of a conclusion from the smaller propo...

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