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  •  Accidental and Unintentional deaths... (0+ / 0-)

    about 21,000 per year by firearm
    about 26,000 per year by falling
    about 33,000 by poisoning
    about 33,000 by motor vehicle

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by notrouble on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:41:33 PM PST

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      only one has the distinction of NOT being the subject of policy efforts to reduce the number.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:51:33 PM PST

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      •  That's true (0+ / 0-)

        I haven't seen any policy efforts to reduce falling accidents.

        A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

        by notrouble on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:24:04 AM PST

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        •  been to a playground or a workplace lately? (4+ / 0-)
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          thought not.

          OSHA regs, building codes, all manner of regulations are aimed at reducing those.

          But then, there isn't a lobby of people trying to increase falling deaths, which might explain it.

          Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

          by Mindful Nature on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:32:43 AM PST

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          •  "thought not" is right (0+ / 0-)

            I am genuine union blue collar labor.

            For each of the other items you can see current public efforts to reduce accidents. We have a gun buyback going on in Seattle today. For falls I see only the same half ignored workplace rules that have been around for over 20 years. What new anti-fall efforts are you seeing? Without changes there is no effort to reduce.

            A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

            by notrouble on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:09:24 AM PST

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            •  Then get the regulations enforced (1+ / 0-)
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              if your workplace ignores them, then the union ought to be taking action.  Fact of the matter is, there's some robust regulation to reduce deaths here.

              yes, there are small scale buybacks, but state and federal efforts to reduce gun deaths are woefully inadequate.  The fact of the matter is, unlike the others, we have a well-drmonstrated and simple policy to massively reduce deaths that we do not pursue.  True, we could reduce the speed limit to 55 again, which would help reduce traffic deaths (and well we should), but in none of these other areas do I see a policy proposal that would reduce deaths by tens of thousands a people a year that we simply ignore  (for that, our next best comparison is probably the lack of regulation of coal plants, actually.  We think those deahts are ok too.)

              Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

              by Mindful Nature on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 11:27:20 AM PST

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        •  Maybe you missed these, or didn't pay attention? (0+ / 0-)
          Falls – Older Adults

          We want a society where older adults can live safe, healthy and independent lives. While falls are a threat to the health and independence of older adults and can significantly limit their ability to remain self-sufficient, the opportunity to reduce falls among older adults has never been better. Today, there are proven interventions that can reduce falls and help older adults live better, and longer.

          CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
          AOTA/CDC Falls Prevention Project - Improve Public Policy Response and Medicare Coverage for Fall Prevention and Intervention

          In 2009-2010, the American Occupational Therapy Association conducted the Improve the Public Policy Response to Older Adult Fall Prevention Project under a contract with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2009-Q-11452).

          As the central organizing point for the project, AOTA used the American Geriatric Society/British Geriatric Society’s Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in OlderPersons (2010). The guideline and related materials can be found below...

          AOTA - The American Occupational Therapy Association
          Falls Among Older Americans:
          CDC Prevention Efforts
          Statement by David W. Fleming, M.D.
          Acting Director,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - before the Senate Subcommittee on Aging Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

          June 11, 2002

          Introduction

          Madame Chairwoman and Members of the Subcommittee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention welcomes this opportunity to provide this statement for the record on the issue of falls among older Americans. CDC is working with our Federal and non-federal partners in addressing the serious consequences older Americans face as a result of falls; identifying opportunities to improve the health and safety of older Americans; and reducing the negative economic impact that falls produce in our rapidly aging nation.

          The Nature of the Problem

          Falls represent a serious public health problem in the United States. One of every three older Americans—about 12 million seniors—fall each year.

          Data show that falls are the leading cause of injury death among people 65 years and older. In 1999, more than 10,000 older adults died from fall-related injuries. This number will increase as the number of people over age 65 continues to grow.

          Nonfatal falls are also significant. Falls are the most common cause of hospital admissions for traumatic injuries. In 2000 alone, 1.6 million seniors were seen in emergency departments for fall injuries. Every year, falls among older people cost the nation more than $20.2 billion in direct medical costs. By 2020, the total annual cost of these injuries is expected to reach $32.4 billion. Annual Medicare costs for hip fractures is almost $3 billion. These economic costs are significant.

          Falls Among Older Americans: CDC Prevention Efforts

          It is shameful how the gun lobby managed to hamstring the CDC and others from studying the causes of gun violence and our ability to identify interventions that might prevent so many needless deaths, and injuries.

          Please also see this comment: Are You Serious?

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