Public Health News Roundup: September 21
Suicide Kills More Americans Than Car Crashes
More Americans now commit suicide than die in car crashes, making suicide the leading cause of injury deaths, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers used data from the National Center for Health Statistics from 2000 to 2009 and found that the leading causes of unintentional deaths were car accidents, poisoning and falls; for intentional deaths they were suicide and homicide. Deaths from intentional and unintentional injury were 10 percent higher in 2009 than in 2000. Read more on injury prevention.
Secondhand Smoke’s Toll Heavy on African-Americans
A study of the impact of secondhand smoke in 2006 found that more than 41,000 American adults and nearly 900 infants died of secondhand smoke-related diseases, according to new study in the American Journal of Public Health. The study also found that African-Americans had a much greater exposure to secondhand smoke than whites, particularly among African-American men ages 45-64. African-American women ages 20-44 had a higher exposure rate than any other group of women. Read more on tobacco.
Mental and Physical Health Improves for Many When People Move Out of Poorer Neighborhoods
A new study published in the journal Science finds that when families were given vouchers to move from impoverished neighborhoods to ones that were less poor, the adults in those families experienced lasting improvements in mental health and physical well-being. Read more on housing.