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US kids die, a lot

2018-01-19 01:35:18.487097+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Curbed: U.S. kids die from traffic fatalities at twice the rate of other wealthy nations:

This study also confirms that it’s not smartphones, or “distracted walking,” that’s to blame for the U.S.’s sudden uptick in traffic deaths. These 19 countries are our peer countries: They also drive cars, they use smartphones, they have comparable wealth and resources. The countries which have focused on redesigning their streets to be safe for all ages and building reliable, well-maintained public transit systems will save their kids’ lives. Our over-reliance on cars will continue to erode the health and well- being of the next generation.

But traffic fatalities aren't the only cause. Vox: American kids are 70 percent more likely to die before adulthood than kids in other rich countries — A new study ranks 20 wealthy countries on childhood deaths. The US comes in last. Infant mortality is much higher, as are teenage gun deaths.

The study is Heath Affairs: Child Mortality In The US And 19 OECD Comparator Nations: A 50-Year Time-Trend Analysis Ashish P. Thakrar, Alexandra D. Forrest, Mitchell G. Maltenfort, and Christopher B. Forrest.

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