Falls, machinery use lead to increased fatalities for older Americans
The risk of dying from injuries is increasing for individuals 65 years and older, according to a report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy.
The study found significant increases in death rates from falls (42 percent increase) and machinery (46 percent increase).
The overall change in injury mortality for individuals aged 65 years and older during 2002-06 was 3 percent. The rate of deaths attributed to falls increased by at least 38 percent in all racial/ethnic groups with the greatest increase seen in whites (45 percent).
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June 3, 2010
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