Violence still a leading cause of death

Washington, August 26: The estimated annual cost of medical care and productivity lost because of violence each year is estimated at more than 70 billion dollars, US researchers say.

“Violence is an unfortunate reality of the world we live in with direct implications for health” state Dr. James Rippe, Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

The journal in collaboration with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a special issue to take a closer look at violence prevention.

“We are delighted to join with the CDC to bring this important issue to the forefront of medical discussion,” said Rippe.

Suicide, child abuse, playground fights, gang violence, sexual assault, and domestic violence are other examples of violence that touch people in all walks of life and communities everywhere, the report says.

Homicide and suicide remain in the top 10 leading causes of death for people from birth to age 64.

“Clinicians play an integral role in preventing violence on both individual and community levels. By understanding and recognizing risks for violence in their patients, they can identify warning signs and make referrals to effective preventive services. They can add to the voice of the community in raising awareness of violence, and in implementing evidence-based strategies to prevent it,” said Dr. Linda Degutis, Director of CDC’s Injury Center. (ANI)