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Unintentional Injuries a Major Cause of Young Deaths in US

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on deaths of Americans 30 years old and younger finds that 79 percent of these fatalities are caused by injuries, with over half of them unintentional.

According to the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 60 percent of deaths by unintentional injury in 2010 involved such causes as falls, fires and car accidents. Meanwhile, the remaining percentage of young people’s deaths by injury was split evenly between homicides and suicides.

Meanwhile, of those between the ages of one and 30 who didn’t die by injury, 20 percent succumbed to disease while one percent died from an infection.

The CDC said the number of all Americans who died from unintentional injuries in 2010 totaled 121,000 while 55,000 lost their lives to violence in 2010.

Meanwhile, an estimated 31 million people survived injuries, either intentional or otherwise, or about one in ten Americans. Researchers say many of these victims suffer long-term physical, emotional and financial problems.


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