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Gun violence and children: Why it’s a public health issue

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“There have been more than 52,000 pediatric firearm deaths in the past 18 years,” says Dr. Eric Fleegler, a pediatric emergency physician at Boston Children’s Hospital as he kicks off his talk. It’s May 3, 2018, and he’s sharing the startling statistic with a rapt audience at the hospital’s Special Grand Rounds on Trauma and Gun Violence.

Later that same day, a 10-year-old Ohio boy will be shot in the face while he sleeps in bed, one of 11 bullets to enter his home during a drive-by shooting. Three North Dakota siblings ages 6 to 14 will be murdered by their mother — who will then kill herself — with a handgun. The following day, a 3-year-old South Carolina boy will fatally shoot himself in the head while playing with a gun he finds at a family friend’s home.

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Health headlines: Art helps, crutches can hurt and your child’s frown may be more serious than ‘baby blues’

A small study showed that kids with asthma who did art therapy felt less anxious about their condition that kids with asthma who didn’t engage in a creative, therapeutic outlet.

Children and teenagers living in the most-rural parts of the U.S. are equally as likely to die by gun violence as those in big cities, a new study shows. The rates on the type of death tend differ with each area (i.e. accident, suicide or homicide) but the overall numbers of children who loose their lives to guns are almost exactly the same regardless of an urban or rural surrounding.

The number of young people hurt by their walking aides— crutches, wheelchairs or walkers— is on the rise.

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