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23 Sep
America's ER Docs Alarmed by Rising Violence From Patients

America's ER Docs Alarmed by Rising Violence From Patients

The stories grabbed headlines during the pandemic: Violent episodes in U.S. emergency rooms where patients attacked doctors.

Now, a new poll shows just how widespread the

25 Jul
Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Inner-city kids are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma. Now, new research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why.

“Experiencing violent crime can result in toxic stress, and decreased educational attainment is as...

19 Jul
Paintball Guns Are Being Used to Harm - And Blinding Victims

Paintball Guns Are Being Used to Harm - And Blinding Victims

When a paintball bursts out of a CO2-powered gun, it can travel nearly 300 feet per second.

Pointed in the direction of a face, that paintball - meant to be used in certain jobs or for entertainment while wearing protective gear - can cause devastating

18 Jul
Neighborhood Drop in Violent Crime May Also Boost Heart Health

Neighborhood Drop in Violent Crime May Also Boost Heart Health

Every town wants low crime rates. But a new finding may offer a whole new reason to advocate for the change: Falling crime rates may lower heart disease fatalities.

An analysis of 2000-2014 data from Chicago illustrated a significant decline in violent crime. Across the ...

13 Jun
For 911 Calls, Are Mental Health Specialists Often the Better Choice?

For 911 Calls, Are Mental Health Specialists Often the Better Choice?

One American city's "radical" approach to handling low-level 911 calls -- sending mental health professionals rather than police -- may have taken a bite out of crime, a new study finds.

The study evaluated Denver's

17 Mar
U.S. Teachers Often Faced Harassment, Violence During Pandemic: Poll

U.S. Teachers Often Faced Harassment, Violence During Pandemic: Poll

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on America's teachers, and nearly half of those recently surveyed said they're thinking about quitting their jobs or switching schools.

Enforcing mask-wearing and pivoting to

28 Dec
Gun-Related Spinal Cord Injury in Childhood Brings Hardship Later

Gun-Related Spinal Cord Injury in Childhood Brings Hardship Later

Spinal cord injuries in childhood are devastating no matter how they happen, but new research suggests that kids felled by gunshots are even worse off than those who suffer such an injury nonviolently.

About 13% of

14 Dec
Pandemic-Linked Rise in Crime Hit America's Poor Neighborhoods Hardest

Pandemic-Linked Rise in Crime Hit America's Poor Neighborhoods Hardest

Poor neighborhoods of color bore the brunt of a surge in violent crime in U.S. cities early in the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.

"This study adds to the mounting body of...

08 Nov
No Evidence Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence: Study

No Evidence Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence: Study

Will boys fixated on gore-filled video games become violent in real life? Many parents may worry that's the case, but new and reassuring research finds violent video games don't trigger actual violence in kids.

The study included boys aged 8 to 18, the group most likely ...

02 Nov
White House Announces Plan to Reduce Gun Suicides

White House Announces Plan to Reduce Gun Suicides

The Biden administration unveiled a plan on Tuesday that aims to cut gun suicides in the United States.

Measures in the

01 Nov
Guard Dogs, Panic Buttons: Nurses Under Threat From Rising Violence

Guard Dogs, Panic Buttons: Nurses Under Threat From Rising Violence

Emergency room nurse Grace Politis was catching up on paperwork during her shift when she suddenly realized her head hurt badly. Then she blacked out.

"Later on, I found out I was hit in the head twice with a fire extinguisher by a patient," said Politis, who works at Lo...

18 Oct
State Spending on Poverty Really Pays Off for Kids: Study

State Spending on Poverty Really Pays Off for Kids: Study

When states spend money on programs that reduce poverty, fewer children are abused and neglected, fewer end up in foster care and fewer die, a new study reveals.

Researchers found that for every additional $1,000 that states spent on federal, state and local benefit prog...

14 Oct
Death Threats, Trolling Common for Scientists Who Speak to Media About COVID

Death Threats, Trolling Common for Scientists Who Speak to Media About COVID

Doctors who discuss COVID-19 in the media frequently face abuse and harassment, including threats of death or violence, a new report reveals.

More than two-thirds of experts surveyed have experienced trolling or personal attacks after speaking about COVID-19 in media int...

06 Oct
U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise Ever

U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise Ever

The rate at which homicide is taking the lives of Americans jumped by 30% over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic -- the largest year-to-year increase ever, new federal government figures show.

The rate jumped from 6 homicides per 100,000 people in 2019 to 7.8 per 1...

01 Oct
Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

While high-profile cases like the 2020 killing of George Floyd have cast a harsh spotlight on police violence in the United States, researchers say deaths attributable to it have been underreported for at least 40 years.

That's the key finding in a new study published Se...

27 Sep
Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

A record increase was seen in the number of murders in the United States in 2020, in the biggest one-year jump reported since federal officials began tracking homicides in 1960.

Figures showed 4,901 more murders committed in 2020 than in 2019. A total of roughly 21,500 p...

23 Sep
Childhood Trauma Linked With Higher Odds for Adult Neurological Ills

Childhood Trauma Linked With Higher Odds for Adult Neurological Ills

Kids who suffer abuse, neglect or household dysfunction are more likely to have neurological problems like stroke or headaches as adults, researchers report.

"Traumatic events in childhood have been linked in previous studies to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, ...

22 Sep
Witnessing Abuse of a Sibling Can Traumatize a Child

Witnessing Abuse of a Sibling Can Traumatize a Child

Seeing a parent abuse a sibling can be as traumatizing as watching a parent hurt another parent, a new study finds.

And it can lead to depression, anxiety and anger, researchers say.

"When we hear about exposure to family violence, we usually think about someone be...

22 Sep
Sexual Assault Could Affect a Woman's Long-Term Brain Health

Sexual Assault Could Affect a Woman's Long-Term Brain Health

It's known that sexual assault affects a woman's physical and mental health. Now, researchers say these traumatic incidents may also harm her brain health.

A new study found that traumatic experiences, including sexual violence, may be linked to greater risk of dementia,...

16 Aug
Why Losing Someone to Violence Can Be Especially Tough to Get Over

Why Losing Someone to Violence Can Be Especially Tough to Get Over

It can take years for a survivor of a traumatic event to recover from the loss of a loved one, new research shows, but treating the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) early may help prevent what's called complicated grief.

"Grief is a normal r...

11 Aug
Pandemic Stresses Enough to Trigger Political, Social Unrest: Analysis

Pandemic Stresses Enough to Trigger Political, Social Unrest: Analysis

The psychological strains of the pandemic can be powerful tinder for political unrest and violence, researchers warn.

"The pandemic has disrupted our normal way of living, generating frustrations, unprecedented social exclusion, and a range of other concerns," said study...

27 Jul
Who's Most Likely to Get Bullied at School?

Who's Most Likely to Get Bullied at School?

Bullying remains a threat to American teens, and a new study reveals which kids may be at highest risk.

Race-based bullying takes a heavy toll on teens, the research found, but minority kids who are picked on for other reasons -- whether gender, sexual orientation, relig...

30 Jun
More Evidence Spanking Kids Doesn't Work, Can Cause Harm

More Evidence Spanking Kids Doesn't Work, Can Cause Harm

Is spanking good for parents? Is spanking good for kids? Is spanking good for anyone? No, no and no, according to a big new review of prior research.

"Zero studies found that physical punishment predicted better child behavior over time," said study co-author Elizabeth ...

03 Jun
Pandemic Silver Lining: Global Decline in Urban Crime

Pandemic Silver Lining: Global Decline in Urban Crime

COVID-19 lockdowns had at least one welcome upside: a significant drop in crime in cities worldwide, according to an international study.

Researchers analyzed crime data from 27 metro areas (including Chicago; London; Sao Paulo; Barcelona, Spain; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Br...

27 May
Narcissist's 'Thin Skin' Can Easily Lead to Aggression

Narcissist's 'Thin Skin' Can Easily Lead to Aggression

Angry outbursts at the office, threats made in everyday interactions: New research using data from hundreds of studies suggests folks who act out in this way often have narcissistic traits.

They don't even have to rate high in narcissism to be prone to aggressive behavio...

06 May
When Black Americans Encounter Police Violence, High Anxiety Often Follows

When Black Americans Encounter Police Violence, High Anxiety Often Follows

A new survey confirms what many young Black Americans already know: They are vulnerable to anxiety disorders, particularly during contact with the police or in anticipation of police contact.

"I think it's important, given what's going on in society," said survey author ...

28 Apr
Being Bullied Often Leads Teens to Thoughts of Violence

Being Bullied Often Leads Teens to Thoughts of Violence

Bullied and mistreated teens are much more likely to fantasize about hurting or killing others, a new study warns.

"One way to think about fantasies is as our brain rehearsing future scenarios," said lead author Manuel Eisner, director of the University of Cambridge Viol...

27 Apr
Tougher Gun Laws, Fewer Gun Deaths: Study

Tougher Gun Laws, Fewer Gun Deaths: Study

The more gun laws a state has, the lower its suicide and murder rates, a new U.S. study finds.

Gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis. In 2017, nearly 67,000 Americans died by suicide and homicide. And guns were involved in about half of the suicides...

20 Apr
High-Profile Police Brutality Cases Harm Black Americans' Mental Health: Study

High-Profile Police Brutality Cases Harm Black Americans' Mental Health: Study

As America awaits a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, new research finds that such high-profile police killings of Black people may take a big mental health toll on psyches across the country.

Researchers found that, on average, Black Americans reported an increase in ...

01 Mar
Want Less Violent Prisons? Plant More Trees

Want Less Violent Prisons? Plant More Trees

It's already known that green space offers significant benefits in institutional settings, such as hospitals and schools, but new research suggests it may also reduce violence in prisons.

In the new study, researchers compared the amount of trees, lawns and shrubs at pri...

18 Feb
Tougher State Gun Laws, Less Gun Violence Among Teens: Study

Tougher State Gun Laws, Less Gun Violence Among Teens: Study

States with more gun laws have less youth gun violence, new research reveals.

For the study, the researchers examined data from several states from 2005 to 2017, and found that kids were less likely to be armed in states with more gun laws, and more likely to carry a wea...

16 Feb
Philly Study Finds Lockdowns Linked to Spike in Gun Violence

Philly Study Finds Lockdowns Linked to Spike in Gun Violence

After the coronavirus pandemic forced the city of Philadelphia to go into lockdown, gun violence rapidly escalated, a new study finds.

It's known that many U.S. cities saw a spike in gun violence in 2020, a year marked not only by the pandemic but also widespread protest...

02 Feb
Poll Finds Americans Highly Stressed by Politics, Pandemic

Poll Finds Americans Highly Stressed by Politics, Pandemic

Stress levels are on the rise as Americans grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and bitter political divisions, a new American Psychological Association (APA) survey shows.

On a 10-point scale where 1 means little to no stress and 10 means a great amount, adults' average s...

30 Nov
One Type of Injury Should Raise Red Flag for Domestic Violence

One Type of Injury Should Raise Red Flag for Domestic Violence

As many as one-third of adult women who have a particular fracture to their forearms may be victims of intimate partner violence, according to a new study.

The findings underscore the need to screen women who receive fractures to their ulna for possible intimate partner ...

03 Nov
Not Harmless: Rubber Bullets, Pepper Spray Rob Vision

Not Harmless: Rubber Bullets, Pepper Spray Rob Vision

Last summer, the American Academy of Ophthalmology condemned the use of rubber bullets as a law enforcement tactic for crowd control during protests that rocked the United States. The argument: rubber bullets can cause serious eye injury.

Now, a new study backs up that c...

30 Oct
Many Dentists Face Aggressive Patients at Work

Many Dentists Face Aggressive Patients at Work

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2020 (Healthday News) -- Health care workers commonly experience aggression and violence at work, second only to law enforcement.

That fact may bring to mind emergency room scenes in television dramas, but a new study of 98 New York City metro area denti...

24 Oct
Knowing What to Expect May Help After Sexual Assault

Knowing What to Expect May Help After Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is common in America, with an attack occurring every 73 seconds. But having supportive care at the emergency department and afterwards can help heal the trauma, Penn State doctors say.

One in five women is raped during their lifetime, yet only 25&#...

20 Oct
Pandemic Fears Tied to Surge in Gun Sales in California

Pandemic Fears Tied to Surge in Gun Sales in California

Citing fears over violence and chaos, more than 100,000 Californians have bought guns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study estimates.

Researchers said the findings add to evidence that the U.S. pandemic has sparked firearm "panic-buying." Early on, feder...

15 Sep
Does Hostility Predispose You to a Second Heart Attack?

Does Hostility Predispose You to a Second Heart Attack?

If you have experienced a heart attack and you have an adversarial personality, new research suggests you might want to consider an attitude adjustment.

An angry outlook may make you vulnerable to a second heart attack, the new study found.

The study includ...

03 Sep
Could You Save a Life After Mass Violence? Most Americans Say No

Could You Save a Life After Mass Violence? Most Americans Say No

Most Americans aren't confident that they could provide lifesaving help after mass violence or other emergencies, a nationwide poll shows.

While most respondents felt they could call 911 and about half said they could provide information to first responders, far fewe...

02 Sep
Gun Violence Costs U.S. Health Care System $170 Billion Annually

Gun Violence Costs U.S. Health Care System $170 Billion Annually

A rise in gun violence and a resulting increase in severe injury demand urgent action to curb these trends and lower the high cost of saving victims' lives, researchers say.

"We hope that our findings are able to better inform policy in terms of violence prevention a...

16 Jun
'Trigger Warnings' May Do More Harm Than Good, Study Finds

'Trigger Warnings' May Do More Harm Than Good, Study Finds

Trigger warnings are meant to alert trauma survivors about unsettling text or content that they might find potentially distressing.

But these words of caution at the start of films or books may provide no help at all -- and might even hamper a traumatized person's ab...

04 May
Sexual Victimization Persists in U.S. Military for LGBTQs: Study

Sexual Victimization Persists in U.S. Military for LGBTQs: Study

Lesbian, gay and bisexual members in the U.S. military are at higher risk for sexual harassment, sexual assault and stalking, a new study reports.

And that sexual victimization can trigger mental health problems such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sub...

10 Mar
Gay, Lesbian Teens at High Odds for Physical, Sexual Abuse

Gay, Lesbian Teens at High Odds for Physical, Sexual Abuse

Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are far more likely than their straight peers to suffer physical and/or sexual violence, new research warns.

The warning stems from surveys of nearly 29,000 teens, aged 14 to 18, conducted in 2015 and 2017 by the U.S. Centers for Disea...

02 Mar
Thrill-Seeking Fuels Many First Crimes

Thrill-Seeking Fuels Many First Crimes

When it comes to committing first crimes, the thrill of it all is what matters most, new research suggests.

The finding could point to ways to prevent people from becoming habitual offenders, researchers say.

"It's important to understand under what circums...

13 Feb
As Liquor Stores Close, Murder Rates Decline

As Liquor Stores Close, Murder Rates Decline

Having fewer liquor stores in cities may lead to lower murder rates, a new study suggests.

The implication of alcohol zoning regulations can have life-or-death consequences -- at least in Baltimore, according to study author Pamela Trangenstein, of the University of ...

13 Jan
Sports Coaches Recruited to Help Stop Dating Violence

Sports Coaches Recruited to Help Stop Dating Violence

So-called "locker-room talk" among boys can actually be used to promote respect toward girls, a new study reports.

Teenage boys are less likely to be abusive or sexually violent in a relationship after they've taken part in Coaching Boys Into Men, a prevention progra...

10 Jan
Hong Kong Unrest Leaves Millions to Struggle With PTSD, Depression

Hong Kong Unrest Leaves Millions to Struggle With PTSD, Depression

As mass protests have swept across Hong Kong in recent months, a mounting mental health toll will be tough to tackle, new research suggests.

Surveys conducted over 10 years show there was a sixfold increase in the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) s...

15 Oct
Shrinking Youth Group Aids Global Decline in Homicides

Shrinking Youth Group Aids Global Decline in Homicides

Aging populations in many countries may explain why the worldwide homicide rate fell 20% between 1990 and 2015, researchers say.

They analyzed data from 126 countries that account for 90% of the world's population and found that people aged 15 to 29 were resp...

07 Oct
Spurred by Mass Shootings, More Americans View Mentally Ill as Violent

Spurred by Mass Shootings, More Americans View Mentally Ill as Violent

Americans are increasingly viewing people with mental illnesses as a violent threat, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, a new study suggests.

Media coverage of mass shootings may be a contributing factor to the shift in attitudes, experts noted.

R...