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Children's Safety Network Releases Analysis on Firearm Injury
The Cost of Firearm Violence examines firearm injury costs in the United States in 2010. The estimates were developed by the Children's Safety Network Economics and Data Analysis Resource Center with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The estimates are based on injury data from the CDC and unit costs from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation's injury-cost model. The analysis presents data on the societal cost and cost to government per fatal, hospital-admitted, and emergency-department-only firearm injury; the incidence of firearm injury; firearm injury costs per gun; and the costs and incidence of firearm injury by intent. Costs include medical and mental health care costs; criminal justice costs; wage losses; and the costs associated with pain, suffering, and lost quality of life. For more information, click here.  

Journal of Adolescent Health Supplement Examines Life Course Approach to Understanding Adolescence
The supplement to the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health investigates the neurobiology and development of adolescent health and disease, focusing primarily on what transpires during adolescence and how a young person subsequently responds to the range of environmental demands placed on him or her. The supplement's six articles address the following topics: adolescent neurodevelopment; epigenetics and early life origins of chronic non-communicable diseases; biological contributions to addictions in adolescents and implications for prevention, treatment, and policy; implications of science for illicit drug use policies for adolescents; implications of neuroscience and genetics on policies and programs to reduce the burden of depression in adolescents; neurobiology of food addiction and adolescent obesity prevention; and reducing adolescent-related violence by building resilient adolescents. To read the supplement, click here.