Volume 7 Issue 185
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Jul-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Jul-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Spotlight on injuries from fireworks

All fireworks are dangerous, especially to children. In 2003, 9,300 people were treated in U.S. emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries. Children 14 years and younger sustained about 45% of injuries related to fireworks, and boys represented 72% of all those injured. Typically, two thirds of injuries from fireworks in the United States occur in the days surrounding the July 4th holiday. more  

Fireworks-related injuries

An estimated 5% of fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency departments required hospitalization. more

Fireworks-related deaths, emergency department -treated injuries, and enforcement activities during 2003

This report provides the results of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff analysis of data on fireworks-related deaths and injuries during 2003. The report also includes a summary of CPSC enforcement activities during that year. more  


Injury patterns and trends, including shares by type of fireworks, and fire patterns and trends, based on reports to hospital emergency rooms, and trends in fireworks-related fires. Unpublished annual report. more

MU researcher develops more precise diagnostic tool for autism  

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 24,000 children each year are born with some form of autism. As scientists try to understand the disorder better, two University of Missouri-Columbia researchers have developed a new diagnostic tool that will help group children with the disorder into two subgroups, opening the door to more specific treatments. more

Risperidone safe, effective as intermediate term treatment for autism  

A multi-site study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) finds children with autism characterized by tantrums, aggression, and/or self-injury respond favorably to the antipsychotic medication risperidone for up to six months. more

Prescribing information: Risperdal (risperidone)

Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with atypical antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death compared to placebo. Recently, a study found the medication not only decreased aggression but also reduced repetitive behaviors and increased social interaction. more


Play it safe today. Go see fireworks. Don't use them at home.