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Falls are leading cause of injury deaths among older people, US study finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5190 (Published 23 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5190
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults aged 65 years and older in the United States, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study has found.1

The study, published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, noted that in 2014 around 27 000 US adults in this age group died because of falling and 2.8 million were treated in emergency departments for fall …

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