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This piece is interesting:
http://digg.com/2017/science-of-fall...m_medium=email

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Slipping in the shower, tripping down the stairs, taking a tumble in the supermarket — falls kill over 420,000 people per year and hospitalize millions more. We can't eliminate all falls, says Neil Steinberg. So we must to learn to fall better.

But when I came across this, I'm thinking... "that isn't correct":

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Fall injuries are the leading cause of death in people over 60, says Horak. Every year, about 30 percent of those 65 and older living in senior residences have a fall, and when they get older than 80, that number rises to 50 percent. A third of those falls lead to injury, according to the CDC, with 5 percent resulting in serious injury. It gets expensive. In 2012, the average hospitalization cost after a fall was $34,000.
I'm pretty sure that heart disease and cancer are still the top causes of death in the over 60 crowd, around the world.

I'm wondering what the author meant to convey.

Actually, I don't wonder. I assume he meant "a leading cause", but it's still a lot lower than heart disease & cancer:

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/images/lc..._1050w740h.gif
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This piece is interesting:
http://digg.com/2017/science-of-fall...m_medium=email



But when I came across this, I'm thinking... "that isn't correct":
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certainly isn't correct. If you fall and live, you didn't fall to your death. If you fall to your death, you can't live to tell the tale.

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Actually, I don't wonder. I assume he meant "a leading cause", but it's still a lot lower than heart disease & cancer:

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/images/lc..._1050w740h.gif
Unless he somehow meant that falls are at least a contributing factor in some of the other deaths.

An elderly relative of mine fell and the fall triggered about six other issues, one of which killed him about 48 hours after the fall. I think the cause of death on his death certificate was something related to his heart, but the fall was what triggered the problem. I don't know if they meant that when you include that kind of stuff the number goes up? Maybe they edited the relevant explanation out?
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The other item is that falls (specifically, elderly people who are just standing or walking, and for "no reason" fall) is an indication of health fragility, and rather than being a cause, is an effect
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I've heard that sometimes old people fall because their hip broke, rather than vice versa. That being said, falls and their complications are a common cause of death among the elderly.
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I've heard that sometimes old people fall because their hip broke, rather than vice versa. That being said, falls and their complications are a common cause of death among the elderly.
That was my dad's claim when he fell down and went to the nursing home with a broken hip. I don't remember what the death certificate gave as cause of death, but clearly it was actually old age.
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Oh, I had a followup on the falls article:
https://twitter.com/mosaicscience/st...78175115898884

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Thanks for pointing this out, Mary Pat - we inadvertently omitted "by injury" from this phrase. We've made the change on our site.
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And this isn't news, just me having some fun:
http://stump.marypat.org/article/755...-of-death-2014
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And this isn't news, just me having some fun:
http://stump.marypat.org/article/755...-of-death-2014
Are you looking for any edits to your piece? (Meant in a very nice way, I think)

I imported it all into Access, because Iím lazy (i.e., I have Access on my most-used computer), and Iíll shared the query results in a spreadsheet at the end.
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Are you looking for any edits to your piece? (Meant in a very nice way, I think)

I imported it all into Access, because Iím lazy (i.e., I have Access on my most-used computer), and Iíll shared the query results in a spreadsheet at the end.
Free editing services? Hot damn!

When I was in school, I hated the teacher/prof markups, but something switched in my mind when I started to get paid for writing.

I am =just fine= with being edited now, even publicly. For the blog, sometimes I say "eh, whatever" and don't bother changing it. But I'm on a conference call right now, so I might as well.
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