1. Progress in cancer treatment has been very slow but steady although some cancers like leukemia (common in children) have had huge improvements

  2. My wife is a Pediatric Oncologist, you wouldn’t believe how much she works(including at home after hours) and the same with most doctors. They are essentially workaholics which is a blessing for medicine but a curse at the same time. They don’t know how to turn off their brain from work and relax. I hope people understand the dedication doctors put in for medicine and helping others.

  3. 2008-2010 you can see a little influenza spike which probably is from the swine flu epidemic, I was in the third grade I remember everyone had to stop sharing snacks and we moved our desks from islands to rows- which everyone whined about, some students were also scared that they really would get the swine flu. Can’t imagine how my 9 year old brain would’ve reacted to the pandemic

  4. I got swine flu in 2009 and missed 2 months of 9th grade. My brother missed 10 months of 11th grade (he’s a genius tho so he was fine). It was rough. I don’t think I would’ve survived if I didn’t have two doctors for parents. I distinctly remember my mom taking my temperature about an hour after she gave me a ton of Tylenol and Advil and my temp was 103.5.

  5. I noticed that too! I was in high school at that time. I sometimes think about that epidemic and how I didn’t take it seriously at all back then. The flu is really not a joke for young children though! Since Covid, I plan on always getting my flu shot.

  6. I almost died from swine flu. It was no fucking joke but thankfully I pulled through. I was shocked at how sick I got. Nothing has come close to this day.

  7. I got swine flu in '09. Perfectly healthy 19yo got knocked the fuck out. Ever since then I get my flu shot religiously. The one year I didn't because there was a shortage? Yep got influenza B. I absolutely hate the flu. When people were saying COVID was "just a flu" I kept yelling at them because most people say they "have the flu" when they get the sniffles or a stomach virus. No. Go get tested and confirmed for the flu. That shit is death.

  8. I remember in the mid 80s that people would often be offended if you wore a seatbelt when they were driving, like you didn't trust them.

  9. Lack of regulation. The mid to late 80s and early 90s were when seat belt laws and more importantly child seat laws started rolling out in most states, which in turn helped reduce the incidence of fatalities in car accidents. It wasnt until 1984 in New York that a state passed a law where police could pull you over for not wearing a seatbelt.

  10. Idk but i literally swiped over to the next post in my feed and there was literally a childrens boxing match from the 30s on

  11. It was worse in the ‘70s. These are the times when we figured out how important seat belts and kids’ car seats were

  12. Was a kid in the 70s and 80s. This is only a guess. We spent way more time outside, way more. Always outside until sundown. Playing, riding bikes, having dirt rock wars, making ramps out of plywood and jump without helmets.

  13. The 80s.... Well in the 80s, kids used to be given broken glass to play with as a toy. We were free to spend most days climbing and playing at the abandoned rusted nail factory. We weren't fully unsupervised though, there were pedophiles watching us and they had candy if you needed an energy boost!

  14. There were no child seats, and the ones they had were basically highchairs with trays to hold toys or food to keep the baby/toddler entertained. We were also allowed to sit in the front seat as small children even in the 90’s.

  15. As a kid of the 70's-80's, I can tell you the NONE of us wore helmets on bikes or skateboards. Not many people wore seatbelts and kids would ride on the rear window tray. We had games like "Lawn darts" that weighed over a pound each that we launched into the air and hoped they didn't impale us in the head. Oh, and we never looked both ways when we ran across the street, and we were ALWAYS in the street playing street hockey/football/soccer/stickball etc.

  16. I was a kid in the 80's. I was the youngest of four kids, so six people in our family and we had a car that seated 5 people. I typically either sat on the arm rest between the two front seats or I payed across the area behind the back seats where the speakers were. I think this pretty much explains what it was like being a kid in the 70's and 80's.

  17. OSHA was fairly new and many states were relaxing their child labor laws, seat belts had multiple negative stigmas about them, Forensic DNA testing and chemical analysis only came around in the mid-80's leading to many suspected homicides being ruled as accidental deaths and the atmospheric testing or nuclear bombs by the US and Soviet Union resulted in a global spike in cancer rates and birth defects which we are only now being able to treat and manage somewhat reliably.

  18. The rise of helicopter parents and parents that don't have older children that they just let their under 5 year olds walk with alone to the park along busy streets. I remember my mom telling me about a kid that died at her school in the 60s that thought it was a great prank to jump into the road in front of cars to scare them. That only went the way he thought the first couple of times.

  19. My oldest brother was brought home on the floor of my parents car and never sat in a car seat. As an infant my mother either held him or put him on the floor when they drove. When he got older she used to have him stand behind her on the drivers seat so that he had her to hold on to in case she had to brake really hard…then car seats became a thing and more available and the rest of us kids were much safer for it lol

  20. I was going to say the Oklahoma City bombing but that was 1995, makes it even more crazy that the previous year had a higher homicide rate than the year someone literally blew up a daycare.

  21. Suicide is also highly inversely correlated with population density so one might surmise that the best way to reduce childhood mortality is to build walkable, dense cities that are less car centric.

  22. And this is just for kids under the age of 14. The rates get far worse for the 15 to 24 demographic, and the 25 to 34 demographic.

  23. You know that graph that's been going around that's stating more kids die gun related deaths than in car accidents?

  24. Everybody brings up social media but I wouldnt underestimate things like lack of community support, lack of purpose, or being pushed more guilt.

  25. No one else has brought it up, but probably at least some of the deaths that were previously considered unintentional are now being considered suicide.

  26. A significant number of them would have been covered up in the past. It’s also (mostly) harder for young people to engage in risky behaviours than they would in the past, so self-destructive behaviour is more directly recorded as suicide rather than death from drugs/alcohol/driving

  27. I have seen charts like this extend to 18 years old and suicide and shootings starts to climb and the curve correlates to the adoption of social media. That kids under 14 are less affected also suggests that social media is a driver.

  28. I'd imagine a lot of it is also nihilism in the face of a crumbling democracy and impending climate crisis, lack of available mental health care, pressure from school, and economic change skewed against younger generations just to name a few.

  29. The fact that injuries have gone down isn't that surprising since the introduction of seat belt laws, car seat laws, etc. What's interesting is that there's no step change when they were introduced. I'd have to look it up, but I'm guessing it's because you have 50 states all implementing them at different times.

  30. The gradual decline is likely because implementation would be gradual as new cars slowly replace older cars and adoption of wearing seatbelts would not be "overnight" either. While states may change rules at different times, manufactures wouldn't make different cars for different states and rules wouldn't receive universal adoption throughout the states.

  31. Looking it up, you are correct about the state implementation; it was in 1968 where a national level seat belt law was passed, later modified to be the 'three point' belt we are familiar with. However it took until 1984 when states started passing laws that made them mandatory. TIL New Hampshire does not have (still) a law mandating seat belt use (!)

  32. I think that may also include unintentional poisoning and things like child safety locks and seals probably have improved as well over that time.

  33. Cars are also much safer today (including the safety for pedestrians), thanks to automatic emergency braking and other engineering improvements.

  34. Totally agree, but mainly because 90% of the information is compressed into 25% of the space of the graph. This is just a shitty chart.

  35. Certainly not okay but consider this: What if that line is only increasing because less kids are dying from incidental causes?

  36. The average age of a car on the road is 12 years old, so realistically the numbers have a trailing 12 year lag. Young parents can't normally afford nice cars so they might even lag behind the average a bit.

  37. My car is 29 years old. It's pretty hard to justify replacing it because it works fine. But the ABS stopped working last year and lord knows about those airbags.

  38. Also support alternative transit methods so there is less reliance on cars. Which would decrease the amount of vehicles and vehicular deaths on the road.

  39. When my older friends complain we’re too soft on children “we used to ride in the back of the truck/never wore seatbelts”. Yeah we’re too soft on kids now. We should go back to the vehicular slaughter we used to have in the “good old days”.

  40. To get the number you're thinking of, you have to reference that the CDC had to define a "child" as 1-19. When you define it as birth-17 then "assault" is number 4 on the list.

  41. Yup. Both are true. Firearm deaths are here, but distributed between accidental, homicide, and suicide.

  42. those charts include "children" up to 19 years old, which is very disingenuous of them. those shootings of 17-19 year olds are usually gang related, not school shootings, but that doesnt tell the false narrative

  43. Serious question: why are children dying of heart attacks? Are they born with defects in the cardiovascular system or is modern-day food that bad that even kids now have the food-related issues we associate with adults?

  44. Heart Disease encompasses all cardiovascular diseases not just heart attacks. Congenital Heart Disease for example is one you can only get prior to birth. It has no known cause

  45. Heart attacks are caused by infections like the flu too. Diet based heart attacks in kids is extraordinarily rare especially since said diet usually has to be quite chronic before the negative affects build up enough to be an issue.

  46. To add to what others have said, we've gotten much better at treating congenital heart disease so more children survive birth but there are still quite a few children with extraordinary congenital malformations that survive the first few surgeries, but their hearts can't support a growing body, or the heart is repaired after four surgeries in the first two years of life but the lungs are permanently damaged from too much blood/not enough blood, etc. Our willingness to put boundaries on the care provided to infants with severe congenital conditions has also changed. We can trach and PEG infants and keep them alive for a while with no long-term possibility for survival, which we didn't do 20 years ago, at least as much. The improvements in survival, especially surgical techniques for congenial heart disease, are mind-boggling.

  47. This data seems a little cherry picked, why include birth defects and then not list children aged 0-4? Why list auto accidents and not list 15-17 year olds?

  48. This article says that firearms overtook auto accidents as the leading cause of death in Children (in the US) in 2020 -- one year after the graph of the OP ends.

  49. I often use the phrase health and safety gone mad, but that reduction in unintentional injury is incredible and so maybe H&S is doing some good work after all

  50. WHY do you often use that? Historically people regularly went to work and never came home again. In the UK union campaigners who fought for better health and safety on building sites were blacklisted, with some of them becoming destitute because they couldn’t find continuous work. Their campaigning still changed the industry and reduced workplace deaths by thousands.

  51. Bonus points for using the apps everyone at my work refuses to use because they aren't Microsoft and Adobe, haha.

  52. I'm surprised too, I'm pretty sure its disproportionately towards the high end of the age bracket. They are still kids but a lot changes as you get to teenage years.

  53. It's heartbreaking that almost all of these can be substantially mitigated through policy, often without substantial cost to the rest of society.

  54. That decrease in unintentional injuries is nice and all. But really, the talk should be about the doubled suicide rate...

  55. Too afraid to show how many deaths are caused by cars and thus bunching it up with other undefined stuff? This is not beautiful, it's incomplete.

  56. Suicidal rise is troubling because it points to something deeply fucked about the lives of these kids. But man oh man thank god for seatbelts.

  57. Can we show this to the “when I was a kid we drank water drink the toilet and played in poison ivy and we were ok” chronic complainers?

  58. I came to this page while looking for the source of a slightly different dataset and related graph now making the rounds:

  59. It amazes me how people don’t think car drivers need more training. It’s the leading cause of death up until the age where age-related illnesses take over. It takes away more years off of people’s lives than any other cause. But we all just accepted it as normal while freaking out over a plane crash

  60. Jesus, Suicide nearly doubled in last 10 years. I can't imagine how or why someone under 14 should be under such stress or anguish that they would feel the need to commit suicide.

  61. And here you can see the short-term mortality benefits of getting kids off the road and behind computers, and some of the mental health effects of having kids staying inside and more isolated

  62. Looked into this. Turns out 1800 child deaths a year due to neglect and abuse. Fucking horrible. I agree we need some gun laws but how about adding in background checks before you are allowed to have babies? Literally nothing at all even slowing that down

  63. As an adult who is nearly 30... I still get hit by cars while watching out for cars while walking with full knowledge of how to avoid being hit.

  64. The fact that there are overall fewer deaths from these causes is amazing. The fact that suicide has a small peak recently is heartbreaking. So young.

  65. This is overall pretty incredible. Most people probably regard the US in the 80s as a safe place compared to history and much of the world at the time. Yet child mortality (I guess this doesn’t include babies or toddlers) in the US has dropped by over 50% since then. I’d estimate total deaths in the 80s to be around 25 per 100K and around 10 per 100K in 2019

  66. In the top catagory, unintentional injury, motor vehicle collisions was #1 up until 2020. After 2020, gun deaths overtook first place for cause of death for children.

  67. Seatbelts and car seats are awesome. Whoever invented the car seat and those that advocated for its use deserves a spot in heaven.

  68. It was so high in the 80's because it was before the Legal requirement of seatbelts. I remember not having to wear one as a kid, I also remember there not being any decent child seats either. Just a real shitty one that raised you up high enough to make it all the way through the windshield after a crash.

  69. Kids are just playing video games now? No more “ hey, who wants to jump off of the roof on to the trampoline into the pool fails?”

  70. Looks like seat belts and modern medicine took a huge dent out of child mortality. The only one that's up is suicide and that's only slightly.

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