Friday, April 21, 2006

Drowning disparities - Part II   posted by dobeln @ 4/21/2006 12:52:00 PM

I made a recent post on male-female drowning disparities in maritime accidents. As the subject generated a whooping 51 comments, let's follow up that blogging success with a new study on the black-white Drowning Gap:

The findings, published in the American Journal of Public Health, not only confirm past research showing that a large number of young drowning victims are African American, but also identify where these deaths are happening.

Overall, three-quarters of the victims were male, and black males were at greatest risk. Their rate of drowning was anywhere from 5 to 12 times higher than that of white males, depending on the age group. Hispanic males were also at greater risk than whites, but the difference was much smaller.

"5 to 12 times higher?" Hmm...

Fun fact of the day: The built-in Blogger spell checking software does not recognize the word "blogging". Heh.