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4 Your Health: sharing your life goals with your doctor; youth violence is down; young people suffering head injuries

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A new government study reveals about eight percent of boys and six percent of girls suffer a significant head injury by the age of 17.

Boys were more likely than girls to have a head trauma. The risk of head injury increased with age and was highest among 15 to 17 year olds.

Less violence involving young people

A separate study shows a decline in the number of youth who are injured but not killed during an assault. In fact, violence-related injuries dropped 28 percent between 2011 and 2015. But nearly half a million young people still get hurt during assaults each year.

Experts say programs that build skills and strengthen family relationships can help prevent youth violence.

Sharing bucket list with your doctor

A new Stanford study has found sharing your bucket list with your doctor may help you make those dreams reality.

For example, if someone wants to run a marathon doctors can advise them in changing unhealthy behaviors. Or if a terminal patient wants to go to Hawaii, doctors may be able to delay treatments until they return.

Nearly 80 percent of people in the study included travel on their bucket lists. 15 percent wanted to try a daring activity, like skydiving.

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