March 17, 2012

Not Getting the Message

1 Teen Driver Death Rates Defy Regulations

States with the most restrictions on teenage drivers may still have high rates of teen driver fatalities. The list of those judged the best at regulating teen driving by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety includes five of the six deadliest states: Texas, North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, each of which recorded from 10 to 26 such fatalities in the period of January-June, 2011. Conversely, the teen-driver death rate during that time for the seven least regulated states (New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Louisiana, South Carolina, the Dakotas) ranged from 0 to 5. And this was not simply a reflection of widely differing state populations. Among the safest teen driving states were California (7 deaths), Georgia (5), Ohio (6), New Jersey (2) and New York (1).

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Teens Take More Risks When with Friends

Tags: Teenage Drivers, Teenage Driver Fatalities, Teenage Driver Deaths, State Driving Laws, Driver Training, Teen Driver Restrictions, Teen Driver Regulations, Teen Driving Death Rates, Teenage Traffic Deaths

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Passive Smoke Exposure Haunts

2 Childhood Cigarette Smoke Exposure Ups COPD

Exposure to cigarette smoke in childhood raises the risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adulthood, say researchers in Norway. The research, involving 433 patients with COPD and 325 control subjects in the Bergen COPD Cohort Study, found that childhood passive smoke exposure was a much stronger risk factor for the disease and related symptoms than passive smoke exposure in adulthood. Research participants who had been exposed to passive smoke in childhood faced nearly double the risk of developing COPD later compared with those who weren't exposed in childhood. The research findings were published in Respirology.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Bone Marrow Stem Cells Treat Heart Failure

Tags: Journal Respirology, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Risk, COPD Risk, Haukeland University Hospital, Passive Smoke Exposure, Bergen COPD Cohort Study

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Know Your Nuts

3 People with Nut Allergies Can't Identify Nuts

Parents of kids with peanut and tree-nut allergies can't always correctly identify nuts, say researchers. In a recent study, parents and kids could only identify, on average, less than 50 percent of an assortment of tree nuts and peanuts. The parents of allergic kids did no better at identifying nut samples than parents of kids without nut allergies. The study included 19 samples of nuts in and out of their shells. Some of the nuts were chopped, diced or sliced. While 95 percent of people correctly identified peanuts in the shell, only 80.5 percent could identify the nut outside of its shell. Cashews without a shell were the most correctly identified tree nut. The findings were published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Peanut Allergies, Peanut Allergy, Peanut Ban on Airplanes, Tree Nut Allergy, Correctly Identifying Nuts, Parents Kids Nut Allergies, Annals of Allergy

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