August 7, 2012

Buckle Up

1 Parents Flout Child Passenger Safety Rules

Few parents follow child passenger safety guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011, despite the fact that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 and up and send 140,00 kids to emergency rooms each year, finds new research. The guidelines recommend rear-facing car seats for kids younger than 2; forward-facing car seats with a 5-point harness until the child is the maximum height and weight recommended by the manufacturer; booster seats until a child reaches about 57 inches in height or until an adult seat belt fits properly (the average size of an 11 year old) and riding in the back seat until the age of 13. The study found that fewer than 2% of kids use a booster seat after age 7 and many over the age of 6 are allowed to sit in the front seat.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Proper Use of Car Seats Save Children's Lives

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Car Safety, Car Seats, Child Passenger Safety, Seat Belts for Children, Booster Seats for Children

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Hereditary Syncope

2 Tendency to Faint May Be Genetic

There may be a genetic component to fainting, finds a study that interviewed 51 pairs of identical and fraternal twins, where at least one had fainted. Fainting, known as vasovagal syncope, involves a drop in blood pressure and occurs in about 25% of people. Researchers found that both identical twins are more likely to have fainted than both fraternal twins, pointing to a strong genetic correlation. Participants in the study showed no evidence of heart problems or other disorders that might cause fainting, although diagnostic tests were not performed to confirm this. Researchers acknowledge that the lack of diagnostics combined with the small scale of the study render it imperfect, but hope that it can help scientists identify the genes underlying the tendency to faint.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Five Medical Tests You May Not Need

Tags: Fraternal Twins, Identical Twins, Fainting, Vasovagal Syncope, Fainting and Heredity, Twin Studies and Fainting

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Sugar Is Sugar Is Fat

3 Soda Gone While Sports Drinks Stay in School

Many schools have banned sodas, but still allow other drinks with added sugar, such as sports drinks. According to a recent poll of more than 1,900 public schools, soda availability in schools has decreased, but fruit drinks, sports drinks, and other beverages that could increase risk for obesity are still available. Researchers warn that drinks with added sugar and calories, like sports beverages, can add up to obesity over time. According to the study, the number of older students who can buy soda in high school dropped to 25 percent from 54 percent in 2006. About 13 percent of middle school students had access to soda, down from 27 percent. The research was published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Jon Stewart Can't Stand Bloomberg's Soda Ban

Tags: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Childhood Obesity Factors, Soda Ban Schools, Sports Drinks Schools

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