November 24, 2012

Many Wind Up Talked to Death

1 7 in 10 Young Drivers Text While Driving

Despite years of ad campaigns warning against texting while driving, which is illegal in 39 states and the District of Columbia, the State Farm annual survey of U.S. drivers finds that fully 68 percent of those ages 18-29 continue to do so, an increase from the 64 percent who admitted texting while driving last year. By comparison, only 34 percent of drivers of all ages reported texting while driving, up from 32 percent last year. The survey also found that 48 percent of young drivers now surf the Internet while driving, a significant increase from 43 percent who reported doing so last year. According to Department of Transportation statistics, 18 percent of all automotive injury accidents in 2010 involved a distracted driver, accounting for 416,000 injuries and 3,092 deaths.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Distracted Driving Kills Thousands

Tags: Distracted Driving, Texting While Driving, Distracted Driving Rates, Surfing the Net While Driving, Young Drivers and Texting, Distracted Younger Drivers

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Helps Boost Brain Performance

2 Exercise Reverses Fat-Induced Dementia

Two newly published studies of lab animals' ability to learn and remember, conducted separately at the University of Minnesota and at Kyoto University in Japan, have found that high-fat diets produce a significant degree of mental deterioration and a marked progression toward clinical dementia, but that animals who exercise the equivalent of a thirty-minute casual daily jog "reversed the high-fat diet-induced cognitive decline" even when they continued on the fatty diet. Switching to a low-fat diet also improved the animals' learning and memory performance, but not as much as exercising, even while consuming high fats. Researchers recommend moderate exercise for adult humans, especially during holidays that involve frequent exposure to fat-intensive buffet and other foods.

More at Well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Eat Healthy Food for a Healthy Brain

Tags: Dementia, Diet and Dementia, Diet and Alzheimer's, Exercise and Brain Health, Exercise Halts Dementia, Exercise and Alzheimer's

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