March 29, 2013

And the Rate Is RIsing

1 Adults Text While Driving More Than Teens

Adults engage in texting while driving more than teenage drivers, both in percentage and raw numbers. According to a study of 1,011 drivers conducted by AT&T, 49 percent of adults admit to texting at the wheel, compared to 43 percent of teens, which translates into more than 88 million adult texting drivers, versus some 4.5 million teens. Two more disturbing statistics: 98 percent of adults say they know that texting at the wheel is wrong, even those who do so; and the percentage of adults who do so has risen since 2010, when only 40 percent of those surveyed say they texted while driving. The practice is currently illegal in 39 states and the District of Columbia, but distracted driving still causes nine fatalities and over 1,050 injuries per day.

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

Previously: Distracted Driving Kills Thousands

Tags: Distracted Driving, Texting While Driving, Teens and Texting, Adult Texting Drivers, Dangers of Texting

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It's of Little Consequence

2 At What Age Should a Child Begin to Walk?

A child’s first steps represent a milestone for parents who may worry if their child is lagging behind others if he or she doesn’t walk by 12 months, the average age at which children begin to take their first steps. A new study by Swiss researchers who examined 222 children seven times during the first two years of life and carried out motor and intelligence tests every two to three years through age 18 concludes that walking age is of little consequence. They found that children begin to walk between 8.5 and 20 months and that there is no correlation between walking age and performance on intelligence and motor tests between the ages of seven and 18. If, however, a child can’t walk unaided by 20 months, further medical investigation is needed, recommend researchers.

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

Previously: C-Section Babies Prone to Allergies

Tags: Motor Development, Walking, Child Development, Intelligence, Motor Skills, Walking Age and Intelligence, at What age Should a Baby Walk, Milestones in Child Development

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Love Yourself with Fiber

3 Eating More Fiber Decreases First Stroke Risk

Increasing daily fiber intake could help lower risk of a first stroke, claim researchers who analyzed eight studies published between 1990 and 2012. Each seven-gram increase of total daily fiber intake was associated with a 7 percent decrease of first-time stroke risk. Researchers say that a serving of whole wheat pasta, as well as two servings of fruits or vegetables, would provide around 7 grams of fiber. Consuming fiber-rich foods is important for everyone, say the researchers. Yet, it's even more important for those with stroke risk factors, such as being overweight, having high blood pressure or smoking. The study was published in American Heart Association journal Stroke.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Stroke Prevention, Stroke Risk Factors, Lowering Risk First Stroke, Advantages High Fiber Intake, American Heart Association Journal Stroke, Total Daily Fiber Intake, Whole Wheat Pasta

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