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2/8/02

HealthWise at 5 From 2.8

  • Attention Deficit and Tobacco

There may be a connection between Attention Deficit Disorder and heavy cigarette smoking. That's the word of a recent study in the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco research, which focused on more than 200 smokers over the age of 18. It found that subjects who had a hard time paying attention, especially the ones who were hyperactive, tended to smoke more as a way to help manage their symptoms. They were also more likely to have started smoking earlier, and were less likely to stop.

  • Child Safety Seats

A new study reveals almost half of parents are making major mistakes when it comes to protecting their kids in cars. The study by the National Safe Kids Campaign found that 33% of children ages 14 and under are riding in the wrong restraints for their age and size. In addition, 14% of children observed were riding completely unbuckled. That's important, because statistics show children who are not restrained properly are nearly three and a half times more likely to suffer a severe injury in a crash than those who are properly restrained.

This is the largest such study ever. This is all based on observations of 9,332 children traveling in 6,297 vehicles in 174 sites in 48 states during the past three months. The group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury, the number one killer of children 14 and under. The release of the report is meant to tie in to "Child Passenger Safety Week," which starts Sunday (2.10).

  • Clinical Trial Subjects

Every year, thousands of Americans sign up to test new medical treatments and drugs. There are risks in trying something not yet approved by the FDA. The National Stroke Association is urging patients to ask their doctors about enrolling in clinical trials. Officials say volunteers get frequent exams and may wind up with better medical care, in addition to helping advance medical research. If you'd like more information call 1-800-STROKES or (click here ). log onto www.stroke.org .

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