Health Alert: Fewer children dying in car crashes

(CBS) - A new government report shows the number of children who died in car crashes dropped 43 percent from 2002 to 2011.

Researchers believe more parents are using  seat belts and car seats, but say there is plenty of room for improvement.

The study found one in three children who died in crashes were not buckled up.

(CBS) - Doctors at Northwestern University say young adults with high blood pressure are at greater risk of heart problems later in life.

In the study, people who had blood pressure levels that increased over 25 years were more likely to develop calcification in their arteries increasing their chance of a heart attack or stroke.

(CBS) - Harvard researchers say people can reduce their risk of heart problems by following a healthy Mediterranean style diet.

Previous studies looked at the diet's effect on seniors and this new research followed middle aged firefighters who ate fish, nuts, vegetables and fruit.

Those who stuck closest to the diet were less likely to gain weight and had better cholesterol and blood pressure levels.



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