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Remember older adults have substance use issues, too | Parentally Speaking

There are more than 47 million people in the United States who are 65 years or older. What’s alarming is that substance abuse among those 60 years and older (including those who misuse prescription drugs) currently affects about 17% of this population – that’s a whopping 8 million people.

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Lawmakers Should Require Proven Safety Systems on All New Cars

A new study from Consumer Reports estimates that requiring cutting-edge safety features on all new motor vehicles would reduce annual traffic deaths in the U.S. by more than half. The study points out that despite the benefits, how and when these systems should be deployed still lacks a robust regulatory framework from Congress or federal agencies.

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Wine and Health: US Federal Panel to recommend One-Glass-a Day Wine

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee formed inn 1980, provides expert scientific advice once every five years. Currently, the recommended limit for alcohol use in the US is limited to two drinks a day for men, and one for women; one drink is equivalent of 125 mL wine at 12.5% abv (alcohol by volume). The new draft report suggests one drink daily for both sexes.

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