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4 Your Health: Deadly numbers for teens who drink and drive

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About half of traffic deaths among kids and teens are linked to alcohol.

A new study looked at nearly 85,000 vehicle fatalities involving people under 21. About 28 percent were killed in accidents where the driver was legally drunk and half involved drivers with blood alcohol levels over zero.

Experts said limiting late night driving for teens could help reduce alcohol-related deaths. But states with the toughest alcohol policies had the fewest deaths.

Poverty may affect children's risk of developing certain health problems.

Researchers looked at trends in asthma ADHD and autism which have become more prevalent in recent years. The rise in asthma and ADHD was most prominent in poor children, while autism was not linked to poverty. Poor children with asthma were also more likely to have at least two other chronic conditions.

A new study suggests older siblings are the smartest.

Researchers in Scotland tested five thousand children every two years until they turned 14. First borns had higher IQ scores as early as their first birthday and continued to perform better than their younger brothers and sisters.

Experts said while parents gave all of their children the same emotional support they tended to provide first borns with more mental stimulation.

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