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4 Your Health: Keeping kids off ATV's; sniffing out Parkinson's disease

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Tucson- A simple smell test could help identify people at high risk for Parkinson's disease.

Researchers from Michigan State University, asked a group of older adults to identify 12 common odors, like cinnamon, soap, and gasoline. People with a poor sense of smell were nearly five times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, within 10 years, than those with the highest scores on the test.

The link was especially strong in men.

Drop in ATV injuries

A Massachusetts law limiting the use of all-terrain vehicles by kids and teens has significantly reduced the number of injuries.

New data shows ATV related ER visits and hospitalizations, among children, dropped 41 percent after the law was passed in 2010. The legislation restricts ATV use by children under 14 and imposes other safeguards for those up to 18 years old.

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