Tomorrow's Health: Fewer Kids Die In Crashes

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Story Updated: Feb 11, 2014

The roads are getting safer for children.

Also, there's more evidence that eating healthy can help your heart and young adults with hypertension could have trouble later in life.

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Safer Roads For Kids

A new government report shows the number of children who died in car crashes dropped 43 percent from 2001 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.

High Blood Pressure

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.

Healthy Diet, Fewer Heart Problems

Harvard researchers say people can reduce their risk of heart problems by following a healthy Mediterranean diet.

Previous studies looked at the diet's effects on seniors. This new research followed middle-age 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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