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Soft on helmets

If everyone agrees that all children on bikes should wear helmets, then why can't anyone make them do it? Largely because the organizations that promote wearing helmets are falling down on the job, according to two researchers. "Every day in the United Sates, an average of 1 child dies, and 50 sustain brain injuries from bicycle-related trauma," according to a report in the journal Pediatrics by doctors from the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle. "The response of the public health community is a collective yawn."

Information on cystic fibrosis

Children with cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease affecting the lungs, are often born to parents with no symptoms. The disease affects 1 out of every 2,500 white babies and 1 out of every 17,000 black babies.

A new Web site run by M.L. Burke Internet Services of New Jersey offers four forums for children, teens, adults and families to exchange advice and support. The site also includes contact information for local chapters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a database of hospital centers that provide specialized care, searchable by state.

To learn more, visit http://www.cysticfibrosis.com or call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (800) 344-4823.

A calming

Mozart moment

Speaking of calming effects, scientists have been unable to replicate a 1993 study that found listening to Mozart can produce a temporary increase in intelligence. But, reporting in the journal Psychological Science, Appalachian State University researchers say they did find that listening to Mozart is soothing and keeps stress at bay.

Hard-working teenagers

Talk about child labor! More than half of all 14-year-olds participate in some type of work, from bagging groceries to babysitting the kids next door, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics study reported in American Demographics magazine. Interestingly, the National Longitudinal Study of Youth found these 14- and 15-year-olds spend roughly the same amount of time on homework as those who don't have a job.

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