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4 Your Health: Alarming news about mortality in America

The number of Americans dying from alcohol, drugs and suicide has reached an all time high.

Those revelations coming from the Commonwealth Fund after it released its yearly scorecard on health performance in each state. It shows drug overdose deaths more than doubled over the past decade along with increases in suicide and alcohol related deaths.

While this is a national crisis … states have been impacted differently. While New England and the midatlantic have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, other states have seen more deaths from suicide and alcohol, than from drugs.

A parent’s influence over child’s drinking

Parents’ attitudes about underage drinking may affect their children’s alcohol use.

A new Cambridge University study showed adolescents whose parents were more lenient about drinking were more likely to start drinking than their peers. They also drank and got drunk more often.

Experts said parents need to be clear about the message they are sending to their children about using alcohol.

Strobe lights trigger seizures

A new study suggests strobe lighting at dance music festivals may increase the risk of seizures in people with epilepsy.

Dutch researchers looked at over 400,000 people who got medical treatment during a music festival. The study found concert-goers were three and a half times more likely to have a seizure during a night event with strobe lights than during the day.

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney is cohost of Tucson Today, Monday-Friday 5-7 am.
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