Stories about: drowsy driving

How dangerous are tired teen drivers?

By Dennis Rosen, MD, associate medical director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Sleep Laboratory

Are early school start times affecting how well kids drive?
Are early school start times affecting how well kids drive?

Robert Vorona, MD, a sleep medicine specialist at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk VA, recently conducted a study that found an association between car accidents involving teen drivers and early high school start times.   

Vorona’s research team found that in Virginia Beach, where high school classes began at 7:20 a.m., there were 65.4 automobile crashes for every 1,000 teen drivers. In the adjacent town of Chesapeake, where high school start times averaged 8:40 a.m., there were only 46.2 crashes for every 1,000 teen drivers. In both cities, the peak incidence of crashes with teen drivers was immediately after schools let out in the afternoon.

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This week on Thrive: March 1 – 5

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Do you know how dangerous drowsy driving is for your teen? Teen brains really are different. Parents consider hastening death for terminally ill children. Do small changes in our diet really add up? Children’s Facebook page is named one of the best hospital pages. A Children’s critical care nurse tells her story about caring for Haitian earthquake victims on the USNS Comfort. Do you know how to recognize the early signs of autism? Learn why it’s important for young boys and girls to see female characters on screen. Children’s hearing needs to be protected beginning at a very young age.

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