Jan 21, 2016 7:26 PM

Changing Families: NTSB wants blood alcohol level lowered; Dozen Zika virus cases in U.S.; Simple change fights childhood obesity


CHANGING FAMILIES - The National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the federally-mandated blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers. Currently the federal BAC limit is .08, but the NTSB wants to see states adopt a BAC at 0.05 or lower.

The NTSB doesn't make policy, but its recommendations carry a lot of weight with Congress and state lawmakers.

All states define driving with a BAC at or above 0.08 percent as a crime, but specific laws and penalties vary substantially from state to state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reporting a dozen cases of the Zika virus in the United States. The CDC is now asking pregnant women not to travel to 14 countries seeing high rates of infection including those in South America and the Caribbean.

So far, all of the known cases in the U.S. involve of people who were traveling and likely bitten by mosquitoes abroad. There are a million cases of Zika virus worldwide. The disease causes babies to be born with a congenital brain defect.

A recent study suggests that one extremely simple change can lead to dramatic reductions in childhood obesity.

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center say by simply drinking more water, school children can lose weight and keep it off. They say it's something school officials and parents should monitor. The study was published in the online edition of JAMA Pediatrics.


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