Your Family: May 20, 2002

LOVE THAT SCHOOL BUS Sending children off on the big yellow bus is almost eight times as safe as driving them to school in the family car, according to a new federal report. Strong, closely spaced bus seats were said to protect students in head-on crashes--but lap belts, which could increase the incidence of neck injury, were of little benefit. Still, the Department of Transportation is considering shoulder-style belts for smaller buses, which are more prone to rollovers.

A KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL Seattle researchers were happily surprised by the long-term results of an elementary school program that encouraged girls...

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