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Later school start times may reduce teen car crash rate

Teen drivers in Georgia and across the U.S. are liable to cause car crashes because of drowsiness and inattention. While they cannot blame anyone else for such crashes, there are still ways to reduce crash risk. One is to delay the start of middle and high school to 8:30 a.m. or later, says the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

More older Americans are divorcing

While overall divorce rates in Georgia and across the nation have declined over the past 20 years, statistics show that divorce among older Americans has skyrocketed. In fact, the number of couples splitting up after the age of 50 doubled between 1990 and 2010.

Report lists top 10 cities with most auto accidents in 2019

Georgia residents should know that the nonprofit Go Safe Labs produced a report on the cities that see the most car accidents. Researchers looked at some 2 million accident reports filed during 2018 and 2019 to arrive at their conclusions. In the top 10 list of cities with the most accidents, Houston was number one with 22,188 accidents. This was followed by Charlotte, North Carolina, with 21,818 and Los Angeles with 19,660.

Obstructive sleep apnea and its effect on truck drivers

Obstructive sleep apnea is one of three types of sleep apnea, the disorder that causes individuals to stop breathing periodically during sleep. OSA happens to be the most common type among truckers, an estimated 35% of whom suffer from sleep apnea. Georgia residents should know that if left undiagnosed and untreated, OSA can lead to diabetes, stroke and heart attack.

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