Obese teens’ risks grow
Half the nation’s overweight teens have unhealthy blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels that put them at risk for heart attacks and other cardiac problems, new federal research says. And an even larger proportion of obese adolescents have such a risk, according to the study released today in the journal Pediatrics. “What this is saying, unfortunately, is that we’re losing the battle early with many kids,” said Dr. Stephen Daniels, a University of Colorado School of Medicine expert who was not involved in the study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research focused on 3,383 adolescents ages 12 through 19. They were part of a national study that involved interviewing, weighing, measuring and performing medical tests on people across the country.
Four killed in river crash
The bodies of four people missing after a boat crash on the Mississippi River in Iowa were found Sunday within 100 yards of the crash site, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. None was wearing a life vest. Natural Resources officer Paul Kay said three men and a woman, all believed to be in their 20s, were killed. Eight other people were injured when two johnboats — flat-bottomed boats often made of aluminum — crashed in the O’Connell Slough area of the river, where the water is 10 to 12 feet deep, before 2 a.m. Saturday. One of the boats was carrying 11 people; the other had a single passenger.
Oil leak forces landing
Leaking oil forced an American Airlines passenger plane to make an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Airport officials said the pilot noticed the leak shortly after taking off from Raleigh for Chicago around 8:15 a.m. Sunday. The first attempt at an emergency landing was scrapped, but the pilot brought the plane down safely as emergency crews stood by on the second attempt. Authorities say none of the 138 passengers on the MD-83 jet was injured. American Airlines was bringing in another plane to take the passengers to Chicago.
Compiled from wire reports.