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January 20, 2000

Using his head for safety

Life could become safer for you soccer players, thanks to a kid's invention. Kevin Muma, 9, of Oakland County, Mich., has devised the Use Your Head Soccer Helmet, a shower cap lined with sleeping bag padding and foam. "I had a soccer game the day I was thinking about (the invention)," Kevin told the Oakland Press newspaper, "I did a lot of headers during the game that day, and it really hurt my head." Kevin won third place in this year's national Invent America! Contest and is working on improving the helmet. Keep an eye out -- we're hoping the helmet winds up on store shelves!

Smoke signals trouble

Kids who are traumatized somehow are more likely to smoke, says a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study showed kids who faced five or more traumatic experiences -- such as a parent's divorce or abuse -- were 5.4 times more likely to smoke before the age of 14.

c 1997 Chicago Tribune. Distributed by Knight-Ridder/Tribune, Inc.

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