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Your Health 6-26-13 Cell phone use while walking

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    Cell phone use while driving isn't just a danger to drivers, new research finds it's also a hazard to people who are simply walking.
     Experts found pedestrians are becoming more likely to be injured while using their cell phones.
    A new study showed an estimated 15-hundred people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2010 as a result of distracted walking.
    Ohio State University researchers studied cell phones and distraction by examining a federal database of ER visits from 2004 to 2010.
    They found that pedestrians on public streets are more likely to have close calls with cars if they are using their cell phones.
     Expert advice: "Stop walking when you're going to take a cell phone call or text."

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