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Science Policy Around the Web – October 20, 2011

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By alvimann on Morguefile.com

By:  Rebecca Cerio

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

Parents urged (again) to limit young childrens’ media consumption –  The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a report summarizing recent studies warning that video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and takes away time from activities that do, such as playing and interacting with parents. (via the NYTimes.  The full report can be read for free here.)

Should this heroin overdose cure be in every first aid kit? – Naloxone can quickly reverse the effects of opioid drugs, including heroin, OxyContin and Vicodin.  It produces no high, is impossible to overdose on, and has been used by emergency personnel to save the lives of overdose victims for decades.  Yet, it is currently available by prescription only.  (via Maia Szalavitz  on the NYT Opinionator blog)

Weight loss programs may save Medicare $15B – “The proposal is modeled on a program developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the YMCA of the USA, and the private insurance company UnitedHealth Group.  Under the program, conducted in partnership with the YMCA, a trained lifestyle coach helps overweight people at risk for diabetes learn about healthier food and create a fitness plan to increase physical activity. Studies of this program and others like it have found that participants age 60 and older lose weight and reduce the risk of developing diabetes by up to 71 percent. (via Futurity.org)

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October 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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