Fri August 8, 2014


Fri August 8, 2014
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Playing Video Games Can Help Or Hurt, Depending On Whom You Ask

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 12:48 pm

When it comes to the effects of video games, content matters.
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Parents worry that video games are bad for kids, but the evidence on how and why they may be harmful has been confusing.

"Most of popular media puts the most emphasis of concern on aggression," says psychologist Jay Hull from Dartmouth College. "But aggression is just the tip of the iceberg."

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Fri August 8, 2014
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Investors Pump Prospects Of Unproven Ebola Treatments

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 11:24 am

Tobacco plants grown at an Owensboro, Ky., biotechnology firm were used to help produce an experimental serum used to treat two Americans infected with Ebola.

Interest in drugs that might be used to treat Ebola virus has hit a fever pitch, but the buzz isn't simply about fear of Ebola, or about saving lives in poor nations of West Africa. It's also about money.

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Fri August 8, 2014
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State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 2:09 pm

A volunteer escort waits outside a clinic that provides abortions in Milwaukee. Wisconsin is one of many states that have passed laws requiring doctors to have hospital privileges if they perform abortions.
Dinesh Ramde AP

Even if you're trying, it's tough to keep score of what's happening with various lawsuits challenging some state abortion laws.

States led by anti-abortion governors and legislatures have been passing a broad array of measures over the past few years aimed at making the procedure more difficult for women to obtain.

About two dozen states enacted 70 such measures in 2013, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Those laws range from imposing waiting periods to requiring ultrasounds to limiting the use of the "abortion pill" mifepristone, or RU486.

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Thu August 7, 2014
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Interval Training While Walking Helps Control Blood Sugar

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 11:21 am

Varying speed while walking may make the activity much more effective.

Lots of high-performance athletes use interval training to maximize their fitness.

From runners to cyclists to boot-camp fanatics the strategy involves alternating between periods of high-intensity and lower-intensity aerobic training.

Now, a study published in the journal Diabetologia finds that interval training may help the millions of people with Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes who are trying to control their blood sugar.

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