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Weekly news round-up

Here are some things we’ve been reading this week. Got something to add? Share it in the comments. USA is fattest of 33 countries (USA Today) Showing gay teenagers a happy future (NYT) Worldwide dementia price tag: $604 billion (Bloomberg) Mammograms offer ‘modest’ benefit, study says (U.S. News & World Report) Health reform at six…

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Frankenfish and the FDA

To allow genetically modified fish to be sold in the U.S., or not. To label it as genetically modified, or not. Those were the questions presented on Tuesday at a hearing held by the Food and Drug Administration in the face of AquaBounty Technologies request to allow its salmon to be the first genetically modified…

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Just dance!

Interactive media and games as an avenue in which to improve health are becoming increasingly popular, and not just for weight loss. Both popular and customized video games are now being used as a tool for physical rehabilitation. Stephen Yang, a professor at SUNY Cortland, discusses interactive video games and health on ABC News. He…

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Don’t be like Jack: George Clooney as advocate for a healthy social network?

In theatres now, the film The American portrays the life of Jack, a professional assassin.  Jack is isolated, on the run, and disconnected.  His social networks do not promote health. In this Sunday’s New York Times, Natasha Singer shares insights and poses questions about the field of ‘Network Science’ in her article “Better Health, With…

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California airs first medical marijuana ad in U.S.

A Fox TV station in Sacramento, Cal. aired the first medical marijuana commercial in the country last month. The commercial features people who have used medical marijuana telling their stories. Lanette Davies, owner and founder of the Canna Care dispensary, the organization behind the commercials, has a daughter who used marijuana for medical purposes after…

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Weekly news round-up

Here are some things we’ve been reading this week. Got something to add? Share it in the comments. Number of Americans With Health Insurance Fell in 2009 (NPR) When Citizens (Gasp) Are the Smoking Police (NYT) Study: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, No Help for Arthritis (WebMD) Study: Sex Drive Boosted in Women Taking Placebo (Houston Chronicle) Use…

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