NPR shots – Why playing Minecraft might be more healthful for kids than TV

Doctors say children shouldn’t log more than two hours a day of screen time, though what with phones, computers and TV most children put in much more.
But it may be that not all screens are equally evil.
Researchers from the University of Michigan found that sixth-graders who watched a lot of TV were more likely to eat junk food and drink soda than their peers who spent the same amount of time on the computer or playing video games, researchers from the University of Michigan say.

Reuters – Liberian health authorities confirm two cases of Ebola: WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday that Liberia has confirmed two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that is suspected to have killed at least 70 people in Guinea.
The outbreak of the highly contagious Ebola, which in its more acute phase, causes vomiting, diarrhoea and external bleeding, has sent Guinea’s West African neighbors scrambling to contain the spread of the disease.

WBUR – Opiate abuse stirs Gov. Patrick to declare public health emergency
Declaring a public health emergency, Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday outlined steps to address an opioid addiction epidemic, including an immediate ban on one drug and the commitment of $20 million to increase drug treatment and recovery services.
“We have an epidemic of opiate abuse in Massachusetts, so we will treat it like the public health crisis it is,” Patrick said in a statement that followed testimony earlier in the week from Senate President Therese Murray who described a rise in reported overdose deaths as a “new normal” and recommended a series of public responses.

The Atlantic – Is the water safe yet?
Robert Thaw was in the woods when he first heard the news. Every Thursday night, the Charleston-based surveyor and his friends take their mountain bikes to the Kanawha State Forest for a long, punishing ride to work off stress and energy from the week. That night, January 9, they emerged from the forest to find a note stuck to the windshield of his friend’s truck.
The note was from his friend’s wife. “The water company has issued a do not use order. Come home!” it read. Robert loaded his mountain bike into the back of his Jeep Laredo and raced to his house.

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