Today in Research: Video Games Don't Hurt; Arsenic in Apple Juice

Today in research: video games don't help or hurt, the "return trip" effect, an apple juice inquiry and, yes, SpongeBob redux.

  • Maybe apple juice is scary. Maybe it isn't. TV personality Dr. Oz says yes it is, because his research says that there may be traces of arsenic in some products. The Food and Drug Administration says no, Dr. Oz is incorrect. Niether seems to be budging right now, although we'd like to think the FDA has more authority than Oz. And the FDA's head doctor Dr. Richard Besser seems pretty emphatic, the AP quoted him saying that Oz's report was "'extremely irresponsible'...like 'yelling Fire! in a movie theater.'" [Associated Press]
  • Criminal cases of doctors over-prescribing prescription drugs: 37  That's the total number of criminal cases from the period of 2001 to 2011, according to a new Reuters report. The figure is said to be growing, but it still seems small, especially when the stat arrives right after the report mentions, "Fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers more than tripled to 13,800 in the United States in 1999 through 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." [Reuters]

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