April 28, 2010

Also Adding More Husky Uniforms?

1 Boy Scouts Adding New Video Game Badge

The Boy Scouts of America are adding new recognition for kids who complete a series of tasks relating to video games. To earn a video games belt loop a scout must complete three simple tasks. To earn an academics pin, nine tasks must be completed. For instance, task 5 is, "Play an appropriate video game with a friend for one hour." Although these are not official Boy Scout "merit badges," the contrast between the new video games awards and old time merit badges is glaring. Merit badges were traditionally and are still often issued for such outdoorsy or physical skills as pathfinding, tracking, carpentry, bird study, camping, and canoeing. Admittedly, merit badges are also available for many sedentary activities like stamp collecting, so why not video games?

More at Christian Science Monitor | Hat tip to Weighty Matters | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Jail Inmates Must Pedal Generators to Watch TV, Jail Inmates Must Pedal Generators to Watch TV

Tags: Video Games, Boy Scouts, Merit Badge

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Common Myths Disproved

2 Cognitive Exercises Don’t Prevent Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease, the relentless decline of memory and cognition, is not delayed by mental stimulation, supplements or exercise, finds a panel convened by the National Institutes of Health. "We wish we could tell people that taking a pill or doing a puzzle every day would prevent this terrible disease, but current evidence doesn't support this,” said Dr. Martha L. Daviglus, conference panel chair. The panel said that, because of the various definitions of what constitutes Alzheimer’s, understanding how to delay or prevent it is stymied. The strongest known risk factor is aging although a genetic variant of a cholesterol ferrying protein has an impact on who may develop the disease. The panel recommends continued study to define and characterize the progression of the disease.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Early Detection Key to Effective Alzheimer'S Treatment

Tags: Exercise, Memory, National Institutes of Health, Supplements, Alzheimer's, Cognitive Stimulation, Mental Stimulation, Dr. Martha L. Daviglus, Cognition

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