Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A game-changer for gaming addiction, scientists on a short leash, and a bear-y good livestream.
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Bears gather to fish for salmon at Brooks Falls, in Katmai National Park and Preserve, in Alaska.

Bears gather to fish for salmon at Brooks Falls, in Katmai National Park and Preserve, in Alaska.

This week, all eyes have been on the United States-Mexico border as public uproar over the Trump administration's separation of migrant families reached a fever pitch, culminating with an executive order signed by President Donald Trump to end the practice. All week, we brought you stories about how the executive order effectively means more children will be detained for longer, the lifelong health impacts of family separation on migrant children, and the role of poor care in the deaths of immigrants in detention facilities.

We've also had plenty of stories about other issues, including how the farm bill would affect food stamp recipients and a sociologist's assessment of the similarities between cults and the Trump-led Republican Party.

Here are a few more stories we're watching.

"Gaming Disorder" Is Now a Mental-Health Condition

The World Health Organization announced this week that "gaming disorder" has been included as a mental-health condition in its latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). A new addition to the section on addictive disorders, the disorder is similar to substance use disorders and gambling disorders. Its main characteristics include gaming behavior "taking precedence over other activities" and "impaired control of these behaviors," Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, told CNN. Poznyak said the prevalence of the disorder among people who play video games around the world is "very low."

Some Government Scientists Now Have to Request Clearance Before Talking to reporters

A new Trump administration protocol will require U.S. Geological Survey scientists to get approval from the Department of the Interior before responding to interview requests from reporters, the Los Angeles Times reports. "The USGS is a nonpolitical science agency," William Ellsworth, a professor of geophysics at Stanford University who was formerly chief scientist of the USGS earthquake hazards team, told the Times. "These new roadblocks will not help them fulfill their mission." A deputy press secretary for the Department of the Interior denied that there's a new policy, telling the Times that the department's communications office only requested that the USGS follow the media guidelines already in place.

Everybody's Favorite Bear Livestream Has Returned

OK, maybe this isn't exactly a news story. But it's been a long week, and we thought you might enjoy watching some brown bears tramp through Alaska's Brooks River in Katmai National Park seeking salmon to eat. The Brooks Falls cam is a fan favorite, and though it may be fairly quiet now, just you wait: According to the National Park Service, in July, as many as 25 bears have been spotted fishing for sockeye snacks at once. Happy bear watching, and be on the lookout for clever fishing techniques from pirating to snorkeling.

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