Science Policy Insider News
Science Policy Insider News (September 2006)
Nora Newcombe, PhD (Fellow of APA Divisions 1,3,7 and 35 and Professor of Psychology at Temple University) joined other scientists supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a Capitol Hill Lobby Day earlier this month.
A 2005 World Health Assembly resolution on public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol requested that the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) draw up recommendations for effective policies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm.
SPIN readers may recall that APA, as publisher of 43 scholarly journals, is very concerned about the impact that any new open access requirements could have on its journals program. Consequently, Public Policy Office staff were watching closely as U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced an amendment to H.R. 6164, the NIH Reform Act of 2006 (see this SPIN issue for more on H.R. 6164) that would have required all journal articles about federally funded research to be deposited in a free, open archive (NIH's Pub Med) no later than six months after they were accepted for publication.
On September 15, NIMH Director Tom Insel, MD, began the open policy session of the National Advisory Mental Health Council meeting by taking a moment of silence in recognition of the recent death of Wayne Fenton, MD, former Director of the Division of Adult Translational Research (DATR).
On September 20, the Advisory Council (AC) for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) held its 94th meeting.
Some of the most striking findings in behavioral research have come from the study of diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program community trial (DPP) demonstrated that a modest dietary and exercise intervention was effective in preventing the onset of diabetes in people with impaired glucose tolerance and was most effective among older participants.
Alcohol consumption can also alter neuronal function, resulting in cognitive deficits and neuroadaptations that contribute to the behavioral changes observed with alcoholism (tolerance, sensitization, loss of control, dependence, withdrawal, and relapse).
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