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Need to Know, June 3, 2011: Paying for war, medicating foster children, childhood obesity

This week on Need to Know, we look at the financial cost of taking care of veterans coming home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Also, as part of our Watch List series, we explore how the use of antipsychotic drugs on children has proliferated in the foster care system.

Also: We visit Somerville, Mass., to see how its innovative community-based program is helping fight the epidemic of childhood obesity, and editorial cartoonist Roz Chast offers her new take on an old fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”

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Paying for war

Even as the wars wind down in Iraq and Afghanistan, the financial cost of taking care of veterans continues to mount — and could reach a trillion dollars in coming decades.

The Watch List: Drugs in the system

Foster children are some of the most medicated children in the nation. Need to Know investigates the use of powerful antipsychotics in our foster care systems. (Original air date: January 7, 2011)

Reshaping Somerville: The fight against childhood obesity

With childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, Need to Know medical correspondent Dr Emily Senay travels to Somerville, Mass., where the town is experimenting with a community program that’s having promising results.  (Original air date: September 24, 2010)

A cautionary tale from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast

In this animated cartoon, Chast offers her new take on an old fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” (Original air date: May 6, 2011)

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