August 24th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Video game addiction helped with antidepressant

Video games fans around the world have been spending countless hours playing StarCraft II, the highly anticipated sequel to the original Starcraft from 1998. Both of these games are from Blizzard Entertainment.

But there can be too much of a good thing. Some people can develop real addictions to video games, and need help to regain their normalcy in the real world.


August 24th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Adults with ADHD benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, study says

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is getting a lot of attention in children, but it's widely recognized in adults too: about 4.4 percent of adults in the United States have ADHD. Many of those adults are on medication, but may continue to have symptoms of inattention and impulsiveness that impair their lives.

A study led by Steven Safren at Massachusetts General Hospital Behavioral Medicine works toward an evidence-based approach to treating adults with the condition. Researchers looked at 86 adults who had already been taking medications for ADHD before entering the study, randomly assigning them to one of two therapies. Scientists verified the diagnosis for each of them using criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


August 24th, 2010
04:57 PM ET

Von Furstenberg's non-runway project: Haute hospital gowns

It sounds like a "Project Runway" challenge.

Design a gown that fits all shapes and sizes. Don’t use buttons, zippers or Velcro – only snap buttons. The fabric should be soft, but not too warm. Unlike the universally reviled hospital gowns with its open back side, modesty is a must.

Major fashion designers have taken a crack at redesigning the hospital gown: Nicole Miller, Donna Karan and Ben de Lisi. Most recently, Diane von Furstenberg, a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, worked with the Cleveland Clinic to fashion its latest hospital gown, which began its trial run last week. FULL POST

August 24th, 2010
03:27 PM ET

Eggs recalled, a nation scrambles

Just looking for the basics about what you need to know about the 2010 egg recall? Here are quick links that'll help answer your questions about the latest recall and salmonella outbreak.

What’s going on?

About half a billion eggs have been recalled because of  a salmonella outbreak.  While this recall involves hundreds of millions of eggs, they represent less than 1 percent of the 80 billion eggs produced in the United States each year, according to the Egg Safety Center, a trade association entity.

Egg producer Hillandale Farms of Iowa recalled some 170.4 million eggs distributed to stores and companies and another company, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, has recalled 380 million eggs. FULL POST

August 24th, 2010
08:34 AM ET

How can I get clean from heroin?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

Question asked by Kenneth, Illinois

I don't understand how to get clean off heroin. I want to so bad but why do they make it cost so much? For Suboxone, you pay close to $350 for the visit plus $720 for a monthly prescription. Methadone is cheap, but my treatment center doesn't believe in methadone. Do you think methadone is that bad? I feel so lost. FULL POST

August 24th, 2010
07:04 AM ET

Street sledding riskier for brain injury

It may still be the dog days of summer, but winter will be upon us before we know it. And that means time to hit the slopes.

Although skiing and snow boarding are known to be risky sports, even sledding, especially when it involves kids, can lead to serious injuries.

A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that over a 10-year period, (1997-2007), an estimated 229,023 children under the age of 19 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms hospital for sledding-related injuries. That's an average of more than 20,000 cases each year.


August 24th, 2010
06:46 AM ET

Vitamin D affects autoimmune diseases and cancer genes

Vitamin D is believed to have a role in controlling genes linked to major diseases such as certain types of cancers, dementia, and autoimmune disorders, new research has found. While scientists aren’t exactly sure how vitamin D works with the genes, United Kingdom researchers are convinced the relationship exists. Their most recent findings were released Monday in Genome Research.

“Through large scale studies, we now have a good idea of the genes involved in common complex diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus,” wrote lead author, Dr. Sreeram Ramagopalan of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University in an email to CNN.com. “We found that the genes involved in autoimmune disease and cancer were much more likely than chance to be regulated by vitamin D.” FULL POST

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