Substance abuse is one of the most pervasive and costly problems in our country. Over 68 million American adults have some form of substance use disorder and about 25 million are addicted to one or more substances. Every year, millions of lives are lost because of it.
On Jan. 29, CNN will debut Big Hits, Broken Dreams, a documentary exploring concussions in high school football. SI.com's Ben Glicksman talked with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent and practicing neurosurgeon, about his findings and what parents, coaches and athletes need to know to try to protect themselves.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta recaps the year in health and medical news.
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta discuss manufacturers' guidance for using cell phones.
In January, a bullet fired from point-blank range tore through her brain. Just last week, she was seen walking, albeit with effort, up the stairs of an airplane.
In the wake of continued fires and explosions in nuclear plants in Japan, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta puts context around concerns of radiation.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses radiation concerns from Japan and whether it could affect U.S. food supplies.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports from Shiogama City, Japan, on the potential hazards of a nuclear meltdown.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates sat down recently with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta in Davos, Switzerland. The billionaire philanthropist was attending the World Economic Forum to push his mission of eradicating polio by 2012. Gates, through his foundation, also pledged $10 billion to provide vaccinations to children around the world within a decade.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Bill Gates about what his foundation aims to do with and for vaccines.
CNN's Sanjay Gupta says that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recognized her husband and reached out to him.
In 2010, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed Dr. Philip Landrigan on his studies of widespread lead poisoning.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how to protect yourself from the polluted air in your city.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta testifies about how chemicals might be harming the health of children.
Of the 84,000 chemicals on the market today -- many of which are in objects that people come into contact with every day -- only about 1 percent of them have been studied for safety, Sen. Frank Lautenberg said Tuesday.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says the physical condition of the miners is 'remarkable' considering what they've endured.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta gives a rare glimpse inside a special medical unit that tries to diagnosis mystery illnesses.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says we might be repeating mistakes with chemicals. "Toxic America" airs June 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
Is enough being done to protect us from chemicals that could harm us? Watch "Toxic America," a special two-night investigative report with Sanjay Gupta M.D., June 2 & 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.
Do you have questions about dangers in the environment? In the air? In the water? In your home? Click here to ask Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Then watch him live Tuesday, June 1, at 3 p.m. ET on CNNHealth.com. Your question may be answered. And tune in Tuesday-Wednesday, June 2-3, 8 p.m. ET, to watch his two-part investigation, "Toxic America."
It was as if the giant crowd were celebrating a joyous occasion -- not a coming-together one month after a deadly earthquake.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta treats a 15-day-old baby whose house collapsed upon her in the Haiti earthquake.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports a field hospital that recently opened will close down and move to a safer spot.
Earthquake victims, writhing in pain and grasping at life, watched doctors and nurses walk away from a field hospital Friday night after a Belgian medical team evacuated the area, saying it was concerned about security.
CNN's Chris Lawrence gets caught in the chaos as aid and misinformation reaches some earthquake victims in Haiti.
As huge numbers of desperate Haitians struggled Friday in what could be their last hours of life, the supplies many needed remained stuck in planes, ships, and cargo holds, unable to get to them.
Do you have fears or concerns about cancer? Have you or anyone in your family been diagnosed with the disease?
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosts The Clinic live on CNN.com at the Livestrong cancer summit in Dublin on August 23rd 2009.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports from the CDC on a new scientific discovery about the virus.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta brings you the latest information on the swine flu epidemic from Mexico City.
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has gone to Mexico, the apparent epicenter of the swine flu outbreak where more than 100 people have died in suspected cases.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as surgeon general of the United States, he said Thursday.
Larry talks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta about why he chose to withdraw from consideration for the post of Surgeon General.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, withdrew his name from consideration as surgeon general of the United States on Thursday. He spoke to CNN's Larry King about the decision and President Obama's health care plans. Here is an edited transcript:
Is your kindergartner easily distracted? Maybe a little hyper? This might seem like typical child behavior but a new study published in the March 2009 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine suggests it could be a red flag for a potential gambling addiction as he or she ages.
It may be possible to tell if a kindergartner will become an adult gambler. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on drug-resistant bacteria, after one killed a Brazilian model.
A new crop of drug-resistant superbugs is in our midst, and experts believe that they could rival the deadly superbug MRSA.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a court ruling that finds no link between vaccines and autism.
Placebos, or "sugar pills," have been used in medicine since ancient times. Today, most placebos are given in clinical trial studies for new drugs. A study in the January 2008 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that 45 percent of Chicago, Illinois, internists report they have used a placebo for patients at some time during their clinical practice. Only 4 percent of those admitted they were giving a placebo.
What is the name of the new diet to lower cholesterol that Dr. Sanjay Gupta talked about on "House Call" on CNN?
The Obama transition team approached Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, about becoming U.S. surgeon general, according to sources inside the transition and at CNN.
CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has been approached about the surgeon general post. CNN's John King reports.
Any parent with a teenager is familiar with how difficult it may be for them to get enough sleep. But some parents are finding help in a little pill: melatonin, a dietary supplement that helps regulate the body's sleep cycle. But should they?
A common misperception is that colds are associated with winter weather. But research shows that people actually get more colds during the spring and summer months.
Millions of Americans take aspirin to lower their risk for heart disease. Research in the British Medical Journal, released in January 2008, shows taking aspirin to fight heart disease may not be a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone.
Sen. Edward Kennedy announced in May 2008 that he was suffering from a brain tumor, a malignant glioma, in his left parietal lobe. He had surgery at Duke University in June 2008.
Back and neck problems are among the most commonly encountered issues in clinical practice. Can a remedy such as enlisting a chiropractor work? And when should a person seek treatment for back pain?
Asthma affects 22 million Americans. It can cause wheezing, breathlessness and coughing. Asthma attacks are preventable, but they cannot be eliminated. Even though the condition is treatable, thousands die from complications each year. The National Institutes of Health provides guidelines for helping asthmatics cope with their illness. These guidelines, released in August 2007, include an "asthma action plan" for parents and schools, and recommendations to help keep asthmatics healthy.
Most U.S. adults and more than 30 percent of American children take some form of dietary supplement, most often multivitamins and multiminerals, according to a report in the October 2007 issue of Archives of Pediatrics. Experts emphasize diet as the best source of nutrients for children, but physicians may recommend supplements for certain children at risk of deficiency.
A May 2008 study in the Journal of Neuroscience finds that losing just one night of sleep makes the brain unstable and prone to sudden shutdowns.
Larry King talks with CNN's Dr Sanjay Gupta and lead surgeon Dr Laura Siemionow about America's first face transplant.
What if your doctor told you that even after the weight comes off, your number of fat cells stays the same, and it will be an uphill battle to keep the pounds off? Research published in May 2008 in the journal Nature finds fat cells can shrink -- but they don't go away.
Many kids love interactive video games that involve movement, such as Dance Dance Revolution and Nintendo Wii sporting games. Kids who don't already have them really want them. But can these games help kids lose weight and get fit? How do they compare with real sports? New generations of active computer games stimulate greater energy expenditure than sedentary games, but they are no substitute for playing real sports, according to a study in the British Medical Journal in December 2007.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on video games -- and how they might help kids lose weight.
People with diagnosed colon cancer who have received treatment and who eat a "Western diet," high in red meat, refined grains, fat and sugar, are more likely to have a recurrence of colon cancer and die from it, compared with patients who eat a "prudent" diet high in fruits, vegetables, poultry and fish.
"Vital Signs," hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, is CNN's monthly program giving viewers a global look at the world of medicine.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why we get car sick and how to avoid it.
Planning a road trip vacation can be tricky and downright frightening for people who are susceptible to carsickness.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the advantages of having surgery on brain tumors like Sen. Ted Kennedy's.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about what doctors were looking for when diagnosing Sen. Ted Kennedy's brain tumor.
Surrounded by family, a smiling Sen. Edward Kennedy left a Boston hospital Wednesday morning, a day after his doctors announced that he has a malignant brain tumor.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at ricin and tells just how deadly it really is.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new study that found most adults aren't getting the vaccinations they need.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about a proposal to make NYC fast food chains post calorie counts on menu boards.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new treatment for Alzheimer's that can apparently clear minds in just minutes.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new research that shows a possible genetic trigger for autism.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta is joined by former President Bill Clinton for a "Fit Nation Summit."
Obesity is the No. 1 health crisis in the United States, and the nation could be at risk without immediate action, former President Clinton said at CNN's first Fit Nation Summit.
A new study says hospitals often don't deliver defibrillation within the recommended time. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new study that shows the uninsured are more likely to die of cancer within 5 years.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on honey as a solution for children's coughs.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why people get sleepy after eating Thanksgiving dinner.
The CDC is calling drug-resistant staph infections a 'major public health concern.' CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.
The makers of several leading over-the-counter cold medications are voluntarily withdrawing products sold for infants, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association said Thursday.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports makers of over-the-counter medicine for infants are voluntarily withdrawing products.
Scientist maps his own DNA
Dr. Andrew Weil is arguably America's foremost practitioner of alternative medicine, or as he likes to call it, integrative medicine.
Gupta describes TB surgery
TB patient talks about surgery
The Atlanta lawyer with tuberculosis who caused an international health scare after traveling to Europe and back underwent surgery Tuesday to remove the diseased portion of one of his lungs.
Filmmaker Michael Moore, whose new documentary "Sicko" takes on America's health care system, faced off Tuesday with CNN chief medical correspondent and practicing neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Moore, Gupta debate 'Sicko'
Since the 1930s, researchers have known that a diet that was both nutritious and very low in calories could extend the life in lab rats and mice. It's still unknown whether it could have the same benefit for humans, but April Smith and Michael Rae follow a calorie restriction diet in the hopes that it will.
Meet Dr.Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent, during the U.S. tour for his new book "Chasing Life." Please continue to check this page which will be updated as new tour dates are added.
Six people, including four college athletes, were killed Friday when their tour bus crashed through a wall and plummeted 30 feet from a bridge onto a busy interstate.
The number of new breast cancer cases dropped by 7 percent in 2003, according to research presented at a breast cancer conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday. But some cancer experts wonder whether the decline will last. CNN's Soledad O'Brien discussed the new findings with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
We recently asked for your questions about how to live a healthy lifestyle to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Former President Clinton says the world must make a "real commitment" in fighting the AIDS epidemic by getting medication to the most urgent areas and by promoting health care, awareness and prevention of the disease.
Efforts to evacuate some of the 200 patients at New Orleans' Charity Hospital resumed Friday, a day after they were halted because of sniper fire.
After two hospitalizations and a tracheotomy for respiratory difficulties, Pope John Paul II is being fed by a tube inserted though his nose, a Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.
Memory is a universal, if often misunderstood, process central to people's sense of identity -- who they are, what they know and how they envision their future.
Terri Schiavo's case moves to federal court Monday after her parents petitioned to have the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube reinserted. The tube was removed Friday.
A California scientific panel on Monday will review a draft report showing a potential link between secondhand smoke and an increased risk of breast cancer.
Hours after Pope John Paul II was hospitalized with a relapse of flu symptoms, doctors performed a tracheotomy to ease the ailing pontiff's breathing, a Vatican source said late Thursday.
Hours after Pope John Paul II was hospitalized with a recurrence of the flu, doctors performed a successful tracheotomy to ease the ailing pontiff's breathing, a Vatican spokesman has said.
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Past research has shown that children who grow up with pets in their homes have less chance of developing common allergies. But a new study finds that parental smoking negates any allergy benefits of pets.