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Video games used as therapy

As the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield might say, video games -- often criticized as a waste of time or too violent - can't get no respect. But the philanthropic Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently awarded more than $2 million in grants to 12 research teams nationwide to look at the upside of gaming and its potential health benefits, from helping stroke and trauma patients regain balance to enhancing healthy lifestyle choices.
Respect, it appears, may be approaching.

At the University of Central Florida, for example, researchers will receive $200,000 over the next two years to develop a role-playing game for individuals diagnosed with alcohol abuse or dependence to allow them to practice skills in a virtual setting that might help prevent real-world relapses.

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