Friday, September 21, 2012

Study Finds Video Games Are Therapeutic

Video games are often criticized as part of a sedentary lifestyle that contributes to obesity, but a new study from the University of Utah highlights the growing uses of games as therapeutic tools.
The study, which was published in the September 19th issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine, examined clinical data on existing health-promoting video games and less active titles on the Wii, as well as Sony and Microsoft consoles. According to Dr. Carol Bruggers, the lead author of the "Patient-Empowerment Interactive Technologies" article and a pediatrics professor at the University of Utah, "A growing number of published studies show promise in effecting specific health-related behavioral changes and self-management of obesity, neurological disorders, cancer or asthma."

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