PC games cure Parkinson's disease

Playing computer-based physical therapy games can help people with Parkinson's disease improve their gait and balance, according to a new study.

Teams at UCSF School of Nursing and Red Hill Studios collaborated to produce nine "clinically inspired" games that were designed to improve coordination in people with Parkinson's disease, a chronic, progressive neuromuscular disease characterized by shaking, slowness of movement, limb and trunk rigidity.

They designed physical games, similar to Wii and Kinect games, in which subjects win points by moving their bodies in certain ways. Each game has multiple difficulty levels so that the clinical team could customize the therapeutic games for each subject's particular abilities.

"Each subject found his or her own gaming 'sweet spot' - the spot where the physical challenge was not too hard, not too easy, just right,''

"And when subjects mastered one game level, they often moved on to harder levels for more beneficial effect. The subjects improved their games scores while improving their gait and balance.''

source Medicine & tech

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