The FDA (Federal and Drug Administration) has just recognized the health benefits of a video game which can now be prescribed by physicians in the us.
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The FDA, the american body which authorises the placing on the market of new drugs, comes to recognize the benefits of video game EndeavorRX that can be legally prescribed as a medicine for children 8 to 12 years with ADHD (Disorder attention deficit with or without hyperactivity).
Despite the bad reputation of video games, some of them are already used by the psychologists during their session, and the Wii is considered a good ally to some rehabilitation sessions. But the fact that one of them is allowed to be prescribed is a great first.
Concrete results observed in children
The game it is here is a race of obstacles in the course of which it is necessary to capture aliens. It has been subjected to 7 years of clinical trials on more than 600 children. The results have been so successful as one-third of treated children no longer had problems after having played this game for four weeks at 25 minutes per day on five days per week.
The improvements were maintained for one month after the end of treatment. The most common side effects are frustration, and headaches. These effects are mild compared to traditional medicines.
It should be noted, however, a reservation on the conclusions of these studies. These have been carried out by the doctors who work for the development of the game. A conflict of interest could potentially interfere with these conclusions. They indeed acknowledge themselves that the results “are not sufficient to suggest that AKL-T01 should be used as an alternative to established treatments, and are recommended for ADHD “.
For people with attention disorders, it still may be a solution to test, especially as this is the first “medicine” in the form of a video game that is officially put on the market.
This gives also a new dimension to these games, which are not as distractions, time-consuming, but may also have therapeutic virtues.