The first video game that can be marketed and prescribed as medicine in the US. It’s the first in the U.S. that can legally be marketed as medicine.
The FDA is authorizing the iPhone and iPad game for kids between ages eight and 12 years old with ADHD. The game underwent seven years of clinical trials that examined over 600 children to figure out whether a game could make a difference.
One-Third of kids treated’no longer had a measurable attention deficit on at least one measure of objective attention’. After playing the obstacle-dodging, target-collecting game for 25 minutes a day, five days a week for four weeks.
The most common side effects are frustration and headache – seemingly mild compared to traditional drugs, as you’d hope from virtual medicine.
The results’are not sufficient to suggest that akl-t01 should be used as an alternative to established and recommended treatments for ADHD’.
In 2014, we wrote how’prescription video games may be the future of medicine’. In 2017 we explored how’ve followed the idea for years.
A video game treatment is being used for distraction or exercise. The treatment was still mostly about providing a compelling distraction. Burn victims use virtual reality to ease their pain.