Virtual reality games show rehab promise

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Video games intended for teen-agers with cerebral palsy might soon be helping nursing home residents as well. Indiana University researchers found that remotely monitored virtual reality video games improved hand function and forearm bone health in teens. “We suspect using these games could similarly benefit individuals with other illness that affect movement,” said Dr. Meredith R. Golomb, an associate professor of neurology at the university. Full findings appear in the January issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.