Study says some video games may offer health benefits

In its “Booster Shots” blog, the Los Angeles Times reports on a study appearing in the journal Science Translational Medicine, which highlights the health benefits of some video games.

The article notes that “the hope is that games made for recreation, and games designed for therapeutic uses, could promote such qualities as a fighting spirit, improved movement or reduced anxiety.”

However, authors of the research caution that “although early clinical findings on health-promoting video games are promising, their effects on theapeutic outcomes have yet to be clinically validated in pivotal dose-response [or rather play-time response] studies that include large sample sizes.”

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