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Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance: Study
Date:8/26/2014

said the study is valid but has limitations. For one, it's difficult to interpret what the brain changes mean, he said. Also, he added, the research suggests that the improvements in balance aren't permanent, requiring patients to keep at it to make the benefits last.

"Training needs to be ongoing, just like any other form of exercise," LaRocca said.

While the study found an association between the video-game balance board and balance-enhancing brain changes, it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship. Prosperini said more research is needed, especially since the study was so small.

"There is increasing evidence of the clinical benefit of playing with the balance board, and more in general with highly interactive video games," he said. But researchers don't know enough about why the patients are getting better, he added.

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For more about MS, see the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

SOURCES: Luca Prosperini, M.D., Ph.D., neurologist, department of neurology and psychiatry, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy; Nicholas LaRocca, Ph.D., vice president, Health Care Delivery and Policy Research, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City; Aug. 26, 2014, Radiology, online


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