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Technology Collaborative Launches Online Game to Exercise Brain Power of People with Multiple Sclerosis
Date:7/16/2009

Gamers Engage Memory, Attention, Processing Skills

NEW YORK, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The MS Technology Collaborative has created a new way for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to exercise their brain power. The Collaborative, an alliance of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Microsoft, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, today announced the launch of MyBrainGames, a free suite of online cognitive games for the MS community.

Approximately 50 percent of people living with MS develop cognitive challenges, often in the areas of processing speed, working memory and complex attention. These challenges can involve difficulty in learning and remembering information; focusing, maintaining and shifting attention; and organizing, planning and problem-solving.(i)

MyBrainGames, available for free at MyMSMyWay.com, are the first online games designed specifically for people with MS under the direction of a team of leading healthcare professionals specializing in MS and cognition, as well as members of the MS community. The new resource provides a series of fun and interactive cognitive games for the MS community.

"Many times our patients are doing well physically but they may still struggle with cognitive ability," said Dr. Stephen Kirzinger, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at the University of Louisville and one of the healthcare professionals who oversaw development of the game. "This game presents the first step in assessing whether games can help counter the cognitive challenges of MS."

The games challenge the player's processing speed, working memory, attention, and task switching ability. Each game is available at varying levels of difficulty and players can even create customized levels to best suit their individual abilities. All scores can be saved, allowi
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