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Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Bid salutes Caribana

TORONTO, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Toronto's 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Bid celebrates Caribbean pride this weekend. The Bid is delighted to participate in this year's Caribana Parade with its very own float marshaled by the Hon. Margarett Best, Ontario Minister of Health Promotion. ...

Study to see if video games can boost thinking skills in elderly

Researchers at North Carolina State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study whether and how video games can boost memory and thinking skills in the elderly - and then to use their findings to develop a prot...

Special Olympics Minnesota's 2009 Summer Games Continue

Former Minnesota Vikings to visit Olympic Town MINNEAPOLIS, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Track and field events continue today at the University of Minnesota's Bierman Athletics Complex (corner of 15th Avenue SE and 5th Street SE) from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Between competitions, athle...

Playing video games for better, not worse

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Some video games can make children kinder and more likely to help---not hurt---other people. That's the conclusion of new research published in the current (June 2009) issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin , a top-tier, peer-reviewed academic journal. The ar...

Fifth Annual Games for Health Conference Kicks Off in Boston

More than 300 Join to Discuss Health Game Trends and Developments at Boston Hyatt Harborside June 11-12 BOSTON , June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning today, the Games for Health Project ( www.gamesforhealth.org ) kicks off the 5th annual Games for Health Conference at the B...

Aflac Outdoor Games Return to Columbus for a Second Year

Event to be held at South Commons Softball Complex June 19-21 COLUMBUS, Ga., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac announces it will be the title sponsor for the 2009 Aflac Outdoor Games held on June 19-21. For the second consecutive year, the popular three-day event will take place at the South Comm...

Interactive Video Games Offer Exercise Benefits

Payoff was especially evident with seniors, researchers say FRIDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Couch potatoes beware: If you start playing a new generation of video games that require users to get up and move around, you may find yourself getting a bit more fit. New research suggest...

Twin Sisters Set Their Sights On Biathlon Gold At The 2010 Winter Games

Identical twins, Tracy and Lanny Barnes are ranked among the top competitors in the world for Biathlon competitions. As former Olympians, they're striving to grab the gold at the 2010 Winter Games to be held in Vancouver, Canada. Lanny and Tracy are crediting Sinus Buster, a natural nasal spray m...

Violent video games can improve vision

Video killed the radio star, the old song goes but violent video games, a new Tel Aviv University study finds, can also improve the real-world vision of teens who play them. "As a father and brain scientist, I was quite concerned when my kids were growing up and playing video games," says Dr....

Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision

And the benefits can last for years, researchers say MONDAY, March 30 (HealthDay News) Action video games aren't just child's play: A new study finds the pastime can help adults improve a part of eyesight called contrast sensitivity, one of the first parts of vision to be affected by ...

Action video games improve vision

Video games that involve high levels of action, such as first-person-shooter games, increase a player's real-world vision, according to research in today's Nature Neuroscience . The ability to discern slight differences in shades of gray has long been thought to be an attribute of the human vis...

Can mental training games help prevent Alzheimer's?

This release is available in French . Loss of thinking power is a fear shared by many aging baby boomers. That fear has resulted in a budding industry for brain training products exercises such as Brain Age, Mindfit and My Brain Trainer which in 2007 generated $80 million in the United ...

Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. and MTV Games Make a Donation to Starlight and Bring Rock Band(R) to Thousands of Seriously Ill Children

- Harmonix and MTV Games give a minimum $50,000 contribution and more than 650 Rock Band(R) bundles in support of Starlight Children's Foundation programs LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. and MTV Games are making a generous minimum $50,000 gift to Starlight Ch...

Reading, Games Help Keep Aging Memories Sharp

But too much TV is linked to poorer recall, study finds TUESDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Doing brain activities, such as reading or playing games, in middle age and later may help delay or prevent memory loss, according to new research. The study included 197 people, ages 70 to ...

Shaklee Partners With U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding in Preparation for the 2010 Games in Vancouver

PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Shaklee Corporation , the leading natural nutrition company in the United States, is the official nutrition supplier for the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding throughout their training for the 2010 Games in Vancouver, continuing a relationship that be...

Video Games Make New Year's Resolutions Easier to Keep

Game Crazy Offers Tips on How to Keep Commitments the Whole Year Through WILSONVILLE, Ore., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Go to the gym, spend more time with family. . . play video games? Just days ago, millions of Americans resolved to make changes that would help them lead fuller, healthier and mo...

Playing Video Games May Boost Older Brains

Study suggests video gaming could be part of mental exercise routine for older people THURSDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who want to stay sharp should reconsider the notion that video games are only for lazy children and pick up a joystick themselves, a new study sugge...

Dakim Showcases Interactive Brain Games to Combat Dementia on New Website

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Dakim Inc. has launched a new website enabling visitors to interactively play sample brain games from its Dakim(R) BrainFitness(TM) System, the leading brain training platform to help seniors combat dementia and memory loss. Dakim's system -- develope...

Problems with Drinking - College Drinking Games can be the Start of Lifelong Addiction Reveals Linwood Group

Research by Linwood Group into problems with drinking experienced by UK students shows that there is a link between student binge drinking games and lifelong alcohol addiction. London (PRWEB) November 19, 2008 -- Linwood Group research reveals that for students playing ...

Vision Audio Inc. Announces New EASe Games Designed for Children with Autism

Vision Audio Inc. has announced the release of EASe Off-Road, the first video game designed to help train children with autism to cope with sensory integration challenges. EASe Off-Road is a fun, non-violent learning experience that enables children to enjoy and more fully participate in their en...

Active Video Games Help Kids Exercise

They burn many more calories and have higher heart rates, researchers say MONDAY, Sept. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Children love playing video games, and playing active versions of these games may help stop children from becoming obese, University of Hong Kong researchers report. In fac...

Summer Games 'Swap' Raises Questions About Image, Oral Health

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As reported in publications and news outlets throughout the world, a seven-year-old child singer with "crooked" and "buck" teeth was replaced at the summer games opening show's musical for a child with a straighter smile. Although the decision spawned disbeli...

Johnson & Johnson Unveils Olympic Games Pavilion Featuring Authentic Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Warrior Exhibit

Pavilion's Caring World Experience Features High Tech, Interactive Exhibits BEIJING, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Worldwide Partner of the International Olympic Committee and Official Partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, today unveiled its ...

Video: Olympic Games Gold Medalist Nikki Stone Joins Chronic Pain Experts in Educational Webcasts

American Society of Pain Educators launches first of three-part series MONTCLAIR, N.J., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) announces the launch of an educational Webcast series on chronic pain with leading health specialists and Olympic Games gold medalist a...

UNC health researchers explore how to take interactive video games to the next level

CHAPEL HILL The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to explore how interactive digital games could be better designed to improve players' health. UNC joins 11 other research teams supported in t...

Video/Online Games for Health: 12 Research Teams From Across U.S. To Receive Major Grants

Awards Going to Researchers in CA, FL, IN, ME, NC, NY, SC, VT and WA; Studies Explore How Games Can Increase Physical Activity and Enhance Prevention, Self-Management of Health Conditions PRINCETON, N.J., May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than $2 million in grants will be awa...

Fourth Annual Games for Health Conference Joins Health and Gaming Innovators to Discuss Next-Generation Game Technologies and Health Issues

The conference, at the Baltimore Convention Center, offers more than 30 demonstration projects and 75 speakers BALTIMORE, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Games for Health Project (http://www.gamesforhealth.org ) today kicked off the 2008 Games for Health Conference at the Baltimore C...

Study: Casual Video Games Demonstrate Ability to Relieve Stress, Improve Mood: Potential Clinical Significance Highlighted

First-of-Its-Kind 6-month Research Project Establishes Effects of Puzzle and Word Games on the Human Body and Mind GREENVILLE, N.C. and SEATTLE, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- East Carolina University's Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies today revealed the results of a six-mo...

Video games activate reward regions of brain in men more than women, Stanford study finds

STANFORD, Calif. - Allan Reiss, MD, and his colleagues have a pretty good idea why your husband or boyfriend can't put down the Halo 3. In a first-of-its-kind imaging study, the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have shown that the part of the brain that generates rewarding feelin...

College Drinking Games Lead to Higher Blood Alcohol Levels

Women at themed events also drank more heavily than male peers, field study finds SUNDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The first on-the-scene study of college drinking behavior shows that parties with drinking games result in higher blood alcohol levels, while themed parties encourage co...

AUDIO from Medialink and Radica: Staying Sharp with Games for Your Brain

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Most of us hope our minds stay sharp and active as we age. But keeping our minds fit isn't as simple as going to the gym. Doctor Gary Small, a psychiatrist, professor and author of three best-selling books on memory and aging, says the key to staying sharp is ...

Last Day of Special Olympics Minnesota's 2009 Summer Games

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to visit Healthy Athletes Village and hand out awards MINNEAPOLIS, June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today is the last day to catch Summer Games action at the University of Minnesota ! U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will visit Healthy Athletes Village today from 9:30-...

2009 Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games

More than 1,100 athletes to compete June 18-20 at the University of Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,100 Special Olympics athletes from across Minnesota will compete at the 2009 Summer Games June 18-20. One of five state Special Olympics Minnesota competi...

WWII Veterans Compete in National Veterans Golden Age Games

Annual Games Mark 23 Years of Sports Competition WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Forty World War II Veterans are reuniting at the world's largest sports and recreational competition for senior Veterans June 1-5 in Birmingham, Alabama, at the 23rd National Veterans Golden Age Gam...

Majesco Entertainment and Interactive Game Group Announce Two New Jillian Michaels Fitness Video Games

Sequel to Best-Selling 3rd Party Wii(TM) Fitness Title and All-New Portable Nintendo DS(TM) Game Due in Stores This Fall EDISON, N.J., May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This Fall, gamers will be able to work out with esteemed celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels whether at home or on the...

National study finds nearly 1 in 10 youth gamers addicted to video games

AMES, Iowa -- Parents have been saying for years that their kids are "addicted" to video games, but a new study by an Iowa State University psychology professor is the first to actually report that pathological patterns of video game addiction exist in a national sample of youth, aged 8 to 18. ...

Wesley Mosley Selected to Participate in Global Youth Activation Summit During the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games

130 Youth Leaders to Meet in Boise, Idaho, Feb. 7-13 to Promote Acceptance and Understanding of People with Intellectual Disabilities Around the World ATLANTA, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wesley Mosley from Tucker, Ga. was selected from among hundreds of applicants from around the wor...

Children's calorie expenditure, heart rate increase during active video games

Children burn more than four times as many calories per minute playing an active video game than playing a seated game, and their heart rate is also significantly higher with the active game, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine , one of the...

Story ideas for health reporters covering the summer Olympic Games

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The world-record pace for the marathon continues to improve for both men and women. For men, the record pace for the marathon is now about as fast as the record pace for the 10,000-meter run just after World War II. Today, champion athletes are running more than four times farth...

IQAir to Provide U.S. Athletes With Ultra-High Efficiency Air Cleaning at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- IQAir announced today they are providing the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC) with ultra-high efficiency air cleaning for USA athletes at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games to help create the optimum performance environment. (Photo: http://www.new...
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