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Virtual reality games may speed stroke recovery

Virtual reality games that challenge balance may speed recovery after a stroke, a new study suggests. [s]Reuters Health[/s] reports that according to study author Dr Hillel Finestone, at [b]Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital, Ottawa[/b]: ‘We showed that people do improve. We saw improvements in balance. It’s not the be-all, end-all, but we see a good potential.’ His small study found that stroke rehabilitation patients who played virtual reality games while on their feet could walk a little farther and manoeuvre a little faster than patients who sat through the exercises.

[link url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/02/us-stroke-virtual-reality-idUSKBN0DI14T20140502]Full Reuters Health report[/link]
[link url=http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2014/04/23/STROKEAHA.114.005362.abstract?cited-by=yes&legid=strokeaha;STROKEAHA.114.005362v1]Stroke abstract[/link]

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