Posts Tagged ‘cystic fibrosis’

Interesting article reported on Science Daily’s website (see link below). In order to encourage children with cystic fibrosis to regularly perform exercises that help them clear their airways (called “huffing”), researchers designed games the kids could control with their breath. In one example, players drove a car by breathing into a special controller. According to Dr. Peter M. Bingham, the study’s lead author,

The medical goal of the games was to increase breathing maneuvers that respiratory therapists believe can help keep the airways of cystic fibrosis patients clearer.”

Children are more likely to do the exercises while playing a videogame, and this can ultimately help keep them healthier. Researchers also found that the kids’ ability to take a deep breath (“vital capacity,” in the lexicon of cystic fibrosis) improved significantly after playing the games.

Dr. Bingham is presenting some of his findings at next week’s Games For Health conference in Boston. His talk is on Wednesday, 5/18. You can read the session summary here.

Read the full article here.

Safe sex, clinical depression, PTSD, knee replacement rehab, Parkinson’s, acquired brain injury, nutrition, weight loss, diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, nightmares, cancer, dancing, HIV, emergency response. What do these have in common? They’re all subjects of videogames, and are all featured topics at the seventh annual Games For Health conference in Boston next week.

The Games For Health conference is one of the largest gatherings of researchers, medical professionals and game developers interested in learning about and shaping the impact that videogames have on health and health care. For three days (5/16-5/19), several hundred people will hear how videogames and game technology are being used across a variety of disciplines—neuroscience, healthcare, defense, game development, pediatric medicine, and behavioral health among them. There are games for things like weight loss, smoking cessation, disease management, and pandemic preparedness, and game technology has been adapted to help soldiers recover from traumatic stress, train paramedics in emergency response, and speed up post-injury rehabilitation.

For more information about Games For Health, follow this link:

About Games For Health

And be sure to preview the conference schedule here:

G4H ’11 schedule

Check back here throughout the week, as I’ll be posting updates from the conference.