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Quick Hits: FDA Approves First Prescription Video Game

It’s the first video game that can legally be marketed and prescribed as medicine in the U.S.

A recent article from The Verge discussed a new first in the world of video games. On June 25th, the FDA approved a video game called EndeavorRX from Akili Interactive. The game, intended for kids ages 8-12 with ADHD, can be played on the iPhone or iPad. It’s the first-and-only prescription treatment delivered through a video game, and the best part is that it actually works. 

After seven years of clinical trials they found that one-third of kids treated “no longer had a measurable attention deficit on at least one measure objective attention” after playing the game for 25 minutes a day, five days a week, for four weeks. Though it should be noted the studies were conducted by doctors working for the game’s developer. A video with more information can be seen here.

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