Playing video games could help stave off Parkinson’s

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Author: AdminPublished: 22 May 2017

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Playing video game consoles, such as Xbox and Nintendo Wii, could help prevent the development of Parkinson’s, according to a new study.

The research, carried out by Manchester University, found that playing ‘exergames’ was more beneficial for the brain than simple physical activities such as walking.

Participants in the study played the games three times a week for a total of 10 weeks, with each session ranging from 15 to 60 minutes. Researchers then tested their mental faculties, comparing results with those who exercised instead.

Psychologist Joseph Firth, a postgraduate researcher at Manchester University, said: “Various neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s can impede people’s cognitive function. We were fascinated to learn these sort of games can significantly improve overall functioning.”

Joseph Firth concluded: “The biggest benefit of ‘exergames’ was in healthy, older individuals. Their executive function saw a notable improvement compared to those who just did physical activity.”

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