It may not look like a video game, but Akili Interactive's EndeavourRX, also known as Project EVO, just made history: it's the first game which can be prescribed as a drug in the United States. against ADHD.
This is a landmark decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which authorizes doctors to prescribe the game in iPhone and iPad for children aged 8 to 12 years with ADHD (Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder) after seven years of clinical trials that studied more than 600 children to confirm whether a toy could really make a difference.
According to the largest of the five surveys, the answer is yes: one-third of children treated "no longer had a measurable attention deficit in objective attention measurements" after playing the game for 25 minutes a day. five days a week for four weeks.
"Improvements against ADHD after a month of treatment with EndeavourRx have been maintained for up to a month," the company said, with the most common side effects being frustration and headaches - making them seemingly milder than the traditional medicines.
Of course, we emphasize that we are talking about a study by doctors who work for his company play, according to the research itself. However, even their own conclusion is that the results "are not enough to suggest that the game should be used as an alternative to standard and recommended treatments for ADHD."
However, it is another treatment that can be tested and in the long run there will be a more accurate picture of its results.
In addition, it would be very interesting to see a video game therapy used for something other than distraction or exercise. One of the most striking examples we have heard is that of victims of burns who use virtual reality (VR) to relieve their pain.