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#VideoGames #dementia #ChronicPain #GreenLight

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> The Gamer’s Advantage

>> One in ten Americans of a certain age

>> For pain, change glasses?

The Med & Mic™ 10.25.22

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Video Games Benefit

Children who play video games performed better in cognitive tests compared to non-gamers in a case-control study. Among 2,217 children ages 9 and 10, those who played video games for at least 21 hours a week had better scores on inhibition and memory tasks compared to those who never played video games. They also had quicker reaction times. In addition, during the tasks, functional MRI was recorded, and activity was increased in different parts of the brain among gamers. (Source: MedPage Today, 10.24.22)

Dementia Patterns by Demographics

Dementia affects one in ten people over 65, according to a study in JAMA Neurology. Researchers studied interviews and tests of thinking and concentration from 3,500 participants over age 65 in a long-term project sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration. The data were collected between June 2016 and October 2017. The researchers measured the prevalence of dementia by age, education, ethnicity, gender, and race. Black or African American participants were more likely to have dementia, Hispanic participants were more likely to have mild cognitive impairment, and people with less than a high school education were more likely to have both conditions. (Source: CNN, S. LaMotte, 10.24.22)

Verdant Calm

From a small randomized trial, green light therapy might help alleviate anxiety in people with chronic pain. In a study of 34 opioid users with fibromyalgia, 12 were randomly assigned to wear green glasses for at least four hours a day for two weeks. This group trended toward less anxiety compared to the participants wearing blue or clear glasses. However, the finding was not statistically significant. Pain scores did not change, but the green glasses group used less opioid medication. The lead author says that certain wavelengths of green light stimulate brain pathways that help manage pain. The findings are not yet published. They were presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting. (Source: MedPage Today, N. Lou, 10.24.22)

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