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News: New Study to Investigate Benefits of Wii for Parkinson's Sufferers

New Study to Investigate Benefits of Wii for Parkinson's Sufferers

£35,000 grant to fund research

Can playing Wii games help to combat Parkinson's? That's the question being asked by Queen's University Belfast's Dr Cathy Craig, who's just received a grant of nearly £35,000 to investigate the console's possible benefits to sufferers of Parkinson's. In a recent survey of Parkinson's sufferers, 68% of respondents claimed they felt the console helped them manage..

News: Dropping Tetrominoes Might Help with Post Traumatic Stress

Dropping Tetrominoes Might Help with Post Traumatic Stress

Stacking blocks good for you

Anyone who's played Tetris – i.e. everyone ever – can attest to its soothing qualities as they stack block after block aiming to create those lovely lines. Now a new study suggests that playing the game isn't just good for fun, it may help to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientific journal...

News: Wii Responsible for Worrying Wave of Bystander Injuries

Wii Responsible for Worrying Wave of Bystander Injuries

Won't somebody please think of the children?

When the Wii was first launched there was practically a media frenzy regarding the supposed flood of waggle-related mishaps. People reported cut hands, broken TV sets and black eyes, among other issues. Nintendo duly issued rubber jackets for the Wii Remote and took measures to strengthen the fabric wrist strap, and all was seemingly well with the world..

News: Wii Fit Helped Injured Soldier to Recover

Wii Fit Helped Injured Soldier to Recover

University study finds balance board works out

It may not be quite the exercise package some had come to expect, but it appears Wii Fit may have benefits in other applications. A recent study by Kansas State University found that use of the game in the recovery programme of an injured soldier helped to improve his balance after a serious brain injury. Shawna Jordan and Laurie Hildebrand researched..

News: Wii Sports an answer to Parkinson's?

Wii Sports an answer to Parkinson's?

"Wii-hab" proving useful for sufferers

A hope of improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease could very well lie in an unlikely source! Over the course of summer, the Medical College of Georgia researched the effects of “Wii-hab” on people with the disease. 18 people were asked to play Wii Sports for an hour a day, three times a week for four weeks. The results have shown that all..

News: Wii Treatment for Parkinson's Trialled

Wii Treatment for Parkinson's Trialled

The health benefits of games like Wii Fit have been the topic for debate, but use in physical therapy looks more and more viable.

A researcher at the Medical College of Georgia in the United States has recently released initial results of trials using Wii Sports in physical therapy sessions with sufferers of Parkinson's disease (a degenerative disease that affects motor skills) with some extremely..

News: “Everything In Moderation” Says Nintendo

“Everything In Moderation” Says Nintendo

The Big N responds to internet scare-stories

Nintendo has responded to negative comments regarding the implications of playing too much Wii by insisting that the machine is perfectly safe, so long as players don’t “overdo it”. The advice came from the lips of Nintendo PR-guru Anka Dolecki and was intended to counter the flood of complaints from Wii owners claiming to suffer from problems such..

News: Surgeons Could Benefit From Playing Wii

Surgeons Could Benefit From Playing Wii

We didn’t realize that Trauma Center was that realistic!

If you happen to be unfortunate enough to find yourself needed brain surgery in the near future, you might want to check that your surgeon is a keen gamer. According to reports from a group of science-type boffins, playing Wii helps these skilled individuals to ‘warm up’ for the arduous task of poking around inside people’s skulls..

News: Painful Wii Injuries Shocker

Painful Wii Injuries Shocker

Who are these idiots and what are they doing with their Wiimotes?

Everyone loves a good scare story, don’t they? I’m sure we all recall the tales of SNES games making kids have fits in the early ‘90s and the relatively flimsy evidence supplied to support this theory. Well, it seems that history is repeating itself. The Wii has been so popular and successful a backlash was almost inevitable..

News: Wii-hab


Latest craze in the US, no not forest fires, its rehab companies now using Wii to help reabilite its "clients".

There are a lot of things Barbara Everlith can't do since she suffered a stroke. Grasping objects with her left hand doesn't come as easily as it used to. She can't stand or walk as steadily as she once did. Everlith has learned how to play tennis on a Nintendo Wii video game system at..

News: Sir, Yes Sir.

Sir, Yes Sir.

It seems the Wii can absolutely do no wrong; even G.I. Joe has ordered a console for his squadron.

Well, not actually fictional character G.I. Joe himself - but moreover the army have been using the Wii's cutesy graphics and innovative controls as a mental chill pill for working soldiers, and even as a recovery tool. With the Wii keeping physio-therapists in Germany busy as they research the..

News: Play Wii, Burn Calories

Play Wii, Burn Calories

Personal trainer in Scotland explores the benefits of playing Wii every day.

"Zander Urquhart, 32, is thought to be the first fitness expert to adopt the Nintendo Wii as an exercise machine. Four people at a time can exercise using the Wii's unique motion-sensitive controller to mimic a tennis racket, baseball bat, golf club or boxing gloves. University studies suggest players can burn 125..

News: Interesting Wii Music And Wii Health Rumours

Interesting Wii Music And Wii Health Rumours

Nintendo's Greek distribution CEO George Katrinakis has shed some light upon upcoming Wii titles Wii Music and Wii Health.

Wii Music was seemingly unveiled at last years E3 whereby the gamer uses the Wii Remote as a baton in order to conduct an orchestra of Mii characters. Interestingly a stripped down form of this gameplay was seen in Wario Ware Smooth Moves. In Wii Music gamers will be able to..

News: Wii Weights Will Enhance Your Workout

Wii Weights Will Enhance Your Workout

A couple of weeks ago I was genuinely going to do a test for based around how fit you can get from playing the Wii. I was not the only one to notice an increase in the size of my biceps.

Unfortunately some American blogger had already beaten me to the idea and recorded himself losing a total of 9lbs just from playing the Wii daily. While we all wait for a string of fitness games to..

News: Woman Dying For A Wii, Dies

Woman Dying For A Wii, Dies

28 year old Jennifer Strange was dead after a radio station contest to win a Wii console for her children.

CNN have reported on the tragic conclusion to KDND's contest, the death of one of its contestants. She was one of a few whom stepped up to the challenge of seeing how much water they could drink before needing to goto the bathroom...

News: Can You Handle The Wii Pain?

Can You Handle The Wii Pain?

Unfit Americans complain about the Wii, "mommy, it made me move my arms", perhaps a lawsuit waiting to happen?

In the country where lawsuits are far to common, are Nintendo looking down the barrel of a gun? We've seen multiple reports of gamers "complaining" of aches and pains caused by hours of Wii action. "I woke up Saturday morning after a Friday filled with at least 10 hours of playing..

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