Postive impacts of media
Video games can help teach children about diet and nutrition according to Baylor College of Medicine researchers(13 ). Video games can enhance language, mathematics, reading, and social skills, they can also help develop social and communication skills of disabled children (14 ) ). Students who were trained in playing action video games had better visual skills and visual attention than student who were not trained in video games(15 ).
In 2008 researchers discovered that strategic computer games help some older adults improve some of their cognitive skills (16 ).
In Kenya Africa specially made Video games are used to teach youths how to avoid HIV infection (17 ).
The distraction caused by video games can be useful in pain management(18 ). The distraction of commercially available video games can help people deal with chemotherapy. reduction and exacerbation, respectively in nausea. Video games also reduced self-reported anxiety(19 ).
Video games can aid in physical therapy(20 ). Video games can help people with brain injuries(21 ).
Medical workers, US Game developers, government policy makers are working on video games that will help with maladies like obesity, cancer and dementia. A spokesman for the developer (HopeLab) of a game that created Re-Mission a game for children who are being treated for Cancer Richard Tate said "We think there is a huge potential for games to be used for good," (23 ).
8 year old Ben Duskin of San Francisco wanted a game that would help him pretend he was fighting the leukemia cells that were invading his body. The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation got Ben in touch with LucasArts, what was created was Ben's game. A virtual reality program is helping service people who suffer with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)(24 ).
Video games can even help doctors be better doctors. Video games have been used to train physicians in laparoscopic surgery. Research showed that students who tried this training made 37 percent less errors during the procedure and finished the operation 27 percent more quickly (25 ).