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Meet The First FDA-Approved Prescription Video Game

EndeavorRx is a FDA-approved prescription game that helps kids between ages eight to twelve who are struggling with ADHD. The game lets users dodge obstacles and collect targets as they traverse through icy wonderlands and lava rivers. Akili Interactive, EndeavorRx’ developer, says that the game stimulates neural systems that are intrinsic to attention function, as Slate details: 

The decision follows seven years of clinical trials. Over five separate studies, researchers examined more than 600 kids to determine whether EndeavorRx could affect their ADHD symptoms. One such study found that 30 percent of the children “no longer had a measurable attention deficit on at least one measure of objective attention” after playing EndeavorRx for 25 minutes a day, five days a week for four weeks. According to Akili, these changes persisted for up to one month following treatment with EndeavorRx. The most common side effects were frustration and headache, which seem mild in contrast to traditional medications.


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