VR treatment for chronic pain gets FDA authorization

The Food and Drug Administration authorized a virtual reality system as a prescription treatment for chronic back pain, the agency announced today. The therapy, called EaseVRx, joins the short list of digital therapeutics cleared by the agency over the past few years. EaseVRx includes a VR headset and a device that amplifies the sound of … Read more

How virtual reality can be used to treat anxiety and PTSD

Published by open access digital health research publisher JMIR Publications, the study looked into virtual reality exposure therapy, or VRET. This particular form of therapy is a method in which patients are steadily exposed to a traumatic stimulus with the help of virtual environments. So not confronting the traumatic stimuli in its actual form, but … Read more

Virtual reality collaboration is transforming Veterans’ health care

On August 17, 2021, the Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) and Wellovate announced the launch of a groundbreaking initiative using Wellovate’s Waya Health platform to enhance the care provided to Veterans. By collaborating with VHA IE, Waya Health’s innovative virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality tools enable Veterans to partake in VR immersion … Read more

Playing a virtual reality game during medical procedures can reduce pain and anxiety in children

Jeffrey Gold, PhD, a professor of clinical anesthesiology, pediatrics, psychiatry & behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and an investigator at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has been investigating the use of virtual reality (VR) for nearly two decades as a technique to help children undergoing painful … Read more

Virtual Reality Therapy Plunges Patients Back Into Trauma. Here Is Why Some Swear by It.

After about seven runs through the simulation, Mr. Merkle started uncovering fragments of memory his mind had blacked out, which is a common response to trauma. He remembered the name of the soldier who had been next to him in a truck during combat. He remembered the clear feeling that he was going to die. … Read more

Cognixion’s newest wearable is a brain-computer interface that uses AR to convert thought into speech!

This new device from Conixion uses non invasive electrodes to measure weak brain signals and to translate to commands or texts. An AI enabled algorithm can also interpret vocals commands. Developed initially for people with complex communication disorders, this innovation could be used in many other situations. Developed by a team of neurologists, biosignal engineers, … Read more

VR & Brain Health Talk from USC SMART-VR Center

USC SMART-VR’s first talk on “VR & Brain Health” features Amir Bozorgzadeh (CEO of Virtuleap) and Jessica Ackerman (Clinical Liaison to XRHealth); co-hosted by Associate Professor & Director of The Pa Laboratory Judy Pa, joined by PhD student Ashwin Sakhare of The Pa Laboratory. The USC SensoriMotor Assessment and Rehabilitation Training in Virtual Reality Center (USC … Read more

VR in Therapy: VR’s Positive Impact on Mental Health – VRFocus

A review article on the use of RV in treatment of mental illness. Even if numbers are from the UK, it highlights all benefices for patients and therapists. There is currently a clinical trial taking place across NHS trusts throughout the UK, the largest of its kind, led by the University of Oxford and Oxford … Read more

VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics will Revolutionize Medicine

When most people think of virtual reality (VR), they think of a gaming technology and big, funny-looking goggles. But VR is so much more than that. When used in the right way, at the right time, VR leverages our power to imagine when we need it the most and can help improve quality of life. … Read more

Seniors escape isolation of pandemic with the help of virtual reality

A new example of the use of VR to fight loneliness for elder people. As Dr Roger Tabbatt explains, it’s not only a consequence of the actual pandemic but a major change in the care of retired. Recreational therapist Roger Tabbatt began adding virtual reality as a way to not only entertain patients but also … Read more