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Virtual reality can conquer real pain

It's a promising medical weapon to deploy in the opioid crisis

Peter R Orszag | Bloomberg 

Despite all efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the crisis continues to destroy lives and contribute to the growing gap in life expectancy by income and education in the US. But it appears that some relief may come from an unexpected source: virtual reality. Anyone who thinks virtual reality is just a sideshow for gamers should pay close attention to the stunning results it is achieving in the medical world. A virtual reality game called SnowWorld — in which patients throw snowballs at snowmen while virtually immersed in a white, snow-covered environment — has been ...

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 22:48 IST