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VR Helps Children Combat the Fear Of MRI Scans (incl. video)

“King’s College Hospital [have] created a VR experience to help with the ‎claustrophobic nature of an MRI scan.

Young children are often terrified and traumatised by the procedure and refuse to go into the MRI machine.

In order to lower this fear, a new virtual reality app has been created in the UK. Its aim is to help NHS workers to manage the fears of young children who require medical treatment.”

By Jackie Edwards for VR Focus

Image and video by Vocativ

Read more: https://www.vrfocus.com/2018/10/looking-to-deal-with-the-fear-of-mri-scans-the-nhs-have-turned-to-vr/

Traditional mindfulness meditation delivered by a not-so-traditional virtual reality

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The Cigna Virtual Relaxation Pod is an immersive two-minute experience that employs guided meditation.

The experience, which features the voice of expert meditation facilitators, is intended to promote mindfulness and help lower the cost of stress-related illnesses which apparently are estimated to cost the U.S. economy over $300 billion each year.

The debut of the Cigna Virtual Relaxation Pod at STORY is the first in the United States with the intent to go global. Future plans include using biofeedback to measure the therapy’s efficacy and to teach users to relax more effectively.”

By ROB KLEIMAN at psfk

Read more: http://www.psfk.com/2016/01/plugin-to-unplug-traditional-mindfulness-cigna-virtual-relaxation-pod.html

Virtual reality might relieve symptoms of cancer treatment

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“The next great frontier in improving cancer treatment might be only a few clicks away.

A new paper by Antonio Giordano, director of Sbarro Health Research Organization and professor of biology at Temple, examines the existing literature on virtual reality and its use in cancer care.

All 19 studies Giordano examined show that immersing patients in virtual reality scenarios can help reduce stress in patients during treatment.

The paper concludes that in all the reviewed research, “virtual reality improved patients’ emotional well-being and diminished their cancer-related psychological symptoms.”

By Elisa Ludwig at Temple University

Image: Joseph V. Labolito

Read more: https://news.temple.edu/news/2015-10-13/virtual-reality-might-relieve-symptoms-cancer-treatment