Weekly News Roundup: Video Game for Mental Health Seeking FDA Approval, Great Ideas for Exercising With Your Dog, Americans Head to Mexico Amid Rising Dental Costs

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Here are some of the top healthcare and disability headlines for August 4–10.

Will Doctors Soon be Prescribing Videos Games for Mental Health?

We’ve all heard of “brain games,” the games that claim to make you smarter and improve your memory. Heck, maybe you’ve even played one or two. Researchers have criticized the games for being misleading, but one neuroscientist and video game developer is determined to create a game that really does live up to its claims. Adam Gazzaley is currently putting his video game, Neuroracer, through the FDA approval process for medical devices in an attempt to determine whether video games really do have a place in the medical treatment world. If it makes the cut, he sees his game being used to help treat a variety of mental disorders, including PTSD, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease. Read More

13 Ways to Exercise With Your Dog

A dog is more than just man’s best friend. He’s also man’s best workout buddy. Why? Studies show dogs motivate their owners to work out more. While we all know dogs love a good walk, there are plenty of other physical activities they can do too. Kayaking, cycling, and yoga are just a few of the many. So next time you head out to do a little exercise, don’t be afraid to bring Fido along. Read More

Facing Rising Dental Costs, Seniors Head to Mexico

It’s estimated that 70 percent of seniors lack dental insurance, usually because Medicare doesn’t cover dental care. However, seniors often require quite a bit of dental work, and the most common procedures are also some of the most costly, including crowns, implants, and false teeth. As a result, many American seniors are traveling to Mexico for dental care, where dental services are less expensive thanks to cheaper labor and fewer regulatory requirements. Read More