In order to participate
in FDA approved clinical trials, children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy need
to pass a six-minute walking test.
In the hope of including
more patients into such studies, scientists at the Nationwide Children's
Hospital have developed a new video game that can be used as a tool for
evaluating patients with Duchennes.
In the video game the
character on the screen is being attacked by aliens, and by swinging their arms
around the players project a shield that protects the character from the attacks.
The game uses a Microsoft
Kinect 3D camera that tracks arm movements while a computer analyzes this data
that provides details about the children's reaching ability.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the collective term used to
represent genetic disorders characterized by progressive weakening of muscles
and wasting of muscle tissue. The term dys refers to abnormal and trophy
The term muscular dystrophy refers to inadequate/defective growth
of the muscle. Several forms of muscular dystrophy exist, that differ on the
basis of clinical symptoms, disease severity and the way in which the disease
is transmitted form one generation to the other.
The three most important forms of muscular dystrophy include:
Duchenne Muscular dystrophy (DMD), Facioscapulohumeral dystrophy and Myotonic