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Video game to help stroke rehabilitation

Catherine Armstrong trying out new video game Photo: ITV

A team of researchers at Newcastle University have developed a video game to help people who have suffered a stroke.

Circus Challenge has a state of the art handset which logs every movement. The results are sent via the internet to therapists to map progress.

It is hoped the game will reduce hospital visits and strains on the NHS.

We hope that enabling therapists to monitor their patients' progress remotely will improve compliance with home exercise programmes, speed up recoveries and free up valuable clinic time. Ultimately, therapists will be able to supervise more patients and patients should regain greater independence.**

– Professor Janet Eyre, Newcastle University

For more information about strokes, call the Stroke Association's helpline on 0303 3033 100 (textphone 18001 0303 3033 100) or visit www.stroke.org.uk