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Nintendo's next killer app: diabetes management

Alan Rose

In the past, Nintendo has attempted to put a little fun into health care by introducing hands-free controllers for the disabled and rolling console carts for young patients. However, they probably never envisioned Dr. Mario playing an important role in helping diabetic gamers manage their blood sugar and blood pressure through a game console. A physician at the University of Washington and a design director at Nintendo's Redmond campus will be collaborating on a specialized interface that will enable patients to do just that. The proposed system will also offer check-up reminders and quiz patients on proper dieting and exercise regimens.

If all goes well, this experiment could set a new standard in the management of other chronic illnesses--and make Nintendo's next console truly revolutionary.

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