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Video Glasses May Ease Anxiety Before Minor Procedures

Anxious about a minimally invasive medical procedure? The Los Angeles Times reports on a study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 39th meeting that suggests that donning a pair of video glasses are likely to help. Researchers asked 49 patients to rate their levels of anxiousness both before and after a minor procedure, such as a biopsy, after which time 25 of the patients were asked to wear the video glasses. At the end of the procedure, patients who wore the glasses, whether they watched a movie or cartoons, reported being 18.1% less anxious while patients without the glasses reported being only 7.5% less anxious. “The researchers found the glasses were especially helpful to women, and to people who were the most anxious before their procedure.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.