VANCOUVER — In pain? Skip the morphine, and try a video game.

A Simon Fraser University professor is trying to understand why experiments consistently show people who suffer serious pain often find more relief in virtual reality environments than drug-based treatments.

“There is a real demand for this kind of therapy,” said Diane Gromala, founding director of SFU’s BioMedia lab. “As Canada’s baby-boomers enter old age, pain management looms as a huge public-health issue.”

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