The idea that music can be medicine may strike some of you as woo-woo new age piffle. To a degree I had not understood until now, serious researchers all over the world as studying these connections and making astonishing breakthroughs.
One of the leaders is the Music and Neuroimaging Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where a team of researchers is developing musical workarounds to treat stroke damage, Parkinson's disease and autism.
The Max Planck Institute for Brain Sciences in Leipzig and Sussex, England
has uncovered a connection between listening to cheerful music and the suppression of cortisol a damaging stress hormone and increased production of immunoglobulin A, an antibody in the immune system. At the University of Hawaii, eye surgery patients responded with improved vital signs to live classical music in the operating room.
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