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Music to your ears (and health)

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December 25th, 2012

Listening to music is a pleasurable activity for many people. You may find that it lifts your mood and relaxes you. But there's more to it than you think. Researchers are finding that it may also be good for your health in many unexpected ways: If you are going to have surgery soon, find out if music plays in the operating room. A study from the Cleveland Clinic found that patients who heard pure melodies played during brain surgery were calmed, as evidenced by their brain waves. Scientists in Drexel University studies found that people with cancer reduced their anxiety levels if they listened to music or worked with a music therapist. In some instances, it also lowered blood pressure among study participants. A study published in the journal Brain reported that listening to music helped stroke patients recover by improving attention and memory. Researchers at the University of Maryland found that people who listened to happy and joyful music had better blood flow. In fact, the diameter of their blood vessels expanded by about 26%. Keep those beautiful sounds coming!