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Music helps patients recover from surgery, study finds

Music helps patients recover from surgery, study finds

That music does well for the mind, everyone knows! And it's common for surgeons to put music in operating rooms, even to get more relaxed in a job of so much pressure. However, the benefits of this practice do not just happen to doctors: a new study, published in the scientific journal The Lancet showed that songs before, during and especially after surgeries are beneficial to patient recovery, and even help them to feel less pain and anxiety.

To reach this conclusion, scholars from the University of Brunel in the United Kingdom analyzed 72 studies that gathered a total of 7,000 people. With this data in hand, they mainly observed how music affected anxiety and pain in these patients.

When comparing patients who heard music post-operatively with those who did not hear, the former felt much less pain and anxiety in the and were also less likely to need pain medications. In addition, the song appeared to increase patient satisfaction after surgery. But there was no change in the length of hospital stay.

The results were the same, regardless of whether the patient had heard music before or after surgery, but a little more intense when heard before entering the operating room. But what surprised the researchers was how even music during surgery, even under anesthesia, influenced the improvement of patients' pain, although its impact was greater in conscious patients during the procedure.

And the type of music does not influence both: patients who chose their own songs for the treatment had a little less pain than those who heard songs chosen by the medical staff.


Sitting too long increases risk of heart disease

Sitting too long increases risk of heart disease

Researchers at the Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have found that sedentary, long-sitting people are more at risk of developing heart problems. To reach these conclusions, the researchers grouped 43 articles that looked at people's health-related habits. The following data were taken from these studies: population studied, number of hours that people spent sitting at work or at home, sedentary lifestyle, and risk factors for other diseases.

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Girl of 12 years creates application for people with Alzheimer

Girl of 12 years creates application for people with Alzheimer

Emma Yang, 12, who lives in New York with her parents, found it difficult to communicate with her grandmother a way to innovate and help people around the world. The elderly woman living in Hong Kong in China suffers from Alzheimer's and was having trouble remembering daily events, birthdays, and even recognizing family members.

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