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Could simply listening to Mozart help people with epilepsy?

Listening to music composed by Mozart could help control seizures. The news from researchers add to the health benefits discovered in the past that listening to classical music might help people dealing with epilepsy.  The findings that were presented last month at the European College of Neurpsychopharmacology ; is a large study and based on reviews of literature that might inspire your doctor to suggest this simple intervention, combined with current treatment.  Researchers, Dr. Glanluca Sesso and Dr. Frederico Sicca from the University of Pisa specifically looked at how Mozart's music affects epilepsy. Their review included 9 published studies out of 147; based on solid science and of good quality.  Daily listening changes brain signals too Mozart's music also changed brain signals that are commonly seen in patients diagnosed with epilepsy,  in addition to lowering the number of seizures for people that listen to music daily. Tehe reduction varied between 31 and 66 percent. 

Synthetic compound SRT1720 helps obese mice live longer

Researchers are testing the effect of a synthetic resveratrol stimulator, known as SRT1720 to see if it might treat human diseases, reverse metabolic syndrome and help people live longer. In mouse studies, the compound did just that. The compound has been suggested to have anti-aging properties from past studies. SRT1720 activates a class of enzymes known as sirtuins , which are associated with the same positive health effects as calorie restriction. In obese mice, scientists found improved liver, heart and pancreas function, compared to mice not given the patented compound. The study is a collaborative effort of the National Institute on aging (NIA) and the drug company Sirtris, a GlaxoSmithKline company , and is published in the August 18, 2011, issue of Scientific Reports . Drug suppresses gene pathway linked to aging “This study has interesting implications for research on the biology of aging. It demonstrates that years of healthy life can be extended in a