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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. 

New curry spice health benefit found from curcumin in turmeric

Indian curry spice boosts immunity Image credit: Wikimedia commons Researchers have found a new health benefit associated with eating Indian spices; specifically from curcumin, found in turmeric.  In the study, researchers discovered turmeric naturally boosts immunity by activating a protein in the body that helps fight infection. Curcumin has a previously unknown benefit for health. Curcumin could protect against infection from bacteria, fungus The study that comes from the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU , published in the  Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry , shows curcumin could protect humans from bacteria, viruses and fungus. Turmeric has been shown to have potential medicinal applications for fighting cancer, reducing pain from arthritis and neuropathy, enhancing the effect of chemotherapy in head and neck cancers , combating obesity and protecting from diabetes. In the new study, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health and included r

What obesity does to adolescent hearts

Children who are overweight or obese are found in a new study to already have heart damage, even before symptoms appear in adulthood. The finding makes it even more important than to take measures to curb childhood obesity that is already known to adversely affect health decades later.  New findings show teens who are obese have heart damage Heart function abnormal in overweight, obese adolescents The findings, presented at the   Heart Failure Congress 2012 , showed obese adolescents without symptoms of heart disease had thickened heart muscles in the lower chambers, or ventricles and other heart damage.    The study included 97 adolescents who had their weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference measured.   The researchers divided the adolescents into 3 groups based on body mass index (BMI) – lean, overweight and obese. There were 32 participants in the lean and obese group and 33 in the overweight group. The adolescents had echoca