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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. 

Tiny vitamin in milk found to have remarkable health benefits

Image credit: Morguefile Researchers have discovered a small,  hidden vitamin in milk that has remarkable health benefits. The finding comes from mouse studies. Scientists discovered  that high doses of a novel form of vitamin B3  that is present in small quantities in milk, and possibly other foods, makes mice stronger, faster and leaner without dieting and without exercise. Hidden milk vitamin could prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes Though the researchers aren’t sure about the human effects of the form of vitamin B3 - nicotinamide riboside or NR  - which is a cousin to a precursor of the B vitamin Niacin, they now understand there are some potential benefits for preventing obesity and even type 2 diabetes. In the mouse study, nicotinamide riboside offered the same benefits for health as eating a low-calorie diet and exercise, but the mice didn’t have to do either. Dr. Anthony Sauve, associate professor of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medical College where

How sleep deprivation alters the brain to raise anxiety

Too little sleep can lead to high anxiety Image credit: Bing New information from sleep experts links too little sleep to higher anxiety levels. People who are already nervous have trouble sleeping. Conversely, lack of sleep can make already nervous people even more anxious, supercharging emotional responses from altered brain processes. Lack of sleep triggers emotional brain centers Researchers from the   Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley  used MRI's of the brain to find how lack of sleep triggers emotional centers in the brain; in particular, the amygdala that reacts to unpleasant events. For the study, investigators performed functional MRI (fMRI) on 16 subjects: once after sleep deprivation and once after a good night’s sleep. They were shown either an unpleasant or neutral image while scientists looked at what happened in the brain. For some of the study participants, sleep deprivation increased the anticipation o

Ginseng gives cancer patients an energy boost in Mayo Clinic study (VIDEO)

Image credit Wikimedia Commons Ginseng boost energy for cancer patients in Mayo Clinic findings Ginseng has long been used in Chinese medicine to boost energy. Now researchers at Mayo Clinic have found high doses of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) can give cancer patients suffering from fatigue that accompanies chemotherapy an energy boost. For their study, the researchers tested primarily breast cancer patients (60 percent of participants).  Included were 340 patients who were either receiving cancer treatment or who had completed therapy. Ginseng improves cancer patient's fatigue after 8 weeks The study groups either received a placebo or 2,000mg of pure American ginseng root, which is an important note for women being treated for breast cancer. Debra Barton, Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center explained in a press release that ‘off the shelf’ ginseng is often processed with ethanol; giving it estrogen like properties that could pose dangers