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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. 

Excess weight before pregnancy linked to childhood asthma

Image credit: Morguefile If you are planning pregnancy, there are two things that are important for your child’s respiratory health: not being overweight before you conceive and avoidance of tobacco smoke. New findings show excess weight before pregnancy quadruples the chances of wheezing and asthma in children beyond the first year of life. Researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL ) explain wheezing – a symptom of asthma - is more frequent in offspring of women who are overweight before conceiving, in findings published in the journal   ' Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology '. Compared to mothers of normal weight, risk of wheezing was four times higher for children born to overweight women. For the study, researchers looked at data from 1107 women and their children from a Spanish study on infancy and environment known as the INMA project, confirming the finding that too much weight before pregnancy – regardless of mom’

FDA to decide fate of calcitonin salmon for treating osteoporosis

Credit: Wikimedia Commons The FDA warns in a March 1, 2013 press release there may be a cancer risk  from products containing calcitonin, made from a hormone contained in salmon. The fate of marketing the drugs for treating osteoporosis  will be determined. Osteoporosis, or brittle bones, raises a person’s risk of fracture and disability. Women and men can develop the disease and after menopause women are at higher risk from declining estrogen levels. Miacalcin injection, marketed by Novartis and Unigene Laboratories Inc’s nasal spray are products containing calcitonin in the U.S. Calcitonin can also be purchased generically. European regulatory committees have already recommended against use of the drug for osteoporosis treatment. The exception to its use is short-term for severe cases of bone loss from Paget’s disease, bone demineralization that can come from prolonged immobility and for high levels of calcium that can be cause by certain types of cancer. The review was