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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. 

It's not just about beauty: Trees and plants around the home help us live longer

Greenness around the home linked to a longer life Surrounding ourselves with greenness can do more than just add beauty to the environment surrounding our homes. Research has found women who have more green vegetation around their homes have a lower chance of dying compared to those with fewer trees and plants.  How trees and plants protect health What the researchers found was women were 12 percent less likely to die from cancer, respiratory and kidney diseases when they had green spaces near their homes.  The study was a collaborative effort between researchers at Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  The finding that is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives  reinforces what we already know about the health benefits of a natural environment. The researchers literally looked at greenness around the women's homes using high resolution satellite imagery.  There was a consistent link to lower mortality rates re