Sing­ing aids peo­ple with Parkin­son’s

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LON­DON: Sing­ing could re­duce stress and im­prove symp­toms for peo­ple with Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

A pi­lot study has re­vealed that belt­ing out a song im­proved mood and mo­tor symp­toms, as well as re­duced phys­i­cal in­di­ca­tors of stress.

Ex­perts at Iowa State Univer­sity in the US looked at how sing­ing af­fects heart rate, blood pres­sure and cor­ti­sol lev­els in pa­tients.

They mea­sured th­ese lev­els for 17 par­tic­i­pants be­fore and af­ter a one­hour group sing­ing ses­sion. All three lev­els were re­duced af­ter­wards and par­tic­i­pants re­ported feel­ing less anx­ious and sad.

Re­searchers pre­sented their find­ings at the So­ci­ety for Neu­ro­science’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Cal­i­for­nia.

The team’s pre­vi­ous find­ings showed that for peo­ple with Parkin­son’s, sing­ing helped res­pi­ra­tory con­trol and the mus­cles used for swal­low­ing. | Daily Mail

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