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SINGING may re­duce stress and im­prove symp­toms for peo­ple with Parkin­son’s dis­ease, re­search shows.

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

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

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

Re­searchers, who pre­sented their find­ings at the So­ci­ety for Neu­ro­science’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Cal­i­for­nia. They said that while results were pre­lim­i­nary, singing showed sim­i­lar ben­e­fits to taking med­i­ca­tion. |

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