[JPL] Music speeds stroke recovery

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Wed Feb 20 11:59:51 EST 2008


Music speeds stroke recovery
A DAILY dose of one¹s favourite pop melodies, classical music or jazz can
speed up recovery from debilitating strokes, according to a study that was
published yesterday.
When stroke patients in Finland listened to music for a couple of hours each
day, their verbal memory and attention span improved significantly compared
to patients who received no musical stimulation, or who listened only to
stories read aloud, the study reported.
Those exposed to music also experienced less depression than those in the
two other control groups.
Three months after a stroke, verbal memory was boosted by 60 percent among
those who listened to music, by 18 percent among audio book listeners, and
by 29 percent among non-listeners, the study¹s lead author, Teppo Sarkamo, a
neuroscientist at Helsinki University, said.
The differences held true after six months, added the study, published in
the Oxford University Press journal Brain.
Sarkamo¹s findings bolster a growing body of research that points to the
benefits of music and music therapy for conditions including autism,
schizophrenia and dementia.
But this was the first time music alone had been shown to have a positive
effect on victims of brain injuries such as strokes, said Sarkamo. ³Every
day music listening during early stroke recovery offers a valuable addition
to the patients¹ care, especially if other active forms of rehabilitation
are not yet feasible.² ‹ Sapa-AFP

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