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Music of the Heart

Tunes can boost emotional outlook

(HealthDayNews) -- If you're familiar with music therapy, you're probably thinking of soothing sounds that help relieve pain.

But there's active music therapy, too, where the sounds are intended to stimulate and induce motor and emotional responses.

A group of neurologists tried active music therapy on 16 Parkinson's disease patients for two hours each week for 13 weeks. According to their study, published in Functional Neurology, active music therapy produced an improvement in emotional function, quality of life, and even activities of daily living.

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