Monday, March 5, 2018

Top 10 Health Benefits of Listening to Music

“My music isn’t just music — it’s medicine”
Guess who said this. If you guessed Kanye West (and who else would you guess?) then you are correct. But there is actually a lot of truth hidden in Kanye’s braggadocio. In a lot of ways music is medicine: it does everything from decreasing your anxiety to helping you fall asleep at night. So go ahead and play The Life of Pablo while you read our list of the top 10 benefits of listening to music.
  • Raises IQ and Academic Functioning:

    Research shows that young children who take music lessons often perform higher academic performance. In a study, 6-year-olds who took piano or singing lessons had significantly increasing IQ and better academic performance than children who didn’t take lessons.
  • Increase workout endurance:

    Studies show that listening to those top workout tracks can enhance physical performance and increase workout endurance during a tough session. When we’re focusing on our favorite album, we’re not noticing that we’ve just ran an extra mile or increase our reps.
benefits of listening to music
  • Speed up post-workout recovery:

    study found that listening to music after a workout can help recovery your body quicker. Regardless if it’s slow music that helps set a relaxing effect, any music can really help.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety:

     Listening to music can help you decrease stress level hormone called cortisol, which counteracts effects of chronic stress. This is a crucial finding because stress causes 60% of all our diseases and illnesses. A study found that if people participated in making music by conducting multiple percussion instruments and singing, their immune system was actually bumped up even more than if they passively listened.
  • Decrease pain:

    Research shows that music therapy and pre-recorded music reduced pain more than typical treatments for cancer patients. Other research indicates that it can also reduce pain in intensive care patients. But the selection of music needs to be classical, meditative, or the patient’s choice. “One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.” Bob Marley.  
  • Make you happier:

    When you listen to music, you release a chemical in your brain called dopamine– a ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter. Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University injected eight music addictors with a radioactive substance that binds with dopamine receptors after they listened to their favorite music. A PET scan showed that large amounts of dopamine were being released, which caused the participants to feel certain emotions like happiness.
  • Can help with memory:

    Researchers have found that music can help you acknowledge and remember information better. Participants tried to memorize Japanese characters while listening to music that seemed either neutral or positive to them. The results showed that participants who were musicians learned better with neutral music but tested better with pleasurable music. Nonmusicians learned better with positive music but tested better with neutral music.
  • Helps you sleep better:

    Over 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia. A study indicated that students who listen to calm music for 45 minutes before going to sleep showed significant better sleep than students who listened to an audiobook or did nothing different.
  • Decreases road rage:

    A study in the Netherlands found that listening to music can set a positive impact on your mood while driving, which leads to safer behavior.
  • Helps Alzheimer’s patients remember:

    Music and Memory, a non-profit organization of patients with Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias remember who they are or even certain memories of their past life by having them listen to some old and meaningful tracks. Dr. Mosqueda is a director of Geriatrics at the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine and elaborates that because music touches so many areas of the brain, it stimulates pathways that may still be healthy.

Health Benefits Of Cool Lassi: Summer Drink

Lassi is one of the most commonly available summer drinks in India. It is filling, tasty and very healthy as well. Lassi has lot of health benefits. The drink is prepared using yogurt or curd. Yogurt is sour fermented form of milk. It has healthy bacteria which helps in preventing or treating urinary infections. One of the main health benefits of yogurt is that it is very good for the stomach. 

Yogurt cools the stomach and helps disperse body heat. So, having lassi rich in yogurt brings it share of health benefits. Another important benefit of yogurt in lassi is that it helps in preventing sun stroke.

There are many ways to prepare the healthy and soothing Indian summer drink, lassi. Ideally, it is mixed with sugar and rosewater. However, you can also use seasonal fruits like mangoes and litchi to enjoy flavoured lassi. 

From preventing constipation to soothing body heat, lassi is one of the healthiest and best summer drinks you must have regularly. Here are some of the health benefits of having lassi. 

Health Benefits Of Having Lassi: 

Prevents Dehydration During summer, water is released from the body in the form of sweat. Having lassi benefits the health as it hydrates the body and balances water levels. 

Beats Body Heat It is one of the best summer Indian drinks as yogurt in lassi provides a cooling effect to the body. This also helps prevent sun stroke. 

Treats Urinary Infections Yogurt has healthy bacteria which treats as well as prevents urinary infections. 

Nutrition Yogurt is rich in potassium, calcium, protein and Vitamins B which like B-12. Thus, it is a nutritious summer drink which keeps you healthy. Regular 

Bowel Movements Yogurt had healthy probiotics which aids digestion and also fights constipation. This helps in having regular bowel movements. 

Aids Digestion Lactose in milk is converted by the healthy bacteria into lactic acid which digest lactose or dairy products. Having lassi every day improves digestion. 

Weight Gain Lassi is often rich in cream and ghee. Having traditional lassi is good for weight gain as it has healthy fats and calories. 

Provides Calcium As lassi is prepared with a dairy product, yogurt, it is rich in calcium. Having lassi ensures calcium absorption by the bones. 

Strengthens Immune System According to many studies, lassi strengthens the immune system. So, have a glass of chilled lassi to beat summer heat and boost the immune system. 

Controls Appetite If you are on a weight loss diet, you must have lassi 30 minutes before a meal. Lassi makes you feel fuller which in turn controls appetite and prevent weight gain.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Could the HPV Vaccine Treat Warts?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is intended to prevent people from getting infected with the virus, but in some cases, it may actually work as a treatment, clearing warts in people who are already infected, a new report suggests.

The report describes several cases of people who had persistent oral warts that went away soon after they received the HPV vaccine. While it's too early to say for certain whether the HPV vaccine treated warts, the researchers said formal studies should look at this question.

"There remains a critical need for randomized clinical trials to assess efficacy of quadrivalent HPV vaccination for treatment" of oral warts, the researchers said.

The report highlights the case of a man in his 60s who had recurrent warts on his lips, tongue and cheeks for 18 months. The man tried to have the warts removed, but they kept coming back. Doctors diagnosed the man with an HPV infection. There are more than 150 strains of HPV, and although most infections go away on their own, some can linger and lead to health problems, such as genital warts, oral warts, cervical cancer or oral cancer. 

Dr. John Stern, of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, who treated the man and co-authored the new report, said he told the patient that there wasn't anything more the doctors could do for his warts. But Stern suggested that the man get the HPV vaccine because he thought it would protect the patient from becoming infected with other HPV strains that are linked with cancer.

The man received the quadrivalent HPV vaccine, which protects against four HPV strains. "We immunized him — not with any therapeutic benefit in mind," Stern said. The vaccine is typically given to children before they become sexually active — it is not thought to help with existing HPV infections.

But a month after the patient received the first dose of the HPV vaccine, he showed significant improvement, and within three months, the warts went away.

"They were all gone; they just disappeared," Stern told Live Science. Stern told a colleague. "We both sort of said, 'Wow,'" Stern said.

Now, two years later, the patient is still free of oral warts.

To see if this had happened in any other patients, the researchers scoured the literature, and found that since 2010, there have been eight other reports of people whose warts disappeared after they received the HPV vaccine. Some of these patients experienced an improvement just two to three weeks after vaccination.

In one case, a 41-year-old woman with widespread warts had not received treatment for her warts for 10 years, but many of her warts cleared about six months after she received the HPV vaccine.

However, it's possible for warts caused by HPV to just go away on their own, so more research is needed to confirm that the vaccine is indeed responsible for these cases, Stern said.

And not all people who receive the HPV vaccine have their warts disappear. A 2013 study of six people with genital warts found that all of the patients had their warts come back after they received the HPV vaccine. Moreover, a 2007 study of more than 2,000 women with genital HPV infections found that the HPV vaccine did not accelerate the speed at which the women's bodies cleared the infection.

"These case report shouldn't prompt every person with HPV to then go and demand to be vaccinated," said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease specialist and a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security, who was not involved with the new report. "This isn't something that happens to every person that has the vaccine," Adalja said.

However, the report should prompt researchers to try to understand why some people appear to benefit from getting the vaccine even after they have an HPV infection, while others don't, Adalja said.

It may be that the warts cleared in the 60-year-old man because the HPV vaccine boosted his immune response to all HPV strains, even though the strain that the man had was not in the vaccine, Adalja said.

If it turns out that the HPV vaccine does help with some cases of HPV-related warts, it would be one of the few examples of a vaccine that treats, rather than prevents, disease. There are some experimental vaccines that are aimed at treating cancer and HIV, Adalja noted.

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