Study: Music Therapy Helps Patients with Acute Stroke

A new study from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in England finds that music therapy can be helpful for the neurorehabilitation of acute stroke patients. It also improves patients’ moods.Study Music Therapy Helps Patients with Acute Stroke

Over the two-year period of the study, 177 patients were exposed to music therapy sessions. This therapy helped stroke patients through mood regulation, improved concentration, and promoting changes in the brain to improve functions.

Dr. Alex Street, the Senior Research Fellow within the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), says: “Our study found that Neurologic Music Therapy was received enthusiastically by patients, their relatives, and staff. The fact 675 sessions were carried out in two years is in itself an indication of the success of the treatment.”

Green Tea Drinkers Have 25% Lower Risk of Stroke or Heart Disease

A new study from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing suggests that drinking green tea three times per week may cut the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.Green Tea Drinkers Have 25% Risk of Stroke or Heart Disease

For the study, a team of researchers tracked the health of 100,902 people who didn’t have cancer, heart attack or stroke for seven years. They also recorded how much tea every participant drank.

The analysis of the received data showed that green tea drinkers had a 39% lower risk of either condition over eight years, a 56% lower risk of dying from one of them, and a 29% lower chance of dying during the study.

The author of the study Dr Xinyan Wang says: “Habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death. The favourable health effects are the most robust for green tea and for long-term habitual tea drinkers.”

Having a Dog May Cut Risk of Death in People with Heart Issues

A new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, suggests that dog owners returning from a hospital after a stroke or heart attack have a significantly lower risk of death compared to those who don’t have dogs.Having a Dog May Cut Risk of Death in People with Heart Issues

To complete this research, the scientists took data from a major national health register which included health records of around 182,000 patients aged from 40 to 85 who had suffered from an acute heart attack between 2001 and 2012.

The analysis showed that people living alone with a dog were at a 27% lower risk of death, and those living with a dog and a partner or a child were 12% better off.

Tove Fall, an epidemiologist from Uppsala University, says: “We know that social isolation is a strong risk factor for worse health outcomes and premature death. Previous studies have indicated that dog owners experience less social isolation and have more interaction with other people.”

Taking Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements May Cut Risk of Heart Attack

An updated meta-analysis of 13 trials, results of which were recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that taking omega-3 fish oil supplements on a daily basis may cut the risk of heart attack or other heart events. Nevertheless, the supplement cannot protect from a stroke.Taking Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements May Cut Risk of Heart Attack

Within the frame of the study, the scientists analyzed data taking from 13 datasets that had a total pool of 127,477 participants whose average age was 64 years at baseline and 60% of them were male. The average BMI was 28. The participants have been taking supplements for 5 years, on average.

The first study author Yang Hu, Ph.D., of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, comments the results of the meta-analysis: “We found significant protective effects of daily omega-3 supplementation against most [cardiovascular disease] outcome risks, and the associations appeared to be in a dose-response manner.”

People Using Pedometers Develop Healthy Habits Lasting for Years

Scientists from St Georges University Hospital in Tooting, UK, find that using a pedometer (step counting device) can form a habit lasting for years and significantly reduce the risk of the heart attack or broken bones.People Using Pedometers Develop Healthy Habits Lasting for Years

The team of researchers conducted an experiment in which 1,300 people were encouraged to count steps, keep a diary, and talk to a nurse about walking more. After the end of the experiment, people who spent 12 months counting steps had still got the exercise bug four years later, according to the researchers.

Lead researchers professor Tess Harris who says: “An extra half an hour walking a week is not much to ask but it can really reduce your risk of a heart attack, fracture or strokes. It works out at just five minutes a day.”

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