Study Says Singing Might Reduce Risk of Parkinson's Disease

By M. Grace, November 09, 2018 23:11 PM

Could singing relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's?(pexels)

According to a recent as reported on November 9, singing therapy might be possible to reduce some of the difficult-to-treat motor and mood symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease.

It has been known that Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that is affecting more than 10 million people worldwide.

The disease's symptoms include "tremor and difficulty coordinating movements. Also, mood changes can occur, with anxiety and depression being relatively common." Drugs can help reduce some of the symptoms but they become less effective as the condition progresses and the side effects of these drugs may worsen.

Researchers from Iowa State University in Ames ran a pilot study to investigate if singing may affect people with Parkinson's disease. Spearheaded by Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the university, the researchers presented their findings earlier this week at the Society for Neuroscience 2018 conference in San Diego, California.

The researchers focused on a group consisted of 17 people who had been attending a singing group on an average of 2.4 years. They measured their blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels before and after the sessions of singing. Participants also answered a questionnaire related to sadness, anger, happiness, and anxiety.

"We see the improvement every week when they leave a singing group. It's almost like they have a little pep in their step. We know they're feeling better and their mood is elevated," Stegemöller said.

"Part of the reason cortisol is going down could be because the singing participants feel positive and less stress in the act of singing with others in the group. This suggests we can look at the bonding hormone, oxytocin," Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development family studies, explained.

Stegemöller hoped that the study they conducted could help the medical industry to advise singing as a therapy and to develop methods to bring this music therapy-led intervention to as many persons with Parkinson's disease as possible.

Related Article

Must Read

comments powered by Disqus

More from CCD

Urumqi Airport to Get $6 Billion Expansion Budget

Urumqi Airport will get an upgrade as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

China Strengthens Waste Import Ban

China strengthens its campaign against pollution and extends it to solid waste imports.

China Southern Introduces LA-Shenyang Route

China Southern has a new direct flight to the West Coast.

Study Says Parental Sucking on a Baby's Pacifier May Prevent Allergies

Parents, don't be afraid to suck on your child's pacifier.

China, Brunei To Cooperate in South China Sea Oil and Gas Development

Beijing’s diplomacy continues with talks on South China Sea Code of Conduct.

Chinese novelist jailed for 10 years

A Chinese author receives a 10 year sentence for pornographic novel.

China and Maldives Free Trade Agreement on Jeopardy

Maldives wants out of the free trade agreement it has with China.

Why It Is Ideal To Sleep On Your Side

It's ideal for blood flow.