Study Finds Listening To Music Can Help Reduce Pain

According to a new study published in The Journal Of Pain, listening to music may help reduce pain, especially in people with anxiety. The researchers examined the responses of 143 people who received a painful shock to their fingertip while listening to music. The results found that as participants became more involved in following the melodies and identifying unusual tones their pain lessened. Music was particularly effective in reducing pain in the people who were the most anxious about receiving the shock. David H. Bradshaw, PhD, from the University of Utah, said engaging in activities like listening to music may reduce pain in high-anxiety persons who can easily become absorbed in activities. More here.

Trans Fat Found To Affect Cognitive Ability In The Elderly

Trans fat has been shown to have a negative effect on cardiovascular health and, according to a new study from Oregon Health and Science University, it can also affect cognition in older individuals. The research tested 104 people with an average age of 87 using a newly developed blood test. The results found people with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D, and E scored highest on cognitive tests, while trans fat was shown to negatively impact cognitive ability. The study’s author, Gene Bowman, said trans fats are known to be bad for the heart, so it’s not a stretch to think they’re also bad for the brain. According to Bowman, research shows that a brain-healthy diet includes nuts, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while processed foods, dairy products, and fatty meats have a negative effect on the brain. More here.

The Link Between Stress And Heartburn

Stress can have a significant impact on health. It can also trigger gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux. Surveys have shown a majority of people who suffer from acid reflux site stress as a trigger. Mitchell Cappell, MD, PhD, chief of gastroenterology at Beaumont Hospital, says patients who are under a lot of psychological stress suffer more severe symptoms, without necessarily having more severe reflux. And, though that doesn’t mean stress-related reflux is merely psychological, it is common for highly stressed people to become more aware and more sensitive to their symptoms. According to Cappell, stress can affect many gut functions and heartburn, in these stressful times, is incredibly common. More here.