Learn about how listening to pop, jazz or classical music may help stroke victims recover their verbal memory in this medical report.
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This is Insidermedicine in 60. From Helsinki, listening to pop, jazz or classical music may help stroke victims recover their verbal memory. In a study performed on 60 patients who had a middle cerebral artery stroke, those randomized to listen to music for two hours per day had a 60% improvement in their verbal memory. An 18% improvement in attention and improvement in mood were also noted. From California, researchers have repaired stroke damage in rats by utilizing human embryonic stem cells. Neural stem cells were transplanted into the brains of rats and after two months, the cells had moved to the damaged area of the brain and combined with the surrounding tissue. Though testing on human subjects remains a long way off, the researchers are optimistic about the potential for this therapy. And finally from New Hampshire, surgery is more effective than non-surgical treatments at relieving the pain and disability associated with spinal stenosis. Researchers looked at over 600 patients and found that those who underwent surgery experienced significantly more improvement than those who received non-surgical treatments. The difference between the two groups remained apparent even after two years had elapsed. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.