Medical Mysteries of Music

Study says that listening to music while taking painkiller makes it more effective.

Investigations from the University of Utah say that listening to music while taking a certain type of pain medication can increase its effectiveness.

Researchers took a bunch of mice which and fed them some form of ibuprofen (which includes Advil, Nuprin, and Midol) and had them listen to Mozart after being given the medicine. These mice were suffering from two types of pain: standard joint/muscle pain and pain resulting from surgery.

Normally, ibuprofen reduces inflammation by around 70%. Add in Mozart, and that number heads to 90%. That translates into reduced pain.

Why Mozart? No particular reason. They just needed something to play to the mice.

Although scientists aren’t sure why this works, they’re happy to find the connection because this could lead to a breakthrough in pain management. Instead of upping the dose of the medicine (which could result in toxicity, ushering in a whole new set of problems), it might be possible boost efficacy just by adding music to the mix.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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