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September 14, 2013

Opera Music Improves Heart Transplant Survival

Sara Maines of The MaineStudio
Not kidding... This research was actually published in the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2012. I should add that the research was done in mice rather than humans and won the 2013 Ig Prize in Medicine.

To quote from the abstract:
"recipients of a B6 cardiac graft that were exposed to opera music and Mozart had significantly prolonged allograft [transplant] survival... whereas those exposed to a single sound frequency (100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, or 20,000 Hz) or Enya did not... Our findings indicate that exposure to opera music, such as La traviata, could affect such aspects of the peripheral immune response as generation of regulatory CD4+CD25+ cells and up-regulation of anti-inflammatory cytokines, resulting in prolonged allograft [transplant] survival. "
Wonder if this research can apply to other surgical healing and survival...

Reference:
Auditory stimulation of opera music induced prolongation of murine cardiac allograft survival and maintained generation of regulatory CD4+CD25+ cells. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012, 7:26 doi:10.1186/1749-8090-7-26
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