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Music can 'treat anything from autism to Parkinson's'

Music can 'treat anything from autism to Parkinson's'
5th June 2009

Parkinson's disease could have one of the most unconventional treatments in the form of music, it has been asserted.

Recent research carried out by Dr Wendy Magee, an international fellow in music therapy at London's Institute of Neuropalliative Rehabilitation, concluded with the expert describing music as a "mega-vitamin for the brain", CNN revealed.

She explained that the likes of Parkinson's disease, autism and other neurodegenerative diseases could be helped with a radio station or CD as music is able to re-establish neural pathways which are much more complex and improve the brain's functioning.

Dr Magee continued: "Music seems to find re-routed paths and that is why it is such a useful tool in terms of helping people with different kinds of brain damage because it can help to find new pathways in terms of brain functioning."

Last month, the Parkinson's Disease Society congratulated recent research into transgenic monkeys which could cut down in the amount of animals tested on, with marmosets providing a much better genetic make-up to work from.

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