Fighting Viruses

How Do Antivirals Work? Antivirals are medications used specifically to treat viral infections. They aim to minimize the symptoms of an infection and shorten its duration. They also can help reduce transmission of a virus. Rather than killing a virus directly, antivirals usually suppress the virus’s ability to infect and multiply in your cells. TheseContinue reading “Fighting Viruses”

Music as medicine

Researchers are exploring how music therapy can improve health outcomes among a variety of patient populations, including premature infants and people with depression and Parkinson’s disease. The beep of ventilators and infusion pumps, the hiss of oxygen, the whir of carts and the murmur of voices as physicians and nurses make rounds — these areContinue reading “Music as medicine”

Music can relieve chronic pain

When we listen to music, the brain is constantly trying to predict the musical structure based on universal, cultural and individual musical rules. Thus, when evaluating the effect of music applications it is necessary to consider whether the intervention is aimed at features that are universal, depend on musical enculturation, or whether it relies onContinue reading “Music can relieve chronic pain”