New study is giving Parkinson’s patients something to sing about

Laughter has always been said to be the best medicine.  Researchers from Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre are putting to the test

Laughter has always been said to be the best medicine.  Researchers from Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre are putting to the test that singing might overtake laughter at least when it comes to Parkinson’s.

The organisation has started a new study called Sing to Beat Parkinson’s. The study looks at the positive effects that singing has on the disease. The study will look at those with Parkinson’s who participate in singing once a week with other patients as part of their treatment.

Irene Bartlett from Griffith University told the ABC, “We’re wanting to get empirical evidence that singing is helpful and useful for quality of life”.  She added, “We need people with Parkinson’s and their carers as we feel we need to bring joy to the whole community”. 

The choirs will be formed in Queensland and will help ease participants into the program. Dr Bartlett said, “There will be movement, and we’ll also do breath connection exercises, as many patients suffer from weaker voice production.”  The participants will help choose the songs and enjoy the companionship of other people that are trying to beat the deliberating illness.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in the research, they can call the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre on (07) 3735 6335 or visit their website here.

Do you think that singing can help? Do you or someone you know live with Parkinson’s?

  1. Rhonda  

    I love this research..I don’t have Parkinsons but certainly feel for those who do. I have been a singer all my life and know the value of its healing capacity for so many ailments. Singing makes me happy, I hope you will all try it daily for the rest of your life.

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  3. Hans  

    The Western Diet Causes Parkinson’s Disease.
    The strongest contact we have with our environment is our food. Therefore, observing variations in incidence of diseases across populations should immediately lead researchers to focus their attention on the foods people eat. The incidence of PD is relatively high throughout Europe and North America.
    In contrast, rural Africans, Chinese, and Japanese, whose diets tend to be vegan or quasi vegan, have substantially lower rates.
    The observation that incidence of PD is similar in African Americans and in whites, all of whom eat the Western diet, further indicates that environmental factors, not race or genetics, are responsible for PD.
    Specific foods have been targeted. For example, the consumption of milk in midlife was found to be associated with subsequent development of PD.
    Men who consume more than two glasses of milk have twice the incidence of PD as men who do not drink cow’s milk. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort study has found almost twice the incidence of PD in the highest consumers of milk.
    (Park M, Ross GW, Petrovitch H, et al. Consumption of milk and calcium in midlife and the future risk
    of Parkinson disease. Neurology.2005;64:1047)
    (Chen H, O’Reilly E, McCullough ML, Rodriguez C, Schwarzschild MA, Calle EE, Thun MJ, Ascherio A.
    Consumption of dairy products and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Am J Epidemiol.2007 May 1;165(9):998)

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