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Research has shown that intensive singing practice can lead to long-lasting changes in both the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, and for several years now, researchers have begun to examine whether singing can be used to treat some of the speech-motor abnormalities associated with various neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, stuttering, and aphasia following a stroke.
Join guests: Dr. Ludy Shih Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program and the Movement Disorders Fellowship Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Kathleen Hansen, who holds a master of music degree specializing in conducting, and Director of two choruses for the San Diego Tremble Clefs®, a nationwide program, supporting the view that choral singing provides therapeutic benefit through: breathing, stretching, posture activities, vocal exercise, rhythm and movement, and a strong social support system.
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