Chemotherapy-induced nausea is a neurological condition. In a new study, 12 people undergoing chemotherapy listened to their favorite music for 30 minutes each time they needed to take an anti-nausea medication. This happened for five days.
According to Jason Kiernan, an assistant professor at the College of Nursing, listening to music activates a variety of neurons in the human brain. Patients in the study noted a reduction in the severity of their nausea and their level of distress (i.e. how much the nausea bothers them). However, it is difficult to say for certain whether music or medicine is effective in this.
Also, in one of the previous studies, scientists found that patients who listen to pleasant music have the lowest release of serotonin. This means that this hormone does not spread throughout the body. When patients listen to unpleasant music, they experience more stress and their serotonin levels rise.
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