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(Photo: David Verdugo/Flickr)

(Photo: David Verdugo/Flickr)

A two-day-old is apparently not too young to benefit from listening to the Moonlight Sonata.

The idea that music can be medicinal has long been controversial, in part because promising research has proven difficult to duplicate. But two new studies present compelling evidence that pleasant melodies can reduce physical pain.

A systematic review of previous research finds solid evidence of such an analgesic effect. And a new study finds gentle harmonies can even ease discomfort among newborns. Full story.

Tom Jacobs (Pacific Standard) / August 8, 2018

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