Forbes: Could music be a game-changer for digital health?

UC research looking at music's impact on cancer survivors mentioned

In the future, the marriage of music and technology will take us beyond entertainment to redefine the phrase "music as medicine." Music will become a game-changer for products and programs looking to win in the highly competitive digital health marketplace. Scientifically validated and emotionally engaging therapeutics using music and sound for the user’s wellbeing will be a new standard, available to anyone, anytime. 

In this Forbes article, the author discusses three reasons music could be the next game-changer for digital health and wellness, one of which being that technology and research are improving user options and efficacy. 

Research being done by a multidisciplinary team at UC is mentioned: the team has developed a music app to help patients with breast cancer who experience brain fog after treatment.  

“‘Brain fog or ‘chemobrain’ can impact memory, comprehension or speech, and it often lingers, making it difficult to carry out even some of the most basic everyday activities and greatly decreases overall quality of life,” says Soma Sengupta, associate professor of neurology at UC, UC Health neuro-oncologist and co-director of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute’s Brain Tumor Center. “I’ve always been interested in music therapy as a treatment modality for patients who have experienced other types of neurotrauma, like stroke, as well as those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Read more about the study, which involves investigators from the UC College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and the UC Cancer Center's Survivorship Program.

Read the full Forbes article.

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