Hans Guenther Bastian and other researchers from the Institute of Musical Education at Frankfurt University tested the blood of people who sang in a professional choir in the city, before and after a 60 minute rehearsal of Mozart's Requiem. They found that concentrations of immunoglobulin A - proteins in the immune system which function as antibodies - and hydrocortisone, an anti-stress hormone, increased significantly during the rehearsal. When asked a week later to listen to a recording, the composition of their blood did not change significantly.
Barbershop Harmony Society, “Health Benefits of Singing,”accessed February 5, 2018,
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The World Health Organization found that major depression was the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.
Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country's $148 billion total mental health bill.
Antidepressant use in the United States among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008.
"The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders," a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999).
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"A 1986 study in The American Journal of Nursing compared heart and lung function in 20 opera singers 28 to 65 years old with that of a control group of nonsingers, all under 40. It found that the opera singers had stronger chest-wall muscles and that their hearts pumped better. The singers also maintained a large lung capacity, something that usually declines with age. A 2006 study of four singers focused on the action of the specific muscle groups and body zones involved in operatic singing over three semesters of training. The study measured lung volume and rib cage and abdominal expansion and found results suggesting that the respiratory system is highly responsive to vocal training over even a short period."
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