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Pop music helps some young kids feel less pain after surgery

A new study suggests that kids and teens who listen to their favorite music or audiobook after major surgery experience less physical pain, NPR reports. Previous studies have investigated music’s analgesic effects but usually on adults and with classical music. The 60 patients—aged between 9 and 14 years old—involved in the study were divided into three groups, and those who listened to artists such as Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys or stories such as James and the Giant Peach for 30 minutes after their surgeries reported feeling less pain. With more research, the findings could mean that doctors may be able to prescribe less medication for their younger patients, who sometimes don’t tolerate the drugs as well as adults do, the researchers report in the journal Pediatric Surgery International.

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