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Make Sure Your Surgeon Plays Mozart

Physicians who listen to Mozart while performing a colonoscopy may increase their detection rates of precancerous polyps. This is pretty amazing and we have a question: would the detection rate get better--or worse--with rock or rap?

In this randomized controlled trial, two endoscopists, each with experience completing at least 1,000 colonoscopies, performed screening colonoscopies randomly assigned to listen to Mozart or to no music. Researcher Noelle O'Shea says, "Both endoscopists had higher adenoma detection rates listening to music. Anything we can do get those rates up has the potential to save lives."

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