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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Courtyard of the hospital at Arles (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh
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Arts and Health

Do the arts have a role in health?

This week Dr Mark Porter finds out whether art and music can really help to improve people’s health and well-being.

Mike White from the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health & Medicine believes the arts have a therapeutic effect. There’s growing evidence that they can bring about physical changes to the body. Research has suggested that patients who listen to live music in hospital need fewer drugs and recover more quickly.

Professor Paul Robertson has studied the effect of music on the brain, and especially how it can help people with mental health problems.

In Bristol the Royal Children’s Hospital was designed with the help of artists to help create a relaxed and interesting environment for children and their families.

Dr Mark Porter also visits Leicester to find out how comedy is being used for public health messages. John Ryan’s stand-up show Hurt Until it Laughs is aimed at persuading men to seek health advice.
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