Music therapy hopes to change brain injury treatment

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Music therapy hopes to change brain injury treatment

"2.5 million people suffer from brain injury or stroke, (in the U.S.), so the market is huge and we know the need is out there," Brian Harris, the founder told CNBC.

According to Harris' research, recent advancements in neuroimaging prove that music engages the entire brain. "There's no other stimulus on earth that has such global activation," he said.

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MedRhythms Featured in Forbes

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MedRhythms Featured in Forbes

Our approach is different from other music therapy in that it is all neuro. Most music therapists view music as a social science; using music for well being. We look at music as a neuroscience with interventions deeply rooted in neuroscience research.

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MedRhythms Featured in BostInno

"Over the past 15 years, the neurologic music therapy field has evolved from that research, demonstrating the direct improvements that music can cause in people with language or cognitive difficulties due to stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, or traumatic brain injuries. And with this movement, MedRhythms emerged to harness music’s healing capabilities and extend them to more patients."

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MedRhythms Named Semifinalist in Maine Pitch Competition

"Greenlight Maine", an upcoming weekly TV show in which Maine entrepreneurs can vie to win a minimum prize of $100,000, said it has selected the 26 semifinalists to compete in the Greenlight Maine weekly TV show that will air statewide this fall.

"There are no losers here," Knox said in a statement. "All of these innovative and bold Greenlight Maine entrepreneurs have validated that our state is on the fast track to growing our next economy."

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MedRhythms featured in Xconomy

A stroke or traumatic brain injury starts a race against the clock. Neurosurgeons, emergency room doctors, and paramedics have to take action to limit the damage as quickly as possible before it spreads and devastates portions of the patient’s brain, taking functions such as speech, movement, and memory with it.

Increasingly, music is becoming one of the tools they use, and specialists like MedRhythms founder and CEO Brian Harris are the people they turn to. His Boston-based startup specializes in neurologic music therapy (NMT), a treatment method that’s gaining prominence thanks to the success stories of patients and growing scientific support.

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MedRhythms Featured in MedTech Boston

When former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords arrived at the State of the Union Address in 2012, she did so to a hug from President Obama and the resounding applause of her U.S. House and Senate colleagues. A little over a year before, on January 8, 2011, she was shot in the head in a chaotic rampage that left six dead and 13 injured. Now retired from Congress, Giffords is a gun control advocate. She’s also an advocate for neurologic music therapy (NMT), which she credits with helping her to regain her speech.

As it turns out, we’ve got an NMT champion right here in the Boston area, too. Meet Brian Harris, president and CEO of MedRhythms.

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MedRhythms, BU Partners to Launch a Neuroscience­ Based Aphasia Chorus

The fifteen members of the Aphasia Chorus organized by the BU Aphasia Resource Center and MedRhythms LLC meet every Monday in preparation for their upcoming performances at Aphasia Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House open to the public on June 25th at 11:15am. The chorus will also perform privately for the 25th Anniversary of the BU Aphasia Resource Center on June 27th. This group is not only a fun way to interact with other patients in the aphasia community, but also it helps them improve their language and cognition using the principles of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT).

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MedRhythms Featured in The Daily Free Press

In the past decade, music therapy has adopted more evidence-based methods, lending to its newfound rigor as a scientific discipline. Scientific methods are what appealed to Brian Harris, CEO of MedRhythms, LLC, a local company that offers neurologic music therapy services.

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