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(May 15, 2011 - Insidermedicine)

From Boston - ALS patients may survive longer if they are mildly obese, according to a report published in Muscle and Nerve. Studying 400 ALS patients, researchers found that those who were mildly obese lived longer than patients who were of normal weight, underweight and overweight.

From Chicago - Musical training may offset some effects of aging, according to a  report published in PLoS One. Researchers compared 18 lifelong musicians to 19 non-musicians, finding that the musicians scored considerably better than non-musicans in tests measuring their auditory working memory and auditory temporal processing.

And finally, from Boston - In a new study published in Fertility and Sterility women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments have higher pregnancy rates if they also participate in a stress reduction program.   Studying nearly 100 women about to undergo IVF, researchers found that 52% of those who participated in a mind/body therapy group became pregnant, compared to only 20% of women who received no therapy