Music therapist helps Children’s Hospital’s tiniest patients get home sooner

This is absolutely amazing…

The 10-day-old baby needed calories so she could gain more weight and leave East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

But she had a problem: She wasn’t sucking quickly enough to take enough milk – and the act of feeding itself was so tiring for her tiny body, she often went to sleep before taking in enough nourishment.

Full Story: Music therapist helps Children’s Hospital’s tiniest patients get home sooner

Man with Alzheimer’s on a mission to save his music – CBS News

Three years ago, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He had to give up his job as a software designer, but his wife Joni says the cruelest part is the toll it’s taking on the music he composed.

“Losing the songs would be like losing him,” she said.

A part of Alzheimer’s we don’t often discuss – the loss of “self”.  It’s not just about forgetting the little things like daily activities or even the big things like recognizing family & friends.  It’s also about losing what has made us “us” – our unique, personal identity.

It feels as though Alzheimer’s steals from us the very things that make life worth living, as if it eats away at our soul piece by piece and leaves an empty shell.

Full Story: Man with Alzheimer’s on a mission to save his music – CBS News

Hands-free instrument could bring music back to stroke patients | KOMO

Stroke patients could soon test a new therapy in Seattle that will create music through thought. A local doctor invented the instrument that is hands-free and controlled by brain waves.

The instrument, dubbed the encephalophone, was recently center stage at a concert in Seattle. A jazz ensemble accompanied the encephalophone, and as you would expect, there was plenty of movement from the musicians. Fingers swept across a keyboard and pressed buttons on a horn. But Dr. Thomas Deuel, who played the encephalophone, sat mostly still in a chair with electrodes attached and a laptop computer at his side. Projected on a giant screen behind the stage, the audience could see his brain waves at work, making the encephalophone play.

Full Story:  Hands-free instrument could bring music back to stroke patients | KOMO

Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.

“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”

Full Story: Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

When Barry Plamondon was released from the hospital in 2013 his left side was paralyzed.

His second stroke also left him in a wheelchair.

The 25-year Maple Ridge resident sat at home for a couple of months acclimatizing to his new reality.

But after the second month he realized that he needed to do something to come to terms with his new disabilities.Plamondon picked up a pen and started writing.

Source: Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles.  Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits.  Why is it we just don’t “get” this?  When will it change?  Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul.  Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate

Full Story:   Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | Nicci Gerrard | Society | The Guardian

The 10 Worst Foods For Your Heart – Time Magazine

As the wife of a heart-attack survivor, I’m always trying to keep up with what the most recent science is regarding nutrition.  Suffice it to say, this is not easy as there are a million different opinions out there and most of them can cite this study or that personal experience as proof.  I try to stay pretty mainstream with what I follow, but it’s scary to wonder if you are doing the right thing or not.

However, that being said, most of what appears in this article regarding these ten foods seems to be pretty much agreed upon across the board.

If heart disease runs in your family, please stay on top of info like this.  It’s so important to watch what we consume and I personally think most of us often eat mindlessly and really don’t give enough credence to the effect simple nutrition has on our bodies.  My main advice that I now follow:  EAT REAL FOOD  I try to avoid any and all processed or convenience food.  But read this article & others like it for yourself, and please – treat your bodies well.  🙂

The top 10 foods listed in this article are:

  • Fast-food burgers
  • Processed and cured meats
  • Deep-fried foods
  • Candy
  • Soft drinks and sugar-sweetened juices
  • Sugary cereals
  • Cookies and pastries
  • Margarine
  • Meat-lovers pizza
  • Diet soda

But please, read the article & get the details – it’s not quite as cut-and-dry as listing the ten, you need to understand the nuances behind each one.

Full article from Time Magazine:  The 10 Worst Foods For Your Heart

‘Take Two Songs and Call Me in the Morning’: How Music Might Be Your Next Prescription Drug | Outside Online

In 2013, this question spurred Ketki Karanam, former head of product design at Nokia, biologist Marko Ahtisaari, and postdoc student Yadid Ayzenberg to lay the groundwork for the Sync Project, a Boston-based company whose main goal is to develop music as precision medicine. For the past two years, Sync has been spearheading various studies that look at the connection between music and the mind. The company has collaborated with advisers from Berklee College of Music, MIT Media Lab, and Spotify to gather dat

Source: ‘Take Two Songs and Call Me in the Morning’: How Music Might Be Your Next Prescription Drug | Outside Online