The spiritually healing properties of music are widely discussed and recognized, but according to a new study from Drexel University, there is significant evidence that music intervention treatments help alleviate medical symptoms in cancer patients, from anxiety to pain to fatigue, while also increasing their overall quality of life. Led by Joke Bradt, PhD, an associate professor at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, a team of scientists conducted a systematic review of studies that examined the impacts of music therapy (a personalized music experience offered by trained music therapists) and music medicine (listening to pre-recorded music provided by a doctor or nurse) on physical and psychological outcomes in people with cancer. Explains Dr. Bradt, “We found that music therapy interventions specifically improve patients’ quality of life. These are important findings as these outcomes play an important role in patients’ overall well-being.”The team examined fifty-two (52) different trials in the review, consisting of a total of 3,731 participants with cancer, with twenty-three (23) classified as “music therapy” and twenty-nine (29) classified as “music medicine interventions.” Overall, one of the most impactful findings was that “music interventions” of all kinds resulted in a moderate-to-strong reduction of patients’ anxiety.For pain reduction, researchers found a large treatment benefit, and for fatigue, they found small-to-moderate treatment effects. However, when comparing the merits of the two different types of music interventions, they found that, in terms of quality of life benefits, “music therapy” is more effective than “music medicine.”Dr. Bradt explains that both kinds of music interventions “play an important role in cancer care, but we didn’t quite know yet which interventions may be best suited for which type of outcome…We hope that the findings of this review will encourage health care providers in medical settings to seriously consider the use of music therapy in the psychological care of people with cancer.”While there is still a lot to learn about the subject, the positive effects of music interventions on cancer patients are an exciting are an exciting development in science’s ongoing fight against the disease. [via Science Daily]
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan thinks he knows the formula for success in the English Premier League.For him, the Ghanaians in the Premiership must give their all and seek to impress their team fans if they want to be successful.The former Sunderland man who spent one season at the Stadium of Light proved to be an instant his with his goals and choreographed dances.Gyan is hoping for a similar fate for his national team mates. Christian Atsu is with Bournemouth) while Andre Ayew signed recently for Swansea. “All you have to do is to win the fans [over]. That is the main thing I learnt from the movie Gladiator. Everywhere you go the first thing you have to do is to win over the fans,” Gyan told reporters.“[The Ghanaian players In the EPL] are capable of doing that and they have got that fighting spirit. Andre has got that fighting spirit. The English like you to play with your heart.” “Even [when] things are not going well, let them see you have that eagerness to do something. That is all they want and I can see that in Andre so I just wish them luck.”The captain added that he is solidly behind the pair and will be delighted should they make a meaningful impact on the league.“We are all Ghanaians. We are all praying for them. The Premiership is the best league in the world so we will like to see them doing well and everybody will be happy.”Asamoah Gyan himself is on the verge of completing a mega deal to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG from Al-Ain.–
“He might end up starting, that could happen,” Williams said. “I don’t want to say he’s going to start Game 1 today, but it’s been enjoyable to see what Dwayne Haskins has done.”Washington personnel exec Doug Williams has been impressed with rookie QB Dwayne Haskins, but has Haskins been good enough to possibly start Day 1? @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/NWJ27Ju9WB— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) June 25, 2019Haskins, 22, has impressed in his short time with the Redskins, according to Williams. The team’s first-round pick will be competing with Colt McCoy and Case Keenum for the starting job. Related News “It’s been a great offseason,” Williams said. “To be on the sideline during OTAs and minicamp and see the young guy do what he’s done and take command of the opportunities he’s had.” Could rookie Dwayne Haskins be the Redskins’ starting quarterback in Week 1?According to senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams, that could happen. Redskins’ Alex Smith reflects on horrific leg injury, says he has to learn to run again Redskins’ Dwayne Haskins is ‘for sure’ a contender to start at quarterback, Jay Gruden says At Ohio State last season, Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 70% of his passes — which ranked fourth in the country.The Redskins’ struggles at quarterback are well-known — in the span of a few weeks least season, the team lost both starter Alex Smith and then McCoy to brutal leg injuries. While McCoy is expected to be 100%, Smith still is rehabbing his leg, which was a similar break to Washington legend Joe Theismann’s.The Redskins open the season Sept. 8 against the Eagles.