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]
The 26th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will return to Telluride, CO’s Town Park, set to go down on September 13th-15th, 2019.On Thursday, the beloved late-summer festival announced their 2019 lineup, with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Boz Scaggs, and a yet to-be-announced headlining performer sitting at the top of the bill. The three-day festival will also see music performances by Anders Osborne, Ryan Bingham, Tab Benoit, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Allman Betts Band, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, Durand Jones & The Indicators, Cedric Burnside, Phil Cook, The Como Mamas, Otis Taylor’s Psychedelic Banjo Posse, Southern Avenue, Low Cut Connie, Ida Mae, Willie Farmer, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Cookie McGee, Sandra Hall, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mitch Woods, and Alex Paul and The Birds Of Play.An additional headliner, more artists, and a comedy lineup will be announced soon.Various ticket packages are now on sale here for Telluride Blues & Brews’ 2019 event.
The Wales full-back booted six penalties and a conversion of wing Bryan Habana’s interception try midway through the additional 20 minutes as Toulon triumphed 25-20 to book a Twickenham final appointment with fellow French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne on May 2. Leinster gave as good as they got for most of the contest, with centre Ian Madigan kicking five penalties and flanker Sean O’Brien scoring a late try, but it was Madigan’s pass that South African speedster Habana intercepted to see Toulon home. Toulon, bidding to become the first team in 20 years of European knockout club rugby to win three successive tournaments, were pushed all the way by a Leinster side that delivered its best performance of this season’s competition. Ultimately, though, they were left to reflect on what might have been, conceding 13 points during extra-time after holding Toulon 12-12 after 80 minutes. But Toulon will need to deliver a far more clinical display if they are to threaten Clermont in what will be a repeat of the 2013 European final. England international Steffon Armitage had to be content with a place on the Toulon bench, providing cover for the back-row trio of Juan Smith, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Chris Masoe, while Matt Giteau partnered Mathieu Bastareaud in a midfield of contrasting styles. Leinster, meanwhile, fielded an unchanged team from the side that edged past quarter-final opponents Bath two weeks ago as they looked to reach a fourth European final in the past seven seasons. Toulon exerted pressure from the start, and they almost went ahead after five minutes when a steepling Frederic Michalak kick failed to be gathered by Leinster wing Fergus McFadden or full-back Rob Kearney, and Toulon skipper Chris Masoe touched down. Referee Wayne Barnes, though, brought play back for an early infringement after playing advantage, and Halfpenny booted Toulon ahead. But the lead proved to be short-lived as Madigan passed 100 points in Europe this season with an angled penalty that tied things up, and he landed two further penalties during a four-minute spell that left Toulon with food for thought. Leigh Halfpenny kicked Toulon into the Champions Cup final at Twickenham next month and kept his team on course for an unprecedented European title hat-trick following an extra-time finish at Stade Velodrome. Leinster did not to need to do anything spectacular, it was more a case of keeping pressure on Toulon and making them concede penalties, with Madigan in the mood to gratefully accept his opportunities. Halfpenny narrowed the deficit via his second successful penalty 11 minutes before half-time, and there remained little to enthuse the crowd in terms of attacking rugby, as both teams seemed intent on trying to dominate midfield exchanges. Armitage entered the action five minutes before half-time, replacing an injured Smith, but Leinster still held the advantage, having rarely been threatened by a Toulon team that often built solidly, yet lacked a final thrust. Michalak, who had failed to spark Toulon during the opening half, lasted just eight minutes of the second period before being subsituted, with head coach Bernard Laporte sending on Rudi Wolf and moving Matt Giteau from inside centre to fly-half. Halfpenny then missed a difficult penalty, but he made amends with a 55th-minute penalty that drew Toulon level and at least breathed life into a game riddled by errors and that cried out for some attacking initiative. Leinster continued to absorb Toulon’s somewhat limited attacking game, and as the clock ticked down, it became a battle of wits and which team could control its nerve. Madigan showed signs of cracking when a penalty attempt 15 minutes from time hit the post, which gave Toulon an opportunity to counter-attack, forcing their opponents into some frantic defending. Leinster kept their defensive line intact, but they were punished at the breakdown by Barnes, and Halfpenny’s fourth successful penalty made it 12-9. But Madigan continued to match his fellow marksman blow for blow, finding his range from just inside Toulon’s half with a superb strike that levelled things up once more entering the closing 10 minutes. Gopperth had a chance to win it for Leinster with two minutes of normal time remaining, but his drop-goal attempt drifted agonisingly wide, then Armitage landed a final-kick penalty well short, which meant 20 minutes’ extra-time. Halfpenny and Madigan exchanged further penalties during the early flurries of extra-time, before Toulon’s New Zealand World Cup-winning lock Ali Williams was sin-binned for taking out rival lock Devin Toner in the air from a restart. It appeared a harsh call by Barnes, yet Toulon galvanised themselves via another Halfpenny penalty and Habana’s breakaway score that finally broke Leinster, even though O’Brien crashed over from close range with five minutes left. Press Association
A federal court judge in California has dismissed the team’s claim of unequal pay in a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation. However, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has ruled that claims of unequal travel and medical staff can go to trial.Players claim they have not been paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement to what the men’s national team receives under its labor deal. The women’s team filed suit in March 2019, asking for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Klausner left intact claims the USSF discriminated in its use of charter flights, hotel accommodations, medical support services and training support services.Players intend to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Klausner’s decision, a move that could delay the trial into 2021 or later.A trial is scheduled for June 16 in federal court in Los Angeles. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP sources: MLB, umpires reach pay dealUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball and its umpires have worked out a salary restructure in a deal that could put instant replay on hold this season.Two people familiar with the agreement tell the Associated Press that the agreement includes a 50% cut in May and nothing more this year if no games are played. The deal covers a pay structure during a coronavirus pandemic that has delayed the start of the season.Umps generally make between $150,000 and $450,000. They already have been paid from January through April. If even one regular-season game is played this season, the umps are guaranteed about one-third of their salaries. Update on the latest sports DOPING-STEVENSAmerican sprinter Deajah Stevens suspended in doping caseMONACO (AP) — American sprinter Deajah Stevens has been provisionally suspended for repeatedly being unavailable for doping tests.The Athletics Integrity Unit said Stevens amassed three whereabouts violations in a year.The AIU said similar suspensions were imposed on American sprinter Gabrielle Thomas and Kenyan distance runner Alex Korio Oliotiptip. It didn’t specify when or where the violations occurred. Associated Press — Indianapolis Motor Speedway could host the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced a five-stage plan to reopen the state with the final phase tentatively scheduled to include a return to sporting venues on July 4. That’s the very day an IndyCar-NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader is scheduled to be run on the sprawling track.— Major League Soccer is allowing players to return to outdoor team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting next Wednesday. MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. The league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15. MLS says individual workouts must follow certain detailed health and safety protocols.— Three people at German soccer club Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest blow to the league’s hopes of resuming games this month. Cologne didn’t name the people who tested positive and didn’t say whether they were players. Tests have been carried out this week on players, coaches and other staff at various clubs ahead of a planned return to full team training, then to competition.— Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque (zhorj luh-RAHK’) has tested positive for COVID-19. Laraque played 12 NHL seasons, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers and two with the Montreal Canadiens. He also suited up for the Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.— The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for late August in Switzerland has been canceled. Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August. However, organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions. Athletes are required to provide regular updates on their whereabouts to make it possible for anti-doping authorities to carry out surprise testing outside of competition.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other NFL news:— The Jaguars have declined to pick up the fifth-year option in running back Leonard Fournette’s rookie contract. The decision was not surprising after the team tried to deal Fournette over the last month. The former LSU star is coming off a career year. He topped 1,600 yards from scrimmage in 15 games last season, carrying 265 times for 1,152 yards and catching 76 passes for 522 yards.— The Bears have signed veteran safety Tashaun Gipson to a one-year contract, three days after he was released by Houston. Gipson has intercepted 23 passes and returned three for touchdowns over eight seasons with Cleveland, Jacksonville and Houston. The 29-year-old Gipson had 55 tackles and three interceptions in his lone season with the Texans, starting 14 games before landing on injured reserve because of a back injury.— Backup quarterback Nick Mullens has signed his exclusive rights tender with the 49ers. He was tendered a one-year deal in March. Mullens showed promise in place of injured QB Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018 and is eligible to become a restricted free agent next offseason.— The Packers have signed well-traveled defensive lineman Treyvon Hester, who is joining his fourth team in as many seasons since being taking in the 2017 draft. Green Bay’s only draft addition on the defensive line last week was the seventh-round selection of Miami end Jonathan Garvin. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSOCCER-US WOMEN’S TEAM LAWSUITJudge strikes down part of USNWT suitUNDATED (AP) — The US women’s soccer team has suffered a partial loss in court. Clase was acquired from the Texas Rangers this winter in Cleveland’s trade of two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. The hard-throwing right-hander was expected to have a major role at the back end of the Indians’ bullpen this season.Clase was 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA in 21 games after making his debut with the Rangers in August.MLB-DRAFTMLB owners to discuss upcoming draft next weekNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners are about to hammer out details for the upcoming amateur draft. NFL-NEWSNFL owners to meet via video conferencesUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has switched its mid-May owners meeting to remote video conferencing because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league previously canceled its annual meeting in March in Florida, where owners would have voted on potential rules changes. Those votes were expected to occur at the California meeting in two weeks. Among the rules to be discussed is allowing pass interference to be part of the video review system. That rule was adopted for one year and has gotten poor reviews from coaches and players.The NFL continues to plan for a preseason and regular season as scheduled. A person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press owners will discuss a length for the draft next week and are likely to start the selections on the original date of June 10.Teams and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that allowed MLB to cut the draft from 40 rounds to as few as five this year and 20 next year. The reduction is part of a plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that delayed the start of the season and slashed revenue. As part of the agreement, the sides agreed to leave the assigned slot values of draft signing bonuses at the same level in 2020 and 2021 as they were last year.That left the total of slot values for a 10-round draft this year at $265.5 million, including $29.6 million for rounds six through 10.NBA-BULLS-EVERSLEYBills unveil Eversley As part of the deal, MLB has the right not to use instant replays of umpires’ decisions during the 2020 season. Most calls have been subject to video review since 2014, but MLB is considering playing regular-season games at spring training ballparks that are not wired for replay.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NBA has announced the postponement of its upcoming draft lottery and draft combine amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Both events were scheduled to take place in Chicago this month. The NBA said it will provide more information on each event at a later date as the league continues to monitor the pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials.— The Oakland Athletics say former minor leaguer Miguel Marte died this week of complications from COVID-19. Marte was 30. The Dominican-born first baseman, catcher and right fielder played in the Oakland farm system from 2008-12, going as far as Class A.— Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says he has tested negative for the coronavirus, two weeks after he said he had tested positive for COVID-19. The Super Bowl 50 MVP is an asthmatic and was under the care of team doctors and quarantined at his Denver area home over the last two weeks. — The Dolphins have traded former first-round draft pick Charles Harris to the Falcons for a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft. Harris was the 22nd player taken in the 2017 draft before recording just 3 ½ sacks for Miami, including a half-sack last year.— A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press the Broncos have declined the fifth-year contract option on left tackle Garett Bolles. A fifth-year option for Bolles would have been worth about $11 million, guaranteed against injury. He has logged 46 holding penalties in 48 NFL games to earn the wrath of Denver fans.MLB-INDIANS-CLASE-DRUG SUSPENSIONIndians reliever Clase suspended 80 games for PED violationCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina State signee Josh Hall is staying in the NBA draft, announcing that he has hired an agent.Hall played at Moravian Prep in North Carolina for his senior season as well as an additional year of prep school. Prep players are eligible for the draft if they’re at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and at least one NBA season has passed since their graduating class from high school.Hall is a top-25 recruit for Rivals and a top-35 pick for 247sports.In other college basketball news:— Former tournament champion Notre Dame and Oregon headline the 2021 Maui Invitational field. The bracket was announced Friday and includes Butler, Houston, Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and host Chaminade. North Carolina, Indiana and Texas headline the 2020 Maui Invitational, scheduled for Nov. 23-25. May 2, 2020 CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have introduced new general manager Marc Eversley at a news conference Friday.Eversley agreed to take the job earlier in the week. He succeeds the fired Gar Forman and will work under new top executive Arturas Karnisovas. Eversley spent four years in Philadelphia’s front office — the past two as the 76ers’ senior vice president of player personnel.The Canadian-born Eversley becomes the Bulls’ first black general manager.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSNC State recruit to stay in NBA draft