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]
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (July 3) – The Deery Brothers Summer Series makes its second of three visits this season to West Liberty Raceway on July 8. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for next Tuesday’s $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start IMCA Late Model show. Racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps.Admission to the grandstand is $16 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying paid adults. Pit passes are $30. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds also run on Tuesday, for all applicable points. More information is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.Colby Springsteen of Wapello was the winner of the April 12 Deery feature at West Liberty. The 28th annual series concludes there on Oct. 3 and 4.Springsteen is one of the six drivers to have won a Deery feature in as many events so far this season. Point leader Justin Kay of Wheatland, Andy Eckrich of Oxford, Terry Neal of Ely, Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., and most recently Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls have also added to their respective career win totals.Guss and defending series champion Brian Harris of Davenport have each won two of the previous seven Deery features held at West Liberty. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 282; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 277; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 260; 4. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 248; 5. Jason Rauen, Farley, 244; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 243; 7. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 240; 8. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 223; 9. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 215; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 213; 11. Scott Fitzpatrick, Long Grove, 206; 12. Brian Harris, Davenport, 203; 13. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 165; 14. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 140; 15. Terry Neal, Ely, 134; 16. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, 129; 17. John Emerson, Waterloo, 127; 18. Ronald Klein, Sherrill, and Spencer Diercks, Davenport, both 126; 20. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 118.
Christine Cain, 49 of Milan passed away at her home Saturday December 29, 2018. Christine was born Wednesday March 19, 1969 the daughter of William “Bert” and Velma (Auel) Caudill. She married David Lee Cain May18, 2007 and he preceded her in death October 20, 2017. Christine was a CNA and enjoyed riding Harleys, playing bingo, fishing, camping, and being with her friends and family.Christine is survived by daughter, Anna Browning of Milan, sisters Charlotte Mollaun and Cynthia Uribe both of Milan, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,1 brother and1 sister.A celebration of her life will be held at 12 noon on Thursday January 3, 2019 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be 10-12 noon Thursday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Family. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St., PO box 243, Milan, Indiana 47031, (812)654-2141. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online message for the family.