New Medical Study Finds Music Can Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms

first_imgThe 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]last_img read more

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Boz Scaggs, Anders Osborne, More

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Dealing with inequality

first_imgAsking the simplest question amid a sea of statistics about income gaps and metaphors about rising tides and economic ladders, Harvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood stumped a session that was called to discuss “The Growing Challenge of Inequality.”“What are we going to do about it?” Ellwood asked at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Thursday. Suppose, he said, a member of Occupy Wall Street came into the session and said, “ ‘I want to change inequality in America.’ What should we do?”A moment of silence greeted the question, and then William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, took the plunge.“The question is: What can we do realistically, given the present economic and political [reality],” he said. “I would love to strengthen the nation’s equalizing institutions … institutions that I think played major roles in the broadly rising economics in all groups.”That includes quality public schools, minimal wage, and health care legislation, he said.Wilson sounded a theme that was repeated through the discussion: that the period of 1947 through 1970 was a time of great equalization in income level, when it seemed that a rising tide did lift all boats. Unions were stronger, tax structures were different, and “there was a regular increase in the minimum wage,” Wilson said.Lawrence F. Katz, the Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics, cited numerous statistics that underscored recent changes in the U.S. economic structure. “Any way you slice or dice data on income or earning, you’ve seen large inequalities of income in the last 30 years.”The share of national income going to the upper 1 percent more than doubled from 1979 from about 10 percent to about 23.5 percent, he said.“To put it in perspective: If magically, we could have kept a share of the top 1 percent income from where it was in 1979 and redistribute to all the incomes of the bottom 90 percent, everyone would have $9,000 more, or 27 percent higher income.”Katz painted a picture of the widening gaps, saying that if you think of the economy as an apartment house, the penthouse is now more sumptuous, and the basement has been flooded and is full of cockroaches. What is more telling is that the elevator is not working, he said, impeding the ability of people to move up a floor, and the people at the top rarely move down.Where a person is born and where he or she starts out is now a much bigger determinant of where he or she will end up than in recent decades, he said. Deregulation, tax cuts, and high executive compensation have all played a role in this, he said.Pressed by Ellwood as to what is the norm of executive compensation, Katz noted that corporations are now larger, and decisions that are only 1 percent better may make a huge difference in billion-dollar companies.Still, Katz said, huge incentives may not be needed for motivating good management: “Making $10 million more rather than $20 million more, you still try to make a good decision.”Painting an ominous portrait of how family life is affected by economic inequality, Kathy Edin, professor of public policy and management, noted that the higher proportion of unstable and complicated family life (divorces, remarriages, mixed families) among lower-income groups may have “far-reaching and negative implications for kids’ well-being, especially for boys.” The divorce rate among people with upper-level income is now about that of the 1960s, whereas divorce rates are growing among lower levels.“When you talk to unmarried parents at the hospital, they definitely want to stay together and raise their children together. What happens economically to them over the first five years of their child’s life matters a lot,” Edin said. “If you follow couples over time, you find that when they make even modest economic gain, their chances of marriage, and staying together, and raising their children together increase substantially.”If education is a key to improving the economic status of the poor, the very system of funding public education by each city or town, which creates great disparities, has to change, said Edward Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics. He sounded a cynical note, by referring to American ethnic fragmentation and insular political institutions. “That combination is still very much in place,” he said.But even if public education were to be magically transformed overnight, it would be 20 years before the youngest student would enter the job market, Ellwood said. “Can we wait 20 years?” he asked.Tellingly, Ellwood also observed that panelists’ comments had “not focused on the top 1 percent, except as a source of revenue. You worked on a set of problems that were more at the bottom half.”Wilson praised the Occupy Wall Street movement for raising the public awareness of inequality. Addressing that, however, the panelists acknowledged, is more difficult.last_img read more

Snakes on the brain

first_img“We all live at the intersection of art and learning, and there’s always more to learn,” Steven Seidel told a group of educators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) on Thursday.Seidel, director of the Arts in Education masters program at HGSE, spoke in Askwith Hall about the lack of passion-driven learning in so many schools, and called for learning approaches that focus on joy, allowing students to be inspired and supported in their desires. “Nothing without joy,” a quote from the Italian educator Loris Malaguzzi (1920-94), is a guiding principle that Seidel would inscribe atop the school entrances.There had been much joy on display the previous evening at the kickoff of the second annual  professional development program for educators and artists presented by the Silk Road Project in collaboration with the HGSE. At the Farkas Hall event, Seidel engaged in a passion-driven discussion with renowned cellist and Silk Road Project founder Yo-Yo Ma about how the arts can enhance learning. The conversation was followed (or perhaps continued) with a crowd-delighting musical performance by the Silk Road Ensemble, under Ma’s artistic direction. Affiliated with Harvard, the Silk Road Project explores connections between the arts and academics. The ensemble has performed at many schools, supporting its goal of promoting arts and education.On Thursday morning, Seidel asked 100 educators who came to HGSE for a three-day program called “The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning” to “learn with and learn from each other” and be open to new approaches.  He asked the educators, the vast majority of whom were classroom teachers who’d come from many states and several countries, how they defined “passion-driven learning.” He cited answers they had offered in their program applications: One teacher defined it as “a strong emotional connection to the subject matter,” while others described it as “being inspired” and learning “based on an inner drive.” Seidel asked the audience to pair up and discuss how the arts could be used to engage students, make connections, build community, and work collaboratively.After a few minutes of paired discussion, Seidel asked another question: “What is worth studying?” When he listed whales and the French Revolution, nearly every head nodded. When he cited snakes, there was some hesitation.Seidel described the inspiring work of second-grade teacher Jenna Gampel, sitting near the front, who used a snake-centric curriculum to advance learning goals and engage students at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton.Gampel defined clear learning objectives, explained Seidel, including helping students “make and record observations about snakes” and “draw scientific illustrations of snakes.” Seidel showed a slide of different drafts from one of Gampel’s students who carefully drew a detailed, lifelike drawing of an anaconda.Gampel’s second-graders created an illustrated book called “What Snake Am I?” The book included text, drawings, and observations from students. Gampel also integrated literacy, noted Seidel, by exploring “how you take myths and misconceptions [about snakes] and get to another place” based on real information. Few animals have been so mythologized as snakes, Seidel added.Gampel’s creatively engaged students went far beyond myth-busting, said Seidel. He showed a music video her students made with the help of a songwriter. Borrowing from pop sensation Lady Gaga’s hit song “Born This Way,” the second-graders created an anthem of snake acceptance, “Snakes Are Born This Way,” which the Askwith Hall audience watched in toe-tapping appreciation.As one student sings in the video, snakes “are part of the world; don’t judge snakes by their looks.” The YouTube video combined dance, song, performance, fashion (with lots of kids wearing Lady Gaga-like large sunglasses), music, and, of course, knowledge about snakes. The pure joy of learning that Seidel had described earlier was displayed in abundance.Seidel showed a second video, this of a songwriter engaged in the meticulous, back-and-forth collaboration with Gempel’s students to write the lyrics for “Snakes Are Born This Way.” Like so many creative collaborations, writing lyrics with enthusiastic young students seemed equal parts exasperation and exhilaration, as lines were suggested and then tossed out or embraced by the kids and the songwriter. Gampel’s students learned something about how music is built from the ground up through a painstaking, disciplined, but often joyful process.As Seidel’s example showed, there’s lots of engagement, connection, community, and collaboration to be had by mixing the arts with even the unlikeliest of academic topics, such as herpetology. What’s needed, Seidel emphasized, is a more open-minded approach to integrating the arts into curricula.Seidel closed by citing educator David Hawkins, who viewed academic disciplines as “a richly interconnected network of ideas … taken from many passages of experience.” Education should thus never be “a long march” ordered from above going in a single direction to some pre-determined place, said Seidel.Better to have learners zigzagging across disciplines, following their passions and the need to connect, as when Gampel’s class learned about snakes, writing, music, dancing, and the creative process by making a music video about woefully underappreciated snakes.The session was organized by HGSE’s Programs in Professional Education in collaboration with the Silk Road Project.last_img read more

American Hero Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The dark comedy American Hero begins performances on May 12 as part of Second Stage’s annual Uptown Series. The play, making its New York premiere, stars Jerry O’Connell, Ari Graynor, Daoud Heidami and Erin Wilhelmi. Opening night is set for May 22. Ari Graynor Star Files Written by Bess Wohl, American Hero follows three up and coming “sandwich artists”—a teenager, a single mom and a downsized refugee from corporate banking—who are perfecting the mustard to cheese ratio according to the company manual of a toasted subs franchise in a local mall. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. The play, directed by Leigh Silverman, will run through June 8 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. Jerry O’Connelllast_img read more

Basin Harbor Resort offering rooms to guests booked at closed properties throughout the state

first_imgBasin Harbor,As many resorts, inns and hotels throughout Vermont have either closed or become inaccessible in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont is offering guests of those properties complimentary stays at their resort. ‘We were very fortunate at Basin Harbor and are fully up and running, but we recognize that many in our industry are not so lucky.  This is Vermont, we all join together in times like this,’ said Pennie Beach, co-owner of Basin Harbor Club.  ‘For visitors who had a reservation at a property that is confirmed as closed or physically inaccessible due to roads, power, water etc. we’re offering complimentary accommodations on our property, with just a requested $10/night service fee to cover the cost of making up the room.’ To take advantage of this offer, guests will need to provide confirmation of reservation, rate and deposit paid at the original property.  Should guests choose to stay longer than their reservation at the original property, they will be charged at the going rate with applicable charges.Basin Harbor Club was established in 1886 by Ardelia Beach and has remained family owned for 125 years.  Today, guests are greeted by fourth generation hosts, Pennie Beach and Robert H. Beach, Jr.  Originally a 225-acre working farm catering to summer boarders, the resort has expanded to cover 700 acres of Vermont’s most pristine land along the shores of Lake Champlain, encompassing the main lodge, cottages, a private golf course, spectacular gardens, a 3,200 foot grass airstrip, and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’an organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Lake Champlain. For more information, please visit is external) or call 1-800-622-4000.Vergennes, Vt. (August 30, 2011) ‘last_img read more

U.S. Experts Investigate Plane Crash in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo August 19, 2010 On 17 August, a commission of U.S. experts began investigating the plane crash that left one person dead and more than twenty injured on 16 August, after a commercial airplane carrying 131 people split in three as it was landing on the Colombian island of San Andrés. Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos characterized as a “miracle” the fact that the crash “did not turn into a tragedy” and announced that he will travel to the Caribbean island on Wednesday in order to recognize the local authorities for the timely way in which they reacted to the accident. For his part, Transportation Minister Germán Cardona indicated that the investigation into the accident began the same day, Monday, and that a commission of experts from the United States, including delegates from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), arrived Tuesday in order to collaborate in this task. “Anything that could be said at the moment would be no more than speculation. The investigative commission will give us the definitive answers,” the minister told the press. Cardona specified that the Colombian airline Aires, which owned the Boeing 737-700 that crashed, “has been in compliance with the protocols, controls, and procedures” required by the country’s aviation regulations. The president of the airline, Francisco Méndez, said at a press conference Tuesday that the plane suffered the accident “as it was landing at 1:49 a.m. (local time on 16 August, 6:49 a.m. GMT), at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Airport, in the middle of a severe storm.” “The information that we have is that upon initiating the descent and getting ready to touch down, something happened that has been described as a bolt of lightning, and the plane crashed into the ground. We have to really investigate what it was that happened,” he added. The motors of the plane, which was finishing a flight from Bogotá to San Andrés, came off, and the fuselage was split into three pieces on the runway. The plane was carrying 125 passengers, at least 20 of whom were foreigners, including 8 from France, 4 from Brazil, 4 from the United States, 2 from Costa Rica, and 2 from Germany, as well as 6 crew members. The accident took the life of a seventy-three-year-old woman, who died of a heart attack after being taken to a hospital on the island of San Andrés, and left two victims seriously injured, an eleven-year-old girl and a fifty-eight-year-old woman, who were taken to Bogotá for medical care. The Germans, Lukas Rehm and Kirsten Epler, are hospitalized in Bogotá in “stable” condition, according to the airline. Another eight people injured were also hospitalized in Bogotá in “stable” condition. In addition, at least twenty people suffered bruises and minor injuries. For his part, the president of the Colombian Air-Traffic Controllers Association, Carlos Arturo Bermúdez, declared that a number of problems have been reported at the San Andrés airport. In addition, he declared that there is a deficit of more than three hundred air-traffic controllers in Colombia. The deputy director of the Civil Aviation Agency (Aerocivil, the regulatory agency for commercial aviation in Colombia), Col. Donald Tascón, announced that the plane’s black boxes have now been recovered.last_img read more

Brazilian Officer Receives UN Award

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo June 23, 2020 Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araújo received the United Nations (U.N.) Military Gender Advocate Award, for her work as a gender protection advisor, at the headquarters of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The officer shared the award with Indian Army Major Suman Gawani, who acted as a military observer for the U.N. Mission in South Sudan.On May 29, during a virtual award ceremony, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the role of service members during operations against sexual violence against women and the protection of human rights. “The work of these women is inspiring, and it has made a great difference,” he said. “Their contribution confirmed and reinforced the relevance of women in these missions.”Brazilian Navy Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araújo is a gender protection advisor for MINUSCA. (Photo: MINUSCA)Diálogo spoke with Cmdr. Carla from the Central African Republic (CAR), where she is deployed until July 2020. “My performance in MINUSCA is a result of my work in the Brazilian Navy,” said the officer. “I have always worked with management and risk analysis. So, when I arrived at the mission, I assessed what was being done and what could be improved.” As a trained dentist, Cmdr. Carla worked for 17 years in the MB Marine Corps, at which time she developed her passion for humanitarian missions.Expanding presence on the ground Since they began their work in MINUSCA, the team led by Cmdr. Carla expanded the key personnel from 36 to 91 in 46 strategic points of the CAR, instead of the 10 initial locations. “If our service members were not motivated and participating, we wouldn’t have achieved so many changes on the ground,” she said.The main goal, according to the officer, was to enable the key personnel to function as training multipliers. “More than 3,000 service members received training, out of a total of about 11,000 MINUSCA members,” said Cmdr. Carla. “We created French and English classes to minimize the language barrier and we tried to train service members of all nationalities from the countries that provided troops, to facilitate communication.”Cmdr. Carla’s interaction with the local community contributed to the positive outcome of the operations. (Photo: MINUSCA)According to Cmdr. Carla, operations in the CAR are divided into two fronts: to work under better conditions, promoting more women in missions, and to implement mixed patrols, by including at least two women in the rounds. “Currently, women make up 5 percent of MINUSCA troops; while 26 percent of military observers are female.”“We, women, have a natural ability to connect, to understand, to comfort, to support, and to work as agents of change for the local population,” said Cmdr. Carla. “When we are on the ground, working side-by-side with our male teammates, we are key to reaching long-lasting peace in a conflict region.”Cmdr. Carla was happy to receive the award on the U.N.’s 75th anniversary, the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and the anniversary marking 40 years of the presence of women in the MB. “Two Brazilians winning the same award in consecutive years generates great visibility. This may motivate other female service members to participate in humanitarian missions,” she concluded.last_img read more

Credit unions again lead latest round of 39 Apple Pay additions

first_imgApple Pay momentum continues to propel the nascent payments system forward, and Apple on Tuesday announced the addition of 39 participating financial institutions, 27 of which are credit unions.Apple added 39 new entries to its list of Apple Pay participating issuers, as reflected in a corresponding Support Pages document on the company’s website, bringing the total up to 145 banks and credit unions.New additions include: America’s Christian Credit Union, America’s Credit Union, Arizona Federal Credit Union, BankPlus, BMI Federal Credit Union, Canton School Employees FCU, Charles Schwab Bank, Clearview Federal Credit Union, First Community Bank & Trust, First Community Credit Union, First Credit Union, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, GTE Financial, Gulf Winds FCU, Hiway Federal Credit Union, Independent Bank, Jordan Credit Union, KeyBank, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Langley Federal Credit Union, Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, Members First Credit Union, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, NBT Bank, ORLN Federal Credit Union, Prosperity Bank, RBC Bank, Sacramento Credit Union, Salem Five Bank, San Francisco Fire Credit Union, Sandy Spring Bank, Schools Financial Credit Union, Silicon Valley Bank, TruMark Financial Credit Union, United Nations FCU, Vantage Credit Union, VyStar Credit Union, Wanigas Credit Union and Wings Financial Credit Union. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CO-OP’s Samantha Paxson discusses 4 mega-trends that affect your credit union today

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CO-OP Financial Services Chief Marketing Officer Samantha Paxson joins us to discuss her presentation at THiNK15 on “Four Megatrends for Credit Unions to Watch” — which include:Life improvementTechnologyInstant gratificationCommunitySamantha explains how each of the trends will affect — if not already — credit unions and how they do business in the future. She adds that these trends will show our industry the path forward to continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of members. Check it out — and let us know what you think about these trends. continue reading »last_img read more