Musicians, magic and more make Halloween a treat for kids at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

 Halloween didn ’t skip a beat atUCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital, where patients, family and staff celebrated the holiday during the hospital ’s annual parade.Kids in costume giggled their way through the hospital halls, trick-or-treated at candy stations, watched a magician performing magic tricks, and snapped pictures with the Laker Girls. A variety of departments across UCLA Health pitched in to assemble the candy stations.Spirit Halloween donated costumes to pediatric patients, like 9-year-old Austin, whose costume came together just in the nick of time.Weeks ago, Austin decided to dress up as a character from the video game Fortnite, which he loves. But everywhere Austin and his family went looking for the costume, it was sold-out. The Spirit Halloween team jumped into action and spent weeks searching for the elusive costume at different stores. After a long search, the team found one and had it overnight-shipped. A Spirit Halloween representative then came to the hospital and delivered the costume to Austin, who was delighted to get it just in time for the hospital parties.TheChase Child Life Program organized the Halloween celebration at UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital, ensuring that all children in the hospital who wanted to could experience some Halloween fun. The hospital’s music therapy team serenaded the patients during the festivities.Megan Pike, a child life specialist at the hospital, constructed a “robot” mounte...
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Conditions:   Music Therapy;   Pain;   Patient Satisfaction;   Inpatients;   Affect Intervention:   Other: Music therapy Sponsors:   University of Calgary;   National Music Centre Studio Bell Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
This study was a randomized clinical trial. The participants were randomly assigned either one of four groups: control group, cold therapy, music therapy, and lidocaine spray. The primary outcome of the study was to measure pain using Visual Analog Scale. Anxiety was used as secondary outcome. RESULTS: Thirty patients in each arm completed the study. There was no difference in pain scores between groups immediately after and 20 min after CTR (F = 2.06, p = 0.108). However, there was a significant difference between the anxiety scores of control and intervention groups 20 min after CTR (p 
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research
Although patients in palliative care commonly report high emotional and spiritual needs, effective psychosocial treatments based on high quality studies are rare. First research provides evidence for benefits ...
Source: BMC Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research
Abstract PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Behavioral intervention describes multiple modalities of treatments which are of increasing interest in epilepsy. This review addresses recent behavioral clinical trials in epilepsy including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), and self-management. Results and conclusions from updated Cochrane reviews and the recent International League Against Epilepsy Psychology task force are presented. RECENT FINDINGS: Two recent large randomized controlled trials (mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation) reported improved seizure frequenc...
Source: Epilepsy Curr - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Curr Opin Neurol Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Certain naturopathic treatments and complementary medical methods may be useful in postoperative care and deserve more intensive study. In the publications consulted for this review, no serious side effects were reported. PMID: 30678751 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Deutsches Arzteblatt International - Category: General Medicine Tags: Dtsch Arztebl Int Source Type: research
DISCUSSION/STRENGTH: The GRADE approach makes this review a unique reference for people who are considering the grade of quality of evidence in systematic reviews, the balance of desirable and undesirable consequences and the strength of recommendations to decide which intervention should be used to reduce BP. LIMITATIONS: Many non-drug therapies were excluded due to the low methodological quality of their systematic reviews, and only 14 therapies were evaluated in this review. As no patient-important outcomes were reviewed, surrogate outcomes were used to rate the strength of recommendations. This approach may cause ...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
ConclusionThe 24-week music therapy program was effective in improving social interaction, communication skills, eye contact, hand function, and reducing seizure frequency among RTT patients. Additionally, music therapy was effective in relieving parenting stress, which may help healthcare providers initiate early intervention strategies that can prevent parenting stress and reduce the risk of depression.
Source: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The 24-week music therapy program was effective in improving social interaction, communication skills, eye contact, hand function, and reducing seizure frequency among RTT patients. Additionally, music therapy was effective in relieving parenting stress, which may help healthcare providers initiate early intervention strategies that can prevent parenting stress and reduce the risk of depression. PMID: 30670340 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: J Formos Med Assoc - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: J Formos Med Assoc Source Type: research
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