Music a boon to premature babies' health?
Despite recent studies touting benefits, many insurers won't pay for music therapy because of doubts it results in lasting medical improvements (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can music help premature infants sleep and feed?
Conclusion This research has found that live music therapies may slow infants’ heartbeats, calm their breathing, improve sucking behaviour important for feeding, improve sleep patterns and promote states of quiet alertness. Different interventions led to different patterns of improvement, but all three types of musical therapy appeared to have a positive effect on the infant. The therapies also seemed to help the parents of premature infants feel less stressed. Although this research is interesting, it is still unclear whether music therapy can lead to tangible health improvements, for example, the researchers did no...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Sounds and Song Soothe NICU Babies (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Music therapy that encompasses sung lullabies and sounds that mimic the womb environment showed benefits for vital signs, sleeping, and eating among premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - April 15, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

MedTones Invites Medical Campus to Join Rehearsals
The MedTones, the University of Kentucky Medical Center chorus, invite faculty, staff, and students in all colleges of the medical center to attend rehearsals. Rehearsals for the MedTones take place every Tuesday at noon in MN-363 for approximately 45 minutes. Jasmine Simons, a music therapy graduate student, is the new director. (Source: UK College of Medicine News)
Source: UK College of Medicine News - February 2, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: 7H000 students medtones Source Type: news