No better way to close out October than with Halloween celebrations! Unlike last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given the green light to outdoor Halloween trick-or-treating. The CDC does recommend avoiding large outdoor gatherings, especially for those who are not vaccinated. So make sure you have your candy supply ready for the kids!
Music has been a part of Halloween celebrations throughout the years. Halloween music genres include rock, pop, contemporary and classical. Who has not heard the Halloween classic Monster Mash by Bobby (Boris) Pickett more than a few times? We know that music can lift our mood, reduce stress and more. But can music be medicine?
This Weekend Reading series begins with Music As Medicine, with articles exploring current research on the use of music in medical treatments. In Hospital Notes, explore articles on hospital quality ratings, check out how your local hospital rates, and more! Next check out Notable New with articles on a variety of current healthcare topics. Last but not least, do not miss Take a Breath, and my personal favorite, How Do Birds Breathe Better?
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Music as Medicine
- New York Times: The Healing Power of Music Music therapy is increasingly used to help patients cope with stress and promote healing
- STAT: New study revives a Mozart sonata as a potential epilepsy therapy
- Science Daily: Vocal music boosts the recovery of language functions after stroke
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) In Harmony
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Science and Culture: At the nexus of music and medicine, some see treatments for disease
2. Hospital Notes
- Kaiser Health News: Medicare Punishes 2,499 Hospitals for High Readmissions
- Look-Up Your Hospital: Is it Being Punished by Medicare?
- NPR: ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID
- Kaiser Health News: Analysis: A Procedure That Cost $1,775 in New York Was $350 in Maryland. Here’s Why.
3. Notable News
- University of MI Health: Transplants for alcohol-related liver inflammation surge during pandemic
- U.S. News & World Report: COVID Vaccination Provides Better Protection Than Prior Infection: Study
- Becker’s Hospital Report: Only 40% of Americans know vaccines reduce chances of testing positive for COVID-19: Poll
- NPR: Cigarette sales went up last year for the first time in 20 years
4. Take a Breath
- StudyFinds.org: Baby’s first breath responsible for life-saving brain changes, study says
- NYU: How Do Birds Breathe Better? Researchers’ Discovery Will Throw You for a Loop
- The Spokesman-Review: Ask Dr. Universe: Why do mirrors fog up when you breathe on them?
- Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Training & Show 1961: Link only https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNiEbj43y2s
- Wine Enthusiast: How Long Should I Let My Wine Breathe?
Enjoy your weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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Birmingham, MI 48012
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