Music therapy improves the health of premature babies and boosts parental bonding

Singing and playing music to your baby or young child may seem to be a no-brainer. We all have strong associations with nursery rhymes or childhood ditties sung to us by our parents and grandparents

Music therapy improves the health of premature babies and boosts parental bondingWe associate these with feelings of comfort and security, and it seems like the most natural thing in the world that we would sing to our own children as we cuddle and soothe them, or put them to bed. Imagine, though, that your baby was born earlier than anticipated, and had to spend time in […]

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life, suggest researchers

Singing in a community choir may provide some psychological benefit to seniors, a small study suggest. Researchers had primarily hoped to see choir participation yield improvements in elderly people’s thinking skills and physical fitness, but that didn’t happen. They did, however, see improvements in loneliness and interest in life among seniors in the singing groups

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life, suggest researchersThe study was conducted at 12 senior centers serving racially and ethnically diverse communities in and around San Francisco. Half of the centers were randomly selected for the choir program; the others served as a control group. Ultimately, 208 people participated in the choirs and 182 in the control group. None of them had been […]

Maha doc to conduct study on pregnant women to investigate the benefits of music therapy

Hearing develops from the age of 24 weeks, meaning that babies are accustomed to hearing their mother’s voice, and that of other family members while still inside the womb. They respond more readily to these voices than those of unknown adults, although even then they show a preference for live voices

Maha doc to conduct study on pregnant women to investigate the benefits of music therapyIn addition, researchers think that every baby is born hardwired, as it were, with what has been termed ‘communicative musicality.’ Put simply, babies respond positively to, and have an appreciation of, simple musical structures, melodies and simple vocal sounds. We are all familiar with ‘baby talk’ – the way we instinctively alter the tone of […]

Singing can help relieve symptoms and improve mood of Parkinson’s patients

Singing helps people with Parkinson’s disease to control their movements and walk more easily, according to new research. Scientists found that singing for an hour reduced shaking in Parkinson’s patients’ hands, arms and legs and made them steadier on their feet – although they don’t know why it has this effect

Singing can help relieve symptoms and improve mood of Parkinson’s patientsRecently, researchers from Iowa State University in Ames ran a pilot study to investigate the impact of singing on a small group of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The study was headed up by Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the university. The researchers presented their findings earlier this week at the Society for […]