Surgeons Save Music Teacher’s Music Function

2017 has been a year of breakthroughs in medicine. From 3D printing brain tissue to the accidental discovery of origami organs, it’s been smooth sailing for the science world. A group of doctors from the University of Rochester Medical Center saved not only a music teacher’s life, but also his music function.

“Removing a tumor from the brain can have significant consequences depending upon its location. Both the tumor itself and the operation to remove it can damage tissue and disrupt communication between different parts of the brain.  It is, therefore, critical to understand as much as you can about each individual patient.”

Substitute music teacher Dan Fabbio was suffering from a tumor near the center of his brain. Neurosurgeons used a brain mapping program to treat Fabbio and studied the patient for six months. In order to ensure that the operation was a success, Fabbio played his saxophone directly after surgery.

“It made you want to cry. He played it flawlessly and when he finished the entire operating room erupted in applause.”

While my saxophone-playing skills may be parallel to that of a squealing pig, it’s good to know that this musical genius got to retain his.

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Audiobooks For Dogs Therapeutic For Your Pooch

It’s been proven time and again that music is an effective form of therapy. It has allowed people to improve their communication skills and reduce stress. While music tends to calm animals equally as much as it does so with humans, dog whisperer Cesar Millan thinks there is something even better. Audiobooks for dogs are now available for your canine companion.

Audible for Dogs is designed for anxious pets that don’t like being left at home alone; Millan’s Dog Psychology Center reports that audiobooks are much more effective in relaxing dogs and reducing their stress than music… These audiobooks will calm dogs and help them feel less alone.

While you can choose pretty much whatever audiobook you prefer, Millan does have a list of suggestions. Among the handpicked titles are “A Dog’s Purpose” and “The Art of Racing in the Rain” — perfect for your pooch. Others, such as “Pride and Prejudice” are a bit more eccentric (and perhaps for dogs who enjoy classical literature).

This isn’t a completely separate program; subscribers to Audible will be able to purchase these audiobooks, and anyone can access Millan’s videos for free on the website.

While we may never know if audiobook therapy has any true scientific merit, it does seem like a fun activity for both man and his best friend.

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When Superstars Give Back: Charity Benefit Concerts

When tragedy strikes, most everyone is eager to help. Experienced philanthropists and those with expertise in rebuilding communities are equipped to handle such situations. But what about those part of the world’s entertainment industries? Celebrities such as Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres, and George Clooney have been known to endorse a number of charities–but it seems music superstars want in on the goodwill too. Here are some of the biggest benefit concerts held throughout the years.

Broadway for Orlando:

“In the case of charitable endeavors, you want to know that it’s doing good,”

Concert for Bangladesh:

The… concerts raised close to $250,000 US, but the subsequent album and video recordings of the show eventually boosted the donation to approximately $12 million US.

And most recently, One Love Manchester:

One Love Manchester Emergency Fund, created by Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross to support victims and their families, “help alleviate suffering and ensure [they] do not face short-term financial difficulties.”

However, not all charity concerts see success to its end. The Concert for Bangladesh encountered issues with the Internal Revenue Service after failing to properly communicate with UNICEF while the Hope For Haiti funds (which pledged over $9 billion) were ultimately mishandled and lost.

While I am no expert in the politics of major charitable foundations, smaller-scale fundraisers should turn to goal-setting to monitor where exactly donations go.

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Speaking Through Music

Through history, music has managed to transform the lives of people by means of success, healing, and a simple dose of good vibes. Whether you’re going through a break-up or lack shower tunes, music has got your back. Lately, researchers at the University of Plymouth have found that music has, once again, gone above and beyond, and is now being incorporated as an effective type of therapy.

Tailored music sessions could be crucial in transforming the lives of millions of people whose speech is impacted by learning difficulties, strokes, dementia, brain damage and autism, a new study suggests.

It could enable individuals and their families to feel less isolated or neglected within society, while enhancing their ability to communicate, both with each other and the wider world.

As a huge fan of the phrase “giving a voice to the voiceless” it came as no surprise to hear that music can successfully restore one’s motor skills.

“What we have shown is that music can give people a voice, allowing them to explore their creativity as well as communicating both pleasure and pain,” [said Jocey Quinn, professor at the university].

“We are pleased to see that the results of this study provide credible and robust evidence that demonstrates the wide social benefits of art and culture and hope this goes some way to making the links truly recognised.”

The University of Plymouth hopes that lessons will soon be implemented internationally.

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