Music to treat neurological conditions are popular nowadays, and these form of art and auditory sensory sounds can help in therapeutic solutions to a person. Several doctors and researchers have reported the use of songs to treat these said conditions, something which was observed to have helped a lot in the said conditions.
Music Treatment for Neurological Conditions
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According to Science Alert, music has a massive and powerful effect on the human brain because it invokes a lot of sensory responses when listening to a specific type of music. The different elements of music affect how a person would relate to it, including lyrics, beat, bass, tempo, rhythm, and more.
It also helps in uplifting the mood of a person as it can help in becoming an outlet for all stress or loneliness experienced by a person listening to it. In several cases, there have been studies that have used music as a therapeutic agent in helping people overcome or invoke the process of healing when listening to music.
Research in the past has regarded music to be helping in regenerating neurons and facilitating neurogenesis. The power of music is more than what’s known of it.
Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and MORE
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The National Institute of Health (NIH) has also released a study regarding how music helps in the therapy of cases with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The sounds presented to patients with Alzheimer’s have certain connections to songs that are nostalgic to them, showing that certain indications and tunes can help in memory regeneration and avoid its total loss.
Song Therapy and Other Tech Focuses for the Brain
Technology has been the focus of modern medicine now, focusing on integrating virtual reality (VR) to the different treatments of diseases or illnesses, including that of Chronic Pain. However, it also has focuses on different diseases, including those that concern conditions of mental health, something that would help in diverting the focus to the said solution.
The focus of technology for neurological or mental health conditions has been popular lately, and it also includes the presence of music to be used as a solution to these problems. Music indeed has a lot to contribute towards mental health and everyday conditions of a person, and it also has been considered as a treatment to one’s lifestyle.
However, its use as a medical solution is a novel one, and this could help in the different neurological illness that plagues society, including that of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Music has been an integral part of mankind since the pre-historic days, and it is one of the oldest forms of art that are present until today, now considered to be a cure.
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Omicron variant could outcompete Delta, South African disease expert says
The Omicron coronavirus variant detected in southern Africa could be the most likely candidate to displace the highly contagious Delta variant, the director of South Africa’s communicable disease institute said on Tuesday.
The discovery of Omicron has caused global alarm, with countries limiting travel from southern Africa for fear it could spread quickly even in vaccinated populations and the World Health Organization saying it carries a high risk of infection surges.
“We thought what will outcompete Delta? That has always been the question, in terms of transmissibility at least, … perhaps this particular variant is the variant,” Adrian Puren, acting executive director of South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), told Reuters in an interview.
If Omicron proves even more transmissible than the Delta variant, it could lead to a sharp spike in infections that could put pressure on hospitals.
Puren said scientists should know within four weeks to what extent Omicron can evade the immunity generated by vaccines or prior infection, and whether it leads to worse clinical symptoms than other variants.
Anecdotal accounts by doctors who have treated South African COVID-19 patients say Omicron appears to be producing mild symptoms, including a dry cough, fever and night sweats, but experts have cautioned against drawing firm conclusions.
Puren said it was too early to say whether Omicron was displacing Delta in South Africa, since local scientists have only produced 87 sequences of Omicron so far.
But the fact that cases have started to rise rapidly, especially in the most populated Gauteng province, is a sign that some displacement might already be happening.
Delta drove a third wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that peaked at more than 26,000 cases per day in early July. Omicron is expected to trigger a fourth wave, with daily infections seen topping 10,000 by the end of the week from around 2,270 on Monday.
Anne von Gottberg, a clinical microbiologist at the NICD, said it looked like infections were rising throughout the country.
On Monday, an NICD presentation a flagged a large number of COVID-19 admissions among infants aged under two years as an area of concern. But von Gottberg cautioned against linking that with Omicron just yet.
“It looks like in fact some of those admissions might have started before the emergence of Omicron. We are also seeing that there was an increase in influenza cases just in the last month or so, and so we need to be really careful to look at the other respiratory infections,” she said.
“We are looking at the data very, very carefully, but at the moment I’m not too sure that we can link it definitively to Omicron.”
South Africa has been praised for alerting the global scientific community and WHO so quickly to Omicron — a brave move given the damage that travel restrictions imposed by multiple countries including Britain will do to its important tourism sector.
The country has reported close to 3 million COVID-19 infections during the pandemic and over 89,000 deaths, the most on the African continent.
(Additional reporting by Tim Cocks in Johannesburg; Editing by Alison Williams)
Air travelers to U.S. set to face tougher COVID-19 testing
The U.S. is moving to require that all air travelers entering the country show a negative COVID-19 test performed within one day of departure in response to concerns about a new coronavirus variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late on Tuesday.
Currently, vaccinated international air travelers can present a negative test result obtained within three days from their point of departure. Nearly all foreign nationals must be vaccinated to enter the United States. Unvaccinated travelers currently must get a negative COVID-19 test within one day of arrival.
The new one-day testing requirement would apply equally to U.S. citizens as well as foreign nationals.
Reuters reported earlier that a draft proposal was circulating among government agencies for the stricter testing requirement.
A CDC spokeswoman confirmed the agency is working to modify its global testing rules for travel “as we learn more about the Omicron variant; a revised order would shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States.”
The administration is also considering whether to require air travelers to get another COVID-19 test within three to five days after arrival in the United States, officials said.
The CDC did not confirm that, but noted it continues to recommend all “travelers should get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after arrival” and “post-travel quarantine for any unvaccinated travelers.”
The stricter rules could be announced Thursday, but it was not clear when they might take effect.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the agency “is evaluating how to make international travel as safe as possible, including pre-departure testing closer to the time of flight and considerations around additional post-arrival testing and self-quarantines.”
On Monday, the White House barred nearly all foreign nationals who have recently been in South Africa and seven other southern African countries over concerns about the Omicron variant.
A White House official said earlier Tuesday the administration is evaluating COVID-19 measures “including considering more stringent testing requirements for international travel.”
On Tuesday, the CDC advised Americans against travel to Niger, Papua New Guinea, Poland, and Trinidad and Tobago, citing COVID-19 concerns.
The CDC now lists about 80 foreign destinations as having “Level Four,” its highest level of COVID-19 transmission, and discourages Americans from traveling to those destinations.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Sandra Maler, Cynthia Osterman and Leslie Adler)
KidsAbility to hold vaccine clinics starting this weekend – CTV News Kitchener
The Region of Waterloo’s public health unit has provided more vaccine clinic options for vulnerable children who may need extra comfort.
As the region ramps up efforts to immunize children between five to 11 years old against COVID-19, the rollout out now includes KidsAbility vaccine clinics that will start this weekend.
“We’re delighted that the KidsAbility team has offered to partner with the Region of Waterloo to make it easier to provide a sensory-friendly vaccination experience for those children who would find our regional vaccination clinics overwhelming,” said Vickie Murray, the lead of the Region of Waterloo vaccine rollout in a press release. “Although we are confident we can accommodate most children’s needs at our regional vaccination clinics, KidsAbility already has a relationship with many of the families who will benefit from the safe space and added support they are able to offer.”
The Kitchener and Cambridge KidsAbility clinics will be accepting children five to 17 years old and will be by referral only.
“From the beginning of the pandemic, KidsAbility has been committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of the children and families we serve, as well as our team members,” added Linda Kenny, Chief Executive Officer for KidsAbility Centre. “Vaccines are mandatory for our staff and now we are very pleased to be working with the Region of Waterloo to host sensory-friendly vaccination clinics at our KidsAbility locations.”
Referral forms for families who feel their child requires additional support of a sensory-friendly vaccination clinic is being asked to contact the Region of Waterloo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-575-4400.
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