This feature is part of Music and Your Mind, a series exploring how music affects your brain. Read part 2 on healing and part 3 on torture. (CNN)Music is present in every part of our lives. Our spiritual rituals are framed with songs, children learn the alphabet through song and the malls and cafes we visit during our leisure time are rarely silent. But just how much can this ever-present thing impact us -- and the way we act and feel? Research suggests music can influence us a lot. It can impact illness, depression, spending, productivity and our perception of the world. Some research has suggested it can increase aggressive thoughts, or encourage crime. Recently, a UK study explored how "drill" music -- a genre of rap characterized by threatening lyrics -- might be linked to attention-seeking crime. That's not new, but the emergence of social media allows more recording and sharing. The content of these songs is about gang rivalry, and unlike other genres, the audience might … [Read more...] about How music can change the way you feel and act
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PUBLISHED: 09:56 13 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:02 13 January 2019 Karen Bethell Rhianwen Smee, who has signed up for a 48-mile 'ultra' marathon to raise cash to support people with eating disorders. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Archant Because her mother had severe mental health problems, after her parents separated, Rhianwen and her two sisters were brought up by their father at Kelling, near Holt. Rhianwen Smee, who has signed up for a 48-mile 'ultra' marathon to raise cash to support people with eating disorders. Photo: KAREN BETHELLWhen Rhianwen Smee signed up for a gruelling, 48-mile ‘ultra’ marathon to raise cash for the eating disorders charity Beat, she opened up to friends and family for the first time about her own struggles with food. The Holt mum-of-four, who has already topped her £400 fundraising target, talks to KAREN BETHELL about her lifelong battle with binge eating disorder.Rhianwen Smee, who has signed up for a 48-mile 'ultra' … [Read more...] about “There is help out there and it can change everything.” Mum-of-four speaks about her battle with binge eating disorder
MEGHAN Markle made a surprise appearance at an academic meeting to discuss how higher education can improve lives. The Duchess joined university leaders to explore how further learning can address human trafficking, slavery and gender equality. Pregnant Meghan, 37, visited King's College London, but her trip was not announced. She looked relaxed in a casual short-sleeved, black top as she jotted down notes and asked questions. Laura Hammond, professor of development studies at SOAS University London, dropped news of the royal visit on Twitter, posting: "Thanks to HRH Duchess of Sussex for joining us!" She added: "We had an excellent discussion about how research can tackle the problems of slavery and human trafficking. Thanks to HRH Duchess of Sussex for joining us!" Laura added a picture of Meghan at the head of the table. The ACU said the event was an opportunity to explore how higher education can help build a better world. It discussed peace and reconciliation and climate … [Read more...] about Pregnant Meghan Markle dresses down for surprise meeting with uni bosses on how further education can change lives
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Laboratories frequently “reclassify” genetic mutations. But there is no reliable system for telling patients or doctors that the results of their genetic tests are no longer valid. ByGina Kolata Oct. 16, 2018 The results of a genetic test may seem final — after all, a gene mutation is present or it is not. That mutation increases the risk of a disease, or it does not. In fact, those findings are not as straightforward as they might seem, and the consequences may have grave implications for patients. While a person’s genome doesn’t change, the research linking particular bits of DNA to disease is very much in flux. Geneticists and testing labs constantly receive new information that leads them to reassess genetic mutations. As a result, a mutation The result: The gene … [Read more...] about The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.
Today is ‘What matters to you day’, a celebration which sees health professionals encourage and support each other to have better conversations with the people we care for. It’s all about turning the focus from a mindset of “what’s the matter with you?” to “what matters to you?” I passionately believe in the importance of conversations to ensure great service user experience and as a tool to prevent or manage ill health, and I know many other health professionals feel the same. In January I blogged about some research we’d carried out with front line NHS colleagues who told us that preventing ill health was important, but that they often lack the confidence to have more holistic conversations about a patient’s wellbeing. I’m a big advocate of techniques like motivational interviewing and health coaching, so to mark ‘What matters to you day’ I was delighted to speak to Dr Penny Newman, an NHS England NHS … [Read more...] about Blog Public health matters Better conversations can change lives