Playing music to premature babies helps them sleep and improves their breathing, claim doctors


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Why playing music to premature babies 'helps them sleep and improves their breathing'New study claims music can puts newborns into a quietly attentive stateAlso improves sucking behaviours which are important to help them feedSound of instrument or a parent singing is better than nursery rhymesResearch by Beth Israel Hospital in New York across 11 American hospitals By Daniel Bates PUBLISHED: 16:47 GMT, 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 15 April 2013 Soothing: The sound of music can make a newborn sleep better and puts them in a quietly attentive state Playing live music to a prematurely born baby can slow its heartbeat and make the child breathe more easily, according to a new study.

Forget brain training gadgets – just writing a letter or reading a newspaper is enough to keep your mind active into old age


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Forget brain training gadgets – just writing a letter or reading a newspaper is enough to keep your mind active into old age The simple activities all helped stave off memory lossThose who also played chess, watched a play, or regularly visited the library had 'younger brains' PUBLISHED: 18:10 GMT, 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 GMT, 26 November 2012 Researchers say that mental activities including writing letters all contribute to the health of the brain They have seen a surge in popularity of late, marketed as an entertaining workout for the grey matter, and credited with helping to reverse memory loss.

Boy, 10, collapsed and died from unknown heart condition after building an igloo in the snow with friends


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Boy, 10, who collapsed and died after building an igloo in the snow with friends may have had unknown heart conditionJoshua Houlgate was playing in the snow with his friends when he complained of feeling unwell and collapsedHis mother frantically tried to save his lifeCoroner records verdict of death by natural causes | UPDATED: 17:50 GMT, 15 October 2012 Tragic loss: Joshua Houlgate, the ten-year-old who collapsed and died while he was playing in the snow with his friends in February A 10-year-old boy who collapsed in front of his pals while they played in the snow could have had a lifelong heart condition, an inquest heard.

Staying up all night playing video games "puts teenagers at greater risk of diabetes"


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Staying up all night playing video games 'puts teenagers at greater risk of diabetes' | UPDATED: 05:43 GMT, 1 October 2012 Teenagers who stay up all night playing video games could be putting themselves at increased risk of diabetes, experts have warned.

Ronan Keating: "I"ve had a lot to cope with, but I"m learning to be happy"


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'I've had a lot to cope with, but I'm learning to be happy': Under the microscope with Ronan Keating | UPDATED: 00:34 GMT, 4 September 2012 The singer and songwriter, 35, on being a worrier, playing golf and why he has a disruptive sleep pattern 'I'm a worrier.

Children from poor families are more likely to eat junk food, claim researchers


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Children from poor families are more likely to eat junk food, claim researchers PUBLISHED: 15:52 GMT, 23 August 2012 | UPDATED: 15:52 GMT, 23 August 2012 Young children from poor families are more likely to consume junk food and fizzy drinks than their better off counterparts, it was claimed today.

Wife"s fury as musician with dementia is given cheap 99 plastic piano to play in his care home


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Care home gives concert pianist kid's keyboard to play with: Wife's fury as leading musician fights to fend off dementia Raymond Banning is a former Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music and has performed around the worldThe musician has two grand pianos worth 30,000 in his home – but was given a 99 plastic keyboard to playHis wife Lorraine says 'it's an insult' as she fights to have him brought backMr Banning has Pick's disease, which is similar to Alzheimer's and needs 24 hour careNHS bosses will decide this week whether he can be sent home | UPDATED: 13:14 GMT, 25 June 2012 A leading concert pianist with a rare form of dementia has been given a cheap plastic keyboard to play on in his care home.

Nell Bryden alopecia: Musician talks about hair loss


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'I grabbed Dad's hair clippers to take control of my alopecia': Determined musician Nell Bryden refused to let hair loss ruin her life By NELL BRYDEN PUBLISHED: 21:05 GMT, 23 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:05 GMT, 23 June 2012 Positive face: Nell sees her condition as a 'wake-up call' for life Sitting in front of the mirror in my New York apartment, I saw a reflection I hardly recognised.

Playing football or tennis regularly "can protect against brittle bone disease osteroporosis"


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Playing football or tennis regularly 'can protect against brittle bone disease' | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 7 May 2012 Men in their early twenties who play a lot of football are protecting themselves from brittle bone disease, according to a study.

Playing Tetris "could cure children of lazy eye" and spell the end for embarrassing eye patches


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Playing Tetris 'could cure children of lazy eye' and spell the end for embarrassing eye patches | UPDATED: 09:19 GMT, 5 April 2012 For generations, children have been warned that sitting in front of a screen for too long will give them square eyes.


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