Some therapists have been using music for years to help kids on the autism spectrum overcome issues of hyperactivity or speech. But evidence it’s clinically effective is mostly anecdotal. And insurers don’t pay for therapies that have only anecdotal support. Now, researchers are in the final stages of a study that hopes to provide the rigorous scientific proof that music therapy is effective.
Police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray are facing criminal charges in Baltimore. The city has seen marches all week. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, the author of “Letters to my Black Sons: Raising Boys in Post-Racial America,” joined the protests alongside her two sons, aged 12 and 14.
In the last ten years, the price of commercial space in Manhattan has almost doubled. Now, some politicians and an advocacy group are pushing to pass long-stalled legislation to protect small businesses from rising rents.
Long Island City is seeing a hotel boom. Ten years ago, this gritty industrial neighborhood had just one hotel. Now, it has around 25, with 20 more in development. The transition to hip tourist destination doesn’t come easy to local manufacturing businesses.
Two astronauts will spend a year at the International Space Station. One of them, American Scott Kelly, has a twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, back on Earth. Researchers are taking advantage of the unique opportunity to research the effects of space on human health by performing regular medical tests on both brothers.
New York state will only license a few companies to grow and sell the drug once the medical marijuana program rolls out next year. Those lucky companies will get the lion’s share of the profits from this budding industry. Contenders are getting ready for a fierce competition.