Researchers look for medical proof music therapy helps kids with autism

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.

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A Four-Legged Solution for PTSD?

About one in five veterans of the Iraq war has post traumatic stress disorder. The federal government and many private insurers pay for traditional, evidence-based treatments, like talk therapy and medication. But some vets find relief in alternative therapies, that veterans’ benefits don’t pay for. One of those is working with horses.

A bill headed for congress would evaluate how effective these therapies are in treating PTSD. And a new program in New York is working to bring equine-assisted therapy to more veterans in the city. Miriam Sitz reports.

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Interview with Dr Jack Drescher on so-called conversion therapy

The White House took a step in support of L-G-B-T people this week. On Wednesday night, Senior advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, writing on behalf of the Barack Obama, posted a petition on the White House website. It calls for the end of the so-called conversion therapy – that’s where therapists try to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Dancing Through Injuries With No Insurance

A look into the tough world of dance in NYC – How most dancers manage to make ends meet and deal with constant injuries in a profession that has little money and support to offer. Most dancers in NYC between 21 and 35 need to work an average of 5 jobs. Only 3,6 percent of part time dancers have insurance. And even among the ones considered full-time dancers, the rate of professionals with insurance is only 56 percent. I’m delving into what has changed in the past decades concerning their rights and medical assistance; and to what extent dance medicine has evolved as well.

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