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Family Health: Music Therapy for Babies

Fox 16's Donna Terrell has this story and more in today's Family Health report.
A premature infant's first concert may provide more than entertainment.

Researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center studied the effects of live music and lullabies on nearly 300 preemies from different neo-natal intensive care units.

They found live music -- provided by a certified music therapist -- has benefits on an infant's ability to eat, sleep, breathe, and self-regulate.

Dr. Kim Giuliano says: "when infants are exposed to live music they had lower heart rates, better sucking behaviors, and better sleep. they also had parents sing lullabies to their children and when parents were singing to their children those babies fed better, had better sucking behaviors, and the parents had lower levels of anxiety and stress."

Researchers also found singing lullabies appears to have a similar effect.

It benefits parents as well...easing stress and anxiety while providing chances to bond.

A new warning from the FDA over an ingredient commonly found in dietary supplements.

The stimulant is known as DMAA-dimethylamylamine.

It's promoted as a natural way to enhance athletic performance and speed up weight loss.

The agency says it can cause increased blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest tightening, cardiovascular problems and even heart attacks.

The FDA has received reports of 86 illnesses and deaths associated with products containing DMAA.
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