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Residents reap rewards of art therapy

RESIDENTS at a Limerick nursing home, 14 of whom have acquired brain injuries, yesterday held an exhibition of their art projects.

All are cared for at Killeline Nursing Home near Newcastle West and the exhibition consists of paintings, a piece of sculpture and textile work, all completed over the past few months.

Art therapist Annette McConnell has been working with residents at the nursing home over the past six months. (Examiner) >>>

Belly laughs and Bach the latest prescriptions for heart disease

Dr Michael Miller, professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said watching a film or a sitcom that produces laughter has a positive effect on cardiovascular function and may be as beneficial as going for a run. However, the laughter must be intense – “more of a deep belly laugh”, Dr Miller said – and needs to last for about 15 seconds to be effective.

Meanwhile, a German cardiologist who is also an organist told the same symposium that, in comparison to listening to Bach, heavy metal music has a “potential to be dangerous”. (Times) >>>

Young cancer patients to exhibit artworks

ARTWORKS BY 33 young Irish cancer patients are to be exhibited as part of an international travelling art project that has already been shown in the US, South America and the Middle East.

The children, aged from six to 15 years, recently took part in art workshops at the Shimna Valley Respite Centre, Newcastle, Co Down, run by the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

The workshops, led by US art therapist Tracy Councill, were designed to help children cope with the emotional aspects of living with cancer. “I am delighted to be working with children from Ireland, North and South, using art therapy to help them on their cancer journey,” Ms Councill said. (Irish Times) >>>