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Music has a profound impact on our lives. For Oliver Jacobson, music therapist with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, he witnesses the effect it has on health during daily rounds.  Watch how his music provides a calming experience for the children and their families.

How does this apply to diabetes? A study published online July 15, 2013 in JAMA Pediatrics, showed that listening to music playing in the background had a beneficial effect in reducing stress and pain for children having an IV started. Though the study was small and didn't directly involve children with diabetes, the tip may work for insulin injections, pump or glucose sensor starts and checking blood glucose. Where's the radio app? Push play!