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Lots of patients with cancer, cancer survivors use but don't report complementary/alternative medicine therapies
This study used data from a nationwide survey to estimate how many patients with cancer and cancer survivors use complementary and alternative medicines (CAMS) in addition to or instead of conventional therapies, and how many don't disclose that to their physicians. (2019-04-11)
Veterans who learn Transcendental Meditation find relief from PTSD, new study shows
A study published in Military Medicine showed that after 30 days of practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, 80 percent of the 46 veterans and active-duty personnel no longer had PTSD. (2018-01-12)
Mindfulness may help reduce cravings for food and drugs, says review
Mindfulness strategies may help prevent or interrupt cravings for food and drugs, such as cigarettes and alcohol, by occupying short term memory, according to a new review from City, University of London. (2018-01-30)
Mindfulness meditation reduces incidence of major depression
Among primary care patients with subthreshold depression, mindfulness meditation training reduces the incidence of major depression and improves depression symptoms. (2018-03-13)
Study: Mental health mobile apps are effective self-help tools
When it comes to strengthening your mental or emotional health, would you trust an app? (2017-11-20)
New research shows Transcendental Meditation empowers disadvantaged Ugandan mothers
A new study with disadvantaged women in Uganda using measures of self-efficacy, perceived stress, and mental and physical quality of life, found significant differences between a group practicing Transcendental Meditation and controls after three months. (2018-04-18)
The beneficial aspects of mindfulness for students of computer engineering
Subjected to the same practice exercise, the group of students that participated in mindfulness sessions obtained better results than those that did not take part in this activity. (2018-02-08)
Meditation could help anxiety and cardiovascular health
In a student-led study, one hour of mindfulness meditation shown to reduce anxiety and some cardiovascular risk markers. (2018-04-20)
Mental training changes brain structure and reduces social stress
Meditation can have positive effects on our health and well-being. (2017-10-04)
Religious upbringing linked to better health and well-being during early adulthood
Participating in spiritual practices during childhood and adolescence may be a protective factor for a range of health and well-being outcomes in early adulthood, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. (2018-09-14)
Mindfulness training reduces stress during exam time, Cambridge study finds
Mindfulness training can help support students at risk of mental health problems, concludes a randomized controlled trial carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge. (2017-12-18)
Moderate to severe mid-life anxiety may be linked to later life dementia
Moderate to severe mid-life anxiety may be linked to dementia in later life, suggests an analysis of the available published evidence in the online journal BMJ Open. (2018-04-30)
Meditation has limited role in making you a better person, says study
New research has suggested meditation's role in making individuals better people is limited. (2018-02-05)
Trial examines how mindfulness meditation may improve mood
In a randomized controlled trial of 134 mildly stressed, middle-aged to older adults, participants who were assigned to a six-week mindfulness-meditation training program experienced significantly reduced negative affect variability -- which refers to subjective distress and includes a range of mood states such as worry, anxiety, anger, self-criticism, and life dissatisfaction -- compared with participants assigned to a waitlist control. (2018-11-21)
Boosting communication is key in managing menopause
A University of Delaware student and faculty member have reviewed previous studies about how women manage menopause symptoms and found that they frequently use alternative treatments. (2017-03-08)
Yoga and meditation improve mind-body health and stress resilience
A new research article published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience investigates the effects of yoga and meditation on people by looking at physiological and immunological markers of stress and inflammation. (2017-08-22)
Research shows a technique to offset the worry of waiting
Research has shown all the techniques we employe to reduce the stress of worry don't work. (2017-12-04)
Mindfulness at work: UBC study first to uncover positive benefits for teams
Challenges and differences in opinion are inevitable when working in a team. (2018-05-03)
Yoga and meditation improve brain function and energy levels
Practicing brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. (2017-09-06)
Meditation: An effective new therapy to reduce eye pressure in primary open-angle glaucoma
A new era in the management of glaucoma is ushered in by a landmark study published in the Journal of Glaucoma, Official Journal of the World Glaucoma Association. (2018-11-05)
Relaxation response may reduce blood pressure by altering expression of a set of genes
A new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH identified genes associated with the body's response to relaxation techniques and sheds light on the molecular mechanisms by which these interventions may work to lower blood pressure. (2018-04-04)
Meditation adapts the brain to respond better to feedback
In a new study in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience researchers from the University of Surrey have discovered a link between meditation and how individuals respond to feedback. (2018-12-11)
Meditation might be useful addition to heart-healthy lifestyle and medical treatment
Traditional medical therapy for high cholesterol, blood pressure and other risk factors remains the mainstay of preventing heart disease, but meditation may be helpful to some people who want to reduce the risk of heart disease as long as they understand its benefits have not been clearly established. (2017-09-28)
A co-worker's rudeness can affect your sleep -- and your partner's, new PSU study finds
A new study from Portland State University and University of Illinois researchers found workplace incivilities has the potential to not only negatively affect an employee's sleep but their partner's as well (2018-12-14)
Can cruise vacations contribute to well-being?
A new International Journal of Tourism Research study indicates that cruise vacations are not only for fun but can also be beneficial for individuals' happiness and well-being. (2018-01-24)
New study highlights unique state of 'restful alertness' during transcendental meditation
A new study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) suggests that transcendental meditation is associated with a unique state of 'restful alertness.' The study, which monitored blood flow, found that, compared to eyes-closed rest, during transcendental meditation there was increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, indicating the sort of alertness also seen in other meditations. (2018-03-22)
New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students
A study published in Psychological Reports showed that after 3.5 months of practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM), most of the 34 tertiary-level students at Maharishi Institute (MI) -- all of whom were initially diagnosed with PTSD by mental health professionals -- went below clinical thresholds as measured by standard assessments. (2019-02-19)
Complementary approaches such as meditation help patients manage chronic pain
Complementary practices such as meditation and mindful breathing helped patients manage chronic pain and in some cases reduced the need for medication such as opioids, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. (2018-10-24)
Study uncovers possible link between immune system and postpartum depression
The immune system might play an important role in the development of postpartum depression after a stressful pregnancy, new research suggests. (2018-11-06)
New study finds Transcendental Meditation reduces trauma in female prisoners
The first study to specifically focus on reducing stress in female prisoners has found that Transcendental Meditation significantly reduces trauma symptoms. (2017-01-17)
Meditation enhances social-emotional learning in middle school students
Middle school students practicing meditation as part of a school Quiet Time program had significant improvements in social-emotional competencies and psychological distress, according to a new study published in Education. (2019-03-19)
Hormones influence unethical behavior
Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to research from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin. (2015-07-28)
Your brain on mental training: Structural changes and stress reduction
Two studies based on a nine-month investigation (called the ReSource Project) report long-term mental exercises may induce exercise-specific restructuring in the brain and reduce some indicators of stress. (2017-10-04)
Mindfulness and sleep can reduce exhaustion in entrepreneurs
When entrepreneurs are feeling exhausted but can't afford the time for adequate sleep, they may be able to replenish their energy with mindfulness exercises such as meditation. (2019-02-04)
Mindfulness-based program may help reduce stress in infertile women
An eight-week mindfulness-based program was effective for reducing stress and depressive symptoms while increasing general well-being in a study of infertile women. (2018-10-17)
Meditate regularly for an improved attention span in old age
Regular and intensive meditation sessions over the course of a lifetime could help a person remain attentive and focused well into old age. (2018-03-28)
For busy medical students, two-hour meditation study may be as beneficial as longer course
For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a Rutgers study finds. (2019-04-15)
7-year follow-up shows lasting cognitive gains from meditation
Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study based on the Shamatha Project, a major investigation of the cognitive, psychological and biological effects of meditation. (2018-04-04)
Mindfulness meditation and relaxation response have different effects on brain function
A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators has identified specific effects that relaxation response training and mindfulness meditation have within the brain. (2018-06-13)
Employees of medical centers report high stress and negative health behaviors
Several national surveys have found that approximately 15 to 20 percent of adults in the US will report high levels of stress. (2016-09-08)
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