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Health and spirituality values influence attendance for pelvic-floor dysfunction treatment
New research from psychologists and health professionals in Swansea has found that the types of life values that patients hold affect their attendance at medical treatment for pelvic-floor dysfunction, a condition affecting over 25 percent of all women in the UK. (2017-12-15)

Does religion protect against suicide?
Religious participation is linked to lower suicide rates in many parts of the world, including the United States and Russia, but does not protect against the risk of suicide in sections of Europe and Asia, finds new research by a Michigan State University scholar. (2017-06-28)

Wisdom at the end of life
In a paper publishing Jan. 24 in the journal International Psychogeriatrics, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine asked 21 hospice patients, ages 58 to 97 and in the last six months of their lives, to describe the core characteristics of wisdom and whether their terminal illnesses had changed or impacted their understanding of wisdom. (2018-01-24)

Study of traditional medicine finds high use in Sub-Saharan Africa despite modern medicine
Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not just because of a lack of resources or access to 'conventional medicine'. (2018-12-18)

Religion shown to steer adolescents away from pornography
Young people who attend religious services less likely to view porn. Sociology researchers Kyler Rasmussen and Alex Bierman examine impact of religion on pornography consumption habits. (2016-07-05)

UTSA researcher studies the impact religion has on sleep quality
Christopher Ellison, in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Sociology, Terrence D. Hill, associate professor of sociology at the University of Arizona and Reed T. Deangelis '15 '17, a UTSA alumnus and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published a study analyzing how religious practices impact sleep quality in Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. (2018-06-13)

McLean successfully integrates spirituality and religion with mental health treatment
McLean Hospital clinicians describe the success of the hospital's Spiritual Psychotherapy for Inpatient, Residential & Intensive Treatment (SPIRIT) program. (2019-09-19)

Jumping to your death? Motivations of extreme sports
Researchers have debunked the myth that extreme sportsmen and women are adrenalin junkies with a death wish, according to a new study. The research has been published in the latest edition of Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice by QUT Adjunct Professor Eric Brymer, who is currently based at Leeds Beckett University in the UK, and QUT Professor Robert Schweitzer. (2017-05-09)

Can psychedelic drugs heal?
Many people think of psychedelics as relics from the hippie generation or something taken by ravers and music festival-goers, but they may one day be used to treat disorders ranging from social anxiety to depression, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. (2018-08-09)

Predicting the quality of life for older adults
As a growing number of baby boomers retire, our society will have more older adults than ever before, so it is crucial to determine what predicts quality of life in older age. A joint study from the University of Alberta and University of Victoria, recently published in Research in Nursing & Health, has uncovered that there are predictors of quality of life for older adults. (2007-05-28)

Social support key to remission from suicidal thoughts for disabling chronic pain sufferers
A new nationally representative study from the University of Toronto found that almost two-thirds of formerly suicidal Canadians (63%) with chronic pain were free from suicidal thoughts in the past year. (2019-04-17)

Spirituality affects the behavior of mortgagers
According to Olga Miroshnichenko, a Sc.D in Economics, and a Professor at the Department of Economics and Finance, Tyumen State University, morals affect the thinking of mortgage payers and help them avoid past due payments. The study was presented at the 3rd All-Russia Research and Practice Conference 'Financial and Legal Aspects of Socially-Oriented Investments' in Ural State University of Economics, Ekaterinburg. (2019-11-29)

Church-going teens go further with school
A national study found religiously-affiliated youth are 40 percent more likely to graduate high school than their unaffiliated peers and 70 percent more likely to enroll in college. (2012-11-01)

Regenstrief, IU Health study helps chaplains provide proactive care to families in crises
A new model developed and implemented by the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Health provides chaplains with a framework to deliver better care to families and other surrogate decision makers during health emergencies. The model was designed to help chaplains provide proactive, semi-structured spiritual care to meet family members' needs while being responsive to each person's spiritual or religious preferences. The study describing the model and its implementation is published in the current issue of Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. (2019-04-30)

Study: Messages of stewardship affect Christians' attitudes about climate change
Christians' attitudes toward the environment and climate change are shaped by whether they hold a view of humans as having stewardship of the Earth or dominion over the planet, and reading material from religious sources advocating a stewardship interpretation can increase their concern for environmental issues, a new study found. (2019-03-11)

First study of how family religious and spiritual beliefs influence end of life care
In the first study to investigate the association of the religious and spiritual beliefs of surrogate decision makers with the end of life decisions they make for incapacitated older adult family members, Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Alexia Torke, M.D., and theological and scientific colleagues have found that the surrogate's belief in miracles was the main dimension linked to preferences for care of their loved one. (2019-11-04)

Faith, truth and forgiveness: How your brain processes abstract thoughts
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have leveraged machine learning to interpret human brain scans, allowing the team to uncover the regions of the brain behind how abstract concepts, like justice, ethics and consciousness, form. (2019-10-29)

Discuss religion, spirituality when treating young adults with severe mental illness
A majority of young adults with severe mental illness -- bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or major depression -- consider religion and spirituality relevant to their mental health, according to a new study from Baylor University's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. (2018-07-30)

Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils
Researchers have discovered an ancient Japanese pottery vessel from the late Jomon period (4500-3300 BP) with an estimated 500 maize weevils incorporated into its design. The vessel was discovered in February 2016 from ruins in Hokkaido, Japan. This extremely rare discovery provides clues on the cultivation and distribution of chestnuts, food in the Jomon era, and the spirituality of ancient Japanese people. (2018-12-18)

Effect of religiosity/spirituality on ovarian cancer diagnosis in African American women
An examination of data from a multi-center case-control study of ovarian cancer in African American women found that women who reported higher levels of religiosity/spirituality had increased odds of stage III-IV ovarian cancer at diagnosis. (2018-12-05)

Older immigrants living in US more satisfied with life than native-born counterparts
Most people who immigrated to the United States for a chance to live the 'American Dream' are more satisfied with their lives in the 'land of the free' than those who were born here, according to new research from Florida State University. (2019-03-20)

Concussions in high school athletes may be a risk factor for suicide
Concussion, the most common form of traumatic brain injury, has been linked to an increased risk of depression and suicide in adults. Now new research published by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) suggests high school students with a history of sports-related concussions might be at an increased risk for suicide completion. (2019-11-25)

Married veterans more at risk of suicide than single soldiers
Among recently returned veterans, a new study says those who are married or living with a partner are at higher suicide risk than soldiers who are single, and older married female veterans are at the greatest risk. (2018-01-23)

People with a sense of oneness experience greater life satisfaction
People who believe in oneness -- the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent -- appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don't, regardless of whether they belong to a religion or don't, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2019-04-11)

Religiousness linked to improved quality of life for people with HIV
Adults living with HIV in Washington, D.C., were more likely to feel higher levels of emotional and physical well-being if they attended religious services regularly, prayed daily, felt 'God's presence,' and self-identified as religious or spiritual, according to research published online Jan. 29, 2020, in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. (2020-01-31)

Oxytocin enhances spirituality, new study says
Oxytocin has been dubbed the 'love hormone' for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. New research from Duke University suggests the hormone may also support spirituality. In the study, men reported a greater sense of spirituality immediately after taking oxytocin and a week later. Participants who took oxytocin experienced more positive emotions during meditation, said lead author Patty Van Cappellan, a social psychologist at Duke. (2016-10-03)

Mindfulness key to eating what you want while preventing overeating
Americans spend more than 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss products; two-thirds of these dieters are estimated to regain more weight within four or five years than they originally lost according to the Live Strong Foundation. A new book from a University of Missouri researcher provides an innovative and effective program to help people adopt healthy eating habits by mindfully listening to their body's needs, without giving up food. (2016-07-18)

Religion habit cuts anxiety in women
For many, religious activity changes between childhood and adulthood, and a new study finds this could affect one's mental health. (2008-01-01)

Survey reveals misperceptions about Alzheimer's among African-American and Hispanic caregivers
African-American and Hispanic caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease are significantly more likely than caregivers of other races to consider the disease a normal part of the aging process and dismiss its symptoms as part of getting older, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's second ICAN: Investigating Caregivers' Attitudes and Needs survey. (2007-03-14)

Angry at God? If so, you're not alone, says CWRU psychologist
The notion of being angry with God goes back to ancient days. Such personal struggles are not new, but Case Western Reserve University psychologist Julie Exline began looking at (2011-01-01)

Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia?
Even small increases in blood sugar caused by a diet high in carbohydrates can be detrimental to brain health. Recent reports in medical literature link carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to a greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, impaired cognition, and other disorders. David Perlmutter, M.D., best-selling author of 'Grain Brain,' explores this important topic in a provocative interview in Alternative and Complementary Therapies from Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers. (2014-02-21)

UF study: Religion doesn't influence sense of well-being or fear of death in seniors
Simply attending religious services or turning to religion in times of need will not increase a person's feeling of well-being or make them fear death less, at least among people in later life. (2001-11-21)

Can intensive mindfulness training improve depression?
Depression affects about 350 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability. Mindfulness training is a promising approach to decreasing depressive symptoms. The success of an intensive mindfulness meditation program on reducing depression, and how factors such as age, gender, and spirituality affect an individual's response to training are presented in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (2015-03-10)

New book looks at 'Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege'
Fifty years ago the Esalen Institute near Big Sur, Calif., opened its doors to people seeking spiritual growth and personal transformation, attracting psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, futurists and movie stars. Today, Esalen marches on ... University of Oregon sociologist Marion S. Goldman has taken a long look, as an outsider, at Esalen and presents the institute's impacts on the American consciousness in a just-published book. (2012-01-10)

New book by Rice's DeConick explores the emergence and revolutionizing role of gnosticism
Gnosticism is a countercultural spirituality that forever changed the practice of Christianity. This is the premise of a new book by April DeConick, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies and chair of the Department of Religion at Rice University. (2016-08-29)

Hopkins Children's study: Parents of dying newborns need clearer explanation of options
Parent-doctor discussions about whether to maintain or withdraw life support from terminally ill or severely premature newborns are so plagued by miscommunication and misunderstanding that they might as well be in different languages, according to a small but potentially instructive new study from Johns Hopkins Children's Center reported in the September issue of Pediatrics. (2008-09-15)

What makes a racist? A debate at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, April 26, 2007
Some of the world's finest scientists, writers and evolutionary thinkers are converging on Durham for a major event which will examine provocative questions relating to fundamental human beliefs and spirituality. (2007-04-19)

'Many have mystic experiences'
An international conference in Münster will be held on the rediscovery of mysticism in the modern age; including a public lecture and Sufi concert with a dancing dervish in the Münster Petrikirche. (2013-11-27)

Why are children at higher risk for negative health effects of environmental toxins?
Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental toxins and a detailed look at how and why, and what can be done to protect children's health, is presented in a two-part article published in Alternative and Complementary Therapies. (2013-01-09)

Video games can power up from merely fun to meaningful experiences
It may be game over for critics who claim that video games are nothing more than a fun diversion. A team of researchers suggests that many games can be meaningful entertainment experiences for players. (2015-04-15)

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