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Meditation may cut stress, improving mental and physical health
An intensive program that teaches meditation skills may help people reduce the psychological and physical effects of high stress, according to a new study. Kimberly A. Williams, Ph.D., at West Virginia University in Morgantown, and her colleagues assessed the benefits of the program that taught participants to (2001-07-05)

Tai chi can reduce arthritis pain, pilot study finds
Tai Chi, a gentle form of exercise long practiced in China, can significantly reduce arthritic pain in the elderly. Tai Chi combines meditation with slow, circular motions, making it ideal exercise for elderly people, says CWRU's Patricia Adler, an advanced practice nurse with 25 years of clinical and research experience. (2001-05-13)

Dalai Lama visit highlights emotion research events
The Dalai Lama will spend two days at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing his deep interest in the science of emotion by meeting with scientists who will be examining how practices such as meditation influence brain function, emotions and physical health. (2001-04-17)

The fabled myrrh may fight cholesterol
The extract from a tree in the fabled myrrh family of plants is being investigated by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for properties that may lower cholesterol. Dr. Philippe Szapary of Penn is in the midst of a study of the dietary supplement gugulipid, an extract from the thorny mukul myrrh bush of western India that has made its way into American health-food stores. (2000-10-23)

Penn researchers find cancer patients do not report use of unconventional medical therapies unless specifically asked
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center finds that 40 percent of cancer patients use unconventional medical therapies (UMTs) and do not disclose this information to their physicians unless specifically prompted by direct questions. James M. Metz, MD, lead author of the study, will present these findings at the 36th meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology on Tuesday, May 23, 2000 in New Orleans. (2000-05-22)

Stress reduction through the Transcendental Meditation program may reduce atherosclerosis and risk of heart attack and stroke
Learning to relax and reduce stress through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique may reduce atherosclerosis--and risk of heart attack and stroke--according to findings published today in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. (2000-03-02)

University Of Wisconsin to launch center to study how emotions affect health
University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists will study how the emotions affect health at a new center funded by the National Institutes of Health. The $10.9 million center's goal is to gain a clearer understanding of how emotions are encoded in the brain and then influence other body systems that affect health. (1999-09-27)

Meditation decreases blood pressure
Transcendental Meditation decreases blood pressure by reducing constriction of the blood vessels and thereby decreases the risk of heart disease, new research shows. Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia examined how Transcendental Meditation decreases constriction of blood vessels and effects the heart's output. (1999-08-02)

At-Home Or In-Class, Wellness Lessons Aid Chronically Ill
A home-based wellness program that combines videotaped instruction in relaxation, exercise, and nutrition is just as effective in helping older adults cope with chronic illnesses as providing the program in a classroom setting. Patients who completed either wellness program reported greater reductions in anxiety, depression, and other medical symptoms and fewer problems sleeping compared to a control group. (1999-02-02)

Women With Cancer Want More Control
Women with cancer want increased control and better information about their treatment options, concludes new research by David Hess, professor of anthropology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The research, funded by the National Science Foundation, is documented in a new book titled, Women Confront Cancer: Making Medical History by Choosing Alternative and Complementary Therapies (NYU Press), which includes a series of interviews with 21 women with cancer (mainly breast cancer.) (1999-01-13)

Meditation Speeds Treatment Of Psoriasis
Psoriasis patients who practiced meditation-based relaxation while undergoing ultraviolet (UV) light treatments experienced quicker clearing of their skin lesions than did patients who received UV treatments alone, according to results of a small randomized controlled trial by Dr. John Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. (1998-09-23)

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