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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)

Does the gut microbiome offer new therapeutic options for brain diseases?
The surprising and potentially wide-ranging effects that the levels and diversity of bacteria living in the gut have on overall human health, inflammation, and specifically brain health are the focus of a provocative interview with Dr. David Perlmutter in Alternative and Complementary Therapies. (2016-07-11)

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)

Religious service attendance associated with lower suicide risk among women
Women who attended religious services had a lower risk of suicide compared with women who never attended services, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2016-06-29)

Stanford study finds support across ethnicities for physician-assisted death
Physician-assisted death was supported by a majority of California and Hawaii residents, regardless of their ethnicity, who responded to an online survey, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2016-06-09)

Frequent religious service attendance linked with decreased mortality risk among women
Women who attended religious services more than once per week were more than 30 percent less likely to die during a 16-year-follow-up than women who never attended, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Frequent attendees also had significantly lower risk both from cardiovascular- and cancer-related mortality. (2016-05-16)

Brain images reveal first physical evidence that AA prayers reduce cravings
Members Alcoholics Anonymous who recited AA prayers after viewing drinking-related images reported less craving for alcohol after praying. (2016-05-12)

Practitioners' views on submission and dominant sex
Strong emotional experiences, an opportunity to find your place in the world, a clear set of rules and the knowledge that other people regard it as immoral and shameful. These are just some of the views held by perpetrators of BDSM that Charlotta Carlström, Malmö University, examines. (2016-04-07)

Successful dying: Researchers define the elements of a 'good death'
For most people, the culmination of a good life is a 'good death,' though what that means exactly is a matter of considerable consternation. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine surveyed published, English-language, peer-reviewed reports of qualitative and quantitative studies defining a 'good death,' ultimately identifying 11 core themes associated with dying well. (2016-03-30)

Fewer Americans now pray, believe in God
The percentage of Americans who prayed or believed in God reached an all-time low in 2014. Five times as many Americans in 2014 reported that they never prayed as did Americans in the early 1980s, and nearly twice as many said they did not believe in God. (2016-03-21)

Songs in the key of colonialism
A UCSB historian's new book reveals the role of music in the subjugation and liberation of African culture. (2016-01-28)

Close to 40 percent of formerly suicidal Canadians subsequently achieve complete mental health
Close to 40 percent (38 percent) of formerly suicidal Canadians have reached a state of complete mental health, not only being free of symptoms of mental illness, suicidal thoughts or substance abuse in the preceding year, but also reporting almost daily happiness or life satisfaction, and social and psychological wellbeing according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto. The study will appear online this month in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. (2016-01-20)

Scientists localize the Christmas spirit in the brain
The Christmas spirit has been located in the human brain, reveals a study published in The BMJ's Christmas issue this week. (2015-12-16)

Relying on faith, culture and family to reduce stress of caregivers
Despite the fact that that family interventions have shown to significantly improve outcomes for individuals with schizophrenia, only about 7 percent of patients with this illness receive any family therapy. (2015-11-05)

Religion, physicians and surrogate decision-makers in the intensive care unit
Religious or spiritual considerations were discussed in 16 percent of family meetings in intensive care units and health care professionals only rarely explored the patient's or family's religious or spiritual ideas, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2015-08-31)

How spiritual beliefs relate to cancer patients' physical, mental, and social well-being
Research reveals that most individuals with cancer have religious and spiritual beliefs, or derive comfort from religious and spiritual experiences. But what impact does this have on patients' health? (2015-08-10)

Communities with beautiful scenery, weather have lower rates of religious affiliation
Counties in the United States with more beautiful weather and scenery have lower rates of membership and affiliation with religious organizations, according to a Baylor University study. 'Beautiful weather, mountains and waterfronts can serve as conduits to the sacred, just like traditional religious congregations,' the lead author says. (2015-08-05)

Study: Why social workers aren't discussing religion and spirituality with clients
New research by a Baylor University professor shows that licensed clinical social workers, who account for the largest number of clinically trained helping professionals, believe that discussions about their clients' religion and spirituality can often lead to improved health and mental health, but practitioners are not integrating these conversations into their counseling sessions. (2015-07-08)

Latina women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer need more stress management tools
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers, along with collaborators at the University of South Florida, recently published a study about the attitudes and cultural perspectives of Latinas undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The article also discusses their cancer experiences and the ways they manage stress associated with cancer. (2015-06-19)

The least religious generation
In what may be the largest study ever conducted on changes in Americans' religious involvement, researchers led by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge found that millennials are the least religious generation of the last six decades, and possibly in the nation's history. (2015-05-27)

Chapman University research on the yoga market from 1980 to the present
Researchers in Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics and their collaborators have just published a study on the evolution of yoga in the marketplace. Assistant Professor Gokcen Coskuner-Balli, Ph.D., co-authored the study, which examined how the meaning of yoga transformed in the past three decades. The results show that yoga became decreasingly associated with spirituality and increasingly associated with medicine and fitness. (2015-04-30)

$4.5 million grants to fund research literacy for hospital chaplains
Health-care chaplains have embraced the importance of evidence-based practice but lack the training to realize it. More interdisciplinary collaboration and a growing understanding of how religion and spirituality can positively impact patient health means hospital chaplains are increasingly important members of a patient's care team. (2015-04-27)

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)

A grateful heart is a healthier heart
Recognizing and giving thanks for the positive aspects of life can result in improved mental, and ultimately physical, health in patients with asymptomatic heart failure, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2015-04-09)

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)

People who believe they were 'born that way' more inclined to blame God for bad behavior
People are more likely to blame God for their bad moral behavior when they believe they were born to act that way, according to an ongoing Case Western Reserve University project on spirituality and religion. (2015-02-18)

Add nature, art and religion to life's best anti-inflammatories
Taking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert's 'Ave Maria' may give a boost to the body's defense system. UC Berkeley researchers have linked positive emotions - especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art and spirituality - with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. (2015-02-03)

The University of Huddersfield leads research and teaching into spirituality in health care
The term 'spirituality' is now widely used to describe the qualities that give people hope, meaning and purpose. In the case of patients, it can aid their recovery. Articles, overseas conference presentations and now close links with an NHS trust are among the recent outputs and activities of the university's Spirituality Special Interest Group, based in the School of Human and Heath Sciences. (2014-11-10)

Everyday discrimination impacts mental health
Researchers have determined that African Americans and Caribbean blacks who experience discrimination of multiple types are at substantially greater risk for a variety of mental disorders including anxiety, depression and substance abuse. (2014-09-14)

Religious youths are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, Baylor study finds
Young people who regularly attend religious services and describe themselves as religious are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, according to a new study. (2014-09-08)

Why pilgrims flock to the Holy Land
'Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage' (NYU Press, 2014) is the first in-depth study of the cultural and religious significance of American Holy Land pilgrimage after 1948, and the book sheds new light on a multi-billion-dollar industry that shapes how many American Christians practice their faith. (2014-08-26)

Happiness in schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is among the most severe forms of mental illness, yet some people with the disease are as happy as those in good physical and mental health according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. (2014-08-18)

Community religious beliefs influence whether wives work outside home, Baylor study finds
Married women who live in communities in which a higher proportion of the population belongs to conservative religious traditions -- such as evangelical or Mormon -- are more likely to choose not to work outside the home, even if the women are not members of those faith groups, according to a Baylor University study. (2014-08-06)

Ceremonial PTSD therapies favored by Native-American veterans
Traditional healing therapies are the treatment of choice for many Native-American veterans -- half of whom say usual PTSD treatments don't work -- according to a recent survey conducted at Washington State University. (2014-06-27)

Psychologists find that entitlement predicts sexism, in both men and women
Entitled attitudes appear to be linked to sexism -- even among women, according to a personality study by psychologists from Case Western Reserve University and San Diego State University. In general, entitled men are more likely to endorse hostile views of women and entitled women are more likely to endorse views of women as frail and needing extra care. (2014-06-05)

UofL researcher and team explore broader definition of successful aging
In an article published today in Journal of Transcultural Nursing, University of Louisville School of Nursing assistant professor Valerie Lander McCarthy, Ph.D., RN, and her team explore whether a broader definition of successful aging could positively influence research, clinical practice and health policy in the United States and China. (2014-05-20)

Playing outside could make kids more spiritual
Children who spend significant time outdoors could have a stronger sense of self-fulfillment and purpose than those who don't, according to new Michigan State University research linking children's experiences in nature with how they define spirituality. (2014-05-01)

Putin speaks like a Czar
Over the past two centuries, values in Finland have become more pluralized, but not entirely secular, indicates a dissertation on the public speeches of czars and presidents of Finland. The researcher also draws a parallel between the speeches of Alexander I and President Vladimir Putin. (2014-04-01)

Religion, spirituality influence health in different but complementary ways
Religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health, new research from Oregon State University indicates. A new theoretical model defines the two distinct pathways. (2014-03-27)

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)

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