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How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes
New research tested how open monitoring meditation altered brain activity in a way that suggests increased error recognition. (2019-11-11)
Mind-body therapies alleviate pain in people prescribed opioids
A new study published Nov. 4, 2019, in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine details the first comprehensive look across the scientific literature at the role of mind-body therapies in addressing opioid-treated pain. (2019-11-05)
Mindfulness meditation enhances positive effects of psilocybin
Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the clinical application of classic psychedelics in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. (2019-10-24)
Cultivating joy through mindfulness: An antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair
New research shows that a specific mind-body therapy, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), increases the brain's response to natural, healthy rewards while also decreasing the brain's response to opioid-related cues. (2019-10-16)
Mindfulness may reduce opioid cravings, study finds
People suffering from opioid addiction and chronic pain may have fewer cravings and less pain if they use both mindfulness techniques and medication for opioid dependence, according to Rutgers and other researchers. (2019-10-15)
Mindfulness meditation training alters how we process fearful memories
Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to alter how the brain processes fear memories. (2019-10-15)
The science of mindfulness -- What do we really know and where do we go?
The historical practice of mindfulness is a burgeoning integrated medicine field associated with benefits for people with issues ranging from insomnia to chronic pain and fueled by more than $550 million in federal funding over the past 20 years. (2019-10-01)
People with anxiety may strategically choose worrying over relaxing
Relaxing is supposed to be good for the body and soul, but people with anxiety may actively resist relaxation and continue worrying to avoid a large jump in anxiety if something bad does happen, according to Penn State research. (2019-09-30)
Study helps parents build resilience to navigate child's cancer
In a study published in JAMA Network Open, Seattle Children's researchers found that one-on-one sessions teaching skills through a tool called Promoting Resilience in Stress Management for Parents (PRISM-P) improved resilience and benefit finding, or personal growth, among parents of children with cancer. (2019-09-18)
Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students
Two new studies from MIT suggest that mindfulness -- the practice of focusing one's awareness on the present moment -- can enhance academic performance and mental health in middle-schoolers. (2019-08-26)
Painting a bigger biosociological picture of chronic pain
An integrated approach that unifies psychosocial factors with neurobiology sheds light on chronic pain traits and their underlying brain networks, according to a study published Aug. (2019-08-20)
Adults with mild cognitive impairment can learn and benefit from mindfulness meditation
Pilot study shows promising evidence that adults with MCI can learn to practice mindfulness meditation, and by doing so may boost their cognitive reserve. (2019-08-15)
Digital games may beat mindfulness apps at relieving stress, new study shows
Digital games may relieve stress after a day's work more effectively than mindfulness apps. (2019-08-01)
Stressed at school? Art therapy reduces teenage girls' headaches
In a pilot study led by the UW, researchers explored art-based mindfulness activities that schools could use to reduce headaches, a common side effect of stress in adolescent girls. (2019-07-29)
Group medical visit innovations improve access & advance integrative heath equity
Group medical visits are exceptional methods delivering critical components of integrative health care for treating and reducing the risk of a wide variety of chronic diseases, particularly in underserved populations. (2019-07-25)
VR lullaby machine shown to induce tranquil pre-sleep states
Art meets technology for this immersive VR experience that can ease you into the right frame of mind for sleep. (2019-07-16)
Ped EM docs at risk for developing compassion fatigue, burnout, low compassion satisfaction
Pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physicians are at risk for developing compassion fatigue (CF), burnout (BO), and low compassion satisfaction (CS), but proactive awareness of these phenomena and their predictors may allow providers to better manage the unique challenges and emotional stressors of the pediatric ED to enhance personal well-being and professional performance. (2019-07-10)
One night brand: Sexy snaps lead to clean buys
New research by Monash University in Australia shows that highly sexualised imagery in advertising causes some consumers to feel 'physically dirty' and motivates them to buy products such as toothpaste, soap and face wash. (2019-05-28)
Mindfulness smoking-cessation app can change the brain
Brown University researchers have found that a mindfulness-based smartphone app designed to help people stop smoking was effective at reducing study participants' self-reported daily cigarette consumption. (2019-05-15)
Meditation needs more research: Study finds 25% suffer unpleasant experiences
More than a quarter of people who regularly meditate have had a 'particularly unpleasant' psychological experience related to the practice, including feelings of fear and distorted emotions, a UCL-led study has found. (2019-05-09)
Everyday stress may boost blood vessel dysfunction in people with depression
Long-term stress has been linked with cardiovascular disease, but for people with depression, researchers say small, everyday stressors may be enough to diminish blood vessel function in otherwise healthy adults. (2019-05-07)
Teaching happiness to dementia caregivers reduces their depression, anxiety
Caring for family members with dementia -- which is on the rise in the US -- causes significant emotional and physical stress that increases caregivers' risk of depression, anxiety and death. (2019-05-02)
Suicidal thoughts? Therapy-oriented website can help
Mental health researchers behind the website nowmattersnow.org have demonstrated that the site could be beneficial in decreasing suicidal thoughts. (2019-05-02)
Study: Mindfulness may help decrease stress in caregivers of veterans
Caregivers of veterans who engaged in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy found it relieved stress, anxiety and worry, according to a new study led by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo. (2019-04-29)
Study links exam stress with junk food cravings, snacking, and eating less fruit and veg
Increased stress during university examinations is associated with eating a poorer quality diet including less fruit and vegetables and more fast food, according to an observational study being presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, UK (April 28-May 1, 2019). (2019-04-29)
Mindful body awareness training during treatment for drug addiction helps prevent relapse
A novel type of body awareness training helps women recover from drug addiction, according to new research from the University of Washington. (2019-04-16)
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)
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)
Depression in 20s linked to memory loss in 50s, find Sussex psychologists
Depression in twenties linked to memory loss in fifties, find Sussex psychologists. (2019-03-20)
Mindfulness found to improve mental health of students
Mental health among university students could be improved by introducing mindfulness training. (2019-03-11)
Mindfulness could promote positive body image
Making people more aware of their own internal body signals, such as heartbeat or breathing rate, could promote positive body image, according to new research published in the journal Body Image. (2019-02-28)
Review suggests a reciprocal relationship between obesity and self-control
In a review published Feb. 26 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers explore the age-old chicken-or-the-egg conundrum but this time looking at whether obesity reduces self-control or if reduced self-control leads to obesity. (2019-02-26)
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 may ease menopausal symptoms
Mindfulness may be associated with fewer menopausal symptoms for women, according to a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric: The Journal of the International Menopause Society. (2019-01-17)
Study details a path for treating Latinos with mental health and substance misuse symptoms
A team of researchers at the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital -- in collaboration with two teams in Spain and collaborators in the US and Puerto Rico -- has tested a novel preventive intervention designed to provide tailored treatment for Latino immigrants with both mental health and substance misuse symptoms. (2019-01-11)
Work-family conflict hits home
Researchers have long known that sick children can affect a company's bottom line, as employees are distracted or have to take time off to care for their children. (2019-01-02)
Mindfulness training may help support weight loss
Mindfulness training may improve the effectiveness of intensive weight management programs, according to a small study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2018-12-18)
Attention, please! Anticipation of touch takes focus, executive skills
A study by the University of Washington and Temple University examines what happens in children's brains when they anticipate a touch to the hand, and relates this brain activity to the executive functions the child demonstrates on other mental tasks. (2018-12-12)
The 'best prospect' for ensuring success in demanding roles
Building on their past work, University of Miami Associate Professor Amishi Jha and Scott Rogers, discovered that Special Operations Forces who participated in a month-long mindfulness course could improve their attention and working memory. (2018-12-03)
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)
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