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Being spiritual may be good for your health
Each year, up to 43,000 deaths in Canada -- nearly 20 per cent -- may be attributable to low levels of spirituality, says a researcher at the University of Toronto. (2000-04-25)

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)

Conference on the study of contemporary spirituality next week at University of Haifa
The 2nd Conference on the Study of Contemporary Spirituality will take place at the University of Haifa on Monday, March 8, 2010. The conference will host an astounding 32 sessions and dozens of lectures presenting studies that encompass the field of contemporary spiritualism in Israel and around the world. (2010-03-04)

Youth define spirituality in terms of positive behaviors, connections
Few studies have examined the differences between spirituality and religion in adolescents. Now, a University of Missouri researcher is exploring these differences by determining how youth define and practice spirituality separate from religion. Defining spirituality can help reveal its impact on positive youth development, including self-esteem and pro-social behavior, and if it buffers against negative or risky behavior. Initial findings reveal that youth define spirituality in terms of positive behaviors, feelings and relationships. (2010-06-21)

Spirituality is key to kids' happiness
Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada show that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships -- both measures of spirituality -- are happier. It would appear, however, that their religious practices have little effect on their happiness. These findings have been published in the online edition of Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies. (2009-01-08)

Physicians' beliefs may influence their perception of the effects of spirituality on health
More than half of physicians believe that religion and spirituality have a significant influence on patients' health, according to a report in the April 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Physicians who are most religious are more likely to interpret the influence of religion and spirituality in positive ways. (2007-04-09)

Spirituality, religious practice may slow progression of Alzheimer's disease
Spirituality and the practice of religion may help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology 57th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, April 9 - 16, 2005. (2005-04-13)

New Penn/Gallup Poll measures 'spiritual state of the union'
Faith and spirituality guide the lives of three out of four American adults, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the Gallup Organization and the George H. Gallup International Institute. (2003-03-06)

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)

Spirituality correlates to better mental health regardless of religion, say MU researchers
Despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world's major religions, spirituality often enhances health regardless of a person's faith, according to University of Missouri researchers. The MU researchers believe that health care providers could take advantage of this correlation between health - particularly mental health - and spirituality by tailoring treatments and rehabilitation programs to accommodate an individual's spiritual inclinations. (2012-08-20)

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)

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)

Rice sociologist looks at pediatric physicians' views on religion, spirituality
Pediatricians and pediatric oncologists express differing views on religion and spirituality, largely based on the types of patients they treat, according to a survey that will appear in the current edition of the journal Social Problems. (2009-11-11)

The effects of spirituality in Alcoholics Anonymous on alcohol dependence
Research from the Center for Addiction Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital has shown a large association between the increase of meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous an individual attends, an increase in spirituality and a decrease in alcohol use. (2010-12-14)

More than 20 percent of atheist scientists are spiritual
More than 20 percent of atheist scientists are spiritual, according to new research from Rice University. Though the general public marries spirituality and religion, the study found that spirituality is a separate idea -- one that more closely aligns with scientific discovery -- for (2011-05-05)

Spirituality plays role in breast cancer information processing for African-American women
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 178,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die as a result of breast cancer in 2007. One way to battle these numbers is through increased information sharing and use of early detection methods. A new study from the University of Missouri-Columbia has found that spirituality might play an important role in achieving this, particularly for African-American women. (2007-01-31)

GW spirituality and health pioneer publishes paper on development of the field
Christina Puchalski, M.D., founder and director of the George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health, published a commentary in Academic Medicine on the history of spirituality and health, the movement to reclaim medicine's spiritual roots, and the future of this field. (2014-02-18)

Hospital Chaplain's Role Is More Complex Today, Expert Says
The growing interest in spirituality and changes brought by managed care are challenging the hospital chaplain's traditional role in providing spiritual care to patients. Traditionally, this was the job of clergy but the increasing interest in spirituality has led to significant changes in who provides this care. (1998-03-26)

Is spirituality a component of wisdom?
In a recent study, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found a seventh component of wisdom: spirituality. (2020-10-22)

Distinct 'God spot' in the brain does not exist, MU researcher says
Scientists have speculated that the human brain features a (2012-04-18)

The Danes do not abandon church Christianity
New research from University of Copenhagen shows that Danes are not abandoning their communal Protestant religion in favor of individualized spirituality such as meditation and mindfulness; the support for Christian faith and spirituality respectively has been stable the past 30 years. The supposed individualization of Scandinavian societies does not, in other words, apply to Danish religious practices, the researchers conclude. (2013-10-21)

Dr. Harold G. Koenig to speak at R.J. DeBottis Lecture on Aging, Nov. 8
Dr. Harold G. Koenig, an internationally-recognized expert in spiritually and medicine, will be the featured speaker at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work's 13th Annual R.J. DeBottis Memorial Lecture on Aging on Monday, Nov. 8, at St. Joseph Medical Center. (2010-09-27)

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)

Religion and medicine: Sometimes a healing prescription
Do pediatric oncologists feel that religion is a bridge or a barrier to their work? Or do they feel it can be either, depending on whether their patients are recovering or deteriorating? A novel Brandeis University study examines these questions in the current issue of Social Problems. (2009-11-04)

Religious, spiritual support benefits men and women facing chronic illness, MU study finds
Individuals who practice religion and spirituality report better physical and mental health than those who do not. To better understand this relationship and how spirituality/religion can be used for coping with significant health issues, University of Missouri researchers are examining what aspects of religion are most beneficial and for what populations. Now, MU researchers have found that religious and spiritual support improves health outcomes for both men and women who face chronic health conditions. (2011-10-26)

Relationships hold key to spiritual care
Relationships hold the key to giving terminally ill patients the spiritual care they need. However, researchers have pinpointed a mismatch between patients' expectations and understanding when it comes to spirituality, and what medical and family caregivers offer. New recommendations to improve this situation appear today, in the journal Palliative Medicine, published by SAGE. (2010-07-23)

A dose of God may help medicine
For some families, the cancer diagnosis of a child strengthens existing religious ties or prompts new ones. Now, a new study by researchers at Brandeis University and the University at Buffalo-SUNY in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology reports that while most pediatric oncologists say they are spiritual, and many are open to connecting with the families of very sick children through religion or spirituality, they typically lack the formal healthcare training that could help them build such bridges. (2007-11-14)

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)

Spirituality key to Chinese medicine success
Are the longevity and vitality of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) due to its holistic approach? Indeed, according to an analysis of TCM's origins and development by Lin Shi from Beijing Normal University and Chenguang Zhang from Southwest Minzu University in China, traditional Chinese medicine is profoundly influenced by Chinese philosophy and religion. The study is published online in Springer's journal Pastoral Psychology, in a special issue dedicated to the psychology of religion in China. (2012-09-25)

Spirituality increases as alcoholics recover
A new study shows that many measures of spirituality tend to increase during alcohol recovery -- and that alcoholics who experience increases in day-to-day spiritual experiences and their sense of purpose in life during recovery are most likely to be free of heavy drinking episodes six months later. (2007-03-19)

Attending religious activities may help delay sexual activity, according to recent study
Parents who take their families to religious services regularly may be helping their children develop aspects of spirituality that are associated with the choice not to become sexually active, according to a recent study published in the April issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health. (2000-04-05)

Words to the wise: Experts define wisdom
In 2009, Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., and Thomas W. Meeks, M.D., both professors in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and researchers at the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, published a paper proposing that sagacity might have a neurobiological basis. In the June issue of The Gerontologist and currently online, Jeste and Meeks go further, attempting to identify the central, unifying elements that define wisdom. (2010-05-07)

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)

When the spirit moves into the hospital
Despite changes over the last 15 years in national accreditation guidelines making the religious and spiritual care of hospitalized patients a right, there is no evidence yet that this protection has had any effect on the number of hospitals with chaplains. Rather, new research from Brandeis University published in this month's issue of Southern Medical Journal reports that whether hospitals had a chaplain or not was strongly predicted by general demographic and institutional characteristics. (2008-06-18)

Religious faith and spirituality may help people recover from substance abuse
Among people recovering from substance abuse, a new study to be presented at the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention in Washington, DC, finds that higher levels of religious faith and spirituality were associated with several positive mental health outcomes which may help contribute to the recovery process. (2000-08-06)

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)

Does quantum mechanics show a connection between the human mind and the cosmos?
Does quantum mechanics show a connection between the human mind and the cosmos? Are our brains tuned into a (2009-06-25)

Spirituality linked to higher quality of life for stroke survivors, caregivers
Higher spirituality was strongly linked to better quality of life for stroke survivors and their caregivers. The study emphasizes the importance of caring for stroke survivors holistically, as an individual with emotional needs and part of an interdependent unit with their caregivers. (2020-05-26)

Selective brain damage modulates human spirituality
New research provides fascinating insight into brain changes that might underlie alterations in spiritual and religious attitudes. The study, published by Cell Press in the Feb. 11 issue of the journal Neuron, explores the neural basis of spirituality by studying patients before and after surgery to remove a brain tumor. (2010-02-10)

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)

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