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Meditation May Be A Powerful Mental Exercise That Produces Positive Age-Related Change In The Brain

Two years ago, researchers at UCLA found that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and had more gray matter than the brains of individuals in a control group. This suggested that meditation may indeed be good for all of us since, alas, our brains shrink naturally with age. Now, a follow-up […]

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More Americans Pray About Their Health

Researchers analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999, 2002 and 2007 National Health Interview Surveys. The study primarily focused on comparisons of results between the 2002 and 2007 surveys, which included, respectively, 30,080 adults (over 18 years old) from 44,540 households and 23,393 adults from 40,377 households. Praying about health issues […]

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Alternative Health Practices Show Benefits For Treating Chronic Pain

A variety of complementary and alternative health practices — including meditation and relaxation techniques, manual therapies such as massage and spinal manipulation, meditative exercise forms such as yoga, Tai Chi, and ancient health practices such as acupuncture — show promise for contributing to the management of pain according to research presented today at the Annual […]

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Yoga Improves Quality Of Life And Regulates Stress Hormones In Women With Breast Cancer

For women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy, yoga offers unique benefits beyond fighting fatigue, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. While simple stretching exercises improved fatigue, patients who participated in yoga that incorporated yogic breathing, postures, meditation, and relaxation techniques into their treatment plan experienced improved physical […]

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Health-Care Providers Are More Frequently Prescribing Complementary And Alternative Medicine (CAM)

More than a third of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and that number continues to rise attributed mostly to increases in the use of mind-body therapies (MBT) like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. The results of the study appear in the May 9 issue of theArchives of Internal Medicine.

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Religious Activity Does Not Lower Blood Pressure

Contrary to some earlier studies, a Loyola University Health System study has found that religious activity does not help protect against high blood pressure. A survey of 200 residents of Maywood, Il., found no statistically significant association between most measures of religiosity and lower blood pressure. And in one measure of religiosity, bringing religion into […]

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