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Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Yoga is safe for pregnant women, as long as they approach the activity with reasonable caution and moderation, experts say. Women who are expecting can benefit greatly from exercise, especially yoga -- they just need to be aware of their limitations, orthopaedic surgeon and mom-to-be Dr. Rachel Rohde said in a news release issued by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS . A pregnant woman s body goes through a lot of changes that will alter the ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Shark Cartilage Not Beneficial in Advanced Lung Cancer
A drug derived from shark cartilage failed to improve survival in patients with advanced lung cancer, researchers report. The disappointing results, which came in the final stage of testing, showed that the drug didn t help extend the life spans of patients with inoperable stage III non-small cell lung cancer. Scientists have been testing drugs derived from shark cartilage because it appears to prevent blood vessels from growing around tumors. The hope is ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Brain Scans Show How Meditation Calms Pain
People who routinely practice meditation may be better able to deal with pain because their brains are less focused on anticipating pain, a new British study suggests. The finding is a potential boon to the estimated 40 percent of people who are unable to adequately manage their chronic pain. It is based on an analysis involving people who practice a variety of meditation formats, and experience with meditation as a whole ranged from just a few months to s ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Tai Chi and Qigong exercise routines offer a number of significant physical and mental health benefits, finds an across-the-board review of previous research. Researchers reviewed 77 randomized controlled trials about Tai Chi or Qigong that were published between 1993 and 2007 and included a total of 6,410 participants. The authors said their review provides a stronger evidence base that Tai Chi and Qigong offer benefits in terms of bone health, cardio-res ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Meditation Appears to Boost Attention Span
In research inspired by Buddhist monks, a new study has found that meditation can seemingly help increase a person s attention span. The study included 60 people who had previously attended meditation retreats and were familiar with the practice. The researchers assigned half of the participants to study Buddhist meditation for three months at a retreat in Colorado, while the other half waited their turn and acted as a control group. At three points during ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Positive brain changes take hold after just 11 hours of practicing a form of meditation, the results of a new study suggest. The study included 45 University of Oregon students who were randomly selected to be in either a study group that did integrative body-mind training IBMT or a control group that did relaxation training. IBMT was adapted from traditional Chinese medicine in the 1990s. A comparison of scans taken of the students brains before and after ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia sufferers may find relief from the chronic pain condition by doing tai chi, new research finds. Researchers divided 66 people with fibromyalgia into two groups one group did hour-long sessions of tai chi twice a week for 12 weeks the other had a twice-weekly wellness education class followed by gentle stretching. At the end of 12 weeks, the tai chi group reported improvements in their scores on questionnaires regarding both physical and mental ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Yoga May Combat Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Yoga that includes gentle stretches and meditation may help alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a small study finds. Twenty-five women diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome, were enrolled in a two-hour yoga class that met once a week for eight weeks. Another group of 28 women diagnosed with the condition were put on a waiting list and told to continue their normal routine for dealing with fibromyalgia. After eight weeks, the yoga group r ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Egg Donors Happy They Helped Out: Study
Most women who serve as egg donors retain a positive take on their experience a year later, new research indicates. Researchers polled 75 egg donors at the time of egg retrieval and one year later, and found that the women remained happy, proud and carefree about their experience. Up until now we ve known that donors are by and large very satisfied by their experience when it takes place, said study lead author Andrea M. Braverman, director of complementar ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Study Finds Green Tea Offers No Protection From Breast Cancer
Although some research has suggested that drinking green tea might help protect women from breast cancer, a new, large Japanese study comes to a different conclusion. We found no overall association between green tea intake and the risk of breast cancer among Japanese women who have habitually drunk green tea, said lead researcher Dr. Motoki Iwasaki, from the Epidemiology and Prevention Division at the Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening of ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Tai Chi May Provide Arthritis Relief
Arthritis patients may gain physical and emotional relief from the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, finds a new study, the largest of its kind. Patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia felt better and moved more easily after taking twice-weekly classes in Tai Chi, a system of meditative exercise, researchers found. It reduced pain, stiffness and fatigue, and improved their balance, said study lead author Leigh F. Callahan, an asso ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Zen Meditation Can Help Bring Pain Under Control
People who engage in Zen meditation do feel pain, new research reveals, but they don t think about it as much. The observation could have a bearing on the treatment of chronic pain among patients struggling with the impact of conditions such as arthritis and back pain. Pierre Rainville, a researcher at the University of Montreal, and his colleagues report their findings in the journal Pain . Our previous research found that Zen meditators have lower pain s ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18