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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
U.S. Spending Millions to See if Herbs Truly Work
People have been using herbal supplements for centuries to cure all manner of ills and improve their health. But for all the folk wisdom promoting the use of such plants as St. John s wort and black cohosh, much about their effect on human health remains unknown. But the federal government is spending millions of dollars to support research dedicated to separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to herbal supplements. A lot of these products are wid ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Echinacea No Cure for the Common Cold, Study Finds
The herbal remedy echinacea, believed by many to cure colds, is no better than a placebo in relieving the symptoms or shortening the duration of illness, a new study finds. My advice is, if you are an adult and believe in echinacea, it s safe and you might get some placebo effect if nothing else, said lead researcher Dr. Bruce Barrett, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. I wouldn t say the results of the trial should dissuade ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Placebos Work -- Even if Patients Are in on the Secret
Confronting the ethically questionable practice of prescribing placebos to patients who are unaware they are taking dummy pills, researchers found that a group that was told their medication was fake still reported significant symptom relief. In a study of 80 patients with irritable bowel syndrome IBS , a control group received no treatment while the other group was informed their twice-daily pill regimen were placebos. After three weeks, nearly double the ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Yoga's Spiritual Balance May Boost Health
Yoga may be becoming more of a mainstream approach to Americans health woes. People have been practicing yoga for millennia to improve their strength, serenity and wellness, but its roots in ancient Indian philosophy have kept the exercise discipline firmly within the realm of alternative medicine. However, a growing body of scientific evidence is building the case that the spiritual balance created by yoga provides proven health benefits. Research has fou ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18