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Novel method of mindfulness meditation can improve emotional and cognitive performance

Novel method of mindfulness meditation can improve emotional and cognitive performance

Meditation has long been promoted as a way to feel more at peace. But research from a Texas Tech University faculty member shows it can significantly improve attention, working memory, creativity, immune function, emotional regulation, self-control, cognitive and school performance and healthy habits while reducing stress. [More]
Study finds ethnic differences in circadian blood pressure variation

Study finds ethnic differences in circadian blood pressure variation

Differences in circadian blood pressure variation due to a combination of genetic and cultural factors may contribute to ethnic differences in cardiovascular morbidity, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. [More]
Scientists discover key cellular mechanism behind side-effects of antipsychotics

Scientists discover key cellular mechanism behind side-effects of antipsychotics

Since their development in the 1950s, antipsychotic drugs have been widely used to treat psychoses and neuropsychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. A debilitating side-effect of these drugs called parkinsonism limits their efficacy. [More]
Decision-making dysfunction may be key contributor to movement disorder symptoms in Parkinson’s patients

Decision-making dysfunction may be key contributor to movement disorder symptoms in Parkinson’s patients

UCLA researchers have discovered that people with Parkinson's disease have a form of impaired decision-making that may be a major contributor to the movement problems that characterize the disease. [More]
Innovative advances in medical paediatric orthotics shared at Primary Care and Public Health 2016

Innovative advances in medical paediatric orthotics shared at Primary Care and Public Health 2016

Innovative, clinician-led advances in orthotic techniques have the capacity to dramatically improve short term progress and long term outcomes for selective dorsal rhizotomy and scoliosis patients as well as patients with neurological disorders affecting movement. [More]
Shoulder, arm pain could stem from thoracic outlet syndrome

Shoulder, arm pain could stem from thoracic outlet syndrome

Shoulder and arm pain come with the territory for some athletes and certain occupations like hair stylists, mechanics, even office workers. [More]
Single breath-hold for more than five minutes could make targeted radiotherapy feasible

Single breath-hold for more than five minutes could make targeted radiotherapy feasible

Researchers at the University of Birmingham working with clinical teams at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust have successfully shown for the first time that breast cancer patients can be trained to achieve single prolonged breath holds of over five minutes, opening the door for targeted radiotherapy to be administered with just one dose in each daily session. [More]
Yoga exercise may reduce impact of asthma on people's quality of life

Yoga exercise may reduce impact of asthma on people's quality of life

A new Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library today, suggests that yoga may have a beneficial effect on symptoms and quality of life in people with asthma, but effects on lung function and medication use are uncertain. [More]
New method measures LCO in person's standing posture to diagnose neuromuscular disorders

New method measures LCO in person's standing posture to diagnose neuromuscular disorders

A new technique might be used to diagnose neuromuscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis or impairment from concussions by detecting and measuring subtle oscillations in a person's standing posture. [More]
CHLA researchers to discuss how novel 3-D motion analysis could be used to predict risk for ACL injuries

CHLA researchers to discuss how novel 3-D motion analysis could be used to predict risk for ACL injuries

Children's Hospital Los Angeles expert to discuss how novel 3-D motion analysis can be used as a tool to predict risk for knee injuries. [More]
Physiotherapy ‘should be targeted’ in Parkinson’s disease

Physiotherapy ‘should be targeted’ in Parkinson’s disease

Physical and occupational therapy does not deliver quality of life benefits for patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease, a randomised trial shows. [More]
Aerobic exercise training may slow progression of Parkinson's disease

Aerobic exercise training may slow progression of Parkinson's disease

You've likely heard this before: Exercise is good for you. It helps your heart, bones, back and more. But here's one thing you might not have heard: Ongoing aerobic exercise may slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system. [More]
Back pain becoming more common in children and adolescents

Back pain becoming more common in children and adolescents

According to a new literature review in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, it's becoming more common for children and adolescents to seek medical care for back pain. Even with expensive, advanced tests like MRI scans, doctors may not be able to find the exact cause for the pain. [More]
Children from low income environments experience higher risk of neurological impairment

Children from low income environments experience higher risk of neurological impairment

Children from low income environments appear to have a higher risk of neurological impairment than those from more economically secure circumstances, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. This neurological impairment appears to be distinct from the risk of cognitive and emotional delays known to accompany early-life poverty. [More]
Innovative brain imaging study reveals why ToM deficiencies present in children with ASD

Innovative brain imaging study reveals why ToM deficiencies present in children with ASD

The holidays can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), particularly because of new or different social situations. One reason scientists believe ASD causes impairment in social interactions is due to an inability to effectively infer other's thoughts and feelings through "theory of mind," or ToM -- the ability to understand the mental states of others and oneself. [More]
Keeping employees healthy: an interview with Clare Sicklen, HR Director, Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Keeping employees healthy: an interview with Clare Sicklen, HR Director, Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Our approach to health at work dates back to our Credo which was crafted by our former chairman Robert Wood Johnson in 1943. [More]
Barefoot activities can improve balance and posture, prevent common injuries

Barefoot activities can improve balance and posture, prevent common injuries

As your cold-weather footwear makes the seasonal migration from the back of your closet to replace summer's flip flops and bare feet, don't underestimate the benefits of padding around naked from the ankles down. [More]

Benchmark set by new supportive Jenx products

Jenx is launching a new bright, simple and flexible Therapy Bench to help offer children real benefit without the need to undergo formal assessment. [More]
Combatting viral and bacterial lung infections with volatile anesthetics: an interview with Dr Chakravarthy

Combatting viral and bacterial lung infections with volatile anesthetics: an interview with Dr Chakravarthy

Inhaled anesthetics are fairly common all over the world for minor and extensive surgical procedures in patients of all age groups. In the olden days when anesthesia was first developed, ether was the first inhaled anesthetic. That has been replaced, with the more recent discoveries of sevoflurane, isoflurane, and desflurane. [More]
Brain imaging study offers insight into how faces achieve special status

Brain imaging study offers insight into how faces achieve special status

The sight of a face offers the brain something special. More than a set of features, it conveys the emotions, intent, and identity of the whole individual. The same is not true for the body; cues such as posture convey some social information, but the image of a body does not substitute for a face. [More]
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