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Yoga is an ancient system of practices used to balance the mind and body through exercise, meditation (focusing thoughts), and control of breathing and emotions. Yoga is being studied as a way to relieve stress and treat sleep problems in cancer patients.
Mindfulness practices ease depression among pregnant women

Mindfulness practices ease depression among pregnant women

Pregnant women with histories of major depression are about 40 percent less likely to relapse into depression if they practice mindfulness techniques--such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga--along with cognitive therapy, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. [More]
Study reveals impact of meditation, support groups at cellular level in breast cancer survivors

Study reveals impact of meditation, support groups at cellular level in breast cancer survivors

For the first time, researchers have shown that practising mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. [More]
Basic yoga pose reduces idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent, adult patients

Basic yoga pose reduces idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent, adult patients

A basic yoga pose, done for an average of only 1.5 minutes a day, six days a week for two months, reduced idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent and adult patients an average of 32% in the first peer-reviewed published clinical trial studying yoga for the reduction of scoliosis curves. [More]
Poor body mechanics cause chronic lower back pain

Poor body mechanics cause chronic lower back pain

If you want to steer clear of lower back pain, remember this: Arch is good, flat is bad. [More]
Large number of Canadian stroke patients not getting help to get back to active life

Large number of Canadian stroke patients not getting help to get back to active life

Too many stroke patients in Canada are not getting the rehabilitation they need to return to a healthy, active life, according to a new study which will be presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Vancouver tomorrow. [More]

People who practice yoga, meditation long term can learn to control computer with their minds

New research by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota shows that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. [More]
Benefits and risks of hatha yoga for people with bipolar disorder

Benefits and risks of hatha yoga for people with bipolar disorder

Right now no one can say whether yoga provides clinical benefits to people with bipolar disorder, but in a new article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, researchers report survey responses they gathered from scores of people with the condition who practice yoga. What the collective testimony suggests is that yoga can be a substantial help, but it sometimes carries risks, too. [More]
Breathing-based meditation practice can be effective treatment for PTSD

Breathing-based meditation practice can be effective treatment for PTSD

One of the greatest casualties of war is its lasting effect on the minds of soldiers. This presents a daunting public health problem: More than 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a 2012 report by RAND Corp. [More]
Yoga program for MS patients improves physical and mental well-being

Yoga program for MS patients improves physical and mental well-being

Paula Meltzer was only 38 when out of nowhere everything she looked at was blurry. For the single mother, who had a lucrative career as a gemologist and spent hours examining valuable pieces of jewelry, it seemed as if - in a split second - her life changed. [More]
Highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter

Highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter

Here are highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. [More]
US Fitness adds Sport & Health to its portfolio of clubs

US Fitness adds Sport & Health to its portfolio of clubs

US Fitness Holdings, LLC announced today it has added Sport & Health to its portfolio of clubs, creating one of the largest health club companies in the country. [More]
Hatha yoga improves sedentary older adults' cognitive performance

Hatha yoga improves sedentary older adults' cognitive performance

Practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults' performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life, researchers report. [More]
Study: Nervous system and stress affect inflammatory skin conditions

Study: Nervous system and stress affect inflammatory skin conditions

Anyone who's had a pimple form right before an important event may wonder if stress caused the break out. [More]
New treatment plan could reduce need for antihypertensive drugs

New treatment plan could reduce need for antihypertensive drugs

It truly could be mind over matter after all. University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Richard Josephson, MD, recently released trial results in a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine that discusses mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for hypertension. [More]
MD Anderson partners with HIAE to address cancer burden in Brazil

MD Anderson partners with HIAE to address cancer burden in Brazil

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced a partnership with Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein to pioneer multidisciplinary patient care in Brazil and advance MD Anderson's mission to eliminate cancer globally. [More]
Positive emotions may play exacerbating role in fueling anorexia nervosa

Positive emotions may play exacerbating role in fueling anorexia nervosa

Positive emotions - even those viewed through a distorted lens - may play an exacerbating role in fueling eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, which has a death rate 12 times higher for females between the ages of 15 and 24 than all other causes of death combined, according to a Rutgers study. [More]
Loyola's Sexual Wellness Clinic to help break down the stigma associated with sexual dysfunction

Loyola's Sexual Wellness Clinic to help break down the stigma associated with sexual dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction among couples is common, yet it often goes untreated, according to specialists at Loyola University Health System's Sexual Wellness Clinic. [More]
Caffeine intake may aggravate hot flashes and night sweats in postmenopausal women

Caffeine intake may aggravate hot flashes and night sweats in postmenopausal women

A new Mayo Clinic study, published online today by the journal Menopause, found an association between caffeine intake and more bothersome hot flashes and night sweats in postmenopausal women. [More]
State highlights: L.A. County to trim new hire retiree benefits; lapses in state education for those with disabilities

State highlights: L.A. County to trim new hire retiree benefits; lapses in state education for those with disabilities

Los Angeles County supervisors finalized reforms to health benefits for future employees Tuesday, in a move that is projected to save the county as much as $840 million over the next 30 years. Retiree health benefits became a sticking point in contentious labor negotiations last year. Although not technically part of the contract talks, unions objected to the proposal to reduce retiree benefits (Sewell, 6/24). [More]
First Edition: June 25, 2014

First Edition: June 25, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about a recent analysis that finds new health plan enrollees are showing high rates of serious health conditions. [More]