Category Archives: Mind-Body Connection

The Mindful Athlete

Michael Jordan and countless other NBA stars credit George Mumford with transforming their game. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford shares his story and strategies in The Mindful Athlete. His proven techniques transform the performance of anyone with … Continue reading

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Yoga and Chronic Pain Have Opposite Effects on Brain Gray Matter: American Pain Society

Newswise — PALM SPRINGS, May 15, 2015 — Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according … Continue reading

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Posttraumatic stress disorder and cancer risk: a nationwide cohort study

Eur J Epidemiol. 2015 May 9. [Epub ahead of print] Posttraumatic stress disorder and cancer risk: a nationwide cohort study. Gradus JL1, Farkas DK, Svensson E, Ehrenstein V, Lash TL, Milstein A, Adler N, Sørensen HT. Author information 1National Center … Continue reading

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Gastrointestinal disorders and relaxation: new information from MGH

A pilot study has found that participating in a nine-week training program including elicitation of the relaxation response had a significant impact on clinical symptoms of the gastrointestinal disorders irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease and on the expression … Continue reading

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Family break-up linked to heightened risk of psychosomatic problems in teens

Parental separation or divorce is linked to a heightened risk of psychosomatic problems among the children in the family, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. But joint custody seems to be less problematic than … Continue reading

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Are depression meds the emperor’s new clothes? Mindfulness may be just as good.

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial Dr Willem Kuyken, et. al.; The Lancet; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62222-4; Open access funded by Department of … Continue reading

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Is there a gut-brain axis wherein what you eat affects your mood?

Bacteria appears to do a body a lot of good, from bolstering immunity to easing digestion. Recent evidence also points to certain bacteria as influencing mood, by producing compounds that travel from the intestine to the brain. (There’s even the … Continue reading

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Serious life events in childhood can triple risk of developing type 1 diabetes: Diabetologia

New research from Sweden published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that serious life events (SLEs) in childhood, such as death or illness in the family, divorce/separation, a new child or adult … Continue reading

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New back pain, depression links found

February 26, 2015 - Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins in the March issue of PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the … Continue reading

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Mind and body practices widely used in US: NIH

More Americans of all ages are rolling out their yoga mats in an effort to improve their health. A large nationally representative survey shows that the number of Americans using mind and body approaches to improve health and well-being remains … Continue reading

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New twist on mind-body connection

New research from Northeastern professor of psychology Iris Berent and her colleagues indicates that language and motor systems are intricately linked-though not in the way that has been widely believed. Spoken languages express words by sound patterns, some of which … Continue reading

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Mind-Body Connection Not a One-Way Street

Newswise — We usually think our mind is in control and telling our body what to do. But there is a lot of scientific evidence that shows the chatter between mind and body goes two ways, and the body is … Continue reading

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8 Things to Know About Meditation for Health

Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Many studies have been conducted to look at … Continue reading

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