Senior researchers at UCSF have released results of a study showing a diet and exercise program that included mindfulness training resulted in participants having lower metabolic risk factors related to heart disease, diabetes and stroke (large waist circumference, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and triglycerides, and low levels of HDL cholesterol) compared to those who underwent the same program without the training.
No less than 35-40% of cancer patients suffer from significant anxiety and depression symptoms. Mindfulness-based therapy reduced anxiety and depression in a meta-analysis involving more than 1,400 patients living with cancer.
Relationships and emotional intelligence benefits are seen when parents and teens practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness meditation practice in physician training encourages transparent and clear communication as well as better patient care.
This PBS article points out new science revealing that our brains need balancing to integrate the torrents of information in the digital age. Enter mindfulness.
Mindfulness practitioners and scientists alike are finding that mindfulness meditation as taught in MBSR can reduce distress and improve quality of life in this living with cancer.
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Behavioral neuroscience is finding that the more neurons that connect the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala in the brain, the more emotionally resilient one is; able to "bounce back" in the face of life's adversities or challenges. Mindfulness meditation strengthens these pathways of resilience.
MBSR can help breast cancer survivors improve their emotional and physical well-being according to a new University of Missouri study.
USA Today article points to new research from Massachusetts General/Harvard as to why mindfulness meditation reduces pain perception.
In a world often characterized by the chaos of lay-offs, dashed hopes and "life unfolding", practicing mindfulness may be the best plan to ride the waves.
Research with MBSR and tinnitus at UCSF's Medical Center reveals mindfulness meditation helps people separate the physical sensation of the ringing from all the anxiety, thoughts and emotions about the ringing.
A study published in the journal Science revealed how distracted most of us are, and the price we pay for it. When subjects were paying full attention to what they were doing, they were more likely to report feeling happy. In fact, paying attention or not paying attention to what they were doing had more of an impact on reported happiness than what particular activity they were engaged in.
Charlie Halpern at University of California Boalt School of Law says, "It is making us more skilled and effective as lawyers, more focused, more active listeners, better at helping our clients and serving justice, and doing it in a way that is sustainable."
MIT and Harvard neuroscientists explain why the practice helps tune out distractions and relieve pain.
Harvard Health publications reports on a new study, published in the May 2011 issue of Neuroimage, that adds to the growing data suggesting that one effect of mindfulness meditation is increased brain connectivity.
Individuals who practiced mindfulness meditation during a pain experiment reported much less discomfort than they did in earlier, meditation-free sessions.
Researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.
We often take our (and others) precious lives for granted on the road. There is science to support mindfulness as a valuable practice in all of life-- including driving!
Study presented at the Society for Neuroscience this month shows meditation changes the way the brain processes pain signals.
Psychological Changes from Meditation Training Linked to Cellular Health and increased telomerase associated with slowing cell aging
Mindfulness meditation Increase Well-being in Adolescent Boys: Researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed 155 boys before and after a four-week crash course in mindfulness. After the trial period, the 14 and 15 year-old boys were found to have increased well-being, including positive emotions such as happiness, contentment, interest and affection and functioning well.
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