Can Meditation Improve Your Health? Here ’s What to Know

When you hear the word meditation, you may think of sitting cross-legged with your eyes closed—breathing deeply and trying to clear your mind. While it’s true that meditation often involves quiet and focused contemplation, the whole “empty your mind” thing is a misconception, says Dr. Judson Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center. “Meditation is not about emptying our minds or stopping our thoughts, which is impossible,” Brewer says. “It’s about changing our relationships to our thoughts.” Doing so may help some stress-related health conditions, including those related to the gut. Here’s what you need to know about meditation and what to expect from the practice. What is meditation? Meditation practices come in many forms, some of which date back more than 2,000 years. The specifics of each differ, but they all have one thing in common. “All the various practices train or cultivate attention and awareness,” says Miles Neale, a clinical instructor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College and author of Gradual Awakening, a book about Tibetan Buddhist meditation. There are three main types, Neale says. The first and most common is one he calls single—pointed meditation, “where you try to anchor your mind to one point of attention, like your breath or a candle or a mantra,” he explains. The second type, “open focus meditation,&...
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CONCLUSION: Although temporal arteritis is suggestive of GCA, other causes of temporal arteritis can be identified with temporal artery biopsy. PMID: 31201015 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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has anyone else had extreme anxiety about starting med school? I'm trying to enjoy my last month off but dont know how.
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Abstract Background: Current therapeutic modalities for fibromyalgia (FM) do not provide satisfactory results and new approaches have to be explored. Objectives: To assess efficacy and safety of adding a phytotherapy treatment (Fib-19-01) to the current therapeutic regimen in patients with FM. Methods: Double-blind controlled trial: women with active FM (Fibromyalgia Index Questionnaire FIQ> 40) were randomised to receive Fib-19-01 or a food supplement (FS) undistinguishable from Fib-19-01 or no supplementary treatment (NoST). All continued the conventional therapy throughout the 6 month follow-up. Pr...
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Conclusion: The patients achieved better health benefits from manual therapy when it was combined with cryotherapy. PMID: 31202210 [PubMed - in process]
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Conclusions: Due to the complexity of the behavior and biology of cells, scientists' primary focus should be on detection and elimination of sources of inflammation. Antiparasitic medications, and also antiviral, antibiotic, and antifungal medications should be thought of as underrecognized, underappreciated, and forgotten medications that can be part of cancer therapy. The information offered in this review suggests scientists should think of cancer not only as a metabolic disease but also as a metabolic parasite and should consider using antiparasitic medications under a new understanding of the role of inflammation, inf...
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Pain is usually an indication something wrong with the body and the typical approach to pain is to take appropriate medicine that will help alleviate that pain. However, taking painkillers will have some side effects and it is more complicated, or even life-threatening for those who are allergic to certain painkillers.
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You're reading 10 Simple Concentration Exercises You Should Try, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Nowadays it is tough to keep our minds still even for one single minute. And there are always halves of ideas and unfinished projects around every one of us. If you came here wondering how to escape today’s numerous distractions, then you’re in the right place. Here are 10 simple exercises to strengthen your attention. 1. Count Backward Counting is a great way to increase your focus. Star...
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Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological PsychiatryAuthor(s): Judit Cabana-Domínguez, Anu Shivalikanjli, Noèlia Fernàndez-Castillo, Bru CormandAbstractCocaine dependence is a complex psychiatric disorder that is highly comorbid with other psychiatric traits. Twin and adoption studies suggest that genetic variants contribute substantially to cocaine dependence susceptibility, which has an estimated heritability of 65–79%. Here we performed a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of cocaine dependence using four datasets f...
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Publication date: Available online 16 June 2019Source: Molecular and Cellular NeuroscienceAuthor(s): Eva Troyano-Rodriguez, Shivani Mann, Raja Ullah, Mohiuddin AhmadAbstractAMPA-type glutamate receptors (AMPAR) are one of the principal mediators of fast excitatory synaptic transmission in the brain. These receptors associate with multiple integral membrane proteins which influence their trafficking and channel properties. Proline-rich transmembrane protein 1 (PRRT1) is a membrane protein and an understudied component of native AMPAR complexes. In order to understand the regulation of AMPARs by PRRT1, we have performed elec...
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Publication date: July 2019Source: Journal of Adolescence, Volume 74Author(s): Sarbhan Singh, Rafdzah Ahmad Zaki, Nik Daliana Nik FaridAbstractIntroductionDepression is a common mental health disorder and affects many adolescents worldwide. Depression literacy can improve mental health outcomes. The aim of this study was to collate and analyse the extant evidence on depression literacy among adolescents, with particular focus on tools used to examine depression literacy and the findings on components of depression literacy.MethodsNine electronic databases and 1 grey literature source were searched for studies published in ...
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