Sleep is key to curing chronic pain
A ink between chronic pain and lack of sleep has been identified by a team of researchers. They also discovered that people with pain who believe they won't be able to sleep are more likely to suffer from insomnia, thus causing worse pain. A pioneering study could lead to specific cognitive therapy to cure insomnia and treat chronic pain. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Trouble With Mindfulness Apps
This article was originally published on Mindful. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experiences and engagement with the design features and strategies of an internet-delivered treatment programme for generalised anxiety disorder: a service-based evaluation - Walsh A, Richards D.
BACKGROUND: Outcome research has highlighted the efficacy of internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT). Some process research has examined users experiences of iCBT. Understanding the user experience provides valuable feedback to developers of in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

A parallel-group, randomized controlled trial into the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) compared to treatment-as-usual in recurrent depression: trial design and protocol - Schuling R, Huijbers MJ, van Ravesteijn H, Donders R, Kuyken W, Speckens AE.
BACKGROUND: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has been shown to reduce the risk of relapse in patients with recurrent depression, but relapse rates remain high. To further improve outcome for this group of patients, follow-up interventions may be ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Flexibility And Love: Reaching The Children With Cartoons
I'm excited to see how acceptance, mindfulness, and values is entering into the culture. Nothing shows that more clearly than the media. This is especially true in films and cartoons for children. I can't think of a better place to start! One of my younger son's favorite shows is "Steven Universe". Both he and I share the name of the main character -- which is a source of chuckles. In a new episode called "Mindful Education" Steven and Connie combine to form "Stevonnie" (characters do that in this show ... ah, its a long story). Once combined they work on their fighting skills but in this ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Randomised, waiting list controlled trial of cognitive-behavioural therapy for persistent postconcussional symptoms after predominantly mild-moderate traumatic brain injury - Potter SD, Brown RG, Fleminger S.
BACKGROUND: Persistent postconcussional symptoms (PCS) can be a source of distress and disability following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Such symptoms have been viewed as difficult to treat but may be amenable to psychological approaches such as cognitive... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Preliminary effectiveness of adjunct mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to prevent suicidal behavior in outpatients who are at elevated suicide risk - Chesin MS, Sonmez CC, Benjamin-Phillips CA, Beeler B, Brodsky BS, Stanley B.
Suicidal behavior is an important public health problem. A few efficacious treatments to prevent suicidal behavior exist. The feasibility and broad applicability of these interventions to suicidal individuals are, however, limited. We thus developed a nove... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), third-wave CBT and interpersonal therapy (IPT) based interventions for preventing depression in children and adolescents - Hetrick SE, Cox GR, Witt KG, Bir JJ, Merry SN.
BACKGROUND: Depression is common in young people. It has a marked negative impact and is associated with self-harm and suicide. Preventing its onset would be an important advance in public health. This is an update of a Cochrane review that was last update... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Dynamic Psychotherapy Delivered in Community Mental Health Centers Works for Depression Dynamic Psychotherapy Delivered in Community Mental Health Centers Works for Depression
Dynamic psychotherapy (DT) works as well as cognitive therapy (CT) in treating major depressive disorder in the community mental health care setting, according to a comparative effectiveness analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?
McLean Hospital Guest Blogger Michael R. Hollander, PhD Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once. The age of onset often occurs in early adolescence, between the ages of 11 and 14. While self-harm is of serious concern for parents, families, and teachers, it's important to know that when the right approach and treatment is provided in a timely manner, this behavior is highly treatable. But kids who self-harm need treatment right away. Giving in to pleas for more time and delayin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cognitive therapy startup Koko raises $2.5M, launches chatbot with Kik messaging service
New York-based startup Koko, which uses artificial intelligence for crowd-sourced cognitive therapy, raised $2.5M in Series A funding, with Omidyar Network and Union Square Ventures leading the round. The company also announced the launch of KokoBot, its new chatbox experience that will be available on chat networks Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Kik. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 9, 2016 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Cognitive-behavioural therapy-based intervention to reduce fear of falling in older people: therapy development and randomised controlled trial - the Strategies for Increasing Independence, Confidence and Energy (STRIDE) study - Parry SW, Bamford C, Deary V, Finch TL, Gray J, Macdonald C, McMeekin P, Sabin NJ, Steen IN, Whitney SL, McColl EM.
BACKGROUND: Falls cause fear, anxiety and loss of confidence, resulting in activity avoidance, social isolation and increasing frailty. The umbrella term for these problems is 'fear of falling', seen in up to 85% of older adults who fall. Evidence of effec... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 4, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression (COBRA): a randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial - Richards DA, Ekers D, McMillan D, Taylor RS, Byford S, Warren FC, Barrett B, Farrand PA, Gilbody S, Kuyken W, O'Mahen H, Watkins ER, Wright KA, Hollon SD, Reed N, Rhodes S, Fletcher E, Finning K.
BACKGROUND: Depression is a common, debilitating, and costly disorder. Many patients request psychological therapy, but the best-evidenced therapy-cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-is complex and costly. A simpler therapy-behavioural activation (BA)-migh... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Improving accessibility of cognitive behavioural therapy for children and adolescents: review of evidence and future directions - Bekker MJ, Griffiths KM, Barrett PM.
Background Despite great progress in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBTs) for children and adolescents over the last two decades, as many as four out of five young people who could benefit from therapy are not accessing it. The demand on available ser... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The Lancet: Simpler, cheaper psychological treatment as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy for treating depression
( The Lancet ) A simple and inexpensive psychotherapy or talking therapy known as behavioral activation (BA) is as effective at treating depression in adults as the gold-standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and can be delivered by non-specialist staff with minimal training at far less cost, according to new research published in The Lancet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Changes in brain activity after mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in adolescents
Researchers are studying how cognitive therapy that uses mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, quiet reflection and facilitator-led discussion, may serve as an adjunct to pharmacological treatments for youth with anxiety disorders. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study shows changes in brain activity after mindfulness therapy in adolescents
(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) are studying how cognitive therapy that uses mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, quiet reflection and facilitator-led discussion, may serve as an adjunct to pharmacological treatments in youth with anxiety disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The use of psychological interventions for adult male sex offenders with a learning disability: a systematic review - Cohen G, Harvey J.
There is a drive to attend to the specific treatment needs of sexual offenders with a learning disability (LD) and increasing recognition of treatment limitations in this group. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-based sex offender treatment programmes (S... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Both paroxetine and impramine appear to be ineffective in adolescents with major depression, furthermore doubts have risen about their safety
Adolescents suffering from major depression often receive treatment with antidepressants. However the evidence for the efficacy of both newer antidepressants and tricyclic antidepressants in major depression in adolescence is very limited. Systematic reviews1 found a statistically significant difference in efficacy in favour of antidepressants versus placebo, which was not clinically relevant. However, they concluded that the large majority of studies on this topic shows serious methodological flaws, selecting patients with advertisements, excluding patients with suicide r...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Surprising Ways to Boost the Effectiveness of Antidepressants
By: Julia Bowyer Over the past few decades, antidepressant use has risen exponentially. A 2011 report from the National Center for Health Statistics found that between the years 1988 to 1994 and 2005 to 2008, the number of American teens and adults taking this medication has increased by almost 400 percent. Yes, you read that right--400 percent. This alarming number begs a major question: Are people more depressed than ever? A 2014 article in Psychology Today seems to think so. A few reasons they cite for the significant spike in mental health issues include a possible decline in the stigma and speculation that we are, in...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Triabrain And Answers Unleashed
Have you ever thought about someone and they emailed seconds later? Can thoughts heal your body? Is the brain able to predict new technology? When I first wrote my HuffPost Lucy movie review, people around the globe commented about what I shared regarding the human brain's power. But that article was simply the "tip of the iceberg." I first became knowledgeable about the brain when my mother was in a catastrophic accident, and she required emergency brain surgery to survive. After the surgery, she was tasked with relearning how to eat, walk, talk, and remember again. And I have been by her side ever since. And th...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia
Search Google for cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and you’ll find this: “A type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression.” On the surface, it seems unlikely that this type of therapy would be associated with people suffering from schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder affecting approximately one percent of the world’s population. But it may be an effective supplementary therapy to pharmacological treatment for those with the disorder. Post-hospital ca...
Source: Psych Central - July 8, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Nicole Trach & Dr. Austin Mardon Tags: Cognitive-Behavioral Disorders General Medications Psychotherapy Schizophrenia Treatment Beck Institute Behaviour therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Depression Mental Disorder Mental Health Psychiatry Psychology Psychosis Source Type: news

Cancer-related fatigue in palliative care: a global perspective
Apart from exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychosocial interventions, there is an absence of high quality evidence that favours any particular pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for cancer-related fatigue. In this article the authors argue that a personalised integrative oncology approach can lead to effective management. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The impact and utility of computerised therapy for educationally alienated teenagers: the views of adolescents who participated in an alternative education-based trial - Fleming T, Lucassen M, Stasiak K, Shepherd M, Merry S.
Background Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) has the potential to increase access to therapy for underserved groups. We aimed to explore the views of adolescents attending alternative education (AE) programmes who participated in a trial... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

To Help A Criminal Go Straight, Help Him Change How He Thinks
More than half of prisoners released from prison are rearrested within a year. Cognitive therapy can help prisoners change the thinking that gets them in trouble, like "I'll never back down." (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jack Bush Source Type: news

Almost half of all UK adults may be living with chronic pain
Conclusion This systematic review aimed to combine available data on the prevalence of chronic pain in the UK adult population. The 19 identified studies suggested that 43% of people in the UK experience chronic pain. However, there are both strengths and limitations to this review that may affect the reliability of this finding. The review has strengths in the careful search methods which aimed to identify only studies relevant to the general population. The researchers also did their best to provide the most reliable estimate by performing a quality assessment of studies and excluding those at particularly high risk of ...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Mental health Neurology Older people Source Type: news

Improvements in executive attention, rumination, cognitive reactivity, and mindfulness among high-suicide risk patients participating in adjunct mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: preliminary findings - Chesin MS, Benjamin-Phillips CA, Keilp J, Fertuck EA, Brodsky BS, Stanley B.
OBJECTIVE: To test changes to cognitive functioning among high-suicide risk outpatients participating in an adjunct mindfulness-based intervention combining mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and safety planning (MBCT-S). DESIGN: Ten outpatients w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Depressed, Out of Work? Study Suggests Skills to Help Land a Job
Unemployed people were more likely to land a job if they used skills commonly taught as part of cognitive therapy for depression, a new study found. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Depressed, out of work? Study suggests skills to help land a job
(Ohio State University) Unemployed people were more likely to land a job if they used skills commonly taught as part of cognitive therapy for depression, a new study found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Depression blood test could lead to personalised treatments
Conclusion This study shows how a new blood test in development can help identify people with depression who are most and least likely to benefit from antidepressants. While promising, the test is far from perfect. For example, it missed 39-43% of non-responders, meaning these people would continue to receive standard antidepressant treatment that is unlikely to work for them. A large proportion of patients (22-38%) also fell into the "intermediate" group who were neither responders nor non-responders, so the test wasn't too useful here. This means there is a significant proportion of people with...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Medication Source Type: news

Mindfulness Therapy May Prevent Depression RelapseMindfulness Therapy May Prevent Depression Relapse
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy substantially reduces the risk for relapse in patients with recurrent depression, a new meta-analysis confirms. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - May 26, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Proof opiates are useful for chronic back pain 'lacking'
Conclusion This systematic review found no evidence that opioids provide a meaningful effect on chronic non-specific lower back pain. Opioids are often used as a last resort for people who have not responded to other painkillers. But these results found opioids gave only half the size of the effect that would be needed to make a real difference – about a 10-point score difference, rather than 20. On the whole, the body of evidence was high quality. A large number of trials where identified, and most were multi-centre trials with good sample sizes carried out in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. This means ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Medical practice Neurology Source Type: news

The role of emotion regulation in childhood obesity
In conclusion, encouraging effective ER could be a useful new approach for combating and treating childhood obesity. Nonetheless, ER intervention studies are needed to confirm the validity of this model in children. Implications for treatment:• Consider traditional weight loss methods and nutritional recommendations along with ER intervention. • Target barriers in the treatment progress such as shame and preoccupation with food by fostering greater self-esteem, resilience and body acceptance. • Families need to be aware of the emotional distress that overweight children suffer from. Consequent...
Source: The Nutrition Society - May 20, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: Cassandra Ellis Source Type: news

A pilot study of self-guided internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression among Arabs - Kayrouz R, Dear BF, Karin E, Gandy M, Fogliati VJ, Terides MD, Titov N.
This pilot study examined the efficacy and acceptability of a self-guided and culturally modified internet-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (iCBT) treatment for Arab people, aged 18 and over, with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Thirty-six partici... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

Guided Tapering of Antidepressants During PregnancyGuided Tapering of Antidepressants During Pregnancy
Is guided tapering of SSRIs with concurrent preventive cognitive therapy feasible as an alternative to continuation of SSRIs during pregnancy? BMC Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news

The role of emotion regulation in childhood obesity
In conclusion, encouraging effective ER could be a useful new approach for combating and treating childhood obesity. Nonetheless, ER intervention studies are needed to confirm the validity of this model in children. Implications for treatment:• Consider traditional weight loss methods and nutritional recommendations along with ER intervention. • Target barriers in the treatment progress such as shame and preoccupation with food by fostering greater self-esteem, resilience and body acceptance. • Families need to be aware of the emotional distress that overweight children suffer from. Consequent...
Source: The Nutrition Society - May 12, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: Cassandra Ellis Source Type: news

The effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy added to treatment as usual on suicidal ideation in chronic depression: results of a randomized-clinical trial - Forkmann T, Brakemeier EL, Teismann T, Schramm E, Michalak J.
BACKGROUND: Suicidal ideation (SI) is common in chronic depression, but only limited evidence exists for the assumption that psychological treatments for depression are effective for reducing SI. METHODS: In the present study, the effects of Mindfu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Suffering from insomnia? Don’t pop pills –TRAIN your body to sleep again 
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - which retrains the brain - can be effective and doesn't carry the side effects of medication, according to the American College of Physicians. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can psychological therapies help people who self-harm?
Latest Cochrane research has found that psychological therapies, more commonly known as ‘talking treatments’, may help people who self-harm.Self-harm is intentional self-poisoning or self-injury. Many people who are admitted to hospital because of this are at an increased risk of self-harming again and of suicide.  It is a major problem in many countries, leads to high levels of distress for patients and their families and friends, and places significant demands on health services.Psychosocial interventions could involve specific psychological therapies as well as maintaining support and contact with patie...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 2, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Mindfulness therapy works for recurrent depression
(Reuters Health) - For people with recurring depression, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be more helpful than other treatments, according to a new analysis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Therapy, Meet Mindfulness: The Practices Together May Help Treat Depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy may help prevent relapse for people with recurrent depression. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 29, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice G. Walton Source Type: news

Mindfulness May Cut Relapse Risk in Recurrent Depression (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Benefits of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy rose with worsening residual symptoms (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - April 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy linked to reduced depressive relapse risk
The largest meta-analysis so far of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for recurrent depression has found that MBCT is an effective treatment option that can help prevent the recurrence of major depression. The study used anonymised individual patient data from nine randomized trials of MBCT. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression
WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 -- Mindfulness therapy may help reduce the risk of repeated bouts of depression, researchers report. One expert not connected to the study explained the mindfulness approach. "Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy enhances... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Antidepressants and talking therapies offer similar benefits for new-onset major depression
This review found no difference in effectiveness or drop-out rates between antidepressants and cognitive behavioural therapy for adults recently diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Both treatments should be offered, as recommended by NICE, either alone or possibly in combination, and the final decision will rely heavily on the patient's preference. The challenge for talking therapies in the NHS has long been a lack of capacity. However, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme has in the last few years provided thousands of trained therapists who can be accessed through GPs and in some cases directly...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Therapist-supported internet cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety disorders in adults
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders. Many people have difficulty accessing treatment, due to a variety of obstacles. Researchers have therefore explored the possibility of using the Internet to deliver CBT; it is important to ensure the decision to promote such treatment is grounded in high quality evidence. To assess the effects of therapist-supported Internet CBT (ICBT) on remission of anxiety disorder diagnosis and reduction of anxiety symptoms in adults as compared to waiting list control, unguided CBT, or face-to-face CBT. Effects of treatment on quality of life an...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why It's So Difficult to Treat Compulsive...
Compulsive hoarding is often difficult to treat. Learn what it is and about new types of cognitive-behavior therapy that may offer hope for hoarders. (Source: About.com Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Source: About.com Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - April 5, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

The Four Keys to Well-Being
By Dr. Richard J. Davidson Well-being is a skill. All of the work that my colleagues and I have been doing leads inevitably to this central conclusion. Well-being is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello. If one practices the skills of well-being, one will get better at it. Based on our research, well-being has four constituents that have each received serious scientific attention. Each of these four is rooted in neural circuits, and each of these neural circuits exhibits plasticity -- so we know that if we exercise these circuits, they will strengthen. Practicing these four skills can provide the subs...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Why Students At Elite Colleges Are Turning To Meditation
Twice a week, stressed-out students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pry themselves away from the demands of school and meet in a reserved room on campus to practice yoga and meditation.  The gathering, called Art of Living, is one of the only times many club members unload their stress and find relief. It's a rare sanctuary at one of the most high-pressure colleges in the country. "Having a regular meditative practice is like being high all the time," Blake Elias, vice president of the club, has said. "It makes you realize that you have a choice of how you feel and that you can co...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mindfulness may be effective for treating lower back pain
Conclusion This RCT aimed to review the alternative mind-body therapy of MBSR for the treatment of chronic lower back pain. The trial has many strengths, including: delivery of both interventions by trained and experienced professionals long follow-up period blinded assessment of outcomes using validated scales adequate sample size – prior calculations were performed to ensure sufficient people were recruited to make the outcome assessment reliable intention to treat analysis – where all people were assessed in their assigned groups, regardless of whether they completed the interventio...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Medical practice Mental health Source Type: news