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Finding the Best Practice Duration for Qigong

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Qigong exercise has been found to have many psychological and physical benefits. However, it is not known how long it should be practiced for the best effects, i.e., the best … Continue reading

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Emotional Factors and Fatigue in Adolescents

Fatigue in adolescents may be related to psychological, somatic, and lifestyle factors. In a longitudinal study of 653 adolescent girls, the correlations between the severity of fatigue and psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression were examined (ter Wolbeek et … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy for Pediatric Cancer

Massage therapy has been suggested as a helpful complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention for children with cancer. For example, a meta-analysis of 70 reports showed that massage therapy can be beneficial for alleviating anxiety, depression, constipation, pain, and hypertension … Continue reading

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Psychological Stress and Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer and distress are often seen together. To promote the therapeutic effects and quality of life for the patients, the factors involved in the associations between psychological distress and ovarian cancer need to be found (Arden-Close et al., 2008). … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology and Ocular Diseases

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have revealed the connections between psychosocial stress and depression with immune dysfunctions and various physical problems (Ventura, 2009). How about ocular diseases? Studies have shown that … Continue reading

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Resilience, Adversity, Gene Expression, and Wellbeing

Chronic social adversity may lead to a “conserved transcriptional response to adversity (CTRA)” with higher levels of pro-inflammatory genes and lower levels of antiviral- and antibody-related genes. Certain psychological resilience factors have been found to alleviate CTRA (Cole et al., … Continue reading

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Depression, Anxiety, and Mindfulness-Based Programs

Non-depressed participants with a history of relapsing depression may be protected from relapse by participating in an 8-week course of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  The researchers in the UK examined the effectiveness of MBCT on active symptoms of depression … Continue reading

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Youth Obesity, Mindful Eating, and Meditation-Based Interventions

Today more than 30% of young people in the US are overweight, and more than 15% of them have metabolic syndrome (Dalen et al., 2015). Youth obesity is becoming a more and more significant health problem. However, effective interventions are … Continue reading

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Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Eating Behaviors, and Obesity

How can mindfulness-based approaches affect psychological and physical health among those who are overweight or obese? A recent meta-analysis examined randomized controlled trials and focused on 15 relevant studies involving 560 individuals (Rogers et al., 2017). The study found that … Continue reading

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Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Personalized Medicine

Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Personalized Medicine Psychological stress has been associated with higher levels of inflammation and the risks of many physical disorders including heart diseases. For example, chronic stress responses may cause a variety of skin disorders including allergic … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Mind-Body Interventions for Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis have caused not only higher costs of health care, but also elevated psychological stress among both the patients and the care givers. Mind-body interventions may be helpful to address such issues of … Continue reading

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