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Meditation shown to reduce pain during breast cancer biopsy
Though undergoing a breast biopsy is anything but relaxing, a new study shows that patients who meditate during the procedure experience less pain, anxiety and fatigue. (Medical News Today)

Updated clinical practice guideline issued on chiropractic care for low back pain
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), published an update to a previously issued... (Medical News Today)

Copper Bracelets: Do Copper Bracelets Help With Arthritis?
The full truth about copper bracelets, including magnetic ones. What is the evidence for their benefits, why are they used and why do people say bracelets help with arthritis pain? (Medical News Today)

Group therapy helps autistic children to cope better with everyday life
In the framework of group therapy developed at Goethe University Frankfurt, children and adolescents with high functioning ASD can learn how to cope better in the social world and also achieve a... (Medical News Today)

Transcendental Meditation may reduce PTSD symptoms, medication use in active-duty personnel
Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder to reduce or even eliminate their psychotropic medication and get... (Medical News Today)

Meditation: how could it benefit your health?
Around 18 million Americans practice meditation, primarily to reduce stress. But there are many more benefits to this ancient mind and body practice. We investigate. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin A quells severity of preemie gastrointestinal disease in mice
After observing that some gastrointestinal disease in premature human and mouse infants progresses only when certain immune system white blood cells go into inflammatory overdrive, Johns Hopkins... (Medical News Today)

Acupuncture 'safe and effective' for chronic pain in children
While studies have shown acupuncture is effective for chronic pain in adults, new research suggests the treatment may also be a feasible treatment for children with the condition. (Medical News Today)

Pycnogenol bolsters cognitive function in baby boomers
A pine bark extract called Pycnogenol has been shown to improve cognitive function in people with high levels of oxidative stress in a new study. (Medical News Today)

No treatment difference between some antidepressants and behaviour therapy for severe depression
Both treatments should be made accessible to patients with major depressive disorder, experts advise. (Medical News Today)

Mindfulness-based stress reduction reduces chemo brain, Regenstrief and IU study reports
Participation in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program yields robust and sustained improvement in cancer-related cognitive impairment, a prevalent and potentially debilitating condition that... (Medical News Today)

Transcendental Meditation and lifestyle modification increase telomerase, new study finds
Increased telomerase associated with decreased hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cellular aging. (Medical News Today)

Can meditating reduce blood pressure?
Transcendental Meditation has been shown to stimulate telomerase - an enzyme linked with reduced blood pressure and mortality - and lower blood pressure in a new study. (Medical News Today)

Understanding why group singing helps in dementia
Couples where one partner is suffering from dementia can benefit from taking part in group singing. (Medical News Today)

New study shows high use of complementary therapies by cancer inpatients
Patients hospitalized for cancer treatment commonly use complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches such as nutritional supplements, special diets, and massage according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Palliative care: Music to make patients feel better
Music therapy can enhance terminally ill patients' wellbeing and relaxation. This treatment has been known since the 1970s, but there is little scientific research on the subject. (Medical News Today)

Researchers pinpoint brain's happiness region
Researchers found that people who were happier had larger gray matter volume in a brain region called the precuneus, which they say can be targeted with meditation. (Medical News Today)

Yoga may benefit men with prostate cancer, study finds
Men receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer may find twice-weekly yoga sessions can help maintain life quality and alleviate some side effects, new research suggests. (Medical News Today)

The power of music: how it can benefit health
Music has the power to trigger a range of emotions, but increasingly, researchers have suggested it can also offer some amazing health benefits. We investigate. (Medical News Today)

Bright light treatment efficacious for nonseasonal major depressive disorder
Bright light treatment either alone or combined with an antidepressant was an effective and well tolerated treatment for adults with nonseasonal major depressive disorder (MDD) in a randomized... (Medical News Today)

Mindfulness meditation reduces pain, study finds
Mindfulness meditation is shown in MRI scans to affect different parts of the brain than placebo cream, and to reduce pain more than a placebo. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D levels can be compared across studies and countries
Knowledge about the vitamin D level of a population is important in order to assess the proportion that is vitamin D deficient or is at risk of becoming deficient, and to develop food strategies that... (Medical News Today)

Doctors warn of accidental overdosing on herbal medicines
In BMJ Case Reports this week, doctors warn of the dangers posed by herbal remedies after a trained herbalist accidentally overdosed on the "deadly nightshade" herbal medicine. (Medical News Today)

Find way to focus on dietary supplement safety, experts say
Pre-market registration, clearer disclaimers, better standards for identifying substances are good first steps to a safer market for supplements.A former principal deputy commissioner of the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Trial reveals evidence of long-term benefits for people with chronic neck pain
A large scale investigation by researchers at the University of York found that the use of Alexander Technique or acupuncture can significantly relieve chronic neck pain. (Medical News Today)

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