Interesting reflections on mindfulness and activism from Ronald Purser in The Guardian.
A large RCT shows that mindfulness yoga is an effective treatment option for patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease.
An 8-week mind-body relaxation program offered through the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital taught participants several different mind-body approaches, including meditation, yoga, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral skills, and positive psychology. It found that people in the relaxation program used 43% fewer medical services than they did the previous year. Article here.
Did you catch the ABC TV’s Catalyst program ‘The Mindfulness Experiment’? It’s terrific! Its synopsis reads ‘15 ordinary Australians to take part in a revealing scientific experiment – to see if practicing mindfulness can help treat conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and stress that affect millions of us’. Video and transcript here.
From the Journal of Neurotrauma. ‘We found that only 27% of our population eventually recovered and 67% of those who recovered did so within the first year. Notably, no eligible respondent recovered from PCS lasting 3 years or longer.’
A systematic review and meta-analysis of mindfulness based interventions and yoga in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Mindfulness and yoga based programs are effective in reducing stress, depression and anxiety and improving quality of life in individuals suffering from IBD. The effects on physical outcomes are equivocal and further research is needed.
A nice summary of a small study looking at the impact of a specifically designed eight week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course on quality of life in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Interesting article on research out of the Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill. A study on rats suggests the ageing brain is more plastic than the young brain, but that the plasticity is more dysregulated.
Super interesting article investigating the impact of art on the brain.
High intensity physical exercise may have beneficial outcomes in PD. On the blogs.