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More positive taichi and qigong reserach

Taichi is the subject of frequent research nowadays ... qigong less so, although the practices often overlap so closely that the findings will generally apply equally to both ... you commonly get these fashions in research. A batch of studies has been published recently. Read on to see how taichi is the best training for reducing the risk of falling in older people, that it benefits acute and chronic pain and our reaction to it, and that it increases our neurophysical functioning (brain-body connection) and heart health

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Tai chi effective for managing cancer-related fatigue

Tai chi is an effective intervention for managing fatigue in patients with lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy, a Chinese study has found

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Tai chi improves physical performance in chronic conditions

Tai chi can improve physical performance in people suffering from a variety of chronic health conditions, according to a systematic review carried out in Canada

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Qigong benefits breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

A preliminary study from Taiwan suggests that both static and moving forms of qigong practice are beneficial for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

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Tai chi has vascular benefits in rheumatoid arthritis

Tai chi can improve endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness in elderly women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

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Tai chi effective for managing cancer-related fatigue

Tai chi is an effective intervention for managing fatigue in patients with lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy, a Chinese study has found.

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Tai chi helps reduce inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk in women

Practising tai chi (TC) can help reduce pro-inflammatory factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women, according to American researchers.

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Tai chi benefits the heart

A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that tai chi and qigong can offer real benefits for people with cardiovascular disease. The study found reductions in blood pressure enough to reduce the risk of stroke by up to 41% and coronary heart disease by 22%. Practitioners also showed improved quality of life and reduced levels of depression compared to controls. http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/5/3/e002562.full?sid=2972b6f1-3507-45cd-9460-85321a892915

 
Tai chi prevents falling

Another study has confirmed the great benefits of tai chi in preventing falls. Older adults with a history of falling were assigned to a tai chi group (one hour class weekly for six months) or a lower extremity training (LET) class (stretching, muscle strengthening and balance training). At the end of the study, the tai chi participants were significantly less likely to have fallen (reaching 50% less after a year). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.13952/abstract

 
Meditation, tai chi, yoga reduce medical costs

Here's a great piece of research from Massachusetts General Hospital. The authors studied the medical records of 4000 patients who had been advised over the years to use practise meditation, yoga or tai chi for stress-related health problems and compared them to 13000 others who had not been so advised. Those who followed the practices were 43% less likely to visit the hospital, or need medical tests and emergency care. The saving per patient was estimated as $2,360 in reduced emergency care alone.

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0140212

 
Tai chi improves chronic conditions

September's British Journal of Sports Medicine published a meta-analysis of tai chi studies showing that for people with multiple chronic conditions (cancer, arthritis, heart failure and COPD) it can build muscle strength, improve walking speed, reduce depression and reduce pain.

http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2015/09/04/bjsports-2014-094388.abstract?sid=b9e6404c-5b2a-48eb-93b6-fd3ebf6269c6

 
Prenatal yoga helps depression

This study found that yoga significantly reduced depression in pregnant women

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Mind-body therapies improve immune function

Mind-body therapies (MBTs) lead to improved immune function, concludes the first comprehensive review of the available evidence from controlled trials

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Tai chi benefits patients with chronic conditions

A Chinese systematic review has concluded that tai chi has positive effects on health-related quality of life in patients with chronic conditions

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Tai chi promising for MS

Tai chi holds therapeutic potential for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, according to a German pilot study

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Tai chi improves risk of chronic disease in senior cancer survivors

Tai chi (TC) exercise may help reduce risk factors for chronic disease in senior survivors of cancer

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Baduanjin (8 Brocades) qigong improves physical health

Chinese investigators report that baduanjin qigong training can significantly improve markers of physical health in healthy adults

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Tai chi improves balance in elders

Tai chi practice can help older adults maintain their balance, according to a study from a US author

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Long-term tai chi prevents depression

A study by a joint Chinese/Japanese research team suggests that long-term tai chi training may prevent depression

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Tai chi improves fitness and lung function in COPD

Hong Kong researchers have concluded that tai chi is a useful exercise for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, and can lead to sustained improvements in their health.

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Tai chi improves cognitive function in elders

Tai Chi can enhance cognitive function in older adults, particularly in the realm of executive functioning and in individuals without significant impairment, concludes a systematic review from the USA.

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Tai chi reduces falls after stroke

Research from the USA has found that a 12-week tai chi (TC) intervention was more effective in reducing fall rates for stroke survivors than either strength training or usual care.

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Tai chi improves attention

Tai chi (TC) training helps improve attention in healthy young adults, according to American researchers.

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Tai chi improves balance in Parkinson’s patients

A Chinese research team has found that tai chi (TC) can improve balance and decrease fall risks in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

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Tai chi improves blood parameters in hypertension patients

Tai chi (TC) has beneficial effects on blood pressure (BP) and levels of gaseous cellular signaling molecules in the blood of patients with essential hypertension (EH).

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Tai chi improves neuromuscular function in the elderly

Tai chi is as effective as proprioception exercises for improving neuromuscular function in elderly people, according to Chinese researchers.

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Yoga benefits high blood pressure

A review of seven studies into the effect of yoga on high blood pressure has been published in the May 2014 edition of the American Journal of Hypertension.

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Healthy lifestyle lengthens life

Two large studies have confirmed that a healthy lifestyle really does result in a longer and healthier life.

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Overview of yoga reserach

Here's a great overview of existing reserach into the effects of yoga on the body and mind: http://www.omicsonline.org/how-might-yoga-work-an-overview-of-potential-underlying-mechanisms-2157-7595.1000130.php?aid=12042

 
Yoga helps breast cancer survivors

A 6-year study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has demonstrated how beneficial yoga can be for breast cancer survivors.

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Tai chi decreases numbers of inflammatory cells in the blood

One hour of tai chi practice can decrease the numbers of pro-inflammatory lymphocytes circulating in the blood stream, a US pilot study suggests.

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Tai chi for knee osteoarthritis

A systematic review by Danish authors has found moderate evidence for short-term improvement of pain, physical function and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who practice tai chi.

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Tai chi is a more effective ‘antioxidant’ than walking

A Mexican research team reports that practising tai chi produces a greater antioxidant effect in the body than walking.

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Tai chi can reshape the brain

Chinese scientists report that long-term tai chi practice can induce regional structural changes in practitioners’ brains.

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Yoga benefits COPD

Just 12 weeks of a yoga programme that incorporated postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), cleansing techniques, (kriyas), meditation, and a relaxation technique (shavasan), has been found to improve lung function, shortness of breath and inflammation in people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Lifestyle can reverse ageing

The first study to show that a healthy lifestyle can actually lengthen telomeres - the ends of chromosomes linked to ageing - has just been published.

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Yoga for fibromyalgia

Oregon Health and Science University has demonstrated that yoga practice can achieve significant improvements in fibromyalgia.

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Qigong for chronic fatigue

A Hong Kong study has found that compared to controls, qigong (10 bi-weekly classes and 12 weeks home practice) significantly improved total fatigue, physical fatigue and depression in patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23983785

 
Yoga helps chronic back pain

Another study has confirmed the benefits of yoga for lower back pain.

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Yoga more effective than aeroboc exercise to enhance mental faculties

A study that compared the effects of a 20-minute yoga session (seated, standing and lying poses with regulated breathing) and a 20 minute aeroboc extercise session (walking or jogging on a treadmill) on cognitve function, found the yoga session to be significantly more effective.

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Yoga and schizophrenia

A study conducted in New York has found that both hatha yoga (3 x 1 hour per week for 12 weeks) and modified yoga ('concentraing more on qigong movements) is able to improve cognitive function in people suffering from schizophrenia, as well as producing positive changes in the brain.

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Qigong and breast cancer

A Chinese study published in the journal Cancer reports that just five weekly sessions of qigong resulted in reduced depression and fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer, compared to controls.

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Tai chi improves immunity in lung cancer survivors

Chinese researchers have concluded that tai chi may be able to improve immune status in lung cancer survivors, and thereby potentially help to prevent tumour recurrence.

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Qigong has anti-depressive effect on elders

A pilot study from Hong Kong has provided preliminary evidence for the hypotheses that the anti-depressive effect of qigong exercise is due to improvement in psychosocial functioning and down-regulation of hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

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Tai chi beneficial for diabetics

Practising tai chi is beneficial for diabetic patients with neuropathy, according to Korean investigators who recruited 59 diabetic patients with neuropathy to a study.

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Tai chi reduces reactivity to stress

Swiss researchers have found that tai chi practice can reduce psychobiological stress reactivity in healthy subjects.

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Qigong helps physiotherapists with burnout

A preliminary study from Portugal suggests that practicing a short daily qigong routine can be an effective tool for the self-management of burnout in physiotherapists.

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Mental and physical activities delay cognitive decline in seniors

Hong Kong researchers have found that taking part in mental and physical activities can delay cognitive decline in seniors with dementia.

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Tai chi reduces falls among stroke survivors

People who survive strokes are seven times more likely to suffer falls than healthy adults, resulting in fractures, decreased mobility and fear of further falling resulting in social isolation.

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Iyengar yoga has many benefits for cardiovascular disease

A US study has looked into the benefits of Iyengar yoga for people at risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Yoga Helps Atrial Fibrillation

Researchers at the University of Kansas Hospital have fund that as liitle as two one-hour yoga sessions a week can significantly reduce the number of episodes of atrial fibrillation (rapid, chaotic heart beat).

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Iyengar yoga helpful for chronic neck pain

A study reported in Pain journal has found that among patients with chronic neck pain, those who practised Iyengar yoga (9 weekly classes of 90 minutes each) experienced significantly less pain, pain-related apprehension and disability compared to a control group of patients who took other forms of self-care/exercise

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Tai chi beneficial in rheumatoid arthritis

A pilot study suggests that practicing tai chi can help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis both mentally and physically.

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Tai chi helps seniors with depression

A meta-analysis suggests that tai chi can help reduce symptoms of depression in older adults.

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Yoga benefits sleep

A Harvard Medical School study has found that yoga offers positive substantial benefits for people with chronic insomnia.

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Exercise aids cancer recovery

The great 7th century Chinese doctor and teacher Sun Simiao said, "The Tao of nurturing life requires that one keep oneself as fluid as possible." This is borne out yet again byew exercise/cancer research which has found that exercising for several weeks after chemotherapy can remodel the immune system, making it more effective at preventing secondary cancers. At the same time it adds to the evidence that for healthy people regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing cancer in the first place. (Exercise could fortify immune system against future cancers. American Physiological Society).

 
Tai chi increases brain size and improves memory in seniors

A joint Chinese-US research team has found that practising tai chi leads to increased brain volume and improved cognitive function in elderly people.

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Yoga helps children with autism

A study conducted in New York assigned schoolchildren with autism to either a 16-week yoga programme (yoga breathing, movement and relaxation) or control (standard morning routine).

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Green tea protects against disability in the elderly

A large, prospective cohort study carried out in Japanese seniors has found that consumption of green tea is significantly associated with a lower risk of developing functional disability (problems with daily activities, such as bathing or dressing).

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Tai chi improves balance and walking in Parkinson’s patients

Practising tai chi twice a week can help Parkinson's patients improve their balance and walking ability, according to an American study.

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Tai chi promotes arterial flexibility and muscle strength

Seniors who practice tai chi regularly demonstrate improved arterial compliance (the ability of arteries to expand and contract with the pumping of the heart), as well as increased leg muscle strength, according to a Hong Kong study.

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Tai chi in space

Not exactly research but how often do you get to see tai chi performed in space: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6sjHGK5bg

 
More benefits of green tea

Green tea extract has been found to lead to improvements in blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cholesterol and markers of inflammation in obese people with high blood pressure.

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Qigong benefits chronic fatigue syndrome

A team from Hong Kong has found that a four-month programme of qigong exercise helped ease symptoms and improve biological markers of disease-related stress in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

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Tai chi increases brain volume

Tai chi has been shown to increase brain volume in older people, as well as improve memory and thinking test scores.

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Alexander tecnique and automatic postural coordination

Improvement in automatic postural coordination following Alexander Technique lessons in a person with low back pain.

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Alexander technique & Parkinson's disease

Alexander Technique lessons are likely to lead to sustained benefit for people with Parkinson’s disease

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Alexander technique & chronic back pain

One to one lessons in the Alexander Technique from registered teachers gave long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain. Six lessons followed by exercise prescription were nearly as effective as 24 lessons.

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Yoga shows promise for post-traumatic stress disorder

 In ongoing research to identify the most effective help for post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) in US military personnel, a study published in the May/June issue of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy compared 'sensory-enhanced' hatha yoga with no treatment in 70 military personnel who had been deployed in Iraq.

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Tai chi plus drugs improves geriatric depression

A US team has found that the use of tai chi alongside drug therapy may provide additional improvements in clinical outcomes in the treatment of geriatric depression.

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Tai chi improves neuropsychological functioning in cancer survivors

Tai chi may promote gains in neuropsychological functioning in breast cancer survivors, according to a pilot study by American researchers.

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Tai chi increases testosterone and improves prostate symptoms

Korean research suggests that tai chi can improve lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTSs), quality of life (QoL) and testosterone levels in patients with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH).

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Yoga/massage reduce prenatal depression and prematurity

Eighty-four women suffering from prenatal depression were randomly assigned to yoga, massage therapy or standard prenatal care control groups.

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Yoga reduces stress in school students

A study carried out in a Massachussets high school randomly divided 11th and 12th grade students into a yoga or regular physical education (PE) class for the duration of a school term

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Yoga cost-effective for lower back pain

An article published in Spine journal has found that 12 weekly yoga classes for people with chronic or recurrent lower back pain (plus usual care) would be a cost-effective strategy for the National Health Service

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Tai chi and arterial flexibility

The essence of the Chinese internal martial arts is to harmonise strength and softness.

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Yoga for pain

A sytematic review of ten randomised controlled yoga trials found that yoga led to significantly greater reduction in pain of any kind compared to standard care, self care, therapeutic exercises, relaxing yoga, touch and manipulation, or no intervention.

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Yoga and Type 2 Diabetes

A review of 11 studies into the effect of yoga on levels of fasting blood glucose among a mixture of diabetic patients, healthy volunteers and those at risk of diabetes, has found that 9 of the studies showed a significant decrease, indicating that yoga may be promising in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. (Role of Yoga in Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, University of Cincinnati, Health and Education Program and Public Health Sciences).

 
Microbial diversity in the gut may protect against allergies

Having a high diversity of bacterial species in the gut may protect babies against developing allergies, according to a comprehensive study of intestinal microflora in allergic and healthy infants, conducted in Sweden.

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Tai chi adds benefit to cardiac rehabilitation

The addition of tai chi to endurance training (ET) leads to improved exercise tolerance and quality of life (QOL) in elderly patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), according to an Italian study.

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Increase in cancer rates can be reduced by better diet and exercise

A study published in the MJA (Medical Journal of Australia) suggests that the incidence of cancer will rise by 60% in Australia by 2025 (compared to 2007 levels)

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Tai chi outperforms physiotherapy in preventing falls

Tai chi has a better impact on preventing falls in the elderly than conventional physiotherapy, perhaps because it leads to an increased sense of self-efficacy in practitioners.

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Qigong improves diabetic health

Taking part in a programme of qigong exercise may be beneficial for people with type-2 diabetes, according to an RCT carried out in Australia.

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Yoga and stretching better for low back pain

Yoga is a more effective treatment for chronic lower back pain than conventional GP care, according to the UK’s largest ever study into its benefits.

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Tai chi better than usual care for low back pain

The first pragmatic randomised controlled trial of tai chi for people with low back pain has shown that it can improve pain and disability outcomes in this population.

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Green tea prevents death!

A large epidemiological study carried out in Japan has concluded that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality from all diseases.

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Green Tea, Alzheimer's & Cancer

New research conducted at Newcastle University suggests that regular consumption of green tea may protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, as well as cancer.

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Tea drinking cuts heart disease mortality

Drinking several cups of tea daily can cut your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by more than a third, according to Dutch researchers.

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Green tea associated with reduced functional disability

A study of nearly 14,000 Japanese elders (65+) found that green tea consumption was associated with a reduced risk of functional disability over the three-year study period, even after adjustment for other possibly confounding lifestyle factors.

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15 minutes daily exercise adds 3 years to your life

A large Taiwanese study has found that exercising for just 15 minutes a day can reduce mortality and extend lifespan.

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Mindfulness helps with multiple sclerosis

Mindfulness meditation may help people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) reduce the fatigue, anxiety and depression that often accompany the disease.

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Active commute improves girls’ cognitive performance

A large Spanish study suggests that an active commute to school can boost girls’ scores in cognitive tests.

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Exercising in nature has added benefits

A systematic review by UK authors has concluded that exercising in the natural environment leads to greater benefits in mental and physical wellbeing than exercising indoors.

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Prolonged sitting is bad for the heart

Prolonged sedentary periods lead to larger waist sizes and higher blood triglyceride levels, even in subjects who exercise regularly, according to Australian investigators.

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Intensive meditation boosts longevity enzyme

Positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with increased activity of telomerase, a crucial enzyme responsible for cellular health, according to an important study from the USA.

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Morning exercise makes up for unhealthy diet

Exercising first thing in the morning before breakfast can significantly lessen the detrimental effects of an unhealthy diet. 

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Tea drinking cuts heart disease mortality

Drinking several cups of tea daily can cut your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by more than a third, according to Dutch researchers.

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Exercise prevents the common cold

Regular exercise may prevent the common cold, according to a study by US researchers.

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A few hours of meditation is enough to change brain structure

A collaborative study by scientists from China and the USA has found that 11 hours of meditation can induce positive structural changes in an area of the brain that helps regulate behaviour.

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Gallstone risk reduced by exercise

People who exercise more are significantly less likely to develop gallstones, according to UK investigators.

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