lifestyle research
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

 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Breast milk gives infants’ intestines a protective coat

A large part of human milk consists of complex sugars that are undigestible by babies, but American scientists have worked out that its purpose is instead to influence the composition of bacteria in the infant’s gut.

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Meditation builds grey matter

A team of American scientists has reported that regions of the brain involved in emotional regulation are larger in long-term meditators than in non-meditators.

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Affirmations can make some people feel worse

Canadian psychologists have found that people with low self-esteem can actually feel worse after repeating positive statements about themselves.

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Telly watching doubles asthma risk

Children who spend more than two hours a day watching TV have double the risk of developing asthma, a UK study has found.

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Nature benefits the brain

US researchers exploring the cognitive benefits of interacting with nature have found that walking in a park in any season, or even just viewing pictures of nature, can help improve memory and attention.

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Mild obesity takes years off your life

Being moderately overweight can reduce lifespan by two to four years, according to a major new study of obesity and mortality carried out in the UK.

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Breast-feeding halves cot death rate

Breast-feeding reduces the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by approximately 50% at all ages throughout infancy, according to the results of a German case-control study.

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Binge drinking increases stroke risk

Binge drinking increases the risk of stroke, according to the results of a Finnish prospective cohort study.

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Healthy lifestyle triggers genetic changes in prostate and extends cell lifespan

Nutrition and lifestyle changes may modulate gene expression in the prostate and decrease men’s risk of developing prostate cancer.

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Healthy lifestyle halves premature death in women

More than 50% of deaths in women from chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease could be avoided if they don’t smoke, watch their weight, exercise and eat a healthy diet low in red meat and trans-fats.

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Happiness is infectious

Researchers from the USA have found that happiness can spread from person to person.

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Caesarean section increases diabetes risk

Babies delivered by Caesarean section have a 20% higher risk than those delivered normally of developing type 1 diabetes.

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Alternative approach better than statins

An American randomised controlled trial has compared the lipid-lowering effects of lifestyle changes plus dietary supplements with a standard dose of a statin drug.

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Music is good for the heart

Listening to enjoyable music may be good for cardiovascular health, a US study suggests.

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Sleep loss leads to inflammation

Loss of sleep, even for a single night, can trigger the body’s inflammatory response, increasing the risk of heart disease and autoimmune disorders.

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Living near green spaces is healthy

People who live near green spaces are healthier.

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Grief can be addictive

Prolonged, unabated grief, known as complicated grief, activates neurones in the brain’s reward centres, possibly giving memories of lost loved ones addictive qualities.

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A happy marriage is a healthy marriage

Men and women in happy marriages have lower blood pressure than single people.

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Chlorinated water associated with birth defects

Drinking chlorinated water while pregnant can harm the foetus.

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Twenty minutes housework enough to boost mental health


Taking part in just 20 minutes of any physical activity per week is enough to improve mental health.

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Breastfeeding means brighter kids

Breastfeeding during the first months of life appears to raise a child's verbal IQ, according to a study of nearly 13,889 children carried out in Belarus.

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Breastfeeding reduces mothers’ risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Women who breastfeed for longer have a decreased chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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A troubled childhood leads to an unhealthy adult

Adverse experiences in childhood increase the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes in adulthood.

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Healthy lifestyle seniors live longer

Healthy lifestyle behaviors during the early elderly years are associated not only with enhanced life span in men but also with good health and function during older age.

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Worrying increases heart attack risk

Chronic anxiety can significantly increase the risk of a heart attack for men.

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Drink to healthy ageing

People who start drinking alcohol in later life immediately decrease their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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Four healthy habits add 14 years to life

Combining four healthy lifestyle habits can add as much as 14 years on to your lifespan.

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It’s never too late to get healthy

Even if you are over 65, improving your diet and lifestyle can still lead to significant health benefits and decrease your chances of developing chronic diseases.

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Middle age makes you miserable

The biggest risk for a midlife crisis is not divorce, ill health or losing one's job, it’s merely the act of aging itself.

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Elective caesareans increase risk of breathing problems

Babies delivered by elective caesarean section before term carry up to a fourfold increased risk of breathing problems, compared with babies delivered vaginally or by emergency caesarean section.

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Eczema linked with poor intestinal flora at birth

Babies with only a limited variety of bacteria in their faeces one week after birth are more likely to develop atopy as infants.

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Money makes you happy, but only if you give it away

Experiments in which students were given small amounts of cash windfalls with instructions on how to spend it, showed that those who gave the money away (donating to charity or giving a gift) were happier at the end of the day than those who blew it on themselves (to pay a bill or indulge in a treat).

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Sociable people get fat, but worriers are thin

Extroverts tend to be overweight, while anxious types are more likely to be thin.

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High earners drink more

Professional and high-income households are the heaviest drinkers, according to figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Loneliness impairs immune response

Lonely people are prone to illness and early death because their immune system genes are dysregulated.

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Sunbathing may protect against multiple sclerosis

A study from California has examined the influence of childhood sun exposure on the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in monozygotic twins.

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Migraines may be associated with specific personality types

Italian researchers compared 105 patients suffering from migraine without aura with a control group of 79 healthy subjects using psychometric questionnaires.

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Bad relationships are bad for the heart

A prospective cohort study of 9,011 British civil servants assessed negative aspects of close relationships, such as not confiding and not getting emotional support, using a questionnaire.

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Anger and stress are bad for the heart

Anger and stress in middle-aged men and women are associated with developing high blood pressure and coronary heart disease (CHD).

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Night shifts are carcinogenic

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer arm of the World Health Organisation, has reclassified overnight shift work as a probable carcinogen.

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Moderate drinking good for the old brain

The results of a prospective observational study of 6005 UK adults over 50 suggest that moderate drinking is associated with better mental health than abstinence.

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Breastfeeding prevents asthma

Longer breastfeeding in infancy is associated with improved lung function in later childhood, as long as the mother does not have asthma.

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Ten steps to avoiding cancer

The American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund have issued a comprehensive report detailing the links between cancer and various dietary and lifestyle factors.

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Relaxed mum = relaxed baby

Researchers in the USA measured foetal responses to a guided meditation designed to induce maternal relaxation during the 32nd week of pregnancy.

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Maternal drinking leads to kids’ bad behaviour

Drinking during pregnancy has adverse behavioural consequences for the offspring.

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Smoking in pregnancy linked to male infertility

Smoking during pregnancy adversely affects the reproductive systems of male foetuses, according to Scottish scientists.

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Obesity reduces male fertility

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health in the US have found that men with increased body mass index (BMI) are significantly more likely to be infertile than normal-weight men.

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The appendix is a bug nursery

Researchers at Duke University think they have finally found out what the human appendix is for.

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Healthy lifestyle = healthy heart

Women can significantly cut their risk of having a heart attack by eating healthily, drinking moderately, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking.

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