Navigation Links
Meditation May Help Fight Loneliness, Study Says
Date:8/24/2012

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- A simple form of meditation can help stave off feelings of loneliness and may cut the body's inflammatory response -- which can trigger serious illness -- to distressing emotions, a small new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh found that older adults who participated in an eight-week program of mindfulness-based stress reduction -- which attunes the mind to the present and avoids dwelling on the past or projecting into the future -- reported a reduced sense of loneliness on an established ratings scale. Blood tests also indicated a significant decrease in the expression of inflammation-related genes.

"I think meditation training can help [people] develop a new relationship to feelings of stress," said study co-author J. David Creswell, director of the Health and Human Performance Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon. "It puts a brake on this process ... and turns down the chronically stressed state people may be in, thereby turning down the pro-inflammatory cascade. I think it may be targeting the stress component of loneliness such that it doesn't blow itself out of proportion."

The study appeared online recently in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Previous research has linked feeling lonely to a heightened risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's, depression and premature death, and higher levels of inflammation in the body may play a role. The study authors said the new research was the first to show that a psychological intervention that decreases loneliness also cut pro-inflammatory gene expression.

Forty adults (mostly women) between the ages of 55 and 85 were randomly assigned to either a mindfulness meditation group or a control group that didn't meditate. At the beginning and end of the two-month study, all participants were a
'/>"/>

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Meditation practice may decrease risk for cardiovascular disease in teens
2. Meditation practice may decrease risk for cardiovascular disease in teens
3. Mindful Meditation Tied to Healthy Brain Changes: Study
4. Meditation Method a Matter of Taste
5. Exercise, Meditation Can Beat Back Cold, Flu, Study Finds
6. Mindfulness meditation reduces loneliness in older adults, Carnegie Mellon study shows
7. Eliminating the good cholesterol receptor may fight breast cancer
8. Veggies Like Broccoli, Cabbage May Help Fight Breast Cancer: Study
9. From a Failed Vaccine, New Insights Into Fighting HIV
10. Doctors Detail High Costs of Fighting Malpractice Claims
11. How does the immune system fight off threats to the brain? New research yields fresh insight
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Meditation May Help Fight Loneliness, Study Says
(Date:9/22/2014)... News) -- All sexually active women should be ... transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new ... The task force noted this recommendation ... of age and pregnant women. Most women ... As a result, many infections go undetected. If ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter ... that all children aged 6 months and older be vaccinated ... Pediatrics updated their influenza vaccine recommendations to advise that the ... build immunity. The AAP also wants parents of children aged ... spray vaccine instead of the flu shot if it,s readily ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... scientists have found that an anticonvulsant drug may help ... Although dozens of antibiotics target what bacteria do, their ... bacteria are created, and they found there is a ... important as there is growing concern worldwide about how ... The World Health Organization has declared that antibiotic resistance ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... 22, 2014 Quincy Bioscience, one ... States, promotes National Self-Improvement Month this ... individuals should have access to self-improvement resources, especially ... The demand for products that preserve health is ... before. For over six years, Quincy Bioscience has ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... (HealthDay News) -- Scans of young children,s brains ... This finding could potentially allow doctors to identify ... on, preliminary research suggests. "Early identification and ... as well as most neurodevelopmental disorders," the study,s ... of child and adolescent psychiatry at University of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Screen Women for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say 2Health News:Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine for All Kids 6 Months and Older 2Health News:Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine for All Kids 6 Months and Older 3Health News:Quincy Bioscience Promotes National Self-Improvement Month 2Health News:Can Brain Scans Help Predict Young Children's Reading Abilities? 2
... 5 The National Association for Sport,and Physical ... new,partnership to help to educate, challenge, and encourage ... for a healthy and fit life. As,the new ... S&S Worldwide,will assist the nonprofit education association in ...
... Recent news reports,confirm that obesity rates continued to ... be surprising to learn that there are some foods ... of the general population and 18,percent of pregnant moms ... experts, including the American Heart Association (AHA) and,American Dietetic ...
... in Her Own Fluids ... Refuses to Evacuate Her, MIAMI, Sept. 5 A lawsuit ... on the Carnival Cruise,Lines ship, the Carnival Legend, committed medical malpractice ... of,medical care. Suit was filed by John H. (Jack) Hickey who ...
... to cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes is under ... study, which follows 523 pairs of twins, is funded ... Institutes of Health. , Cardiovascular disease and type ... challenge to the United States, says Dr. Frank Treiber, ...
... (Amex: PRZ ), one of the nation,s ... services, today announced that it has,successfully closed on ... which,owns and operates an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) ... Center, located in Coral Gables, Florida.,The completed sales ...
... Product to Enhance Patient Safety, Improve Efficiency, ... a $1,billion-plus global services firm that specializes in ... today announced,that it has been awarded a $1 ... a two- hospital, 619-bed regional health system,based in ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:National Association for Sport and Physical Education Partners with S&S Worldwide to Help Improve Children's Fitness 2Health News:National Association for Sport and Physical Education Partners with S&S Worldwide to Help Improve Children's Fitness 3Health News:Eat Seafood, See Weight Loss: Recent Study Finds Another Reason to Eat Seafood for a Fit Lifestyle 2Health News:Medical Malpractice at Sea 2Health News:Environmental stress probed in cardiovascular disease, diabetes 2Health News:PainCare Receives $14.4 Million in Cash From Completed Sale of South Florida Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2Health News:PainCare Receives $14.4 Million in Cash From Completed Sale of South Florida Ambulatory Surgery Centers 3Health News:PainCare Receives $14.4 Million in Cash From Completed Sale of South Florida Ambulatory Surgery Centers 4Health News:Keane Wins $1 Million Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Implementation at New Jersey-Based Acute Care Facility 2Health News:Keane Wins $1 Million Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Implementation at New Jersey-Based Acute Care Facility 3
(Date:9/22/2014)... DUBLIN , September 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... ) has announced the addition of the  ... offering.       (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769) ... used to wirelessly operate electronic gadgets such ... gaming consoles from a short line-of-sight distance. ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... 22, 2014 A study on ... recently added to Transparency Market Research,s database of market ... Analysis, Size, Share & Forecast (2011 - 2017)", the ... US$ 3.9 billion in 2011, would observe growth at ... period of the report), and end-up valuing US$ 4.8 ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... Mass. , Sept. 22, 2014 Decision Resources ... pharmaceutical market is expected to be worth $2 billion (U.S. ... percent over the next five years (to 2018). This growth ... of 4.8 percent in 2013 and 4.9 percent expected over ... pharmaceutical landscape is small but highly competitive. The pharmaceutical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Global Remotes Market 2014-2018 2Global Remotes Market 2014-2018 3Global Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Market Worth US $4.8 Billion by 2017: Transparency Market Research 2Global Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Market Worth US $4.8 Billion by 2017: Transparency Market Research 3Global Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Market Worth US $4.8 Billion by 2017: Transparency Market Research 4Despite Its Limited Size, Chile's Pharmaceutical Market Offers Growing Opportunity for Drug Industry 2Despite Its Limited Size, Chile's Pharmaceutical Market Offers Growing Opportunity for Drug Industry 3
... Del., March 20, 2012 Universal Capital Management, Inc. ... to purchase ProShield™ assets, a product owned by Seitz ... expected to be structured whereby the ProShield™ assets will ... of Universal, whose management team will include John Seitz, ...
... March 20, 2012  OriGene Technologies today announced the ... and extensively validated monoclonal antibodies under the UltraMAB™ ... antibodies which are exclusively developed by OriGene for ... products available on the market that have been ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Universal Capital Management Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase ProShield™ Assets 2Universal Capital Management Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase ProShield™ Assets 3OriGene Technologies Announces the Release Specificity-Verified UltraMAB™ Antibodies 2
... Jenner Stain is used for staining ... one of the oldest stain formulations ... results similar to that of Giemsa ... appear brighter red; basophilic granules and ...
... Our Buffered Wright-Giemsa Stain ... that contains the fixative, buffer, ... convenient staining of blood smears. ... 32-oz. bottle for ease of ...
RABIT (Rapid Automated Bacterial Impedance Technique) has been developed by Don Whitley Scientific over several years with the aid of leading product and computer design consultants....
For the quantitative determination of Albumin in serum. Endpoint procedure with Amax at 630 nm. Linearity: to 6 g/dl. Liquid ready-to-use reagent....
Medicine Products: