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28 Jul

It’s been a long time since a research team studied the impact of guided imagery on the symptoms and side effects suffered by chemotherapy patients – there were quite a few clinical trials in the 70s and 80s, but it’s been hard to find recent studies until now. 

Researchers from Cyprus, Finland and Greece tested the effectiveness of Guided Imagery (GI) and Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) on a cluster of symptoms experienced by 208 chemotherapy patients - pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and retching, anxiety and depression.

21 Jul

In this small pilot study, researchers from the Tacoma VA Medical Center tested the impact of yoga nidra (iRest®), a form of guided mindfulness meditation, on women veterans suffering from symptoms of sexual trauma and military sexual trauma.

Ten women participants experienced nineteen 90-minute sessions, twice a week, for 10 weeks, except for one week with a holiday.

Participants completed self-report measures pre- and post-treatment: the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 (BSI), Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory (PTCI), and the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Check List (PCL).

14 Jul

A simple, brief, online guided imagery training with 273 volunteer health professionals seems to have yielded quite an impact. Investigators found significant changes in anxiety, perceived stress, empathic concern, sense of perspective and feelings of efficacy – and all this from less than three hours of online training. Surely this is worth studying some more.

Researchers from The Ohio State University studied the impact of brief online guided imagery training (up to three hours) on health professionals.

They measured changes in perceived stress, anxiety, empathy and feelings of mastery/efficacy.

07 Jul

Bariatric surgery is a pretty extreme solution for morbid obesity, although sometimes a necessary, life-saving choice. Still, there can be problems if something goes awry, and many people are too scared to go for it. That’s why it’s good to know this 12-week behavioral management program works for a certain subgroup.

Researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston looked at whether diabetes remission was possible without bariatric surgery through a 12-week intensive program for diabetes weight management called the Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment (Why WAIT) program.

30 Jun

We’ve got an epidemic of prescription drug use among our military – a mess we helped to create through overprescribing downrange – and now we need to find ways to reduce drug dependency and find healthy, non-narcotic alternatives.  That’s why this TM study is so important.

23 Jun

As you know, we have in production a wonderful, new Yoga Nidra meditation by Julie Lusk. And June is PTSD Awareness Month. And June 21st is International Yoga Day. So, hey, for all these reasons, don’t you think the study below is relevant and timely? Check this out!

A small pilot study out of the Tacoma V.A. examines iRest, also called Yoga Nidra, a form of guided mindfulness meditation, and its ability to reduce the symptoms of sexual trauma, including military sexual trauma (MST), in a sample of women seeking psychotherapy services at the VA.  

16 Jun

Here’s another study that shows how our military and veterans programs are increasingly reaching out to test mind-body tools, establish efficacy and offer real help – user-friendly, self-administered, empowering and inexpensive interventions for our service personnel. 

Researchers from Georgia Regents University and the TBI Clinic at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, GA investigated whether the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) increased well-being and decreased the need for psychotropic drugs needed for managing anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   

09 Jun

Researchers from The Ohio State University evaluated the impact of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion training on the sleep, resilience and burnout of 213 young health professionals and trainees at a major Midwestern academic health center.

The average age of the respondents was 28 years old and 73% were female. Professions included dieticians (11%), nurses (14%), physicians (38%), social workers (24%), and other (12%).

02 Jun

The Australians always seem to have a fresh take on mind-body methods and apps for healing mental health issues, which is why I’m always posting their findings.  Their strong interest probably stems from Australia having such wide spaces between cities/resources – they have to lean heavily on apps, computers and listening devices to get therapy to veterans and others in need.

Whatever the reasons, here is yet another strong study showing the importance of using a form of cognitive behavioral therapy for trauma survivors.  Love those Aussies!  

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26 May

In Japan, they actually call this “Forest Medicine”, and they build forest parks on the rooftops of hospitals. 

In this pilot study, researchers from Chiba University and Nippon Medical School in Japan studied the impact of brief forest walking on middle-aged, hypertensive adults, seeking some hard evidence of positive effects.