Heart Patients who meditate may reduce risk of Death, Heart Attack or Stroke

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(Best Syndication News) - New research found that African Americans diagnosed with heart disease had a 48 percent reduced risk for suffering from a heart attack, stroke, or dying from all causes, if they did Transcendental Meditation instead of just attending a health education class. The researchers published their findings in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Two hundred and one people participated in the study over a five-year period. The group consisted of 42 percent women over the age of 59 with an income of less than $10,000 per year. The average body mass index (BMI) was 32, which is considered obese.

Gargling Sugar Water could help improve Self-Control

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that rinsing the mouth with glucose helped improved participants’ self-control. The research results were published in the Oct. 22 issue of Psychological Science.

The study was co-authored by University of Georgia professor of psychology Leonard Martin and Matthew Sanders, a doctoral candidate who is also in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Math Anxiety causes Brain to feel Physical Pain

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Chicago found that anxiety experienced doing math can cause a person to feel physical pain. The researchers found that the brain areas that register a threat of bodily harm, and in some instances physical pain, are activated when people are stressed over math problems.

Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, said that the brain response of a person suffering from math anxiety is similar to someone feeling physical pain. Sian said that the pain could be similar to a burning sensation experienced on a stove.

Menopausal Hot Flashes reduced with Hypnosis

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that women could reduce the number of menopausal hot flashes by up to 74 percent with hypnosis. The controlled, randomized study results were published in the online edition of the journal Menopause.

The researchers from the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University, Waco, TX; the school of Nursing at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN; and the College of Education at the University of Texas, Austin, worked together on this study. They randomly assigned postmenopausal women either to hypnosis or the control groups.

Stroke risk associated with SSRI Antidepressant Medications

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found there is an increased risk for stroke from taking SSRI antidepressant medications; however the study did show that the risk was low. The study was published in the October 17, 2012 online issue of Neurology.

The researchers looked at data from 16 studies that investigated a combined 500,000 participants. The participants had been taking SSRIs antidepressant medication and in this meta-analysis they wanted to see if there was an increased rate for stroke in the SSRI medication group compared to a group that didn’t take the medication.

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