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Safe Toys for Dogs
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High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
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What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
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Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
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Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
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Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
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Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
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Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
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Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
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E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
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Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
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Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
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3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
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MEN'S HEALTH
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Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
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Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
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'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
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Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
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SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
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Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review

Tai Chi and Qigong exercise routines offer a number of significant physical and mental health benefits, finds an across-the-board review of previous research.

Researchers reviewed 77 randomized controlled trials about Tai Chi or Qigong that were published between 1993 and 2007 and included a total of 6,410 participants. The authors said their review provides a "stronger evidence base" that Tai Chi and Qigong offer benefits in terms of bone health, cardio-respiratory fitness, physical function, balance, quality of life, fall prevention and mental health.

The review appears in the July/August issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

We see (these findings) as moving the understanding of the potential of Qigong and Tai Chi forward, with an emphasis on combining the evidence across these practices," co-author Linda Larkey, of Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, said in a Center for the Advancement of Health news release.

"Tai Chi and Qigong have many health benefits and therefore should be considered a high priority when one is selecting an exercise to practice," said Shin Lin, a professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, said in the news release.

Lin, who was not involved in the review, explained that Qigong is a "very general term to describe exercises that will enhance qi flow or balance." The term Qigong combines "qi" for energy and "gong" for work or exercise. Tai Chi is a more specific form of exercise that focuses on a series of 24 to 108 movements.

More information

The U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has more about Tai Chi.