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Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
ANIMAL CARE
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Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
CANCER
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
CAREGIVING
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Is Your Refrigerator Getting Enough Attention For Your Raw Food Success?
Eating Vegan or Raw-Vegan at Regular Restaurants
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
EYE CARE, VISION
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
FITNESS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Multivitamins Might Prolong Life
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Fussy Babys Could Be Out Of Your Control
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Drink Away Dementia?
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
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PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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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.