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Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
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Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
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Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
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Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
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Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
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Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
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Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
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Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Coffee or Tea Consumption May Lower Stroke Risk
Just Say No to Nuts During Pregnancy
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Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Smog Tougher on the Obese
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It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
FITNESS
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
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Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
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Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
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Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
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Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
PAIN
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'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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PREGNANCY
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Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
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Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
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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.