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Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
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MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
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Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
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Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
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Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
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Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
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Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Wards Off Hunger
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Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma
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Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
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Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
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Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
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Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
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Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
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Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
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Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
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Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment

THURSDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga can improve the emotional health of breast cancer patients, contends a new U.S. study.

"Given the high levels of stress and distress that many women with breast cancer experience, the opportunity to experience feeling more peaceful and calm in the midst of breast cancer is a significant benefit," lead researcher Suzanne Danhauer, of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, said in a university news release.

The study involved 44 women with breast cancer. About a third of them were undergoing cancer treatment during the study, and the others had completed their treatment. Half were enrolled in a yoga program, and half were put on a waiting list for the program.

Women in the yoga group participated in 75-minute classes in restorative yoga -- a more passive and gentle form of yoga that uses props such as cushions and blankets for support. At the beginning and end of the study, both groups of women completed questionnaires evaluating their quality of life.

After 10 weeks of classes, the yoga participants showed greater improvements in areas of mental health such as depression, positive emotions and spirituality -- feeling calm and peaceful -- than did the women still waiting to begin the yoga program. The yoga group reported, on average, a 50 percent reduction in feelings of depression and a 12 percent increase in feelings of peace and meaning. Yoga participants also reported less fatigue than the others, the study found.

The results, which Danhauer said "are very promising and will allow us to embark on a much larger scale study," were published Feb. 24 in a special physical activity issue of the journal Psycho-Oncology.

"Evidence from systematic reviews of randomized trials is quite strong that mind-body therapies improve mood, quality of life and treatment-related symptoms in people with cancer," Danhauer said. "Yoga is one mind-body therapy that is widely available and involves relatively reasonable costs."

More information

The American Cancer Society offers tips on coping with breast cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Wiley-Blackwell, news release, Feb. 24, 2009

Last Updated: Feb. 26, 2009

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