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2010-11-16 00:00:55

Is it possible that dogs are wonderful teachers of mindfulness practice? According to psychologist Jonathan Kaplan dogs demonstrate an enviable level of concentration and focus on the present moment, and emulating these characteristics can help us feel more grounded and joyful, and less stressed. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 15, 2010 "Have you ever tried to eat lunch in front of a hungry dog?" asks Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., author of Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose...

2010-11-04 13:19:08

Positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with greater telomerase activity, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, San Francisco. The study is the first to link positive well-being to higher telomerase, an enzyme important for the long-term health of cells in the body. The effect appears to be attributable to psychological changes that increase a person's ability to cope with stress and...

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2010-10-14 11:40:42

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a debilitating condition affecting between 11 million and 15 million individuals in the US alone. FM carries an annual direct cost for care of more than $20 billion and drug therapies are generally only 30% effective in relieving symptoms and 20% effective in improving function. Standard care currently includes medications accompanied by exercise and coping skills approaches. In a study published in the November issue of PAIN, researchers report patients participating in...

2010-09-29 09:21:20

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A recent study stresses the importance of meditating like the masters for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).  Researchers say that learning mindful meditation may help ease those individuals who experience fatigue and depression that often accompany the disease. People who participated in the study undertook an eight-week class in mindful meditation, and afterwards reported that the training reduced their fatigue, depression and overall quality of life compared to...

2010-09-28 13:10:03

Learning mindfulness meditation may help people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) with the fatigue, depression and other life challenges that commonly accompany the disease, according to a study published in the September 28, 2010, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In the study, people who took an eight-week class in mindfulness meditation training reduced their fatigue and depression and improved overall quality of life compared...

2010-09-01 20:03:02

'Mindfulness', the process of learning to become more aware of our ongoing experiences, increases well-being in adolescent boys, a new study reports. Researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed 155 boys from two independent UK schools, Tonbridge and Hampton, before and after a four-week crash course in mindfulness. After the trial period, the 14 and 15 year-old boys were found to have increased well-being, defined as the combination of feeling good (including positive emotions such...

2010-09-01 15:28:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is providing a new dimension to its Hearts & Minds initiative, an educational program that promotes "mind and body" health practices for individuals who live with mental illness. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) A new "Mindfulness" section on NAMI's Hearts and Minds website includes a 10-minute video...

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2010-06-02 10:30:27

People who meditate regularly find pain less unpleasant because their brains anticipate the pain less, a new study has found. Scientists from The University of Manchester recruited individuals into the study who had a diverse range of experience with meditation, spanning anything from months to decades. It was only the more advanced meditators whose anticipation and experience of pain differed from non-meditators. The type of meditation practiced also varied across individuals, but all...

2010-04-21 07:00:00

BOSTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Ted Grossbart, Harvard Medical School psychologist and author of Skin Deep: A Mind-Body Program for Healthy Skin, will discuss hypnosis and its role in treating trichotillomania (hair pulling) and skin picking at the 17th Annual National Conference on Trichotillomania & Skin Picking on April 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. "Hypnosis is very effective at reducing the stress that often triggers these problems. Also, about two thirds of people go into a...

2010-04-15 08:19:08

Some of us need regular amounts of coffee or other chemical enhancers to make us cognitively sharper. A newly published study suggests perhaps a brief bit of meditation would prepare us just as well. While past research using neuroimaging technology has shown that meditation techniques can promote significant changes in brain areas associated with concentration, it has always been assumed that extensive training was required to achieve this effect. Though many people would like to boost their...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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