Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 IN THE NEWS– Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks. Mass. General-led study shows changes over time in areas associated with awareness, empathy, stress.
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Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density

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Transcendental meditation, mindfulness, and longevity: an experimental study with the elderly

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Mindfulness meditation training effects on CD4+ T lymphocytes in HIV-1 infected adults: A small randomized controlled trial

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Mindfulness meditation for the treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults: A randomized controlled pilot study

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Mindfulness in medicine

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“I felt like a new person.” the effects of mindfulness meditation on older adults with chronic pain: qualitative narrative analysis of diary entries

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Medical care utilization and the transcendental meditation program

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