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How Positive Emotions Lead to Better Health

New research suggests that meditation or any other mood-enhancing activity can serve as a nutrient for the human body.

Just Breathe

Can mindfulness help heal our wounded soldiers?

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Meditation: Strong Preventative Medicine for Heart Patients

New research finds major health benefits of meditation for African Americans with heart disease.

Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation’s Benefits

Plenty of followers swear by meditation to cure a long list of ails. But how does it work? Neuroscientist Clifford Saron, of the University of California, Davis, and a Who’s Who of peers, are spending millions to find out.

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Study: Buddhist Meditation Promotes Rational Thinking

Studies looking at the brains of people playing a fairness game found very different responses between Buddhist meditators and other participants.

Transcendental Meditation Mitigates Depression

New research indicates Transcendental Meditation may help reduce symptoms of depression, which could also lower the risk of heart disease.

Stress Decreases Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine

Two new studies of psychological stress provide another reason we all need to unwind, and suggest an effective way of doing so.

Brain Injuries Linked to Spirituality

Brain-injury research from the University of Missouri provides evidence that feelings of spiritual transcendence are the product of specific brain activity.

Think on This: Meditation May Protect Your Brain

Research is confirming the medicinal effects that advocates have long claimed for meditation.

Assessing Spirituality Behind Bars

A documentary about a meditation program among convicted murderers sparks discussion about the benefits religion and spirituality offer inmates and officials.

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