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Mindful : April 2019
the main causal factors of glau- coma, and using [meditation] to reduce stress is a powerful tool to treat the patient as a whole and not just the eye, a holistic approach to manage the disease and also improve overall patient well-being,” said researcher Bern- hard Sabel, PhD. MORE MINDFUL, LESS PAIN? In this follow-up to a 2015 study, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center tested pain levels among novice meditators when exposed to heat stimula- tion. Obser ved under MRI, study participants who scored high- est for levels of “dispositional mindfulness,” or someone’s natu- ral, innate level of mindfulness, were less sensi- tive to the pain. Higher disposi- tional mindful- ness correlated to greater deactiva- tion of the pos- terior cingulate cortex, the region of the brain associated with SUPPORT FOR TEEN MENTAL HEALTH MBSR has been widely studied and accepted as conferring impor- tant benefits to adults struggling with anxiety and depression. Less is known about its effect on teens with the same conditions. This controlled trial was conducted at an intensive resi- dential mental health treatment program for adolescents over eight weeks. The teens, average age 14, were split into two groups, with one group receiv- ing standard resi- dential care, and the other receiv- ing standard care plus a modified MBSR protocol that included weekly two-hour sessions and a three-hour retreat in week 8. The MBSR group “showed sig- nificant improve- ments” on mea- sures including internalization of problems, namely depression and anxiety, and adaptive skills, like social and study skills and leadership. self and mind- wandering. Those reporting feeling more pain had more activation in this same region. “The results of our study showed that mindful individuals are seemingly less caught up in the experience of pain,” said lead study author Fadel Zeidan, PhD. HELPING NURSES COPE Nursing is one of the most taxing jobs in healthcare. A recent study set out to determine if MBSR could help relieve stress and increase resilience among nurses in general hospitals in main- land China. Fol- lowing a modified MBSR program, and evaluated with question- naires at baseline, immediately afterward, and 3 months later, the nurses who did the program reported decreased stress and negative affect, and increased positive affect and resilience. www.YogisOnTheGo.com 214-550-2881 www.YogisOnTheGo.com 214-550-2881 April 2019 mindful 13 what’s new