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Mind-Body Practices Reduce Inflammation

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In a new paper published in Frontiers in Immunology, British researchers analyzed the findings from 18 previously published studies on the biological effects of meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, qi gong, and tai chi. Together, the authors say, the studies show that these mind-body practices appear to suppress the expression of genes and genetic pathways that promote inflammation. They can…

Exercise Benefits Your Brain

Cerebral Cardio: Aerobic exercise is associated with increased gray matter volume in the brain’s cortex, where memory networks are housed, says J. Carson Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Physical activity can also help protect the hippocampus, another part of the brain essential to memory, from disease-related shrinkage. It…

Got Tech Neck?

We enjoyed a recent column about ‘tech neck’ by Chip Johnson in the SF Chronicle. Tech neck is a repetitive stress injury caused by staring down at the small screen of your laptop, smart phone, or other mobile devices all day long. This causes injuries like those seen a few years after desktop computers became a household item. The condition is most common in people 18 to 39 years old, wit…

Acupuncture Relieves Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), also known as median nerve entrapment, occurs when swelling or irritation of the tendons in the carpal tunnel results in pressure on the median nerve. This causes pain in the palm side of the wrist and pain and tingling in the fingers. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, as well as impulses to some small muscles in t…

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