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HHS HealthBeat (March 27, 2013)

Mindfully fighting inflammation


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates mindfulness meditation might benefit people with chronic inflammatory diseases by reducing the level of inflammation.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Melissa Rosenkranz looked at data on about 60 people.  About half got eight weeks of mindfulness training. The others were in a control group that got similar activities but without the mindfulness aspect. Mindfulness is a way to be in the moment without judging things such as how you feel emotionally about them.

Rosenkranz reports:

“Those who participated in the mindfulness training had a smaller post-intervention inflammatory response relative to those who participated in the control intervention.”

The study in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: March 27, 2013