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Meditation helps vascular function in black teens
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11 June 2005
On 11 June 2005 Family Practice News reported:
In a recent study, blood pressure improved in 50 African American teens who practised TM twice a day for 4 months. This study was identified by the Psychosomatic Society as among those 'having the highest potential to change clinical practice'.
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In a study by Dr Vernon Barnes and his associates at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, blood pressure improved in 50 African American teens who practised TM twice a day for 4 months.
In that study, approximately half the group of adolescents practised TM for 15 minutes, once at school during homeroom, and one session at home. The other group received equal time in health education sessions, and also were assigned to walk 15 minutes a day. The students who learned TM were very regular in their at-home practice, with 76 per cent compliance, including weekends and holidays.
'If this improvement is replicated among other at-risk groups and in cohorts of cardiovascular disease patients, this will have important implications for inclusion of TM in the efforts to prevent and treat CVD (cardiovascular disease) and its clinical consequences,' Dr Barnes said.
Social benefits were also observed. Not only did students provide testimonials of improvements in sleep, athletic and school performance, and personal relationships, school records documented improved school-related behaviour and fewer rule violations as well.
This study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has the unique distinction of being identified by the Psychosomatic Society as among those 'having the highest potential to change clinical practice'.
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