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New research on benefits of Transcendental Meditation for depression inspires worldwide media coverage
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17 April 2010
Major newspapers and online media sources such as The Telegraph, The Irish Independent, and The Times of India have reported on new research showing the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme for depression.
A recent news release summarizes the findings:
'The Transcendental Meditation® technique may be an effective approach to reduce symptoms of depression, according to two new studies to be presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Seattle, Washington April 9th, 2010.
'The studies, conducted at Charles Drew University in Los Angeles and University of Hawaii in Kohala, included African Americans and Native Hawaiians, 55 years and older, who were at risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants were randomly allocated to the Transcendental Meditation program or a health education control group, and assessed with a standard test for depression—the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression (CES-D) inventory over 9-12 months. . . .
'Participants in both studies who practiced the Transcendental Meditation program showed significant reductions in depressive symptoms compared to health education controls. The largest decreases were found in those participants who had indications of clinically significant depression, with those practicing Transcendental Meditation showing an average reduction in depressive symptoms of 48%. . . .'
To read the Press Release in its entirety please see Global Good News article 'New Studies show reduced depression with Transcendental Meditation'.
These findings were recently reported in countries around the world, including South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, India, and the United States.
Media sources include:
The Sunday Times
The Daily Mail
The Irish Independent
The Times of India
The Los Angeles Times (Health blog)
Medical News Today
ANI news services
IANS news services
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