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Archive for the 'Religion/ Spirituality' Category

Belief in God and psychiatric treatment outcomes

Friday, July 12th, 2013

spiritualityBelief in God is common and tied to mental health and illness in the general population.

Researchers at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, in Belmont, Massachusetts, studied its relevance to psychiatric patients. (more…)

Hopelessness and the value of CAM in ovarian cancer

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

ovarian-cancer-wristbands_normalIt’s reported that 55% of patients with ovarian cancer acknowledge a fear of dying, and 32% experience loss of hope in their fight against this illness.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, examined CAM and its influence on hopelessness in these patients. (more…)

Religion lowers the risk of depression

Monday, June 4th, 2012

It’s reported that the personal importance of religion or spirituality is associated with a lower risk for major depression.

Researchers at Columbia University, in New York City, examined this association in adults. (more…)

CAM treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Standard therapies are of limited value for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia, reviewed the value of CAM, self-help techniques, and lifestyle interventions. (more…)

Trends in the use of prayer for health concerns

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Researchers in Massachusetts and Virginia updated changes in this coping tool between 2002 and 2007. (more…)

Religion and major depression in adults

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Researchers at Columbia University, in New York, previously reported that the personal importance of religion or spirituality was associated with a lower risk for major depression.

Now, they report the importance of religion among the offspring of the participants in that earlier study. (more…)

Spirituality as a guide to care in advanced cancer

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Patients with advanced cancer frequently use CAM.

Researchers at the University of Toronto, in Canada, examined the use of CAM and implications for patient care. (more…)

Benefits of music therapy for cancer patients

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Having cancer may result in emotional, physical, and social suffering. Music interventions have been used to alleviate symptoms and treatment side effects in cancer patients.

The authors of this Cochrane review report the response to music among cancer patients. (more…)

Spiritual retreat for depression in patients with heart disease

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Researchers in the US compared the effects of a nondenominational spiritual retreat on depression and well-being following acute coronary syndrome — chest pain and other symptoms when the heart doesn’t get enough blood. (more…)

CAM in the US: Patterns of use

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I’ve largely ignored these studies in the past, but perhaps it’s worth a second look.

To start, this 1993 study by Dr. David Eisenberg, who is now the director of Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard University, is considered a landmark in the field of “unconventional medicine.” (more…)

Are those using CAM less likely to be immunized?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

CAMThere’s concern that the use of complementary and alternative medications (CAM) may replace recommended preventive health practices.

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Pennsylvania conducted a survey to learn more. (more…)

CAM use among cancer patients during drug trials

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

A key outcome of early cancer drug studies is the toxicity of a new experimental drug. The use of CAM in patients with advanced cancer might make it difficult to make this determination.

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, studied the prevalence of CAM use in their patients participating in experimental cancer drug treatment studies. (more…)

Relaxation and prayer among people with asthma

Friday, April 15th, 2011

During the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, researchers at the University of Cincinnati reported that urban adolescents with asthma might experience worse outcomes when not using spiritual coping. (more…)

Prayer as an alternative to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Joshua Knabb at Philhaven Hospital, in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania tells us centering prayer overlaps with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which makes it a suitable treatment alternative for many Christians in remission from depression.

Here’s his rationale. (more…)

Survival with alternative therapy for breast cancer

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Some breast cancer patients reject standard treatment, but data on outcomes for those choosing CAM as primary treatment are lacking.

Researchers at the Legacy Health System, Cancer Services, in Portland, Oregon, estimated 10-year survival statistics. (more…)

Effect of religious faith on decisions by doctor providing end-of-life care

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Researchers at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, in the UK compared the relationship between religious faith and controversial decisions during care of dying patients. (more…)

Does it matter where you pray?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

“When people feel that they have a serious need for healing, they are willing to try almost anything,” say researchers at Indiana University Bloomington.

Anchored by this skeptical point of view, these researchers studied the relationship between response to prayer and the proximity to the person being prayed for. (more…)

Effect of religion on depression and hopelessness

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Researchers from Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania studied this association in depressed older adults in mental health settings. (more…)

Spirituality and religion in healthcare: Finding common ground

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Dr. Elaine Yuen is chaplain in the health care professionals program and research assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

In an editorial published in the American Journal of Medical Quality she states, “Spiritual care is integral to the science and art of healing, and therefore a critical component in the quality of care.”

She distinguishes between religion and spirituality, and (refreshingly) finds commonality as well.

Spirituality in contemporary culture

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that approximately 38% of adults and 12% of children use some form of CAM.

But this doesn’t include the use of spirituality or religion. (more…)