Posts Tagged ‘mood’

Can Mindfulness-based Meditation Help Teens with Cancer?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

logo1267406_mdA new study presented at the American Psychosomatic Meeting in San Francisco this month concluded that mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer for teenagers. Researchers asked¬† 13 teenagers with cancer to complete questionaires covering mood (positive and negative emotions, anxiety and depression), sleep and quality of life. The group was divided into two¬† and one group the research group was given eight mindfulness-based meditation sessions asnd the other group of five were put on a wait ;ist. The eight sessions were 90 minutes long and took place weekly. After the eight week session both groups filled out the same questionaire a second time . Researchers said “We analyzed differences in mood, sleep and quality of life scores for each participant and then between each group to evaluate if mindfulness sessions had a greater impact than the passage of time only. Findings showed that teens participating in the mindfulness sessions had lower scores on depression after 8 weeks and girls from this group reported sleeping better. Researchers also found that girls developed mindfulness skills better than boys. Researchers concluded that “Our results suggest that mindfulness sessions could be helpful in improving mood and sleep in teenagers with cancer, as previous oncology research suggests with adults.” However, results were not large enough to make definitive conclusions.

Exercise And Recovery after Brain Radiation

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Data present by Duke U researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting last month showed that exercise is a major factor in improving memory and mood after whole-brain radiation treatment in rodents. This is an exciting finding because whole brain radiation is sometimes used to treat brain cancer in humans.
In the study one group of mice that had radiation stayed in their cages under normal conditions of living with other mice, eating and playing as they liked. A different group of mice having radiation were given daily access to a cage with a running wheel which they could use if they wanted.
The mice were tested for how well they remembered spatial features in their environment for locating a preferred excape hole to exit a well lit maze abd hide., They were tested at two weeks and 3 months after radiation.
The mice that had radiation and access to running did as well as normal mice (without radiation) that didn’t exercise when it came to remembering where the hole was. Irradiated mice that did not have access to exercise eventually showed no preference for that section of the maze with the escape hole.
The researchers concluded that exercise seems to protect against the loss of memory and increased depressive like behavior.