Methodology

Publication Title: 
Health Psychology Review

Yoga is increasingly used in clinical settings for a variety of mental and physical health issues, particularly stress-related illnesses and concerns, and has demonstrated promising efficacy. Yet the ways in which yoga reduces stress remain poorly understood. To examine the empirical evidence regarding the mechanisms through which yoga reduces stress, we conducted a systematic review of the literature, including any yoga intervention that measured stress as a primary dependent variable and tested a mechanism of the relationship with mediation.

Author(s): 
Riley, Kristen E.
Park, Crystal L.
Publication Title: 
Health Psychology Review

Yoga is increasingly used in clinical settings for a variety of mental and physical health issues, particularly stress-related illnesses and concerns, and has demonstrated promising efficacy. Yet the ways in which yoga reduces stress remain poorly understood. To examine the empirical evidence regarding the mechanisms through which yoga reduces stress, we conducted a systematic review of the literature, including any yoga intervention that measured stress as a primary dependent variable and tested a mechanism of the relationship with mediation.

Author(s): 
Riley, Kristen E.
Park, Crystal L.
Publication Title: 
Health Psychology Review

In the context of successful antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the management of HIV infection, the harmful effects of stress remain a significant threat. Stress may increase viral replication, suppress immune response, and impede adherence to ART. Stressful living conditions of poverty, facing a chronic life-threatening illness and stigma all exacerbate chronic stress in HIV-affected populations. Stress-reduction interventions are urgently needed for the comprehensive care of people living with HIV.

Author(s): 
Riley, Kristen E.
Kalichman, Seth
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

Acupuncture is being adopted by cancer patients for a wide range of cancer-related symptoms including highly prevalent psychological symptoms like depression, anxiety, insomnia, and impairment in quality of life. Pharmacological treatment of prevalent symptoms like anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance can contribute to the high chemical burden already carried by cancer patients, creating additional side effects. As a result, patients and providers alike are interested in evidence-based nonpharmacologic alternatives like acupuncture for these symptoms.

Author(s): 
Haddad, Nadia Elisabeth
Palesh, Oxana
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA), as an extension technique of acupuncture based on traditional acupuncture combined with modern electrotherapy, is commonly used for stroke in clinical treatment and researches. However, there is still a lack of enough evidence to recommend the routine use of EA for stroke. This study is aimed at evaluating the quality of reporting of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on EA for stroke. METHODS: RCTs on EA for stroke were evaluated by using CONSORT guidelines and STRICTA guidelines.

Author(s): 
Wei, Jing-Jing
Yang, Wen-Ting
Yin, Su-Bing
Wang, Chen
Wang, Yan
Zheng, Guo-Qing
Publication Title: 
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

Studies investigating the brain in relation to religious experiences via neuroimaging tools have increased considerably. Most assume without verification that religious experience (e.g., prayer) while inside an imaging machine is the same as in normal settings. Addressing the validity of this assumption, we utilized a mock fMRI to compare self-reported typical prayer experience and 3 experimental conditions (silent room, initial fMRI, and acclimated fMRI). Forty-two individuals participated.

Author(s): 
Ladd, Kevin L.
Cook, Cara A.
Foreman, Kaitlyn M.
Ritter, Erik A.
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