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Spirituality, religion may protect against major depression by thickening brain cortex, study finds

Posted January 21, 2014

A thickening of the brain cortex associated with regular meditation or other spiritual or religious practice could be the reason those activities guard against depression – particularly in people who are predisposed to the disease, according to new research led by Lisa Miller, professor and director of Clinical Psychology and director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Power of prayer boosts self-control and emotional stability

Posted December 2, 2013

A new study has confirmed that prayer helps people resist temptation by maintaining control over their emotions. Since the beginning of time, people have made bad choices based on emotion, rather than thinking things through or pausing to pray and ask God for direction.

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Prayer, music and other nursing interventions boost heart attack survival

Posted October 13, 2013

Surviving heart attack could be as simple as listening to music, praying and talking, finds a new study. Researchers are beginning to recognize heart disease is not just a physical problem, but there are also psychological components that are important for clinicians and patients to address.

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Walnut oil increases cholesterol efflux through inhibition of stearoyl CoA desaturase 1 in THP-1 macrophage-derived foam cells

Posted April 30, 2012

Walnuts significantly decrease total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in normo- and hypercholesterolemic individuals. No study to date has evaluated the effects of walnuts on cholesterol efflux, the initial step in reverse cholesterol transport, in macrophage-derived foam cells (MDFC). The present study was conducted to investigate the mechanisms by which walnut oil affects cholesterol efflux.

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