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On mental states, mindfulness, and self-transcendent experiences

In psychology, feelings of oneness and self-loss are often described as symptoms of psychopathology, but might they also be associated with well-being? An interdisciplinary team of psychologists and neuroscientists thinks so. The group, including David Vago, the director of research at Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, was put together by David Yaden, a research fellow in the Positive Psychology Center and Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Sanford Newmark Writes Chapter in Dr. Andrew Weil’s Mind Over Meds Book

Osher Center medical director and neurodevelopmental pediatrician, Dr. Sanford Newmark, has written the chapter on Medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Dr. Andrew Weil’s new book, Mind Over Meds. The book includes 18 chapters, each on a different medical issue for which over-medication may be a problem, each penned by a different expert in the field.

Dr. Sanford Newmark Featured in “The Other Side of Impossible” Book

Osher Center neurodevelopmental pediatrician and Medical Director, Sanford Newmark, MD is one of the medical practitioners featured in the new book The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give Up. The book, written by New York Times journalist Susannah Meadows, was released May 2, and is already the #1 book in the category of Healing on Amazon.

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Self-Transformation Through Mindfulness, Dr. David Vago on TEDx

Self-Transformation Through Mindfulness, Dr. David Vago on TEDx

How is the Self represented in the brain and how is it sculpted through our everyday moment-to-moment perceptions, emotions, and thoughts? Cognitive Neuroscientist, David Vago demonstrates that a systematic form of mental training involving meditation and mindful awareness has the potential to transform our self and our mental habits in a positive way. Learn more about how every moment is an opportunity to change our brain and strongly influence our health & longevity at both conscious and non-conscious levels.

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Judith Moskowitz – Teaching happiness to men with HIV boosts their health
Learning skills for positive emotions result in less HIV in blood and less anti-depressant use

Reported in ScienceDaily on April 17, 2017

When individuals recently diagnosed with HIV were coached to practice skills to help them experience positive emotions, the result was less HIV in their blood and lower antidepressant use, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Men using positive emotion skills learned to cope with their stress, while men in the control group increased their use of anti-depressants. The findings extend to dementia caregivers and women with metastatic breast cancer.

Study Suggests Yoga Eases Depression

Fox News KTVU features a study at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, with subjects who have major depression and found their condition eased with regular yoga classes.

“It’s the very first study in the U.S. that’s looking at yoga as a sole treatment for diagnosed major depression,” lead researcher Dr. Sudha Prathikanti told KTVU. Prathikanti evaluated men and women, age 18 to 72. The participants were diagnosed with major depression, but it was mild or moderate, not severe.