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Meditation Benefits ALS Patients

Meditation Can Benefit ALS Patients

An eight-week mindfulness-based meditation program led to improved quality of life and psychological well-being in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to new research.

In a randomized, open-label, and controlled clinical trial that included 100 patients, participants who underwent meditation training scored higher on a questionnaire specifically developed to assess quality of life in people with ALS, according to researchers.

They also reported lower levels of anxiety and depression, the study found.

These results remained stable, when not further improved, over a 12-month follow-up.

“There has been very limited investigation on psychological interventions that can promote quality of life in people with ALS,” said Dr. Francesco Pagnini, lead author of the study. “I found that very strange, as we are not able to cure the disease, but we all agree that the promotion of quality of life is the current main goal in ALS cases.”

“This is the first controlled trial in this field, suggesting that a mindfulness-based intervention can be a very important tool to increase the well-being of people with ALS,” he added.

The study was published in the European Journal of Neurology.

Source: Wiley

Meditation Can Benefit ALS Patients

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Wood, J. (2017). Meditation Can Benefit ALS Patients. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/02/26/meditation-benefits-als-patients/116894.html

 

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