Mindfulness meditation and you: An alternative way to cope with stress and anxiety

As exam season quickly approaches and the semester comes to an end, stress is in the air. Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular tool recommended by healthcare professionals to help individuals relax the body and the mind, and cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. So what is the truth about mindfulness meditation, and could it actually be beneficial to you? Defining mindfulness Mindfulness can be practiced at any time, anywhere—or all the time and everywhere, as Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh explained in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Mindfulness is a unique and personalized experience for those who try it, according to Heather MacLean, a neurology professor at the University of Ottawa (U of O). In a November 2016 lecture, […]

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U of O researcher completes world’s largest concussion study

A new study conducted by a University of Ottawa researcher and published in the journal of the American Medical Association has found a way to predict which patients are likely to experience post-concussion symptoms (PCS) after suffering head trauma. The research was led by Dr. Roger Zemek from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), who specializes in pediatric brain injuries. The study is the world’s largest on concussions to date. The study identified 12 points doctors can use to predict the risk level for PCS a month after a patient suffers a concussion. Using factors such as age, gender, and medical history, patients can be classified as being at a high, medium or low risk for PCS. For low-risk […]

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