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Harvard yoga scientists find proof of meditation benefit

Reuters  |  London 

Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries - yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease. John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. His latest work follows a study he and others published earlier this year showing how so-called mind-body techniques can switch on and off some genes linked to stress and immune function. While hundreds of studies have been conducted on the mental health benefits of yoga and ...

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First Published: Sat, November 23 2013. 00:28 IST