Every Monday, my blog post “In Your Own Hands” is where I’ll be featuring articles I find interesting or that I think are a good resource to help you take charge of your health. What articles have you read recently that caught your attention? Leave a comment and let me know.

Acceptance and commitment therapy in the treatment of chronic pain
ACT is shown to be a promising and effective treatment to enhance quality of life for patients with chronic pain.

Depression increases risk of falls in elderly
Mindfulness training has helped reduce the risk of falling in elderly patients by reducing depression.

Federal research seeks alternatives to addictive opioids for veterans in pain
The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting research on the effects of mindfulness as an alternative treatment for chronic pain in veterans.

Brief Training of Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology-Based Meditation (PNEIMED) Reduces Stress Symptom Ratings and Improves Control on Salivary Cortisol Secretion Under Basal and Stimulated Conditions
A new blood test is able to scientifically detect depression in adults and whether or not they will respond to mindfulness therapy.


Combined drugs and therapy most effective for severe nonchronic depression 
Cognitive therapy has shown to be just as effective as medication but with lasting results in patients with depression.