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.

Mind-body practices for patients with cardiac disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis
A decline in cardiovascular deaths has been recorded in the last decades. A new secondary prevention is now being established in cardiovascular disease treatment programs.

Improving Mental Health and Diabetes Management with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
A new diagnosis of diabetes can be stressful on a patient. This study examines the feasibility of MBSR on a newly diagnosed patient.

Psychotherapy Beats Medication for Social Anxiety Disorder
Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be more effective in treating social anxiety disorder than antidepressants.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to Prevent Flare-Up in Patients with Inactive Ulcerative Colitis
Patients with moderately severe UC in remission use MBSR to reduce flare-ups and improve quality of life.

The effect of mindfulness training prior to total joint arthroplasty on post-operative pain and physical function
This study focuses on how a mental health enhancement program improves the physical and emotional recovery of total joint arthroplasty patients.