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Most doctors say meditation can’t hurt you, but now there’s reassuring evidence that it may help you as well when it comes to warding off disease.

By Laura BlueNov. 14, 2012
Previous studies have linked better health outcomes amongheart patientswho practiced meditation compared to those who did not, but none of those trials could definitively credit the brain-focusing program with the better health results. In the latest trial to address those limitations, however, meditation does appear to have an effect on reducing heart attack,strokeand even early death fromheart disease, at least among African-Americans.

“The main finding [of our research] is that, added on top of usual medical care, intervention with a mind-body technique— transcendental meditation— can have a major effect on cardiovascular events,” says Robert Schneider, lead author on the study published inCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomesand a professor at theMaharishi…

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