Tai Chi May Help Gait Health of Older Adults

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=7&article=chi_201712_4&subject=Falls%20Prevention December 21, 2017 - Multiple branches of Harvard Medical School worked together to determine if Tai Chi (TC) has an impact on long-range correlations and fractal-like scaling in gait stride time dynamics, previously shown to be associated with aging, neurodegenerative disease, and fall risk. Using Detrended Fluctuation Analysis (DFA), this study evaluated the impact of TC mind-body exercise training on stride time dynamics assessed during 10 minute bouts of over-ground walking. A hybrid study design investigated long-term effects of TC via a cross-sectional comparison of

The Mechanisms of Tai Chi and Baduanjin for Preventing Memory Decline Due to Aging

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiKungLivingArticle.asp?cID=3&sID=3&article=chi_201712_3&subject=Seniors December 21, 2017 - Age-related cognitive decline is a significant public health concern. Recently, non-pharmacological methods, such as physical activity and mental training practices, have emerged as promising low-cost methods to slow the progression of age-related memory decline. In a new Chinese study recently published by the journal Frontiers in human neuroscience, researchers investigated if Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) and Baduanjin modulated the fractional amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations in different frequency bands and improved memory function. Older adults were recruited for t

Harvard Medical School Leads Systematic Review of Tai Chi and Qigong for Cancer Patients

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=60&article=chi_201712_1&subject=Other%20Health%20Topics December 21, 2017 - Harvard Medical School joined force with Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, University of Calgary (Canada) and Chungnam National University (South Korea) to summarize and critically evaluate the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong (TCQ) mind-body exercises on symptoms and quality of life (QOL) in cancer survivors. A systematic search in four electronic databases targeted randomized and non-randomized clinical studies evaluating TCQ for fatigue, sleep difficulty, depression, pain, and QOL in cancer patients, published through August 2016. Meta-analy

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