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Meditation and vacation effects have an impact on disease-associated molecular phenotypes

Overview of attention for article published in Translational Psychiatry, August 2016
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Title
Meditation and vacation effects have an impact on disease-associated molecular phenotypes
Published in
Translational Psychiatry, August 2016
DOI 10.1038/tp.2016.164
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Authors

E S Epel, E Puterman, J Lin, E H Blackburn, P Y Lum, N D Beckmann, J Zhu, E Lee, A Gilbert, R A Rissman, R E Tanzi, E E Schadt

Abstract

Meditation is becoming increasingly practiced, especially for stress-related medical conditions. Meditation may improve cellular health; however, studies have not separated out effects of meditation from vacation-like effects in a residential randomized controlled trial. We recruited healthy women non-meditators to live at a resort for 6 days and randomized to either meditation retreat or relaxing on-site, with both groups compared with 'regular meditators' already enrolled in the retreat. Blood drawn at baseline and post intervention was assessed for transcriptome-wide expression patterns and aging-related biomarkers. Highly significant gene expression changes were detected across all groups (the 'vacation effect') that could accurately predict (96% accuracy) between baseline and post-intervention states and were characterized by improved regulation of stress response, immune function and amyloid beta (Aβ) metabolism. Although a smaller set of genes was affected, regular meditators showed post-intervention differences in a gene network characterized by lower regulation of protein synthesis and viral genome activity. Changes in well-being were assessed post intervention relative to baseline, as well as 1 and 10 months later. All groups showed equivalently large immediate post-intervention improvements in well-being, but novice meditators showed greater maintenance of lower distress over time compared with those in the vacation arm. Regular meditators showed a trend toward increased telomerase activity compared with randomized women, who showed increased plasma Aβ42/Aβ40 ratios and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) levels. This highly controlled residential study showed large salutary changes in gene expression networks due to the vacation effect, common to all groups. For those already trained in the practice of meditation, a retreat appears to provide additional benefits to cellular health beyond the vacation effect.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 1%
Spain 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 182 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 28 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 14%
Student > Master 24 13%
Student > Bachelor 22 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 8%
Other 40 22%
Unknown 31 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 36 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 28 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 25 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 16 9%
Neuroscience 14 8%
Other 28 15%
Unknown 39 21%

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