Last updated on 26th February 2009
Here are five studies on the loose theme of how the mind affects the body, and the body affects the mind ... and that the distinction between mind and body is pretty arbitrary anyway. Using meta-analysis, Chida & colleagues highlight considerable evidence suggesting that stress-related psychosocial factors have an adverse effect on cancer incidence and survival. Andersen & colleagues report a randomized controlled trial to respond to this in women diagnosed with breast cancer. Women in the stress management arm of the study received an initial one-year, 26 session intervention in groups of 8 to 12 people. The aim was to reduce distress and improve quality of life, improve health behaviors (diet, exercise, smoking cessation), and facilitate cancer treatment compliance and medical follow-up.