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he meditation group and 10% in the control group. From baseline to 6 months, psychological distress was reduced by 33% in the meditation group and 2% in controls.

Rheumatoid arthritis disease activity (which includes joint tenderness, patient assessment, and other measures) was not affected at 2 months, but at 6 months, the meditation group had an 11% mean decrease in disease activity with 0% change among controls.

At 2 months, the meditation group had a 25% mean decrease in nonspecific inflammation, compared with an 8% increase in controls. And at 6 months, this inflammation dropped 35% in the meditation group, compared with an 11% increase in controls, suggesting a 46% improvement associated with treatment.

"The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program may be beneficial in reducing psychological distress and disease activity among rheumatoid arthritis patients," the authors concluded.

Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues, often requires lifelong treatment, including medications, physical therapy, exercise, and sometimes surgery. While the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known and there is no cure, aggressive treatment for the condition can delay joint destruction. Ongoing research is looking at the potential genetic, environmental, and hormonal causes of the condition.

Abstract 248 Effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Psychological and Physical Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pradhan, Elizabeth K. Berman, Brian Gilpin, Adele K. Hochberg, Marc Handwerger, Barry

ORAL PRESENTATION 251
May 26, 2006 at 9:45 AM
Salon 8

Presenting Author: Ann Vincent, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

A Randomized Sham-controlled Clinical Trial of Acupuncture for Hot Flashes Shows No Effect

Suffering from hot flashes and other negative symptoms, many women going though menopause seek relief th
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