Posts made in August, 2014

Does ‘Fifty Shades’ Put Young Women at Risk?

»Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

In a new study, researchers attempt to determine if the blockbuster “Fifty Shades” series increases the threat of potentially harmful health behaviors and risks. The widely popular series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. A movie adaptation is scheduled for release in early 2015. Michigan State researchers discovered young adult women who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” are more likely than nonreaders to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner. Moreover, researchers discovered women who read all three books in the blockbuster “Fifty Shades” erotic romance series are at increased risk of engaging in binge drinking and having multiple sex partners. All are known risks associated with being in an abusive...

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Yoga’s Place in the Treatment of PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)

»Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

by Steven Bengis, David S. Prescott, and Joan Tabachnick The Question Can Participation in a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Program Significantly Reduce PTSD Symptoms? The Research Bessel van der Kolk and his colleagues conducted a randomized clinical trial involving 64 women with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. Half was assigned to a 10-week treatment trauma-informed yoga program and the other half was given a 10-week supportive women’s health education program. The researchers found that the women who participated in yoga (a combination of breathing, postures, and mindfulness meditation) reported a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms. Specifically, 52% of the woman who did yoga and only 21% of the talk therapy control group showed a significant reduction in PTSD...

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