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Over the past decade, studies have found mindfulness meditation can improve a wide range of health conditions, including slowing the progression HIV infection, prolonging longevity while improving health. But little is known about the way the brain responds to create the changes that produce these beneficial health effects.



The scientists looked specifically at the association between age and gray matter. They compared 50 people who had mediated for years and 50 who didn’t. People in both groups showed a loss of gray matter as they aged. But the researchers found among those who meditated, the volume of gray matter did not decline as much as it did among those who didn’t.

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