. The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner.

Background Depressive symptoms are a significant psychological complication of stroke, impacting both survivors and informal caregivers of survivors. Randomized controlled trials are needed to determine optimal non-pharmacological strategies to prevent or ameliorate depressive symptoms in stroke survivors and their informal caregivers. Methods A prospective, randomized, parallel-group, single-center, feasibility study. Participants were assigned to a 4-week meditation intervention or expressive writing control group. The intervention comprised four facilitator-led group meditation sessions, one session per week and building upon prior session(s). Descriptive statistics were used to examine the proportion of eligible individuals who enrolled, retention and adherence rates, and the proportion of questionnaires completed. Data were collected at baseline, immediately after the 4-week intervention period, and 4 and 8 weeks after the intervention period. Secondary analysis tested for changes in symptoms of depression (Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression [CES-D]), anxiety [State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Adults (STAI)], and pain (Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form) in the intervention group via paired t tests. Linear mixed models were used to compare longitudinal changes in the measures between the groups. Intervention and trial design acceptability were preliminary explored. Results Seventy-one (77%) individuals enrolled and 26 (37%) completed the study (baseline and 8-week post-intervention visits completed). Forty-two (66%) participants completed baseline and immediate post-intervention visits. Mean questionnaire completion rate was 95%. The median meditation group session attendance rate for the intervention group was 75.0%, and the mean attendance rate was 55%. Non-significant reductions in CES-D scores were found. Paired t tests for stroke survivors indicated a significant reduction from baseline through week 8 in BPI-sf severity scores (p = 0.0270). Repeated measures analysis with linear mixed models for informal caregivers indicated a significant reduction in in STAI-Trait scores (F [3,16.2] = 3.28, p = 0.0479) and paired t test showed a significant reduction from baseline to week 4 in STAI-Trait scores (mean = − 9.1250, 95% CI [− 16.8060 to 1.4440], p = 0.0262). No between-group differences were found. Conclusions Future trials will require strategies to optimize retention and adherence before definitive efficacy testing of the meditation intervention. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03239132. Registration date: 03/08/2017. MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced that he has once again visited each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties in 2022—his third 72-county tour since. Politics, process, personalities: ‘Sunburn’ tells you what you need to know — now./PRNewswire/ — Zing Health, a technology-enabled provider of Medicare Advantage health plans, has brought veteran digital health executive Ben Miller to its.

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The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. The Senate and House are aiming to adjourn before Jan. 1, 2023 and have an ambitious agenda of extending certain governmental programs and related funding, as well as addressing various policy issues. A key health care issue is greater support for mental health services.Experts said the plan, announced at the state GOP convention on Saturday, is not realistic and possibly not legal.Policies to strengthen the nation’s health must ensure that individuals and communities are healthy, thriving, and inclusive through long-term, sustained investments. Monday’s roundup covers abortion laws, the opioid crisis, covid masking and vaccines, Medicare, mental health, autism, and more.

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