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Current issue: 2018

Editor-in-Chief of OBM Hepatology and Gastroenterology

Osamu Yokosuka is an Emeritus Professor of Chiba University, Japan. He graduated from Chiba University School of Medicine in 1975 then worked as a trainee under Professor K. Okuda in Chiba University Hospital till 1978. Dr. Yokosuka was a research fellow worked under Professor S. Scherlock and Professor B. H. Billing in Royal Free Hospital, London, UK from 1978 to 1980; under Professor M. Omata in Chiba University from 1980 to 1985; and under Dr. J Summers in Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA, USA in 1984. In 1985, he received a Degree of Doctor of Medical Science, and served as an Assistant Professor in Chiba University till 1994, then as Lecturer in Medicine till 2006 when he was appointed as Director and Professor of Medicine. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the Dean of Chiba University School of Medicine.

Dr. Yokosuka was the Secretary General of APASL (2008-2014). In 2016, he was elected as the President of APASL Tokyo, the President of 52nd Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Hepatology, and the President of Funabashi Central Hospital. Dr. Yokosuka’s research mainly focuses on Hepatitis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma. So far, he has published more than 700 original papers.


The Associate Editor of OBM Hepatology and Gastroenterology

Tatsuo Kanda received a medical degree in 1991 at Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan, and his PhD in 1999 at Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. He had post-doctor training for 3 years under Prof. Ratna Ray and Prof. Ranjit Ray at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA. In Dec. 2008, Tatsuo Kanda became a Tenure-track Associate Professor at Department of Medicine and Clinical Oncology, Chiba University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. In Feb. 2013, Tatsuo Kanda was nominated a permanent Associate Professor at Department of Gastroenterology and Nephrology, Chiba University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. In 2017, Tatsuo Kanda became an Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Nihon University School of Medicine. For ~25 years, he has focused his scientific interests on the topics related to liver diseases including acute liver failure, viral hepatitis and autoimmune liver diseases, and worked with Prof. Osamu Yokosuka. Tatsuo Kanda is also an expert for hepatitis A virus (HAV), HBV and HCV, and translation and replication of these viruses, and hepatocarcinogenesis. With his expertise in antiviral therapies and hepatitis virus research, Tatsuo Kanda also sees a lot of patients in clinical daily practice. Tatsuo Kanda has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed Journal.

Special Issue

Health Benefits of Meditation

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2018(Open)               Submit Now      Flyer

Guest Editor

Sok Cheon Pak, PhD
School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia
Research Interests: bee venom application; acupuncture: pain threshold; morphine dose reduction; medicinal herbs: anti-inflammatory; anti-allergic; immune-enhancing; polycystic ovarian syndrome; pap smear; evidence-based practice


Soo Liang Ooi
Centre for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Singapore 247909

About This Topic

People meditate to attain self-regulation and consciousness transformation. Regardless of personal preference, the underlying rationale for either approach is similar in terms of viewing meditation as a therapeutic means. Despite the fact that meditation techniques are increasingly popular amongst the public, we still have scarce, preliminary evidence that stems from research within the therapeutic context. Numerous studies have been conducted to look for effects of meditation, yet there is even more lack of scientific theories for mind-body interactions. Thus, the atheoretical methodology is frequently mirrored in the way of data collection used in the studies which include dependent variables that are not specific to meditation research. Future research on meditation intervention needs to be standardized as much as possible to ensure credibility. Disease-specific approach to meditation intervention is highly recommended to refine the role of meditation with the elimination of conventional medication. Understanding of different types of meditation with each unique interacting pathway among the brain, mind, body and behavior associated with clinically significant resiliency will facilitate the development of meditation as new therapeutics.


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  • Meditation; Health; Immune system; Brain; Therapeutics

Planned Papers

Title: Essence of Meditation and Its Aptness to Scientific Calibration
Authors: Hong Lin 1, Weijie Lin2
1. University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas, USA
2. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

Title: The use of mindfulness meditation and mind-body exercises with medical students: A systematic review
Authors: Marcus A. Henning , Tae Joo Park , Fiona Moir , Christian U. Krageloh , Christopher Mysko , and Craig Webster

Title: Meditation: Awakening the Intuitive & Creative Self
Author: Mariya Shiyko, PhD
Affiliation: Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Title: Meditation and Immune Function: The Impact of Stress Management on the Immune System
Matthew Rossano: Department of Psychology, Southeastern Louisiana University, USA
Nichole Thibodeaux

Title: Binary Model of the Dynamics of Mindfulness in Managing Depression
Author: Andrew J Hede
Affiliation: Professor Emeritus, Department of Management, University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs, 4556, Australia
The many conceptualisations of mindfulness that have been proposed in the literature are all based on an underlying unitary model of the human psyche. By contrast, the present binary model distinguishes between two types of mindfulness, an active form and a passive form. The bases for these two types of mindfulness are two selves within the psyche, the ‘meta self’ (underpinning active or ‘meta-mindfulness’) and the ‘supra self’ (underpinning passive or ‘supra-mindfulness’). The binary model shows how these two types of self (and their corresponding types of mindfulness meditation) can provide an effective approach to managing depression. By combining both cognitive defusion using meta-mindfulness and existential disidentification using supra-mindfulness, individuals can learn to manage their cognitive dysfunction and thereby reduce the effects of depression in their lives.

Title: Mindfulness Meditation as a Means of Improving Health Behaviors and Reducing Stress in College Students
Author: Stephanie Bryan

Title: Health-related outcomes of mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety and depression
Author: Phillip Spaeth, Megan Renna, and Douglas Mennin

Title: Metabolism and meditation
Author: Seán Ó Nualláin, Candice A Price

Title: Mindfulness to manage emotions in the therapeutic context; the importance of therapeutic accompaniment to implement mindful attention to the emotions
Author: Natalia Ramos Díaz
Affiliation: the University of Malaga, Spain

Title: RSA Comparison between Zen-meditation and Control Groups
Authors: Pei-Chen Lo (Professor), FangLing Liu (PhD student)
Affiliation: Institute of Electrical and Control Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Title: Health Benefits of Mindfulness and Self-compassion meditation
Authors: Selma Augusta Quist Møller1, Sohrab Sami2, Shauna Shapiro3
1. Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark & Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
2. Department: School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
3. Santa Clara University

Title: A Functional Outcome-based Approach to Understanding Meditation
Authors: Marcel Allbritton, PhD1, Carrie Heeter, PhD2
1. Clinical Yoga Therapist in New Orleans
2. Professor of Media and Information at Michigan State University
We would like to start a conversation about a common function-based language for understanding meditation so that meditation can be more effectively discussed and understood across different modalities and systems of knowledge and ancient wisdom. If we have a common function-based language that works for all forms of meditation this can support greater scientific insight and rigor in researching meditation. Having a clear description of meditation can also reduce confusion about what constitutes meditation, support assessing the effectiveness of meditation, and help identify when to use meditation.
Meditation has become popular as a tool to support health, healing, and well being. There are many different approaches and systems for understanding, practicing, and applying meditation. Our explanation of meditation is from the Viniyoga perspective of Yoga and the healing perspective of Yoga Therapy. Our goal is not to argue for one form of meditation over another, but rather to express the importance of having a way of talking about meditation across systems of knowledge and methods of application. We take a utilitarian perspective towards meditation. We answer three different questions: What is meditation? How does meditation work? How do you know if meditation is effective? The framework we describe can inform research and can be applied to any form of meditation.
We describe meditation as a tool for supporting change in the human system. The definition we use refers to meditation as practices that (1) regulate the human system and (2) refine the state of the mind so that the mind can be directed towards an object to (3) bring about a change in the human system. We provide illustrative examples to support our descriptions of what happens when we meditate and how meditation works. We also provide a function-based and outcome-based framework for studying meditation that allows for assessment and comparison of effectiveness among different types of meditation.

Title: Mindfulness for the novice sceptics: Introducing guidance prior to meditation as a reinforcing agent of non-judgment.
Author: Dr Michail Mantzios
Affiliation: Birmingham City University

Title: From Hooah to Om: Mindfulness Practices for a Military Population
Authors: Kimberlee Bethany Bonura1; Dawn M. Fountain2
Affiliations: 1. PhD, RYT, Walden University
2. PhD, BCBA-D, University of West Florida

Title: Meditation, sleep, and performance
Authors: Lauren Guerriero, Shreyas Joshi, Mansi Sethi, Warunee Novak, Abhi Patel, Bruce F. O'Hara

Title: Genetic Testing in Psychiatry: Friend or Foe?
Author: Sharon M. Freeman Clevenger, MSN, MA, CARN-AP, PMHCNS-BC, NP
Affiliations: Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Practitioner
Indiana Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Title: Mindfulness Self-Compassion and adult learner retention in post-compulsory education
Authors: Suzie Jokic 1,2,†, Nicole Jacqueline Albrecht 2,†, Sue Erica Smith 2,‡,*
1. Charles Darwin University, PO Box 557 Strathalbyn, Adelaide, Australia
2. RMIT University, PO Box 428 Hove, Adelaide, Australia
3. Charles Darwin University
Adult learners’ wellbeing is of considerable concern and warrants further investigation, as it has greater implications related to retention and academic progression. In this study, the methodology of Heuristic Inquiry was used to identify potential reasons as to why adult learners do not remain in education, explore why it is important to focus on adult learners’ wellbeing, and lastly investigate whether Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) has the capacity to enhance the wellbeing of adult learners in their first year of post-compulsory education. This qualitative process produced a rich source of data – revealing that mindfulness and self-compassion helps adult learners enhance their wellbeing.

Title: Interventions for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Focus on Contemplative Based Therapies
Authors: J. Kim Penberthy *, Dinesh Chhabra, Nina Avitabile, J. Morgan Penberthy, Ngan Le, Roger Xu, Seara Mainor, Natalie Schiavone, Paul Katzenstein, Janet Lewis
Affiliation: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Title: Specific Somatic Symptoms Alleviated by Mindfulness Meditation Training
Author: Holly Hazlett-Stevens
Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA

Title: More than just giving us information about teacher wellbeing this topic promoted actual feelings of well-being!Experiences from an individualised mindfulness post graduate topic for teachers
Author: Leigh Burrows
Affiliation: College of Education, Psychology & Social Work, Flinders University, SA, Australia

Title: Are there Health Benefits for Children and Adolescents Practicing Mindfulness?
Authors: Randye J. Semple1, SChristine Burke2
1. PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2. B.A. Dip Ed, M.Ed. (Couns. Psych), MA, Institute of Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Brief Description:
Research support for a variety of health benefits of mindfulness-based interventions for adults is robust. These benefits include management of stress, anxiety, and depression; improved sleep; chronic pain management; support for tobacco, alcohol, and substance abstinence; and as adjunctive treatments for serious medical illnesses such as cancer and HIV. As is typical with newer interventions, mindfulness research for the health benefits for children and adolescents is less advanced. This paper reviews existing research support and its limitations for the physical and mental health benefits for youth practicing mindfulness. Well designed and carefully implemented research will continue to advance our understanding of mindfulness-based interventions for use with children and adolescents.

Title: Sudarshan Kriya Yoga Breathing: The Pathway to a Successful Culminating Meditation Experience
Authors: Kirtigandha Salwe Carter, Robert Carter III

Title: Proposing a Positive Shift into Broader Consciousness Associated with Mindfulness Meditation
Author: Janice Ryan, OTD, OTR/L
Affiliation: Owner: Human Systems Occupational Therapy, The Attunement Center, 2232 Lyndon Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37415, USA


Case Report

Living with Spondylolisthesis with (Relative) Equanimity

Patricia Lynn Dobkin
Received: April 23, 2018; Published: July 3, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1803013


The Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Depressive Symptoms and Quality of Life: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Jonathan Manh Dang, Luma Bashmi, Stephen Meeneghan, Janet White, Rebecca Hedrick, Jelena Djurovic, Brigitte Vanle, Dennis Nguyen, Jonathan Almendarez, Paula Ravets, Yasmine Gohar, Sophia Hanna, Itai Danovitch, Waguih William IsHak
Received: March 28, 2018; Published: June 25, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802011

Original research

Leveraging Mindfulness to Build Resilience and Professional Quality of Life in Human Service Professionals

Andrew Hanna, Aileen M. Pidgeon
Received: April 4, 2018; Published: May 16, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802007

Original research

Mindfulness Meditation in College Students to Advance Health Equity

Stephanie Bryan, Maryellen Hamilton, Elizabeth Finn
Received: February 21, 2018; Published: May 16, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802006


Open Dialogue and the Impact of Therapist Mindfulness on the Health of Clients

Russell Razzaque
Received: January 28, 2018; Published: March 28, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1801001