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A study was set up to determine whether Tai Chi taught and practised in a community setting had similar benefits to studies conducted in laboratory settings. Researchers in Hong Kong recruited 51 beginners (aged 29 to 72) to take...

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In a small US study, 15 people with heart failure were assigned to receive 2 one-hour tai chi classes twice a week for 12 weeks, in addition to standard medical care, and compared to a similar sized group who received standard...

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In this study, 118 inactive but healthy men and women, aged 60 to 92 years with moderate sleep complaints, were randomly assigned to a tai chi group or a low-impact exercise group. The tai chi group learnt a simplified yang style,...

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This Hong Kong study randomly assigned 132 healthy post-menopausal women to supervised tai chi (45 minutes each time, five times per week for a year) or to a non tai chi, inactive (sedentary lifestyle) group. At the end of the...

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A pilot study funded by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust and carried out by a team from the University of Queensland has indicated that qigong and tai chi exercises can significantly improve several markers of metabolic...

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A Korean study compared 29 older adults (mean age 77.8 years) who undertook a Sun-style Tai Chi exercise programme (three sessions a week for 12 weeks)  with 30 controls of similar age. The Tai Chi practitioners were found to have...

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A study of 39 Chinese adults (average age 65.7 years), all of whom had at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor, found that three one-hour tai chi classes a week for 12 weeks resulted in significant improvements in balance,...

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Rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels after surgery or radiotherapy for prostate cancer is an indicator of recurrent cancer. Hormonal therapy at this stage can probably only extend survival time slightly and has...

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A number of studies have suggested that practising Tai Chi can improve balance and stability in healthy older people and reduce the rate of falling. A new study conducted in a park in Nanjing in China suggests that this benefit...

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Performance of tai chi leads to a decrease in activity of the sympathetic nervous system, to levels that are not achieved by performing comparable physical activity alone. Participants had completed the above 25-week randomised...

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