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Review Papers

Review Papers (What's this?)

Interventions Based on Mind-Body Therapies for the Improvement of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Youth: A Systematic Review.
Barranco-Ruiz Y, Etxabe BE, Ramírez-Vélez R, Villa-González E.
Medicina (Kaunas). 2019 Jun 30;55(7).
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Role of Breathing Exercises And Yoga/Pranayam In Childhood Asthma: A Systematic Review.
Das RR, Sankar J, Kabra SK.
Curr Pediatr Rev. 2019 Jan 21. (preprint)
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Asthma - A Disease of How We Breathe: Role of Breathing Exercises and Pranayam.
Sankar J, Das RR.
Indian J Pediatr. 2018 Oct;85(10):905-910.
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Effectiveness of Universal Self-regulation-Based Interventions in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Pandey A, Hale D, Das S, Goddings AL, Blakemore SJ, Viner RM.
JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Jun 1;172(6):566-575.
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Mind-Body Approaches to Prevention and Intervention for Alcohol and Other Drug Use/Abuse in Young Adults.
Park CL, Russell BS, Fendrich M.
Medicines (Basel). 2018 Jun 27;5(3).
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Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health Model to Gain Perspective of the Benefits of Yoga in Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and Children to Inform Practice for Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Meta-Analysis.
Veneri D, Gannotti M, Bertucco M, Fournier Hillman SE.
J Altern Complement Med. 2018 May;24(5):439-457.
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The benefits of yoga in children.
Nanthakumar C.
J Integr Med. 2018 Jan;16(1):14-19.
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A Mind-Body Approach to Pediatric Pain Management.
Brown ML, Rojas E, Gouda S.
Children (Basel). 2017 Jun 20;4(6).
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Systematic review of meditation-based interventions for children with ADHD.
Evans S, Ling M, Hill B, Rinehart N, Austin D, Sciberras E.
Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Jan;27(1):9-27.
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Mind-Body Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Herbert A, Esparham A.
Children (Basel). 2017 Apr 25;4(5).
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Mind-Body Interventions for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Yeh AM, Wren A, Golianu B.
Children (Basel). 2017 Apr 3;4(4).
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Sleep Disorder, Gastrointestinal Problems and Behaviour Problems Seen in Autism Spectrum Disorder Children and Yoga as Therapy: A Descriptive Review.
Narasingharao K, Pradhan B, Navaneetham J.
J Clin Diagn Res. 2016 Nov;10(11):VE01-VE03.
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Mind-Body Therapies in Children and Youth.
Pediatrics. 2016 Sep;138(3). pii: e20161896.
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Systematic Review of Yoga Interventions for Anxiety Reduction Among Children and Adolescents.
Weaver LL, Darragh AR.
Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Nov-Dec;69(6):6906180070p1-9.
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Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Yoga.
Rosen L, French A, Sullivan G; RYT-200.
Pediatr Rev. 2015 Oct;36(10):468-74.
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Mind-Body Practices and the Adolescent Brain: Clinical Neuroimaging Studies.
Sharma A, Newberg AB.
Adolesc Psychiatry (Hilversum). 2015;5(2):116-124.
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Use of movement therapies and relaxation techniques and management of health conditions among children.
Ndetan H, Evans MW Jr, Williams RD, Woolsey C, Swartz JH.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Jul-Aug;20(4):44-50.
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Mindfulness and Adolescence: A Clinical Review of Recent Mindfulness-Based Studies in Clinical and Nonclinical Adolescent Populations.
Vo DX, Doyle J, Christie D.
Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2014 Aug;25(2):455-72.
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Meditation and mindfulness in clinical practice.
Simkin DR, Black NB.
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Jul;23(3):487-534.
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Yoga for Children and Young People's Mental Health and Well-Being: Research Review and Reflections on the Mental Health Potentials of Yoga.
Hagen I, Nayar US.
Front Psychiatry. 2014 Apr 2;5:35. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00035.
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Keeping the balance--an overview of mind-body therapies in pediatric oncology.
Kanitz JL, Camus ME, Seifert G.
Complement Ther Med. 2013 Apr;21 Suppl 1:S20-5.
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Activities and Programs That Improve Children's Executive Functions.
Diamond A.
Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2012 Oct;21(5):335-341.
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Interventions shown to aid executive function development in children 4 to 12 years old.
Diamond A, Lee K.
Science. 2011 Aug 19;333(6045):959-64.
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Yoga as a complementary therapy for children and adolescents: a guide for clinicians.
Kaley-Isley LC, Peterson J, Fischer C, Peterson E.
Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2010 Aug;7(8):20-32.
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Notable Publications

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Yoga Practices as an Alternative Training for Physical Fitness in Children With Visual Impairment.
Mohanty, S., Pradhan, B., Hankey, A.
Adapt Phys Activ Q. 2019 Sep 10:1-16.
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A qualitative investigation to inform yoga intervention recruitment practices for racial/ethnic minority adolescents in outpatient mental health treatment.
Spadola CE, Varga LM, Fernandez SB, Clarke RD, Morris SL, Wagner EF, Hospital M.
Explore (NY). 2019 Jul 18. pii: S1550-8307(19)30071-0. (preprint)
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Effect of a Combined Exercise and Dietary Intervention on Self-Control in Obese Adolescents.
Xiang MQ, Liao JW, Huang JH, Deng HL, Wang D, Xu Z, Hu M.
Front Psychol. 2019 Jun 28;10:1385.
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Yoga Education Program for Reducing Drug Dependency and Promoting Better Asthma Control for Chronic Asthmatic Children: A Multicity Experiment.
Pandya S.
Glob Pediatr Health. 2019 Mar 19;6:2333794X19837455.
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Experiences of children and parents in MiYoga, an embodied mindfulness yoga program for cerebral palsy: A mixed method study.
Mak CK, Whittingham K, Boyd RN.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 Feb;34:208-216.
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Effect of Yoga Intervention on Short-Term Heart Rate Variability in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Vidyashree HM, Maheshkumar K, Sundareswaran L, Sakthivel G, Partheeban PK, Rajan R.
Int J Yoga. 2019 Jan-Apr;12(1):73-77.
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Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents' body image and mood.
Halliwell E, Jarman H, Tylka TL, Slater A.
Body Image. 2018 Dec;27:196-201.
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Use of Yoga, Meditation, and Chiropractors Among U.S. Children Aged 4-17 Years.
Black LI, Barnes PM, Clarke TC, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL.
NCHS Data Brief. 2018 Nov;(324):1-8.
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Yoga in Children with Epilepsy: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Kanhere SV, Bagadia DR, Phadke VD, Mukherjee PS.
J Pediatr Neurosci. 2018 Oct-Dec;13(4):410-415.
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Effect of mindfulness yoga programme MiYoga on attention, behaviour, and physical outcomes in cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial.
Mak C, Whittingham K, Cunnington R, Boyd RN.
Dev Med Child Neurol. 2018 Sep;60(9):922-932.
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Yoga for Teens With Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Results From a Mixed-Methods Pilot Study.
Evans S, Seidman LC, Lung K, Sternlieb B, Zeltzer LK.
Holist Nurs Pract. 2018 Sep/Oct;32(5):253-260.
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Effect of yoga practices on psycho-motor abilities among intellectually disabled children.
Pise V, Pradhan B, Gharote M.
J Exerc Rehabil. 2018 Aug 24;14(4):581-585.
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Effects of Yoga on Attention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity in Preschool-Aged Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms.
Cohen SCL, Harvey DJ, Shields RH, Shields GS, Rashedi RN, Tancredi DJ, Angkustsiri K, Hansen RL, Schweitzer JB.
J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2018 Apr;39(3):200-209.
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Effectiveness of yoga training program on the severity of autism.
Sotoodeh MS, Arabameri E, Panahibakhsh M, Kheiroddin F, Mirdoozandeh H, Ghanizadeh A.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Aug;28:47-53.
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A Randomized Trial of Yoga for Children Hospitalized With Sickle Cell Vaso-Occlusive Crisis.
Moody K, Abrahams B, Baker R, Santizo R, Manwani D, Carullo V, Eugenio D, Carroll A.
J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jun;53(6):1026-1034.
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Efficacy of Structured Yoga Intervention for Sleep, Gastrointestinal and Behaviour Problems of ASD Children: An Exploratory Study.
Narasingharao K, Pradhan B, Navaneetham J.
J Clin Diagn Res. 2017 Mar;11(3):VC01-VC06.
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Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Novel RDoC-Based Treatment Program for Adolescent Depression: "Training for Awareness Resilience and Action" (TARA)-A Pilot Study.
Henje Blom E, Tymofiyeva O, Chesney MA, Ho TC, Moran P, Connolly CG, Duncan LG, Baldini L, Weng HY, Acree M, Goldman V, Hecht FM, Yang TT.
Front Psychiatry. 2017 Jan 16;7:208.
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Effects of an 8-week yoga program on sustained attention and discrimination function in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Chou CC, Huang CJ.
PeerJ. 2017 Jan 12;5:e2883.
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Yoga Therapy for Abdominal Pain-Related Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Korterink JJ, Ockeloen LE, Hilbink M, Benninga MA, Deckers-Kocken JM.
J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Nov;63(5):481-487.
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Effect of yoga program on executive functions of adolescents dwelling in an orphan home: A randomized controlled study.
Purohit SP, Pradhan B.
J Tradit Complement Med. 2016 Apr 20;7(1):99-105.
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Yoga Therapy in Children with Cystic Fibrosis Decreases Immediate Anxiety and Joint Pain.
McNamara C, Johnson M, Read L, Vander Velden H, Thygeson M, Liu M, Gandrud L, McNamara J.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:9429504.
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Yoga Practice Increases Minimum Muscular Fitness in Children with Visual Impairment.
Mohanty S, Venkata Ramana Murty P, Pradhan B, Hankey A.
J Caring Sci. 2015 Dec 1;4(4):253-63.
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Yoga to Reduce Trauma-Related Distress and Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties Among Children Living in Orphanages in Haiti: A Pilot Study.
Culver KA, Whetten K, Boyd DL, O'Donnell K.
J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Sep;21(9):539-45.
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The effect of yoga on the quality of life in the children and adolescents with haemophilia.
Beheshtipoor N, Bagheri S, Hashemi F, Zare N, Karimi M.
Int J Community Based Nurs Midwifery. 2015 Apr;3(2):150-5.
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Iyengar yoga for adolescents and young adults with irritable bowel syndrome.
Evans S, Lung KC, Seidman LC, Sternlieb B, Zeltzer LK, Tsao JC.
J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Aug;59(2):244-53.
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Effects of Hatha yoga on blood pressure, salivary α-amylase, and cortisol function among normotensive and prehypertensive youth.
Sieverdes JC, Mueller M, Gregoski MJ, Brunner-Jackson B, McQuade L, Matthews C, Treiber FA.
J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Apr;20(4):241-50.
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Feasibility and efficacy of yoga as an add-on intervention in attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder: An exploratory study.
Hariprasad VR, Arasappa R, Varambally S, Srinath S, Gangadhar BN.
Indian J Psychiatry. 2013 Jul;55(Suppl 3):S379-84.
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Effects of a holistic yoga program on endocrine parameters in adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.
Nidhi R, Padmalatha V, Nagarathna R, Amritanshu R.
J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Feb;19(2):153-60.
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Effect of yoga on serum homocysteine and nitric oxide levels in adolescent women with and without dysmenorrhea.
Chien LW, Chang HC, Liu CF.
J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jan;19(1):20-3.
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Efficacy of the Get Ready to Learn yoga program among children with autism spectrum disorders: a pretest-posttest control group design.
Koenig KP, Buckley-Reen A, Garg S.
Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Sep-Oct;66(5):538-46.
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Effect of a yoga program on glucose metabolism and blood lipid levels in adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Nidhi R, Padmalatha V, Nagarathna R, Ram A.
Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2012 Jul;118(1):37-41.
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Effect of holistic yoga program on anxiety symptoms in adolescent girls with polycystic ovarian syndrome: A randomized control trial.
Nidhi R, Padmalatha V, Nagarathna R, Amritanshu R.
Int J Yoga. 2012 Jul;5(2):112-7. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.98223.
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Yoga training improves metabolic parameters in obese boys.
Seo DY, Lee S, Figueroa A, Kim HK, Baek YH, Kwak YS, Kim N, Choi TH, Rhee BD, Ko KS, Park BJ, Park SY, Han J.
Korean J Physiol Pharmacol. 2012 Jun;16(3):175-80.
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Immediate effect of mukha bhastrika (a bellows type pranayama) on reaction time in mentally challenged adolescents.
Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Kt H.
Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2012 Apr-Jun;56(2):174-80.
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Relaxation response-based yoga improves functioning in young children with autism: a pilot study.
Rosenblatt LE, Gorantla S, Torres JA, Yarmush RS, Rao S, Park ER, Denninger JW, Benson H, Fricchione GL, Bernstein B, Levine JB.
J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Nov;17(11):1029-35.
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A randomized trial of yoga for adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome.
Kuttner L, Chambers CT, Hardial J, Israel DM, Jacobson K, Evans K.
Pain Res Manag. 2006 Winter;11(4):217-23.
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Effect of yoga training on exercise tolerance in adolescents with childhood asthma.
Jain SC, Rai L, Valecha A, Jha UK, Bhatnagar SO, Ram K.
J Asthma. 1991;28(6):437-42.
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The integrated approach of yoga: a therapeutic tool for mentally retarded children: a one-year controlled study.
Uma K, Nagendra HR, Nagarathna R, Vaidehi S, Seethalakshmi R.
J Ment Defic Res. 1989 Oct;33 ( Pt 5):415-21.
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