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US: Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending
30 March 2017 - For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state's bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings because of reduced obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Fully 13.6 percent of Twin Cities residents commute by bike, at least once in a while. (more)

A positive outlook may be good for your health
29 March 2017 - There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body. When facing a health crisis, actively cultivating positive emotions can boost the immune system and counter depression. Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control, and healthier blood sugar levels. (more)

China: Smog-hit Beijing plans 'green necklace' to block pollution
23 March 2017 - Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei will plant trees, establish green belts, and make use of rivers and wetlands to create a 'green necklace' to protect China's smog-hit capital from pollution, the Hebei government said on Thursday. The city has also promised to curtail coal consumption and decommissioned its last coal-fired power plant earlier this month. (more)

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides
23 March 2017 - The world's most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European commission, seen by the Guardian news. The documents are the first indication that the powerful commission wants a complete ban and cite 'high acute risks to bees'. A ban could be in place this year if the proposals are approved by a majority of EU member states. (more)

Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study
21 March 2017 - People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report. Overall, nature is an under-recognised healer, the paper says, offering multiple health benefits from allergy reductions to increases in self-esteem and mental wellbeing. (more)

UK group expanding campaign to curb antibiotics in meat production
21 March 2017 - A shareholder coalition founded in the U.K. is recruiting investors for a campaign to convince KFC parent Yum Brands Inc and other [US] food companies to protect public health and corporate profits by reducing the use of antibiotics in the meat they serve in the United States and around the world. Members noted that chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc and McDonald's USA have used strict antibiotic policies to elevate their brands. (more)

Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth
20 March 2017 - Norway is the happiest place on Earth, according to a United Nations agency report...The World Happiness Report measures 'subjective well-being' -- how happy the people are, and why. It looks at factors including economic strength (measured in GDP per capita), social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, and perceived corruption. The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness on 20 March. (more)

Norway tops global happiness report
20 March 2017 - Norway jumped to top spot in the World Happiness Report despite the plummeting price of oil -- a key part of its economy -- but researchers said it's the 'human things' that matter, such as a feeling of community which is strong in the Scandinavian country of 5 million. In the report on 155 countries, Denmark fell to second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland. (more)

US: When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some customers quit smoking
20 March 2017 - The US retail pharmacy company CVS Health helped its customers quit smoking by pulling cigarettes off the shelves two years ago, a new study suggests. Smokers who purchased cigarettes exclusively at CVS stores were 38 percent less likely to buy tobacco after the national chain stopped selling cigarettes, the study shows. (more)

US: Go natural - Class teaches how to clean with green products
17 March 2017 - Homemade green cleaners are the topic of a workshop ... presented by Bluegrass Greensource [Kentucky]. It's part of a series called Green Living Lab, designed to teach specific environmentally friendly skills including sustainable cooking, starting native plants from seed, creating monarch butterfly way stations, litter abatement, traditional composting, and vermicomposting ... Most essential oils are natural disinfectants, said Deb Larkin, a Greensource environmental educator who will teach the class. They can be used in diffusers to kill airborne germs. Or put seven drops in one cup of warm water to wipe down surfaces in the kitchen. (more)


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Transcendental Meditation improves mental clarity, reduces risk factors for memory loss
21 March 2017 - With the many factors that can put women at risk for memory loss, including those that develop in the process of ageing, Janet Hoffman discusses how Transcendental Meditation helps to support memory function. The executive director of the TM programme for women professionals in the USA outlines scientifically proven benefits of regular TM practice, commenting, 'Because of this deep rest and balancing that occur in the body - including healthy changes in the brain, tissues, and hormones - deep stress washes away, in turn improving and balancing mental, physical, and emotional health.' (more)

Elizabeth Vargas on beating alcohol addiction with the help of Transcendental Meditation
19 March 2017 - When award-winning ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas courageously went public in 2013 about her struggles with anxiety induced alcohol addiction, it was a step towards removing the stigma from the issue of women's alcohol addiction and bringing the topic into the spotlight. Since fellow ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos introduced her to Transcendental Meditation, it has become one of the tools and routines that have helped her stay healthy, a vital cornerstone of her recovery. The practice helped her develop what Vargas calls 'the reflective pause'. She says, 'If you can slow down long enough to think clearly, you can start to not only manage that panic, but understand that what you're so terrified of isn't really that terrifying.' (more)

Military vets see benefits of Transcendental Meditation on PTSD
17 March 2017 - Among Transcendental Meditation's greatest proponents are military veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who say TM has dramatically changed their lives for the better, reports TheFix.com, a leading international publication on addiction and recovery. TM has even been found to reduce the reliance on psychotropic medication for some veterans. While some were skeptical of TM, many have credited the practice with helping them recover, and improving their health and their relationships. 'All that feeling of stress and heaviness, I can feel it melt away,' said one vet. (more)

Maharishi University of Management: Dr. Robert Schneider gives keynote at India conference
15 March 2017 - India continues to show interest in Maharishi University of Management's science-based approach to traditional systems of prevention-oriented health-care. Most recently Dr Robert Schneider, dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health, was invited to deliver the keynote address at an international conference of the World Association of Vedic Studies. He described how Maharishi AyurVeda programmes may slow or reverse ageing in Western and Indian populations. His audience included scholars, officials, and leaders who are integrating Vedic science and technologies into modern society. (more)

Women of Vision: 2017 Humanitarian and Courage Awards - David Lynch Foundation announces May benefit
13 March 2017 - The 2017 Humanitarian and Courage Awards will be presented 9 May in New York City to five 'Women of Vision'. The event is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation's Center for Women's Health and Wellness, which teaches Transcendental Meditation to women and girls who are victims of domestic violence and assault. The Awards honour 'individuals or organizations who, through their wisdom, conviction, life experience, and resolve, help to elevate members of our world family to new levels of health, prosperity, and progress'. Honourees are Gisele Bundchen - model, entrepreneur and environmentalist, Robin Roberts - co-anchor, ABC's Good Morning America, Carolyn Rafaelian - philanthropist, founder and CEO, ALEX AND ANI, Joni Steele Kimberlin - filmmaker, activist for women and children, and Latoya Mack - veteran and artist. Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York, will host the event. (more)

Creating a new paradigm for medicine
27 February 2017 - Sankari Wegman is currently finishing a doctoral thesis at Maharishi University of Management, creating a Maharishi AyurVeda curriculum for medical schools. 'I wanted to become a doctor,' she says, 'but there was such a fragmented approach to medicine. With integrated knowledge of Ayur-Veda, doctors can understand the subtle layers of the physiology and the connection to consciousness.' Sankari also earned an M.S. degree in Maharishi AyurVeda at the University. 'I completely enjoyed my time studying at MUM. It was incredible for me to incorporate the daily routine and Transcendental Meditation effortlessly into my every day.' (more)

Why should women learn Transcendental Meditation?
25 February 2017 - Why would the Transcendental Meditation technique, which research has found brings great benefit to men, women, and children - be of interest specifically to women? Janet Hofffman, executive director of the TM programme for women professionals in the USA, explores issues important for women's health and well-being. For example, regarding hypertension - the most common condition for which women see a doctor: 'A 2013 statement by the American Heart Association said that TM is the only meditation or relaxation technique to significantly reduce high blood pressure, and they recommend that it could be included in hypertension treatment.' For emotional well-being in women, 'research shows that TM practice increases energy and resilience, and significantly reduces stress . . . enabling us to give without depleting ourselves.' (more)

'Meditation and the Brain' - Dr. William Stixrud on how to tame, protect, and nurture the adolescent brain
14 February 2017 - 'Transcendental Meditation can prevent and reduce the kinds of problems that are so absurdly prevalent in young people these days,' neuropsychologist Dr William Stixrud explained at a recent David Lynch Foundation conference, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. With science and humour, Dr Stixrud described the adolescent brain, especially the prefrontal cortex: 'So much of the transition between being a kid and being an adult is [the] unfolding of the prefrontal cortex' - but with today's 'epic' levels of stress in young people, it may not be developing in a healthy way. Dr Stixrud cited scientific evidence that TM reduces stress and helps improve executive functions of this area of the brain. 'When you are less stressed, you can focus better, you can resist distraction better'. And with 'this increased coherence in brain function, you can organize your thinking better because your sense of priorities is better. You can integrate information better, and see with a larger perspective.' (more)

The science behind why practitioners of Transcendental Meditation are biologically younger than their age
12 February 2017 - This excerpt from the revised and expanded edition of Jack Forem's best-selling classic, Transcendental Meditation, describes the science and experience of the anti-ageing effects of TM. These effects have been 'investigated by serious scientific research, and they are real', Mr Forem writes. He cites results from three studies published in The International Journal of Neuroscience, The American Journal of Cardiology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The first study found that 'long-term TM meditators (meditating five years or longer) had biological ages an average of 12 years younger than their chronological age'. (more)

Maharishi University of Management to host international conference in April: 'Maharishi Ayur-Veda - Ayurveda and Psychology'
9 February 2017 - Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA will be the venue for the 21st International Conference - 'Maharishi Ayur-Veda / Ayurveda and Psychology' - to be held 28-30 April. The conference is organized by Global Ayurveda Conferences and is supported by MUM, the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), and International University of Yoga and Ayurveda (IUYA). Plenary speakers are Robert Keith Wallace, PhD, Founding President of MUM and pioneering researcher on Transcendental Meditation; Robert Schneider, MD, Dean, Maharishi College of Perfect Health at MUM, a leading authority on science-based, mind-body and integrative medicine; and Dr Vasant Lad, founder and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. The conference is open to a wide range of participants including Ayurvedic practitioners, integrative medical doctors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, yoga teachers, aromatherapists, researchers, scientists, educators and the general public. (more)


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Health and behavior problems can linger after child abuse
20 March 2017 - Children who have suffered from abuse or neglect may have physical or behavioral health problems even after the mistreatment stops, new guidelines for pediatricians emphasize. Although some children recover from adversity, traumatic experiences can result in significant disruption of normal development, researchers note in Pediatrics. (more)

Lack of sleep linked to behavioral problems in kids
16 March 2017 - Getting too little sleep in early childhood is linked to cognitive and behavioral problems years later, a U.S. study suggests. 'Children who aren't getting the recommended amount of sleep have more difficulties with attention, with emotional control, with reasoning, with problem-solving, and also have behavioral problems,' lead author Dr. Elsie Taveras told Reuters Health. (more)

Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought (+ hearing test prepared for AP)
14 March 2017 - Scientists have been finding evidence that loud noise -- from rock concerts, leaf blowers, power tools, and the like -- damages our hearing in a previously unsuspected way. It may not be immediately noticeable, and it does not show up in standard hearing tests. But over time, Harvard researcher M. Charles Liberman says, it can rob our ability to understand conversation in a noisy setting. It may also help explain why people have more trouble doing that as they age. And it may lead to persistent ringing in the ears. (more)

Hate daylight saving time? You may have a point, researchers say
11 March 2017 - For most Americans, daylight saving time means only one thing: losing an hour's sleep. So what is the point? This is actually a reasonable question, according to a growing body of scientific research. When clocks in almost all of the United States spring forward by an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, it will likely prompt an increase in heart attacks and strokes, cause more car accidents, and reduce worker productivity, according to studies. It will also fail to cut the nation's energy bill, contrary to what the experts once believed. (more)

Many middle-aged workers face job problems due to physical frailty
24 January 2017 - Nearly a third of middle-aged workers suffer from some level of frailty, including fatigue, issues with walking, and other physical limitations that make them less able to hold a job, according to a UK study. Frailty is more often something considered when treating elderly patients, but middle-aged patients may face some of the same symptoms, the study team writes in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Frailty was tied to a large impact on employment. (more)

Thousands of Fukushima evacuees face hardship as subsidies to be slashed
17 January 2017 - Nearly six years after Noriko Matsumoto and her children fled Japan's Fukushima region, fearing for their health after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, they confront a new potential hardship -- the slashing of vital housing subsidies. Matsumoto is among nearly 27,000 people who left areas not designated as mandatory evacuation zones, spooked by high levels of radiation after nuclear meltdowns unleashed by a powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Now, as the Fukushima local government prepares to slash unconditional housing assistance on March 31, many face the painful choice of returning to areas they still fear are unsafe, or reconciling to financial hardship . . . (more)

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment
15 January 2017 - The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every country in the region had massive increases between 2010 and 2015, including those least equipped to deal with the growing mountain of discarded smartphones, computers, TVs, air conditioners, and other goods. (more)

Ireland: Asbestos deaths set to hit record levels
5 January 2017 - Asbestos-related deaths are expected to hit a record high in the next few years as the legacy of decades of ignorance about the cancer- causing building material hits home. And safety experts have warned the danger will remain high for another 10 to 15 years, with asbestos finds rising 80 percent in recent years as the recovering economy sees an increase in building renovations and refurbishments. Ireland has no waste disposal facility for asbestos and the material must be shipped abroad, mainly to Germany. (more)

Women suffer much more work stress than men, says psychiatrist
30 December 2016 - Women suffer considerably higher levels of work-related stress, anxiety and depression than men, with workplace sexism and familial responsibilities providing additional career pressures, a leading psychiatrist has said. It comes as official figures show that women aged 25-54 are more stressed than their male colleagues, with this pressure peaking for those aged 35-44, when many women are juggling family responsibilities, such as caring for children and elderly parents. (more)

At rising rate, Nepalis working abroad go home in coffins
21 December 2016 - The number of Nepali workers going abroad more than doubled after the country began promoting foreign labor in recent years: from about 220,000 in 2008 to about 500,000 in 2015. The number of deaths among those workers has risen much faster. One out of every 2,500 workers died in 2008; last year, one out of every 500 died, according to an Associated Press analysis of data released by Nepal's Ministry of Labour and Employment. In total, over 5,000 workers from this small country have died working abroad since 2008 -- more than the number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq War. (more)


Global Good News reviews the impact of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation on health

Raising health standards is a global challenge which transcends national, racial, and gender boundaries. With rising health costs threatening the economies of even the wealthiest nations, medical news repeatedly demonstrates the urgent need for a prevention-oriented approach which looks beyond specific treatments for disease to promoting good health in a holistic way.

Current health news also illustrates the inextricable relationship between individual health and the collective health of society.

Global Good News presents health news for today that looks beyond the current fragmentary and incomplete approach to health care, highlighting positive health news based on approaches that incorporate holistic knowledge of Natural Law.

Global Good News focuses on positive health news in the fields of both individual and collective health, including health news articles relating to the programmes of the Global Country of World Peace. These scientifically-validated technologies derived from the world's most ancient and complete system of natural health care, have been revived in recent decades as Maharishi's Vedic Total Knowledge Based Approach to Health. These technologies include approaches to promoting good health for the mind, body, behaviour, and environment.

Recent health news on this comprehensive system centres on its unique technologies of consciousness—Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Scientific research on these techniques comprises more than 600 studies conducted at over 250 independent universities and research institutions in 33 countries. These studies demonstrate a wide range of benefits for individual and collective health, and have appeared in many leading, peer-reviewed journals.

For example, in recent years, a multi-centre medical research team in America has attracted grants totalling over $24 million, principally from the US National Institutes of Health, for research on Transcendental Meditation and prevention of cardiovascular disease. These investigations have been published in prestigious medical journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Stroke, and Hypertension. Results show that Transcendental Meditation leads to sustained reductions in high blood pressure comparable to those commonly found with medication, but without adverse side-effects.

These and other well-controlled studies further demonstrate that Transcendental Meditation reduces atherosclerosis ('hardening of the arteries'), improves cardiac functioning and well-being in people with heart disease, reduces mortality from cardiovascular disease and all causes, decreases hospital admissions and health care costs, reduces smoking and alcohol consumption, and improves psychological health and well-being in both children and adults, including elderly people.

A growing number of physicians worldwide recommend Transcendental Meditation to their patients. The website: www.doctorsontm.org sponsored by The American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program', provides an opportunity to ask questions of leading doctors who utilize Transcendental Meditation in their clinical practice.

In offering these Vedic technologies to the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, has revolutionized our understanding of health and established development of higher states of consciousness as fundamental to the creation of perfect health.

In reporting on health news, Global Good News is pleased to note indications of growing interest in the applications of TM and the TM-Sidhi Programme among major health-care providers and policy makers.

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