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Panera Bread removes artificial ingredients from U.S. menu
13 January 2017 - Bakery cafe operator Panera Bread Co said on Friday (13 January) it had removed artificial ingredients from its food menu and Panera at Home products in the United States. The company had said in August that by the year end it would remove artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and sweeteners from the food served at its 2,000 restaurants. (more)

U.S. Border Patrol recruits: wild horses, tamed by prisoners
11 January 2017 - Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Prisoners participating in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the U.S. Border Patrol, providing the agency with inexpensive but agile horses, and inmates with skills and insights they hope to one day carry with them from prison. At least 80 percent of the U.S. Border Patrol's current stable of 400 horses come from inmate training programs in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, and Nevada. Some 55,000 mustangs roam the Western U.S., more than double the number public land can support, said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Jason Lutterman. Those that do not end up in adoption programs face an uncertain future. (more)

The solar cooker that seeks its own place in the sun
5 January 2017 - Solar cookers need to be moved during the day, an inconvenience that leads to some being discarded. But what if a clever unit did its own sun tracking? Roughly 3 billion people worldwide still cook on open fires or solid fuel stoves, according to the World Health Organisation, which estimates more than 4 million people die every year because of household pollution associated with such cooking measures. To address the inconvenience of using a standard solar cooker, South African electrical engineer Wilfred Leslie Owen Fritz has spent the past year developing a version that tracks the sun's rays automatically, allowing the user to leave it in the same place. (more)

US: Cancer death rate has dropped 25 percent since 1991 peak
5 January 2017 - A steady decline over more than two decades has resulted in a 25 percent drop in the overall cancer death rate in the United States. The drop equates to 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths between 1991 and 2014. The news comes from Cancer Statistics 2017, the American Cancer Society's comprehensive annual report on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival. It is published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians and is accompanied by a consumer version of the publication, Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. (more)

France: 105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record
4 January 2017 - Nearly a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike. He proved that prediction wrong again on Wednesday. In a skin-tight yellow and violet jersey, the 105-year-old Frenchman set a world record in the 105-plus age category -- created especially for the tireless veteran -- by riding 22.547 kilometers in one hour. (more)

Australia: Federal government plan to improve fuel quality and vehicle efficiency worthwhile
3 January 2017 - The latest available figures from Australia's Environment Department show that in 2014 the services, construction and transport sector generated 11.5 per cent of Australia's 525 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent gases. If Australia can reduce this output by improving the efficiency of its vehicles and raising the standard of the fuel it uses, it obviously must do so. The federal government is right to seek ways to stop our cars from choking us. (more)

Hawaii residents renew push for stricter pesticide rules
3 January 2017 - Hawaii residents concerned about pesticide use by major agriculture companies on the islands are planning a push to strengthen regulation over chemicals they fear harm their health. Advocates are pushing bills to require companies to fully disclose when and where they're spraying pesticides and to mandate buffer zones around schools and hospitals. Another proposal calls for the state and counties to stop using sprays containing glyphosate, an herbicide originally brought to market by Monsanto. (more)

World: Eleven green New Year's resolutions that put the planet first
3 January 2017 - Try these top tips for a better year ahead, both for yourself and for the rest of the planet. (more)

Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia
1 January 2017 - Jacket would distinguish pneumonia's symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor, in battle against illness that kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year. Ugandan graduate Brian Turyabagye was studying engineering when his friend's grandmother fell seriously ill. . . . He watched as doctors diagnosed malaria and prescribed various treatments accordingly. [But she had pneumonia.] Turyabagye, 24, was so shocked . . . that he began researching methodologies for diagnosing pneumonia and its treatments. '... the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to differentiate.' So Turyabagye began designing a biomedical smart jacket that would distinguish pneumonia's symptoms. (more)

Grandparents who help care for grandchildren live longer than other seniors
30 December 2016 - Grandparents who help out occasionally with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, according to a study from Berlin, Germany. Overall . . . the risk of dying over a 20-year period was one-third lower for grandparents who cared for their grandchildren, compared with grandparents who did not provide any childcare. (more)

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New study finds Transcendental Meditation reduces trauma in female prisoners
21 January 2017 - A new randomized, controlled study published in The Permanente Journal has found that the Transcendental Meditation programme significantly reduces trauma symptoms in female prison inmates. After four months of practising TM, the women inmates in the meditation group had significant reductions in total trauma symptoms, including intrusive thoughts and hyperarousal compared with controls. 'It has been difficult to find peace and happiness in such an environment (prison). . . ,' one subject said. 'Meditating twice a day has helped lessen my stress levels, allowed me to connect to and centre myself at deeper levels, and to retreat, reflect, and problem solve. . . . Meditating helps facilitate my mental clarity, while at the same time calming me. TM has not only helped me mentally, my physical health has also improved.' (more)

New women's prison study: Transcendental Meditation is 'a natural and effortless approach to reducing trauma symptoms'
19 January 2017 - Practising Transcendental Meditation for 20 minutes twice a day can significantly reduce trauma symptoms and help female prisoners find inner peace and a greater sense of inner freedom and resilience, a new study in Oregon, USA, has found. After four months of practising the meditation technique, the women inmates had significant reductions in total trauma symptoms. The study, published this week in The Permanente Journal, is being reported by science, medical, and news organizations in many countries, including Hindustan Times in India. (more)

African PTSD Relief reviews accomplishments of 2016
18 January 2017 - African PTSD Relief made great strides in 2016 and is poised to accomplish much more in the coming year, toward the goal of teaching Transcendental Meditation to millions of victims of trauma from at-risk communities across Africa. The Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown in peer-reviewed research studies to be a cost-effective, simple yet highly effective solution that brings significant, rapid relief from symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). In 2016 Transcendental Meditation teachers continued implementing initiatives of African PTSD Relief across the continent. The organization made many presentations in the US, connecting with other relief groups and agencies. Its work was featured in the news media, along with reports on the publication of related research showing significant reductions in PTSD symptoms in US prison inmates who learned Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Let your love flow - Transcendental Meditation reduces stress, improves relationships
14 January 2017 - Like many women, Janet Hoffman finds relationships a vitally important area of life. 'My heart has to flow to someone. At any given moment - a child, a sister, a parent, the family pet - someone is the object of my adoration,' writes the executive director of the Transcendental Meditation programme for women professionals in the USA. 'Nourishing someone besides myself is a joy, a fulfilment of being.' In the past she sometimes experienced that channel of expression 'just dries up', like a writer with writer's block. But after learning Transcendental Meditation she found that 'stress and fatigue just melt away. . . . my mind becomes more silent and settled, so I can listen better and appreciate others more.' (more)

Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London - 1-2 April 2017: 'Time-Tested, Scientifically Verified Solutions For the Health Problems of Our Time'
10 January 2017 - All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi; International Academy of Ayurved, Pune; and International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands, extend a warm invitation to all health professionals, Ayurvedic scholars, and researchers from India and around the world to participate at this Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London in April. Internationally renowned scholars will be keynote speakers at the Congress and will present scientifically verified solutions to showcase the effectiveness of Ayurveda towards fulfilling the human pursuit of health, happiness, and long life. The International Ayurveda Congress offers a prestigious platform for research scholars to present their findings in various fields of Ayurveda. The latest innovative and pioneering work will be presented in this Congress. (more)

Prince Charles' initiatives in holistic health and the environment: Parallels with Maharishi Ayurveda health care and Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture
7 January 2017 - In Part 3 of this series, Ann Purcell explores initiatives by Prince Charles of the UK in holistic health and sustainable agriculture, highlighting parallels to Maharishi Ayurveda health care and Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, programmes founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 'A silent revolution of innovative solutions to the world's most challenging problems is taking place beneath the surface chaos,' she writes. In his book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, the prince beautifully articulates that there is 'a rapidly growing movement of people who want alternative, holistic health care and who embrace nature's harmony within themselves and in their surroundings'. Ms Purcell concludes that similarly to Maharishi, Prince Charles 'point[s] out that our inherent harmony or unity with nature can and should be restored for wholeness of life. It is obvious that we have a long way to go, but there is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come. Sustainability, spirituality, and the interconnectedness of all life are ideas whose time surely has come!' (more)

National Summit: Exploring the science of Transcendental Meditation on trauma, stress, and the brain
4 January 2017 - On 8 December a summit took place at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, focusing on 40 years of research on the effects of Transcendental Meditation on underserved populations. Moderators were award-winning journalist Candy Crowley, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University and former NIMH senior researcher Norman Rosenthal, MD, and the executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob Roth. The three-part summit considered how the evidence-based, widely-practised Transcendental Medication technique can be utilized to reduce the devastating impact of post-traumatic stress among veterans, improve student performance and reduce violence among at-risk youth, and address the growing epidemic of alcohol and drug addiction in the general population. One researcher highlighted a finding common across studies on TM and relief from PTSD or substance abuse: greater adherence rates due to the simplicity and effortless nature of TM practice. (more)

New year, clean slate
1 January 2017 - Author Linda Egenes, writing for Transcendental Meditation for Women, says, 'stress and fatigue cloud our minds, disrupt physical health and prevent us from experiencing our own life force - the pure joy, happiness, and energy for renewal and positive change within us.' She describes TM as a natural technique for experiencing the field of pure consciousness every day - 'an inner source of wisdom, well-being and happiness' that we can experience directly through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Ms Egenes refers to the Vedic tradition of knowledge that has maintained for generations the knowledge of how to achieve this state of sat chit ananda (eternal bliss consciousness), 'going beyond thought to experience the changeless field within us that is by nature blissful, happy and evolutionary'. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: fashion models' favorite sanity saver
18 December 2016 - The list of top fashion models who swear by Transcendental Meditation to keep them healthy and happy inside out, keeps growing. Martha Hunt says that TM is 'honestly such a brain saver to do twice a day leading up to the show because it just sort of centers you and helps you block out all the noise.' Seven-year TM practitioner Natalie Boudreau is working to bring this 'effective tool for stress-relief' to as many people in the fashion industry and the arts as she can. In a Vogue magazine interview she said that she never misses 'my two-times-a-day meditation. I can't live without it.' Now senior advisor to the fashion industry and the arts for the David Lynch Foundation, she is 'committed to bringing TM to these industries to transform stress -- the number-one epidemic of our time.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: The 'couch potato' health plan
16 December 2016 - Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation programme for women professionals in the USA, writes about the many health benefits of TM practice, including reduced stress, hypertension, and other heart disease risk factors, reported in hundreds of published research studies. She calls the technique her own 'magic button' that brings numerous benefits, while 'it's easy to learn and it's effortless to practise', she says. 'All you have to do is cuddle up on your couch for 20 minutes two times each day and do it' - a humorous twist on the popular meme of the 'couch potato' (inactive person). (more)

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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)

Smog engulfs cities in northern China for fourth day
20 December 2016 - A plane carrying the chief executive of the world's biggest oil exporter was prevented from landing in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Tuesday because of thick smog blanketing large swathes of northern China. China declared a 'war on pollution' in 2014 amid concern its heavy industrial past was tarnishing its global reputation and holding back its future development. But it has struggled to reverse the damage done by decades of breakneck economic growth, much of it based on the coal-burning power sector. Despite months of efforts to hone its rapid response systems, air quality deteriorated in parts of the region on Tuesday, with the environment ministry warning that firms were flouting emergency restrictions. (more)

Air pollution in northern Chinese city surpasses WHO guideline by 100 times
19 December 2016 - Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline by 100 times on Monday as north China battled with poor air quality for the third straight day. Pollution alerts have become increasingly common in China's northern industrial heartland, especially during winter when energy demand -- much of it met by coal -- skyrockets. (more)

Is your olive oil fake?
17 December 2016 - The popularity of the Mediterranean diet has made olive oil a $16 billion-a-year industry. Unfortunately, this popularity has also led to massive fraud and corruption. Even 'extra virgin'' olive oil is often diluted with other less expensive oils, including hazelnut, soybean, corn, sunflower, palm, sesame, grape seed and/or walnut. These added oils will not be listed on the label. (more)

UK: Rough sleeping on rise in Birmingham after cuts to services for homeless
2 December 2016 - Charities, outreach workers, and the Birmingham (England) city council all view 'frightening' levels of rough sleeping as a result of local authority cuts. Birmingham city council's chief executive, Mark Rogers, acknowledges that one of the clearest consequences of the reduction in local authority budgets over the past six years is the rise in homelessness. He points to reductions in the funding of the Supporting People programme, which was designed to help people with addictions and mental health problems get into secure accommodation, as a key area of concern. 'A very simple indicator of withdrawal of grant funding is the rise in homelessness. Rough sleeping has increased considerably in the city,' he said. (more)

London's homelessness count continues to rise
1 December 2016 - However you cut the numbers, the capital's struggle to house its vulnerable people is getting harder. London dominates estimates of national homelessness newly published by Shelter. This, of course, is no surprise. Neither are high levels of homelessness anything new in the capital. (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: 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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