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India: Navy officers perform asanas onboard ships on International Yoga Day
21 June 2017 - On the third International Yoga Day, Navy officers and personnel onboard INS Jalashwa and INS Kirch in the Bay of Bengal performed yoga asanas this morning. Yoga festivities were conducted on INS Vikramaditya and even on the deck of aircraft carrier INS Viraat in Mumbai's Naval Dock Yard. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took part in International Yoga Day celebrations at Uttar Pradesh's Ramabai Ambedkar Ground with over 60,000 participants. 'Yoga is binding the world together. Practising it will eventually lead to better health for people,' he said. (more)

International Yoga Day celebrated across the globe ‎
21 June 2017 - Hundreds of thousands of men, women and young people of almost every age took to the mat across the globe on Wednesday for a yoga session to mark the 3rd International Yoga Day. Rains failed to dampen the spirits of about 50,000 who joined an outdoor yoga [asana] session, June 21, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a park in Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. 'Yoga has connected the world with India,' Modi told a cheering crowd. 'Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice,' said Modi who was instrumental in getting the United Nations declare the International Yoga Day in December 2014. (more)

More playtime with dad linked to lower obesity risk for young kids
21 June 2017 - Fathers who get more involved in raising their children may be helping to lower their kids' risk of obesity, a U.S. study suggests. By age 4, kids were 30 percent less likely to be obese if their fathers increased the amount of time they spent taking children outside for walks and play, compared to those whose dads remained more hands-off or even reduced their involvement between their kids' second and fourth birthdays. (more)

Pictures of Indian Armed Force officials doing yoga asanas on INS Viraat will inspire you to take up yoga today!
21 June 2017 - Over the past couple of days, many across the country -- and the world -- have been celebrating the third International Day of Yoga (which falls on June 21), which included stretching into various yoga asana poses at unusual and scenic locations. Now, those in the Indian Armed Forces were found taking part in World Yoga Day celebrations by practising the ancient system of exercise on the the Naval aircraft carrier INS Viraat, anchored in Mumbai. Photos taken by Indian Express photographer Pradip Das show Indian Armed Forces personnel take part in a yoga asana session early in the morning on June 21 . . . (more)

Yoga asanas as good for low back pain as physical therapy
21 June 2017 - Chronic lower back pain is equally likely to improve with yoga [asana] classes as with physical therapy, according to a new study. Twelve weeks of yoga [asanas] lessened pain and improved function in people with low back pain as much as physical therapy sessions over the same period. Physical therapy is the most common non-drug treatment for low back pain prescribed by doctors, according to lead author Dr. Robert Saper, of Boston Medical Center and colleagues. Yoga is also backed by some guidelines and studies as a treatment option, but until now no research has compared the two. (more)

U.S. youth tobacco use in 2016 fell by largest amount in 6 years
15 June 2017 - Youth tobacco use in the United States fell to historic lows in 2016, leading public health experts to speculate that a smoke-free generation may be within reach. The number of high school students who smoked cigarettes in the 30 days prior to being surveyed fell to 8 percent from 9.3 percent in 2015, the data shows. In 2011 the number was 15.8 percent. The decline in e-cigarette use was even greater . . . (more)

US: Teen vaping falls dramatically, study says
15 June 2017 - Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States. A government survey released Thursday suggests the number of high school and middle school students using electronic cigarettes fell to 2.2 million last year, from 3 million the year before. It's the first decline CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has reported in teen vaping since the agency began tracking it in 2011. The findings echo a recent University of Michigan survey, which also detected a decline in 2016. (more)

Tanning bed use declining among U.S. adults
8 June 2017 - The number of U.S. adults using indoor tanning machines decreased by a third between 2010 and 2015, a recent study suggests. Another recent study by Guy and colleagues found that indoor tanning among adolescents had dropped by more than half from 2009 to 2015. (more)

Reel life: the biographical films bringing joy to people with dementia
5 June 2017 - My Life Films combines music, photos, clips, and interviews to celebrate the lives of those with dementia -- and help carers build better patient relationships. Jorg Roth...set up the charity with his wife Carolin. The Roths, both formerly film-makers, gradually worked out the idea of the films with the help of freelance editor Tim Greifenberg and dementia specialists. As the charity's work gets known more widely, there is also evidence from families, care homes, and emerging from more formal studies, that the films help in more practical ways too, from helping to calm agitation without drugs to rallying support from family and friends. (more)

Meet America's latest fitness star: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
3 June 2017 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice, is about to join the ranks of workout superstars with a book about her exercise routine. 'The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong ... and You Can Too!' is scheduled to be released October 3, which happens to be the first week the [Supreme] Court is in session after its summer break. (more)

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UK: SuperMind Peak Performance Programme - Transcendental Meditation for professionals
20 June 2017 - The SuperMind Peak Performance Programme, a division of the David Lynch Foundation UK, offers Transcendental Meditation to companies and organisations to help executives and employees overcome stress, promote health, and attain high levels of performance. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Calming the mind to help the body self-repair
18 June 2017 - The 'paradigm shifting' work of Robert H. Schneider, MD, FACC, since the 1980s has been centred on preventing disease and promoting health naturally. After he received the first grant from the (US) National Institutes of Health to study the effects of Transcendental Meditation on hypertension (high blood pressure), interest and research in this field expanded rapidly. The Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, which Dr Schneider directs, 'became a national centre of excellence in research on complementary and alternative medicine for heart health'. He reviews research showing that the stress-reducing TM technique produces measurable improvements in stress-related cardiovascular disease and risk factors: 'We conducted studies which indeed showed that you can lower your own blood pressure with your mind. Manage your mind, manage your blood pressure!' (more)

How to avoid and reduce gambling addiction with Transcendental Meditation
14 June 2017 - Pathological gambling is a known mental health issue, and gambling addiction among older women seems to be growing in severity and scope. A recent review explores the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation for both 'prevention and intervention' in this area. 'Meta-analyses have found that TM practice is significantly more effective than other meditation or relaxation approaches and other conventional programs used to treat addictions,' said Stuart Rothenberg, MD, a family physician and author. The article includes research showing increased coherence of brain functioning during TM, especially in the prefrontal cortex or 'CEO of the brain' - 'the seat of crucial higher-level executive functions, including healthy decision-making ability, impulse control (willpower), moral judgment . . . . Cognition and emotional balance improve. A woman struggling with addiction diminishes her unhealthy emotions, tendencies and cravings by learning TM.' (more)

My secret for nourishing the mind, body, and soul
12 June 2017 - Before she became a successful nutritionist, health consultant, and life coach, Teri-Ann Coombes had decided it was 'time for a shift' toward personal development. Inspired by the journey of Russell Brand, and the words of Ellen DeGeneres, Howard Stern, and Jerry Seinfeld, she learned Transcendental Meditation, and 'right away it felt like a heavy cloud was being lifted from in front of my eyes; my vision became clear and I was able to start taking steps to actualize a life I had only previously dreamed of.' Now, two years later, 'I can say that I am a totally transformed person.' She adds, 'I would recommend Transcendental Meditation to anyone looking to have a practice that feeds all aspects of their life. . . . Stress is a major cause of disease in our modern world, so I'm always telling my clients to check out TM to reduce their stress levels and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.' (more)

Congressman Tim Ryan to deliver 2017 commencement address at Maharishi University of Management
7 June 2017 - U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) will deliver the 2017 commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. During the ceremony on 24 June he will be presented with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa degree in recognition of his lifetime of public service. Congressman Ryan is a leading voice for promoting college affordability, expanding renewable energy, and enhancing access to healthcare. His 2014 book The Real Food Revolution promotes health through better eating. An active proponent of the benefits of meditation, Congressman Ryan is also working to make integrative health techniques, including Transcendental Meditation, more accessible to all veterans. (more)

Addiction and hope for recovery: Transcendental Meditation
6 June 2017 - Addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction ravaging families and communities across America, Ann Purcell notes the urgent need for new approaches to combat this destructive plague 'from every possible angle - prevention, effective rehabilitation and follow-up programmes to address unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, and intense anxiety experienced by recovering addicts'. The Freedom Institute is a forward-thinking rehabilitation facility 'leading the way in this all-encompassing approach in which former addicts feel freedom from the devastating problems of anxiety and craving for drugs. In addition, the practice of Transcendental Meditation helps them to become happy and productive human beings, contributing fully to society.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: 'Effortless and immediate'
5 June 2017 - Why are some meditation techniques difficult and others not? Why do results differ in quantity and scope? 'Different meditation techniques engage the mind in different ways and produce different effects on the mind, body and behaviour,' explains Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. Decades ago, scientists beginning to study meditation found that 'Transcendental Meditation, effortless and immediate, was the one creating a wide range of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. . . . Fortunately for children, ADHD sufferers, veterans and others with PTSD, stressed-out students, and over-worked women who want immediate relief, the Transcendental Meditation technique is unlike all of these other types of meditation - it's a completely different process. In TM, you don't have to concentrate, focus your attention, or control your mind. In fact, effortlessness is the key to TM's effectiveness.' (more)

US: On Memorial Day, honouring and supporting veterans through the Transcendental Meditation programme
29 May 2017 - Today, Memorial Day in the United States, is a day of honouring and commemorating the men and women of America's Armed Forces who have devotedly served their country. It also brings to the forefront the plight of hundreds of thousands of veterans who suffer from the nightmare of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many veterans have found relief from their PTSD symptoms after learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, with the help of scholarships provided by the David Lynch Foundation - giving them access to a simple, highly effective, lifelong tool for healing, empowerment, and growth. (more)

India: Widespread press coverage of Second International Ayurveda Congress in London
27 May 2017 - The recent Second International Ayurveda Congress, held last month in London, received widespread press coverage in India. Press Trust of India reported in the Financial Express: 'Researchers from across the world have vowed to work with India to promote Ayurveda globally, saying the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine can help address major health problems.' The Congress was also featured in many British publications for the Asian and South Asian community. The International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands, was one of the organizers of the Congress, whose theme was 'Ayurveda - the Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-Oriented Health Care.' (more)

'Is Transcendental Meditation for everyone?' - Dr Norman Rosenthal reflects on his book, Super Mind
25 May 2017 - Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., noted psychiatrist and author of the bestselling Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation, describes the 'mind boggling' spectrum of people enjoying the benefits of TM: from celebrities and business leaders, to veterans suffering from PTSD and the homeless. In a recent essay marking the book's publication in paperback, he writes, 'Highly successful people may be just as stressed in their own way as those who struggle with the ordinary problems of daily life. It turns out that TM is an extremely effective method for decreasing stress, as evidenced by numerous studies showing that it is associated with reduced blood pressure and anxiety.' (more)

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US: Lead found in 20% of baby food samples, especially juices and veggies
21 June 2017 - Pediatricians and public health researchers know they have to be on the lookout for lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water. A new report suggests food -- particularly baby food -- could be a problem, too. The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of federal data, found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. The toxic metal was most commonly found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and cookies such as teething biscuits. The organization's primary focus was on the baby foods because of how detrimental lead can be to child development. Lead can cause problems with attention and behavior, cognitive development, the cardiovascular system and immune system, said Dr. Aparna Bole, pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, who was not involved with the report. (more)

Insulating skin on high-rises has fueled fires before London
18 June 2017 - For the last decade, engineers specializing in fire safety have worried about the hidden danger posed by the kind of insulated metallic skin that transported flames up a high-rise apartment building in London, killing dozens. Panels of the armor-like 'cladding' have become a popular facade on tall buildings worldwide, both for their sleek look and energy-saving virtues. They also have helped fuel spectacular infernos in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the United States. (more)

Irregular sleep tied to worse grades
13 June 2017 - College students who go to sleep and wake up at different times during the week may be harming their academic performance, according to a U.S. study. Consistency -- going to bed and waking up at about the same time every day, weekends included -- was linked with a better grade point average (GPA) among the college students in the study, the researchers found. (more)

Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure, study finds
6 June 2017 - Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to changes in brain structure and an increased risk of worsening brain function, scientists said on Tuesday [6 June]. Researchers found people who drank more alcohol had a greater risk of hippocampal atrophy -- a form of brain damage that affects memory and spatial navigation. Drinking more was also linked to poorer 'white matter integrity' -- a factor they described as critical when it comes to cognitive functioning. (more)

Teenagers' sleep quality and mental health at risk over late-night mobile phone use
30 May 2017 - Teenagers' late-night mobile phone use is harming their sleep and potentially their mental health, say researchers . . . A longitudinal study of 1,101 Australian high school students aged between 13 and 16 found poor-quality sleep associated with late-night texting or calling was linked to a decline in mental health, such as depressed moods and declines in self-esteem and coping ability. (more)

Sri Lanka's flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers
29 May 2017 - Thousands of survivors of devastating floods and landslides in Sri Lanka are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, charities warned on Monday [29 May] as the death toll from the disaster continued to rise. Torrential rains over the last four days have sparked widespread flooding and triggered landslides in southwestern parts of the Indian Ocean island. At least 177 people have died and almost half a million others have had their lives disrupted. (more)

U.S. Alzheimer's deaths jump 54 percent
25 May 2017 - U.S. deaths from Alzheimer's disease rose by more than 50 percent from 1999 to 2014, and rates are expected to continue to rise, reflecting the nation's aging population and increasing life expectancy, American researchers said on Thursday [25 May]. There is no cure for Alzheimer's, a fatal brain disease that slowly robs its victims of the ability to think and care for themselves. Meanwhile, the number of people with Alzheimer's who died at home increased to 24.9 percent in 2014, from 13.9 percent in 1999, researchers reported in the CDC's weekly report on death and disease. The sharp increase in Alzheimer's deaths coupled with the rising number of people with Alzheimer's dying at home have likely added to the burden on family members and others struggling to care for their stricken family members, they said. (more)

Bad news, everyone: Your lack of sleep is making you hideous
18 May 2017 - Sleeping enough is essential for good physical and mental health, it makes us better at making decisions, and it'll mean we won't yawn every two minutes on an endless loop. So here it is: beauty sleep is a real thing, and your exhaustion is wrecking your appearance. A new study from researchers at Stockholm University suggests that even a few nights of bad sleep is enough to make a person look 'significantly' less attractive, and can even make people like you less. (more)

Birth weight may impact intelligence throughout life
18 May 2017 - Being born at below-normal weight is associated with a lower intelligence quotient (IQ) not only in childhood and young adulthood, but even at age 50, according to a new study from Denmark. Worldwide, about 22 million babies, or 16 percent of infants, are born at a low birth weight each year, increasing their risk of death in the first months and years of life, according to UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. (more)

Insomnia and sleep apnea rates are high and rising in the U.S. military
15 May 2017 - Insomnia cases have quadrupled, and sleep apnea cases have increased five-fold in the U.S. military over a decade, according to a recent study. Rates of these two sleep disorders among service members are now about double those seen in the general U.S. population, the study team writes in the Journal of Sleep Research. (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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