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Walking linked to improved brain function
26 May 2017 - A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests. Participants with vascular cognitive impairment, sometimes called vascular dementia, who walked three hours per week for six months had improved reaction times and other signs of improved brain function, the Canadian team reports in British Journal of Sports Medicine. (more)

For healthier arteries, eat more fruits and vegetables
25 May 2017 - Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease, according to a study of more than 3.6 million individuals in the U.S. Past research has linked fruit and vegetable consumption to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, but there has been little research into the effects of fruits and vegetables on arteries in the legs and arms, Berger's team writes in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. (more)

US: Binge drinking less common among teens today
22 May 2017 - Fewer U.S. adolescents are regularly binge drinking today than a generation ago . . . a new study suggests. Just 2.6 percent of 13-year-olds were frequent binge drinkers between 2007 and 2015, down from 5 percent between 1991 and 1998, researchers report in Pediatrics. (more)

G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance
20 May 2017 - Health ministers of the G20 leading economies, meeting for the first time on Saturday [20 May], agreed to work together to tackle issues such as a growing resistance to antibiotics and to start implementing national action plans by the end of 2018. Germany, which holds the G20 presidency this year, said it was an 'important breakthrough' that all nations had agreed to address the problem . . . (more)

India: The ancient game that saved a village
18 May 2017 - Fifty years ago, Marottichal was a very different place. Like many villages in northern Kerala, alcoholism and illicit gambling were rife among its small population. Having developed a zeal for chess while living in the nearby town of Kallur, Unnikrishnan moved back to his afflicted hometown and opened his teashop, where he began teaching customers to play chess as a healthier way to pass the time. Miraculously, the game's popularity flourished while drinking and gambling declined. The village's enthusiasm for the ancient pastime, which is believed to have originated in India in the 6th Century . . . 'Chess improves concentration, builds character and creates community,' he [Baby John] said. The village has also lured visitors from as far away as Germany and the US keen to learn the game or hone their skills. (more)

Morning daylight exposure tied to a good night's sleep
18 May 2017 - Workers who are exposed to sunlight or bright indoor lights during the morning hours sleep better at night and tend to feel less depressed and stressed than those who don't get much morning light, according to a recent study. Exposure to more light during the day and less light at night is critical for healthy sleep patterns because it helps to calibrate the body's internal 'circadian' clock, the study team writes in the journal Sleep Health. (more)

Another health benefit from eating tree nuts is found - study
17 May 2017 - Colon cancer survivors who ate at least two ounces (57 grams) of tree nuts a week -- roughly 48 almonds or 36 cashews -- were significantly less likely to have their cancer return or to die from their cancer than those who did not eat nuts, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, 17 May. The finding by Dr. Temidayo Fadelu of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and colleagues is the latest to suggest a health benefit from nut consumption. (more)

Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows
17 May 2017 - Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. . . . The strangers also said they would be less willing to socialise with the tired students, who they also perceived to be less healthy, Royal Society Open Science journal reports. (more)

Spain's smoking ban tied to drop in preterm and underweight babies
17 May 2017 - One year after a nationwide ban on smoking in public took effect in Spain, women had significantly fewer premature or underweight infants, a recent study suggests. (more)

Is this world's oldest YouTube star?
16 May 2017 - A great-grandmother from India is winning hearts with her cooking videos. Mastanamma doesn't have a birth certificate to prove her 106 years but has millions of followers who can't have enough of her recipes and #GrannyWisdom. (more)

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'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)

How Transcendental Meditation helped me cope with my PTSD
21 May 2017 - Geri Hirsch found relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through Transcendental Meditation when she could not seem to recover from 'the most stressful, traumatic, unstable state of my life' following her young husband's heart attack. 'I had PTSD, and I needed help.' After one of her husband's friends gave him the course to learn TM as a get-well gift, she said, 'he was meditating daily, and I could feel his calmness.' After learning TM herself she said, 'Besides helping with my PTSD, I feel a general sense of calm thanks to my practice. It's also left me extremely energized, which was an added bonus I wasn't necessarily aware of. I absolutely love it and highly recommend trying it if you don't already.' (more)

New study: Group meditation practice helps reverse drug-related death rate in US
20 May 2017 - In recent years, drug-related deaths have become a national public health crisis in the US, fueled by a surge in rates of unintentional drug overdoses from prescription painkillers and anxiety drugs. These fatalities surpassed motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009 and reached 47,000 a year nationwide as of 2015. Now Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy research scientists Michael Dillbeck, PhD, and Kenneth Cavanaugh, PhD, have proposed a solution that may slow or reverse this alarming trend. In new research published in the social science journal Sage Open, they report that during the years 2007-2010, when the size of a large US group practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme reached a threshold predicted to affect national trends, the rate of drug-related deaths dropped by 30.4% relative to the baseline average 2002-2006. (more)

TM for Women offers free e-book - excerpts from bestselling The TM Book
16 May 2017 - In the spirit of honouring women, and in continuing celebration of Mother's Day, TM for Women is offering a complimentary e-book - excerpts from the bestselling TM Book. 'As mothers, we do well by our families when we take care of ourselves,' said Vanessa Vidal, U.S. National Director of TM for Women. 'When we practise self-care, of which the TM technique is an example, we arm ourselves with energy, happiness, inner strength, focus and peace. And these qualities allow us to do the best job possible when taking care of our children and families.' (more)

US: National Nurses Week - TM for Women provides a foundation for success
11 May 2017 - This week, 6-12 May, is National Nurses Week in the United States, and Transcendental Meditation for Women is proud to offer nurses relief from the problems that plague their profession. Through TM for Nurses, Amy Ruff RN BSN WOCN reports that -- with the inspiration of the many benefits of Transcendental Meditation, the availability of 23 ANCC contact hours and two Maharishi University of Management credits -- three times as many nurses have learned the TM technique this last year than in the prior year. Six new hospital programmes are in place for nurses to learn on-site, many of which offer tuition reimbursement. TM for Nurses also reports on recent and upcoming conference presentations of research on the beneficial effects of TM on resilience, burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress. (more)

A nurse's story: Four months of Transcendental Meditation
9 May 2017 - Nancy, a Registered Nurse at a hospital in New Jersey, USA, learned Transcendental Meditation through a programme for nurses. As a critical care nurse, she says, 'after two decades of extreme acuity, I was so weary of the pain and death that I was completely ''burned out''. I was the poster child for ''compassion fatigue'' and nearly abandoned nursing. I wish that I had discovered TM years ago. I believe it would have changed the course of my career.' After four months of practising TM, she says, 'I am quicker to laugh, slower to anger, more forgiving, and my general mood has become more positive and optimistic. . . . The calm, clarity, and strength that I have found through this meditation is now imbedded and reflected in my practice of nursing. It has helped me preserve my passion, thwart burnout, and prevent dissociation from my patients.' (more)

Why America's top bosses love sleep and Transcendental Meditation:
7 May 2017 - Barry Sommers, CEO of Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan Chase, took his health into his own hands a decade ago after someone he'd known personally and professionally for 30 years started doing Transcendental Meditation (TM). 'It transformed this person's life,' he said. 'I saw a different person.' Sommers now has been doing TM 20 minutes two times a day for a decade, and also prioritizes sleep. During Fortune's second annual Brainstorm Health conference, Sommers talked about waking up every morning 'incredibly happy'. Moderator Arianna Huffington pointed out a 'culture shift': that the CEO of a company known as the 'boiler room of burnout' is 'talking about getting eight hours sleep and meditating twice a day'. (more)

US: Freedom Institute's 2017 Spring Gala to honour David Lynch Foundation - 16 May, New York
5 May 2017 - Each year Freedom Institute, a nonprofit outpatient treatment and recovery center, celebrates the importance of prevention and treatment, and honours a leader whose commitment to this field is unwavering with the Mona Mansell Award. On 16 May, award-winning actor and comedian Russell Brand is headlining Freedom Institute's 2017 Spring Gala to honour Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation (DLF). DLF's research on the effectiveness of the stress-reducing, evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique in at-risk communities has touched many individuals and families struggling with substance abuse or addiction, with TM proving to be an essential component of recovery. Brand, an activist in the recovery field, has publicly praised TM for keeping him focused on staying off drugs and alcohol. (more)

Maharishi Ayur-Veda - Ayurveda and Psychology: Maharishi University of Management hosts international conference, 28-30 April
30 April 2017 - This weekend, 28-30 April, Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA is hosting the 21st International Conference, Maharishi AyurVeda - Ayurveda and Psychology. The conference is organized by Global Ayurveda Conferences, and is supported by MUM as well as by 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; Robert Schneider, MD, Dean, Maharishi College of Perfect Health at MUM; and Dr Vasant Lad, founder and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (more)

Addiction, depression, recovery: One woman's journey with the help of Transcendental Meditation
28 April 2017 - Award-winning motivational speaker Maia Akiva had started down a path of self-discovery and health-recovery, when one of her favorite radio hosts mentioned the words 'Transcendental Meditation' (TM) on his show. After learning TM, she experienced a personal transformation with two defining features of her adult life: depression and addiction. 'I had this feeling of really deep-rootedness that I had never had before. It was like I was able to experience sobriety from a much deeper place; not just from my mind,' she said. Maia also notes the importance of staying regular with her TM practice: 'When I'm meditating regularly, I'm just going on with my life and maintaining a certain level of happiness and acceptance. It shows me that I do need to practise every day, and it's definitely a priority for me in staying sober.' (more)

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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)

Chicago police department struggles with officer suicide
4 May 2017 - The Chicago Police Department's suicide rate ... stands 60 percent higher than the national average according to a recent U.S. Department of Justice report. The pressure on Chicago's police officers has intensified as the city has dealt with a surge in murders and increased scrutiny around tactics . . . In 2016, the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 60 percent to over 760, more than New York and Los Angeles combined. There were more than 4,300 shooting victims in the city last year, according to police. ... 'Chicago is a war zone,' said Alexa James, the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Chicago. 'They (officers) are seeing the worst day of everybody's life every day.' (more)

Disability can linger years after mild wartime brain injuries
1 May 2017 - Military service members who sustain concussions in combat may experience worsening symptoms for several years after their injuries, particularly if they have psychiatric problems, a small U.S. study suggests. About one in five U.S. service members deployed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered a head injury, researchers note in JAMA Neurology. Most of them endured mild uncomplicated brain injuries or concussions. . . . With concussions, combat veterans were more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression, anxiety, and sleep difficulties. ... 'In short, there is nothing 'mild' about these injuries,' lead study author Christine Mac Donald of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle said by email. (more)

Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage hearts
26 April 2017 - Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke, scientists said on Wednesday [26 April]. In experiments using harmless ultra-fine particles of gold, the scientists were able for the first time to track how such nanoparticles are breathed in, pass through the lungs and then gain access to the blood. (more)

U.S. House bill would exempt e-cigarettes from tobacco regulations
25 April 2017 - A bill expected this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would weaken a Food and Drug Administration rule governing e-cigarettes and represent a major victory for the $4.4 billion U.S. vaping industry. The bill, from Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California, would reverse the Obama administration's 'Deeming Rule' which deems e-cigarettes to be tobacco products, subject to the same strict regulations governing traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes heat nicotine-laced liquid into vapor but do not contain tobacco. The bill adds momentum to a series of legal and legislative efforts by tobacco and vaping companies to derail the FDA rule, though it is unclear how much support it will garner. (more)

US: Sport-related concussions more common in high school girls
19 April 2017 - In high school sports played by both girls and boys, girls are about 50 percent more likely to get a concussion, according to a recent U.S. study. The may have to do with physical or equipment differences and how often girls and boys report concussions they experience, but the result indicates a need for more research and better prevention strategies, researchers say. (more)

Should pregnant mothers hang up their cell phones?
18 April 2017 - Children whose mothers were frequent cell phone users during pregnancy were more likely than those of less frequent users to be hyperactive, a new study finds. Lead author Laura Birks and her colleagues analyzed data on more than 80,000 mother-child pairs in Denmark, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, and Korea. They found consistent evidence of increasing risk of behavioral problems -- particularly, hyperactivity -- in 5- to 7-year-old children the more their mothers talked on cell phones during pregnancy. (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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