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UK: Peers and parents may have influenced drop in childhood smoking
11 July 2018 - Two consecutive generations of children in the UK had dramatically different rates of smoking at an early age, and one major reason may be the changing socioeconomic status and behaviors of their parents and friends, researchers say. Children born in 1970 were 12 times more likely to have smoked a cigarette by age 10 or 11 compared with kids born in the early 2000s, the study team reports in the journal Addictive Behaviors. (more)

U.S. judge allows lawsuits over Monsanto's Roundup to proceed to trial
10 July 2018 - Hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto Co by cancer survivors or families of those who died can proceed to trial, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday (10 July), finding there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases that blame the company's glyphosate-containing weed-killer for the disease. (more)

Happy and healthy: one in five Dutch is super smiley
6 July 2018 - Whatever the weather, one in five Dutch adults feels glowing. This is the message from a Dutch Statistics Office study of 7,500 people between 2013 and 2017. A detailed investigation of the figures, first released in March, was published on Friday (6 July). It reveals that people who rate their happiness at 9 or 10 out of 10 are more likely to be healthy, in close contact with family and friends, trusting of strangers, and working actively as a volunteer. (more)

Thai rescuers find missing boys and coach alive in cave
2 July 2018 - Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday (2 July), more than a week after they disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation. Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the 13 were in the process of being rescued .... 'We found them safe. But the operation isn't over,' he said in comments broadcast nationwide, referring to the complicated process of extricating them. (more)

Non-invasive malaria test wins Africa engineering prize
24 June 2018 - Languishing with fever and frustrated by delays in diagnosing his illness, Brian Gitta came up with a bright idea: a malaria test that would not need blood samples or specialized laboratory technicians. That inspiration has won the 25-year-old Ugandan computer scientist a prestigious engineering prize for a non-invasive malaria test kit that he hopes will be widely used across Africa. For developing the reusable test kit known as Matibabu, Gitta this month was awarded the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. (more)

International Yoga Day - Rajasthan records biggest yoga gathering
21 June 2018 - June 21 is being observed as International Yoga Day every year, after the United Nations accepted India's proposal in 2014. This year, the national event [in India] was held at Dehradun's Forest Research Institute with the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ... Rajasthan created a world record bringing over a lakh of people [100,000] together at a yoga session to mark the International Day of Yoga. (more)

Photos: India strikes a pose on International Yoga Day 2018
21 June 2018 - The fourth edition of International Day of Yoga was observed across India with people striking asanas en masse in yoga and meditation sessions. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi led this day at the campus of the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Uttarakhand's Dehradun, sections of the general public from the length and breadth of the country, in parks, at monuments, and even on naval vessels. (more)

Tens of thousands join Indian leader for world yoga day
21 June 2018 - Some 50,000 people gathered with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (21 June) in the Himalayan foothills to salute the power of yoga [asanas]. Modi ... traveled to the hill town of Dehradun for the fourth International Day of Yoga, and shortly after sunrise was doing yoga exercises with about 50,000 people. Yoga 'is enriching millions of lives all over the world,' Modi said in a speech. He also urged Indians to take pride in their heritage. (more)

This elite police force guards the Himalayas -- and also practices yoga
21 June 2018 - Members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police wear military fatigues, with thick boots and heavy jackets. On the job, they guard the vast border between India and China, where the mountaintop temperature can drop to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Outside their regular duties, they summit Mount Everest. They also practice yoga. The elite police force -- along with yogis around the globe -- are marking Thursday's fourth annual International Yoga Day, which aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga. (more)

Jordan charity gathers hotel leftovers to feed poor
12 June 2018 - At the end of a lavish Ramadan buffet in the banquet hall of one of Amman's five-star hotels, a young Jordanian charity worker rushes to gather up left-over food that his team of volunteers will package and redistribute to needy families. Bandar Sharif began his 'Family Kitchen' initiative 10 years ago, [distressed by] the amount of food thrown away by hotels during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, traditionally a period when consumption levels double across the region. (more)

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Brazil: Health Ministry hosts 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health / 3rd International Ayurveda Congress
11 July 2018 - In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4,000 delegates recently participated in the historic 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health, in which the 3rd International Ayurveda Congress formed a key part. The Ministry of Health of Brazil, while promoting the 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health, had the honour to host and support the 3rd International Ayurveda Congress. The 1st International Congress marked the collaboration of important government health organizations. It also received support from the All India Ayurveda Congress, the International Academy of Ayurveda, the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, and the Fundacion Maharishi de Latino America. (more)

One in ten French people may suffer from PTSD: Transcendental Meditation is a solution - Forbes France reports
6 July 2018 - Managing the devastating problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a public health issue in France today, not only in the military, but across the population - one in ten French people may be affected, Forbes France reports. Some of the proposed solutions include meditation techniques, among which Transcendental Meditation has given the best results. The effects of this independent practice build up over time. A study funded by the US military has shown its superiority over long-term psychotherapy, and a recent meta-analysis found that it can be up to ten times more effective than mindfulness meditation. (more)

Serbia: 3rd International Symposium on Mind/Body Medicine in Ayurveda - Aromatherapy and Ayurveda: Conference report
5 July 2018 - Dr Branko Cicic, President of the Serbian Association for AyurVeda, reported on the recent 3rd International Symposium on Mind/Body Medicine in Ayurveda: Aromatherapy and Ayurveda. The Symposium, held in Belgrade, Serbia, was titled 'Living in a Fragrant World'. Experts gave presentations on the Fundamentals of Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, and Applied Aromatherapy - including 'AyurVeda: The Complete Science of Life' and 'Aromatherapy in AyurVeda: A Consciousness-Based Approach to Aromatherapy'. The Symposium was honoured by the presence of H.E. Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Serbia (more)

Celebrating American Independence Day: Helping veterans heal from post-traumatic stress with Transcendental Meditation
4 July 2018 - 'As we celebrate American Independence Day, we think of those who have helped defend and preserve that freedom. We think of the cost those brave individuals have paid, and we work to bring them relief from the trauma and toxic stress that's followed them home,' says the David Lynch Foundation on this Fourth of July holiday. Learn more about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for post-traumatic stress and active military duty at 'Stand with us as we stand with our veterans.' (more)

US: More nurses learning Transcendental Meditation
3 July 2018 - More and more nurses in the US are learning the Transcendental Meditation technique as they become aware of its health-saving and career-saving results. Many nurses learn the technique and are awarded Continuing Education credits for the course. Some hospitals underwrite the TM course fee for their nursing staff. This news is among several recent developments regarding Transcendental Meditation and the nursing profession. (more)

1st Slovenian and 5th International Ayurveda Congress to be held 21-23 September - Ljubljana, Slovenia
1 July 2018 - The 1st Slovenian and 5th International Ayurveda Congress will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 21-23 September. The congress will illuminate the time-tested knowledge of Ayurveda health care with up-to-date insights from modern science. Breakthrough research about the consciousness-based approach to cardiovascular disorders and the specific Ayurveda approach to autoimmune disorders will be presented - locating the inner healing intelligence of the human physiology to achieve the ultimate goal of Ayurveda - a disease free society. The 5th Ayurveda Congress will join its efforts to raise the public awareness of the need for a holistic approach to health with other sections of the 11th European Congress for Integrative Medicine, which is the 'umbrella' event for all of them. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation makes great nurses even greater
28 June 2018 - Beth Batcher, an emergency department nurse and educator at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California is passionate about nursing. 'I'm grateful to work with someone who elevates our practice to such a high level,' says one of her colleagues. Chosen by her peers and leaders as Nurse of the Year 2017 for her hospital, Beth emphasizes that 'as nurses we also have to learn to give back to ourselves - to recharge and rebalance to be better in our personal life, for our family, for ourselves, and obviously for our colleagues and the patients that we care for.' Beth feels that Transcendental Meditation 'helps me handle stress, it helps me recharge, it helps me feel balanced.' After TM was introduced in their department, staff created a quiet place to meditate during breaks, 'so that we can come out and be better for our patients and be better for each other'. (more)

U.S. News & World Report: Transcending together in Fairfield, Iowa
25 June 2018 - For more than 40 years, the city of Fairfield, Iowa, has had a dual role as the county seat of largely rural Jefferson County and the host city to Maharishi University of Management, the institution founded in the 1970s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. City and county leaders say the health and overall success of their community comes through the effective bridging of the small-town experience and the university's broader draw - incorporating Transcendental Meditation alongside more traditional academic offerings such as computer science, business, and art. Ed Malloy, mayor since 2001, says, 'Fairfield is quite unique because of its power to draw so many talented people and investment capital, but we've learned some very basic elements that can be replayed on other rural community economic development platforms, [including] business incubation and organized mentorship.' Jefferson County ranks among the country's 500 Healthiest Communities in U.S. News' analysis. (more)

A gift for myself: Recovering from Lyme disease - How TM helped my body heal itself
24 June 2018 - Donna Faulkner, yoga and fitness instructor, learned the Transcendental Meditation technique over a year ago on the suggestion of a health provider, as a complement to treatments to help in her recovery from Lyme disease. 'I enrolled in the [TM] programme as a gift to myself, and it has been the best gift I've ever received.' Early on in her TM practice, she found that 'productive nights of sleep became a regular thing, and as my sleep got better, everything improved,' including lessening of her deep fatigue. She describes her experience that, after a year of TM, 'nearly all of the Lyme symptoms are gone. . . . Now I'm enjoying the other benefits of the practice, such as joy-filled days of creativity, energy, purposefulness, and peacefulness.' (more)

Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative: Protecting our policewomen
21 June 2018 - Incorporated in February 2017, the Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative [CWWI] - the women's wing of the Transcendental Meditation organisation in Canada - serves women whose jobs, health, and lives are at risk due to chronic or acutely high levels of stress. Recently CWWI partnered with the Central Saanich Police Service near Victoria, British Columbia, to offer training in Transcendental Meditation to their women officers and other area officers. The programme, with benefits including significant reduction of stress and its symptoms, is bearing results quickly. 'Each sitting of meditation is like having a restorative vacation. I have sustained, fresh energy. I feel far more settled . . . . I wish I'd discovered TM years ago.' - Kathleen Thomson, Constable [retired], Saanich Police Department. (more)

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England's World Cup run sparks domestic violence surge in UK - helpline
12 July 2018 - Domestic violence cases in Britain have surged during the World Cup and England's defeat in the semi-finals is likely to trigger another spike in beatings, a leading organization that helps women to escape abuse said on Thursday (12 July). The number of victims referred by police in Britain to the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has risen by a fifth this month as England's football team enjoyed their best World Cup run in 28 years before losing to Croatia on Wednesday (11 July). Police and activists in Britain last month issued warnings over domestic violence ahead of England's first World Cup match, with evidence showing abuse levels spike when the team plays. (more)

Ebola survivors suffer severe mental and neurological problems
11 July 2018 - eople who survive the deadly Ebola virus can continue to suffer severe psychiatric and neurological problems including depression, debilitating migraines, nerve pain, and stroke, according to a study published on Wednesday (11 July). Researchers who analyzed patients infected during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa found that some survivors had such severe health conditions that they were left unable to care for themselves. (more)

Physician burnout a key driver of medical errors
10 July 2018 - Burned-out doctors are more likely to make major medical errors, regardless of workplace safety measures, new research shows. (more)

India's 'worst water crisis in history' leaves millions thirsty
5 July 2018 - From the northern Himalayas to the sandy, palm-fringed beaches in the south, 600 million people -- nearly half India's population -- face acute water shortage, with close to 200,000 dying each year from polluted water. ... Water pollution is a major challenge, the report said, with nearly 70 percent of India's water contaminated, impacting three in four Indians and contributing to 20 percent of the country's disease burden. (more)

Drug use in Kenya's coast communities up as West-bound heroin flows through
3 July 2018 - Heroin use is increasing in Kenya's coastal communities as international traffickers use them as a transit point for drugs bound from Afghanistan to the West, creating health and social problems, a European Union-funded report said on Tuesday (3 July). The port cities of Mombasa, Malindi, and Lamu have been particularly hard hit in recent years, it said. (more)

Overtime work puts women at increased risk of diabetes
2 July 2018 - Working overtime may help your paycheck and give you a leg up in the office, but a new study suggests that women who log too many hours may have an increased the risk of diabetes. Researchers in Canada found that woman who worked overtime increased their risk of diabetes and published their findings in the British Medical Journal Diabetes Research and Care Monday (2 July). Women who worked overtime, or over 45 hours per week, were 62 percent more likely to get diabetes over those women who worked regular hours. (more)

Air pollution contributes significantly to diabetes globally: Even low pollution levels can pose health risk
30 June 2018 - New research links outdoor air pollution -- even at levels deemed safe -- to an increased risk of diabetes globally, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. The findings raise the possibility that reducing pollution may lead to a drop in diabetes cases in heavily polluted countries such as India and less polluted ones such as the United States. (more)

Severe obesity rates surging in rural America
19 June 2018 - Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest. In rural communities, severe obesity rates more than tripled for men and more than doubled for women during the study period [from 2001 to 2016], while climbing 29 percent among young people. Obesity rates in rural areas, meanwhile, rose about 9 percent among children and teens and about 36 percent for adults. (more)

Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases
19 June 2018 - People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don't, a Swedish study suggests. During the study, individuals with PTSD were 46 percent more likely to develop an autoimmune disorder, and more than twice as likely to develop at least three autoimmune disorders, compared to adults without stress disorders. (more)

In Puerto Rico, a new hurricane season threatens the elderly
14 June 2018 - At 84 years old and battling cancer, Israel Gonzalez Maldonado has lived without electricity for the nine months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico. With another hurricane season starting, older Puerto Ricans have little to protect them from another storm on an impoverished island that remains far from fully recovered. Younger and wealthier people have been moving away for years, leaving an older and sicker population in the hands of an underfunded healthcare system. Tens of thousands more have fled since Maria. (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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