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Mini-pantries bring free food, solidarity to U.S. streets
21 October 2019 - The Little Free Pantry movement gives those in need 24-hour access in their neighborhood to food and other basic necessities they may not normally be able to afford. (more)

US: Washington state has banned the sale of flavored vaping products
10 October 2019 - Washington state passed an emergency rule that bans the sale of flavored vaping products as of Thursday [10 October]. The ban lasts 120 days, according to the Washington State Board of Health, and comes in response to a nationwide outbreak of lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use or vaping. Other states have also taken action to prohibit the sale of certain vaping projects. (more)

California bans pesticide linked to brain damage in children
9 October 2019 - A widely used agricultural pesticide that California environmental officials have said has been linked to brain damage in children will be banned after next year under an agreement reached with the manufacturer, state officials announced Wednesday [9 October]. Under the deal, all California sales of chlorpyrifos will end on February 6, 2020, and farmers will have until the end of 2020 to exhaust their supplies. awaii and New York are already phasing in chlorpyrifos bans. (more)

Stroke rates continue decline in the U.S.
9 October 2019 - Rates of stroke among U.S. adults over age 65 have steadily decreased over the past 30 years, according to a study that tracked participants from the 1980s through December 2017. After adjusting for age, race, and other stroke risk factors, they found that overall, stroke rates in this group decreased by 32 percent each decade through 2017. (more)

US: To keep the lights on during California's blackouts, people are using solar power
9 October 2019 - As long blackouts become more common in California to reduce the risk of devastating wildfires, more people are turning to solar power and battery storage. 'Between the solar and the batteries, we could go on indefinitely as long as there's some sun,' says architect Richard Schuh, who lives and works in the hills north of the town of Sonoma in an area without power. As more people install batteries, that can also help reduce the risk of fire by easing stress on transmission lines. (more)

US: United Parcel Service hits the gas on greener delivery truck fleet
9 October 2019 - Starting next year, there will be a lot more 'green' in those brown UPS delivery trucks. United Parcel Service Inc on Wednesday [9 October] announced plans to buy more than 6,000 natural gas-powered trucks over three years and step up purchases of renewable natural gas (RNG) as part of a new $450 million investment to reduce the environmental impact of its 123,000-vehicle fleet. (more)

Teen depression risk lower in close-knit families
7 October 2019 - Teens with positive family relationships may be less likely to develop depression during adolescence or early adulthood, a new study suggests. (more)

US: Houston's pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding
1 October 2019 - In Houston, Texas, local officials, conservation groups, and even developers have been talking up prairies and their benefits, from detaining and filtering stormwater, to nourishing wildlife, sequestering carbon, and improving mental health. More than 50 miniaturized 'pocket prairies' have been planted around the Houston metro area since 2008. (more)

When disaster strikes, Chef Jose Andres is on the ground
27 September 2019 - After earthquakes, as hurricanes blow and drench, when wildfires chew through neighborhoods, and volcanoes spew deadly lava, look for a gregarious chef toting huge and mighty paella pans. His name is Jose Andres, and he might just be changing some rules on how expedient food relief is distributed to victims of disaster when they need it the most: Now, not days from now. (more)

Impossible or Beyond: U.S. restaurants find partners to go vegan
26 September 2019 - Plant-based fast food has been the latest craze as diners become more conscious of how their food is sourced and its impact on the environment, giving a big boost to Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, two of the biggest players to launch faux meats. Both companies have been striking deals with restaurants and retailers to cash in on the popularity of meatless burgers. (more)

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Maharishi Vastu architecture increased workplace creativity: New study published in Creativity Research Journal
18 October 2019 - A ground-breaking study published in the September issue of the scholarly Creativity Research Journal found increased creativity in employees who worked in a building designed according to Maharishi Vastu architecture. In this first study of its kind, employees of an architecture and engineering firm, based in a major metropolitan city in the eastern United States, moved into a Maharishi Vastu office building and scored higher on the standardized Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) compared to their score four months earlier in their previous location. In particular, they generated 50-80% more original ideas. (more)

Live on Facebook - 'Climate Change: The challenge and the hidden solution' - Dr Tony Nader, Sunday 13 October
12 October 2019 - The signal is clear: In order for us to be able to survive on our planet, it's time we make decisions based on long-term consequences - not just short-term. Join Dr Tony Nader Sunday, 13 October on Facebook and Instagram Live - as he reveals the hidden solution that can change our course for the future. Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, is head of the international TM organizations. He is an MIT- and Harvard-trained neuroscientist and a globally recognized scholar in the fields of meditation, yoga, and consciousness. Sunday's live event begins at 8 pm Central Europe time (CET), 2 pm US Eastern Time. (more)

Katy Perry to headline Silence the Violence benefit: TM for at-risk youth, 11 October, Washington, DC
8 October 2019 - Katy Perry, joined by legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples and Norah Jones, will perform this Friday at the 'Silence the Violence' benefit concert in Washington, DC. 'I have been practising TM for over nine years, and it has changed my life,' Katy says. 'It is one of the most important tools I use to keep me balanced and creative with a positive mindset. I am so proud to give an intimate performance at the ''Silence the Violence'' benefit concert at The Anthem on October 11 to raise funds to bring the power of meditation to 10,000 D.C.-area young people.' (more)

World Heart Day: 'Our Heart is more than a pump' - Holistic approach of Maharishi Ayurveda addresses root cause of heart disease
3 October 2019 - 'There is an emotional aspect to the heart which people forget when it comes to treating heart diseases,' said Anand Shrivastava, Chairman, Maharishi Ayurveda, in an interview published in Indian Express on World Heart Day, 29 September. 'The upside of Ayurveda is that it addresses the root cause of heart disease and treats it with a holistic approach' - including Transcendental Meditation for stress reduction, Yoga asanas, and Amrit Kalash, a special Ayurvedic herbal preparation which research has found to have a 'direct positive impact on overall heart health'. (more)

Transcendental Meditation 'has changed our lives in a profound way': Conductor James Gaffigan
27 September 2019 - Celebrated American conductor James Gaffigan, chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony in Switzerland, has travelled the world for his work. Among his experiences featured in Traveller (Australia), Gaffigan recounts how he and his future wife learned Transcendental Meditation some years ago in Washington, DC. They have found TM to be 'a method that opens up one's awareness, and cuts through anxieties which promotes clarity of thoughts. It has changed our lives in a profound way. It's simple. It's a gift. And anyone can do it.' (more)

Former Miss Iowa USA pursues PhD at Maharishi University of Management
20 September 2019 - Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Shawn Brogan Diddy has been a performer since age 14. She became Miss Iowa USA in 1997 and has enjoyed a productive career in music and television. The desire to become a health and wellness expert - and a 'stress scientist and joy detective' - led her to learn Transcendental Meditation, and Shawn is currently pursuing a PhD in Management at Maharishi University of Management. 'My entire life's mission has been to make people's lives easier,' she said. 'I want to use my PhD research to show people what TM can do in corporate America. It can really help people in this high-pressure and highly creative environment.' (more)

The truth is out: Ageing can be fun
7 September 2019 - Becoming wiser with age may be one way for women to achieve resilience and more freedom to be themselves - 'but another way is to tap into the quiet well of peace and strength within you at any age,' writes health journalist Linda Egenes. 'Millions of women have shown that this is possible by practising the Transcendental Meditation technique.' Teaching writing to older women, Egenes saw that their daily TM practice 'kept their brains active, their neurons firing, and their prefrontal cortex intact so they could enjoy an expanded sense of self, a sharper memory and the neural connections that lead to wisdom and a broader perspective.' (more)

US Marine Corps veteran Paul Downs talks about healing PTSD through Transcendental Meditation
4 September 2019 - When Paul Downs retired from eleven years in the US Marine Corps, he 'kind of fell apart'. Today, Downs works at Boulder Crest Retreat, where he helps other veterans recover from trauma using a variety of modalities, including Transcendental Meditation, which is provided through scholarships from the David Lynch Foundation. 'Focusing on the twenty minutes twice a day of Transcendental Meditation, I now have the connection to self that I didn't have before. I know who I am,' Downs says. 'I can use my TM on an airplane. . . . You can take it anywhere. It's literally the one you can take anywhere you go.' (more)

Soraya Bakhtiar on Transcendental Meditation: 'I started to feel the benefits rapidly'
25 August 2019 - 'I always envied people who were able to meditate because I was never able to until I tried Transcendental Meditation,' says renowned fashion journalist Soraya Bakhtiar in a recent interview. 'I had tried so many different techniques, and this one worked immediately, and I started to feel the benefits rapidly.' London-based Bakhtiar is trusted to represent and support the most authentic, ground-breaking brands such as Chanel, Piaget, Bulgari, and Chopard. TM is one of her favourite tools for a happy, healthy life: 'No matter where I am, my day starts with my TM practice and a workout. . . . [after TM] I feel lighter and more focused.' (more)

Canada: Minister of Veterans Affairs announces funding to help two Nova Scotia-based organizations advance veterans' mental health
15 August 2019 - This week the Minister of Veterans Affairs in Canada announced funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund for the Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. The Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative is receiving funding to offer stress-reduction training to veterans and their families. It will offer a Transcendental Meditation programme to help participants deal with toxic stress, occupational stress, and post-traumatic stress. 'Our government is proud to support the Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, which are doing important work to promote healing and positive mental health outcomes for veterans,' said the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence in Canada. (more)

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95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says
17 October 2019 - Toxic heavy metals damaging to your baby's brain development are likely in the baby food you are feeding your infant, according to a new investigation published Thursday [17 October]. Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium, and 32% contained mercury. One fourth of the foods contained all four heavy metals. (more)

US: Suicide attempts rising among black teens
16 October 2019 - Suicide attempts are rising among black teens in the U.S. even as they fall among youth from other racial and ethnic groups, a study suggests. 'Whatever is happening to result in a downward trend among teens in the general population is missing black teens,' said Michael Lindsey, lead author of the study and executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. (more)

California's new normal: evacuating wildfires yet again
11 October 2019 - It's part of California's new normal -- year-round fire seasons, planned electricity blackouts, and, for retired couple Bhagvei and Paresh Badreshia, sudden evacuations in the middle of the night. Again. California has endured two of its worst wildfire seasons in recorded history in the past two years, forcing the evacuation of millions. (more)

Sun, sand, and vape waste: A new type of litter piles up on American beaches
11 October 2019 - When Mike Castellano patrols the beaches of the New Jersey Shore, he is no longer surprised to find discarded vape pens and spent 'e-juice' cartridges scattered in the white sand. A volunteer with Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit group that picks up trash as part of its mission to protect marine environments, Castellano says vaping waste is a problem that has become progressively worse over the last six months. (more)

U.S. regulators allow genetically modified cotton as human food source
11 October 2019 - U.S. regulators on Friday [11 October] gave the green light for genetically modified cotton to be used for human consumption, paving the way for a protein-packed new food source -- edible cottonseed that tastes a bit like chickpeas -- that its developers said could help tackle global malnutrition. The Food and Drug Administration's decision on the cotton plant developed by Texas A&M University scientists means it is allowed as food for people and all types of animals. (more)

US: New frontier in health fraud - Genetic tests of the elderly
25 September 2019 - The genetic-screening sales reps turn out at health fairs, houses of religion, parks and elder enclaves, offering seniors a chance to learn if they or their loved ones are at risk of developing cancer. All they need, the reps say, is a free cheek swab. In truth, U.S. federal investigators say, some of the sales representatives are part of a burgeoning industry that threatens to become what multiple government investigators call the next big frontier in healthcare fraud: genetic testing, which is reaping millions of dollars from unnecessary tests that target senior citizens. (more)

At least 8 people have died in the United States from a rare mosquito-borne illness
24 September 2019 - A third person has died of Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts, raising the reported death toll from the rare mosquito-borne illness to eight nationwide. Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but potentially fatal illness caused by mosquito bites. Typically, five to 10 human cases are reported every year, with about 30% of all cases resulting in death, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more)

Healthcare data hacking could lead to identity thefts
23 September 2019 - More than 70 percent of healthcare data breaches in the U.S. have involved sensitive demographic or financial information that could fuel identity theft, a new study suggests. When a healthcare company is hacked, criminals gain access not only to health information, but also to demographic and financial data that could compromise patients' privacy and financial security, researchers from the Michigan State and Johns Hopkins report. (more)

'Out of control': Meth is making a big comeback in the U.S.
20 September 2019 - Meth producers in Mexico are cranking up the speed of production, and the drug is making a big comeback in the U.S. 'Across the country, it's probably still the largest problem we have in America,' Derek Maltz, former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Special Operations Division, told Yahoo Finance. 'The Mexican cartels ... they make it at levels that we've never seen before. So business is booming, the country's addicted, and it's really, really out of control.' (more)

US and Canada have lost three billion birds since 1970
20 September 2019 - More than one in four birds have been lost across diverse groups and habitats, in what researchers describe as a 'wake-up call'. The US and Canada have lost more than one in four birds -- a total of three billion -- since 1970, culminating in what scientists who published a new study are calling a 'widespread ecological crisis'. (more)


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