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US: Citrus flavoring is weaponized against insect-borne diseases
13 August 2020 - Adding a new weapon to the fight against insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and malaria, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday [10 August] approved a new chemical that both repels and kills ticks and mosquitoes. The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes, and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat. (more)

US: First new insect repellent approved in 11 years smells like grapefruit
13 August 2020 - A new type of insect repellent will be making its way to drugstore shelves -- and it smells like grapefruit. On Monday [10 August], the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had approved a new ingredient, called nootkatone, that repels and kills mosquitoes and ticks. The naturally occurring ingredient -- which is responsible for the characteristic scent of grapefruit -- was discovered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and developed into an insecticide. It's also found in Alaska yellow cedar trees ... (more)

'People told me my plans for a skincare firm were crazy'
12 August 2020 - Tata Harper's mission to create a natural skincare range began when her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. ... But the more she thought about it, the more she realizWith the aim of setting up the skincare business, she started by doing a lot of research, into natural sciences, herbal medicines and biotechnology.ed that there was a gap in the market for a luxury, all-natural skincare company. (more)

Meet the medical professionals playing classical music together online
11 August 2020 - When cases of the coronavirus spiked in March, doctors and nurses across the [United States] found themselves overwhelmed with work. The shutdown also took away an important creative outlet for a special breed of medical professional: classical musicians. That's why John Masko, a symphony conductor in Boston, founded the National Virtual Medical Orchestra, giving those in the medical field a chance to perform and connect with each other. (more)

Dementia on the retreat in the U.S. and Europe
10 August 2020 - Despite the lack of effective treatments or preventive strategies, the dementia epidemic is on the wane in the United States and Europe, scientists reported on Monday [3 August]. The risk for a person to develop dementia over a lifetime is now 13 percent lower than it was in 2010. Incidence rates at every age have steadily declined over the past quarter-century. (more)

The coronavirus is new, but your immune system might still recognize it
8 August 2020 - Eight months ago, the new coronavirus was unknown. But to some of our immune cells, the virus was already something of a familiar foe. A flurry of recent studies has revealed that a large proportion of the population -- 20 to 50 percent of people in some places -- might harbor immunity assassins called T cells that recognize the new coronavirus despite having never encountered it before. (more)

As US milk sales rise amid pandemic, 'Got milk?' ads return
5 August 2020 - The US dairy industry has a familiar question for you: 'Got milk?' Six years after the popular tagline was retired, 'Got milk?' ads are back. U.S. milk sales have been in freefall for decades as choices grew and consumers turned to soda, juices and plant-based alternatives like soy milk. [Milk producers have been filing for bankruptcy protection]. But then came the coronavirus pandemic, and milk sales saw a sharp rise. (more)

U.S. women lend support to female business start-ups in equality push
4 August 2020 - Members of the U.S. women's national soccer side are using their experience as female entrepreneurs to lend their support to businesses ... as part of the team's mission to try to level the playing field for women. A project called Stacy's Rise will award 15 female entrepreneurs $10,000 each, as well as advertising services and executive mentorship from successful women, including U.S. soccer World Cup champions Christen Press and Tobin Heath. (more)

UK: The pandemic's food crisis sparks a green revolution
4 August 2020 - As global crises go, the pandemic has had its fair share of teachable moments. One was the sudden shortage of food. To its credit, Britain has begun to use the crisis to rethink its entire food system. According to an official report this week, the new vulnerability in food has opened 'an unplanned window of opportunity ... to learn something.' Beyond specific solutions, Britain's greatest contribution may be its spirit of innovation, which is never in short supply. (more)

US: Microsoft adds to diversity investment, aims to increase number of Black employees
4 August 2020 - Microsoft Corp on Tuesday [23 June] set a five-year diversity goal to address racial inequality at its offices ... The company said it will add another $150 million in diversity and inclusion investment to double the number of Black and African-American people managers, senior individual contributors, and senior leaders in the United States by 2025. (more)

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'Meditation in the Age of Anxiety: The Science of Meditation' - David Lynch Foundation CEO addresses Surfing the Tsunami of Change Summit
13 August 2020 - When the waves of our mind get rough and choppy, how do we find stillness and calm? Where amidst all the chaos can we find the strength and stability necessary to dive within and settle down? David Lynch Foundation CEO Bob Roth joins a special group of changemakers, authors, and speakers for an online summit today to help cope with the pervasive feelings of anxiety and stress people are struggling with during this pandemic. In his presentation, Roth will share the science behind Transcendental Meditation that allows the mind and body to achieve a state of restful alertness, even in today's age of anxiety. He reminds us that in these uncertain times, 'Meditation is not a luxury.' (more)

Homeowners share experiences of living in Maharishi Vastu homes: New webinar by Maharishi Vastu Architecture
23 July 2020 - Maharishi Vastu Architecture held a new live webinar in its ongoing series this week. Jon Lipman, AIA, director and chief Vastu architect for North America, was joined by homeowners from different areas of the US, who shared their experiences of what it's like to live in a Maharishi Vastu home. The webinar also featured a photo gallery of these beautiful 'fortune-creating' homes. Viewers were able to ask questions of the panel members during the webinar. Video replays of this and previous webinars are available on the website. (more)

Averting escalation: A new paradigm for law enforcement
15 July 2020 - As many as 18 per cent of police in the United States are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) according to estimates. Exposure to chronic traumatic stress can reduce the ability to respond in a level-headed manner in the face of an escalating situation. Those who serve in highly stressful settings now have new resources to draw on to develop greater resilience to stress during dynamic, unfolding situations. Transcendental Meditation has been taught to many police officers in the US as an effective means of countering the effects of PTSD. With the addition of this technique for law enforcement personnel, we can envision a new paradigm: reducing the effects of stress on those who serve and protect - male and female - so they may better draw upon inner resources of calm to rapidly de-escalate stressful situations and serve as true role models in our society. (more)

'Beyond Immunity: Transforming Health' - Webinar features international experts in integrative and functional medicine, Yoga and Ayurveda
9 July 2020 - During this continuing health crisis, maintaining a strong immune system is a top concern for everyone. This 90-minute webinar is a unique gathering of internationally recognized physicians and scientists on the cutting edge of evidence-based integrative and functional medicine and the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda. Their goal is to go beyond the basics of maintaining immunity, transforming health to higher states of wellness and mind-body integration - addressing the whole person: mind, body, environment, and inner spiritual levels. (more)

Ringo's 80th birthday 'Starr-studded' charity broadcast benefits four organisations including David Lynch Foundation
7 July 2020 - Ringo Starr's 80th birthday is being celebrated tonight, July 7 at 8pm US Eastern Time. Ringo's Big Birthday Show is a 'Starr-studded' charity broadcast on YouTube with featured performances by Ringo, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper and Dave Grohl, Gary Clark Jr., Sheila E., Sheryl Crow and more, plus additional guest surprises. The Show is to benefit four foundations ''doing important, vital work around the world'': Black Lives Matter Global Network, David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares and WaterAid. (more)

A vision whose time has come: Maharishi Vastu Architecture and the cities we need now
1 July 2020 - In 1989 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi founded an organization to popularize the restoration of Vedic architecture and assist developers who wanted to build communities using this knowledge. He described a comprehensive vision of cities of the future, which he called 'Cities of the Immortals'. In many areas, this description closely matches what is being envisioned and desired now by city and town planners, alert, concerned citizens, and forward thinking leaders in all areas of life. (more)

UK: Dr Tony Nader addresses All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences - International Day of Yoga 2020
24 June 2020 - Dr. Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, was invited to speak to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences in the UK, on the International Day of Yoga 2020, 21 June. Speakers included High Commissioners and Members from both Houses of Parliament. 'What we need is a balanced mind, and not acting from the level of fear and anxiety, and that is what Yoga offers,' Dr Nader said. 'It brings to the individual the settled intelligence which connects with the inner Self, with the inner creativity, with that Unified Field which is within us, that allows us to act, and think, and make decisions, in tune with the laws of nature, in tune with what is most conducive for best results in society.' Dr Nader is an MIT- and Harvard- trained neuroscientist, as well as a globally recognized expert in the fields of meditation, yoga, and consciousness. As Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's successor, he is the head of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations in more than 100 countries. (more)

World Class Brain: Integrated brain functioning, a characteristic of high performers, develops through Transcendental Meditation
1 June 2020 - The brains of world-class performers are different from those of average performers. Research has found that, regardless of whether these top performers are athletes, musicians, or CEOs, their brains share one feature: more integrated functioning. A world-class brain works in a more coherent, relaxed, wakeful, and efficient way. A new book, World-Class Brain: The Edge that Helps Peak Performers Succeed and How You Can Develop It, offers an introduction to this research, and describes other features these top performers share, such as intensely happy and fulfilling peak experiences and a greater moral sense. The book explains what brain integration is and discusses ways to develop it, ultimately focusing on the Transcendental Meditation technique as by far the most effective way to develop greater brain integration. (more)

Beach Boys' Mike Love on new quarantine song 'This Too Shall Pass', and how meditation helps him during the pandemic
17 May 2020 - In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the Beach Boys' Mike Love discusses his new song and how Transcendental Meditation has helped him during quarantine. 'I do my meditation, which I learned in December of '67 from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,' he says. 'I still do it to this day. It's been a big part of my life .... it's profoundly restful and relaxing and therefore helpful. It's really good for you. A lot of people get heart disease and high blood pressure and all these kinds of things, but with this regular practice of Transcendental Meditation, you can avoid a lot of that stuff.' (more)

Exploring Natural and Non-toxic Building Materials, Part 1: New live webinar by Maharishi Vastu Architecture, 19 and 22 May
15 May 2020 - Maharishi Vastu Architecture invites you to join their next live webinar, Tuesday 19 May, and Friday 22 May. Jon Lipman, AIA, National Director for North America, will discuss insulation, interior and exterior wall systems, flooring, paint, and more. This will be the first in a two-part series. Mr Lipman will be joined by Aaron Hirshberg, the owner of Green Building Supply, a family-run, 100% solar powered business specializing in non-toxic building materials. Aaron will share his expertise in the area of choices in paint. Using natural and non-toxic materials is one of the key principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture. (more)

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US: Rural families without internet face tough choice on school
14 August 2020 - John Ross worries about his children returning to their classrooms this fall with coronavirus cases rising in Kentucky, but he feels he doesn't have much of a choice: His family's limited internet access makes it nearly impossible for the kids to keep up with schoolwork from home. ...Lee County, a community of around 7,000 people deep in the Appalachian Mountains, is one of many rural school districts around the country where the decision over whether to bring students back into classrooms is particularly fraught. As in other places, parents and officials are concerned about the virus, but dramatically limited internet access here also means kids could fall seriously behind if the pandemic keeps them home again. (more)

'Everyone tested positive': Covid devastates agriculture workers in California's heartland
8 August 2020 - The virus is surging in the Central Valley, where hundreds of thousands labor in the food industry. Workers say companies did little to prevent the spread. Across California's Central Valley, hundreds of thousands of workers wash the vegetables, ... sort the nuts, and package the produce that finds its way into kitchens throughout the United States. When the coronavirus hit, their work was ruled essential, so they kept working in the often cramped facilities that fuel a state industry that exports $21 billion in agricultural products each year. (more)

Rare syndrome linked to COVID-19 found in nearly 600 U.S. children: CDC
8 August 2020 - Nearly 600 children were admitted to U.S. hospitals with a rare inflammatory syndrome associated with the novel coronavirus over four months during the peak of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report on Friday [7 August]. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) is a rare but severe condition that shares symptoms with toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, including fever, rashes, swollen glands and, in severe cases, heart inflammation. It has been reported in children and adolescent patients about two to four weeks after the onset of COVID-19. (more)

We're only just beginning to learn how Covid-19 affects the brain
8 August 2020 - One of the more puzzling aspects of the novel coronavirus is just how many organ systems are impacted through the course of the disease. We've heard about the heart, lungs, and respiratory symptoms, but a growing mystery is its impact on the nervous system. (more)

US and Canada - Coronavirus economy: 'I'm just looking for whatever I can get'
7 August 2020 - Young people are disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of coronavirus, several reports have found. The UN has cautioned that the high rate of unemployment among young adults could mean 'a lot of young people are going to be left behind'. In the US, about a quarter of people between 16-25 were unemployed in May -- which was about double the unemployment rate of other age groups. (more)

US: Louisiana Supreme Court upholds African-American man's life sentence for stealing hedge clippers more than 20 years ago
7 August 2020 - A Black Louisiana man will spend the rest of his life in prison for stealing hedge clippers, after the Louisiana Supreme Court denied his request to have his sentence overturned last week. (more)

'Worst nightmare': Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid
6 August 2020 - An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her second child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula. Around the country, across industries and occupations, millions of Americans thrown out of work because of the coronavirus are straining to afford the basics now that an extra $600 a week in federal unemployment benefits has expired. (more)

US: Diesel truck soot likely sparked major California wildfire
4 August 2020 - A California wildfire raging through dry brush and timber east of Los Angeles, forcing thousands of people from their homes, was likely sparked by burning soot from the exhaust of a diesel truck, investigators said on Monday [3 August]. The blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire, has scorched more than 26,000 acres (10,500 hectares) since erupting last Friday ... (more)

After three decades, most polluted U.S. neighborhoods haven't changed
30 July 2020 - If your neighborhood was among the most polluted in 1981, it probably still is. Likewise, the least polluted areas are still faring the best, according to a study published on Thursday [30 July] in the journal Science that analyzed concentrations of fine particulate matter over more than three decades in the United States. (more)

Why COVID-19 is killing U.S. diabetes patients at alarming rates
24 July 2020 - As U.S. COVID-19 outbreaks surge, a new government study shows that nearly 40 percent of people who have died with COVID-19 had diabetes. Ten states, including California, Arizona and Michigan, said they weren't yet reporting diabetes and other underlying conditions, and the rest did not respond -- rendering an incomplete picture for policymakers and clinicians struggling to protect those most at-risk. (more)


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