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US: Goat farmers, producers handle increased demand for dairy
21 February 2015 - America's dairy goat herd climbed 2 percent in the past year to 365,000 animals, but producers said their annual sales are rising even faster -- up by 15 percent or more. In Iowa, the number of goat farms has climbed from less than 20 a decade ago to about 200, behind only Wisconsin and California. (more)

Liberia will end Ebola curfew and reopen borders, says President
20 February 2015 - Liberia plans to lift a night curfew imposed six months ago and reopen borders closed to contain the spread of Ebola, as the threat from the virus recedes, the President said on Friday. Its schools began reopening this week in another sign that life is returning to normal. (more)

New Zealand entrepreneur offers profit from organic cosmetic to fund cataract surgery in the Pacific
20 February 2015 - A young New Zealand entrepreneur is hoping to fund cataract operations in the Pacific by selling organic mascara. (more)

US study: Breastfeeding may aid transition to solid food
20 February 2015 - Breastfeeding may help prepare a baby's intestines to handle the introduction of solid food, a new study suggests. Compared to babies who receive formula, babies who are exclusively breastfed may have 'gut bacteria' that help them tolerate new foods more easily, researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found. Previous studies have linked gut bacteria to obesity, allergies, and infectious diseases, the researchers write in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. (more)

WHO approves breakthrough 15-minute Ebola test
20 February 2015 - The World Health Organization has approved the first rapid test for Ebola in a potential breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa, it said on Friday. The test, developed by US firm Corgenix Medical Corp, is less accurate than the standard test but is easy to perform, does not require electricity, and can give results within 15 minutes, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said. While the Corgenix test is not failsafe, it could quickly identify patients who need quarantine and make it much easier to verify rapidly any new outbreaks. (more)

Canadian team uses 3D printer to make artificial legs for Ugandans
16 February 2015 - Canadian researchers and a 3D printer are making medical history in Uganda. The Canadian team from the University of Toronto recently helped a young Ugandan woman walk with the world's first functional 3D-printed prosthetic leg socket, the critical customized element that is the main component of an artificial limb. 3D printing technology has a number of benefits, the team says. It makes the production of prosthetic limbs more efficient, saving time and money for the patient, which is particularly important in places like Uganda where many people have very limited incomes. (more)

Canada: Ottawa gives Toronto $86M to help combat homelessness
13 February 2015 - Canada's federal government is offering a financial hand to Toronto's homeless. Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced the government will be providing just over $86 million to the city to help provide housing for the city's most vulnerable. The funding is part of a five-year plan to help combat homelessness, and the city will decide how it will be used. According to Toronto Mayor John Tory, funding from the federal programme helped the city launch the Streets to Homes programme in 2005. He said it has helped thousands of people, who have been able to settle in permanent housing since then. (more)

Manitoba highways deaths hit 30-year low in 2014, following trend
13 February 2015 - Road deaths in Manitoba, Canada, hit a 30-year low in 2014 following a long-term trend of fewer fatal vehicle crashes, statistics from Manitoba Public Insurance show. 'From 1986 to where we are now, the safety devices in vehicles have dramatically improved,' said Brian Smiley, spokesman for MPI. Mr Smiley also attributed the lower number of road deaths to improved emergency care, both in terms of a quick response and the medical care provided at the scene. Awareness campaigns have also contributed to safer roads, Smiley said. (more)

UK: Number of young adults not drinking rises
13 February 2015 - Britain is becoming a nation of teetotallers (those who never drink alcohol), with young adults and Londoners leading the way, according to new figures. More than one in five adults (21 per cent) do not drink alcohol at all. The proportion of young adults not drinking is up 40 per cent since 2005. The study has been criticised by experts, however, for failing to capture the ethnic or religious breakdown of respondents. (more)

Canada's West Coasters among the healthiest in the world
12 February 2015 - West Coasters have a reputation for being active and living well. But it turns out we are among the healthiest populations in the entire world, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada. The report gives British Columbia the only provincial 'A' in Canada and ranks it third in the world behind Switzerland and Sweden. (more)


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Africa: Radio series features victims and experts speaking on PTSD: Then and now
26 February 2015 - A special 10-part radio series, Getting and Giving PTSD Relief Now!, is in progress from 16 February to 6 March, featuring Congolese refugees, US war veterans, South African students, counselors, psychologists, scientists -- all speaking on the debilitating effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how lives improve with Transcendental Meditation. Broadcasts are at 8 am and 8 pm (US ET) Monday through Friday until 6 March, on Dreamvision 7 radio. (more)

Germany, China show interest in Maharishi University of Management health findings
25 February 2015 - Both the German and European hypertension and heart associations are now evaluating research on the Transcendental Meditation technique as a treatment for high blood pressure and prevention of heart disease, thanks to recent visits by Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health. Dr. Schneider presented 30 years of clinical research on Transcendental Meditation at the national meeting of the German hypertension association, and also met with leaders of the national and continental heart associations. In Hong Kong, Dr Schneider met with the deans and directors of traditional Chinese medicine and integrative medicine at two universities. (more)

Off-the-grid 'smart house' featured in MaharishiVastu.org video tour
22 February 2015 - Since Bill and Stacey Hurlin moved into their small Maharishi Vastu home in Fairfield, Iowa, USA six years ago, the effect has been 'profoundly life-changing'. 'From the day I moved into this house my sleep has been better--my restfulness has been deeper,' Stacey says, describing a tangible feeling of being protected. 'Maharishi's Vastu tradition of architecture goes so much deeper into the health and well being of not only the individual but the environment,' she says. Their home is located in Abundance EcoVillage, which features natural, sustainable systems of utilizing wind, rain, and sun. (more)

A new paradigm for health care
18 February 2015 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, is an internationally renowned physician-scientist-educator in the field of integrative medicine. Over the past 30 years, Dr Schneider and colleagues have conducted groundbreaking research on effects of mind-body medicine programmes including the Transcendental Meditation technique on cardiovascular health, stress, and ageing. In this 20 minute video from the ConsciousnessTalks series, Dr Schneider discusses research on TM as a natural method to reduce stress and improve heart health, including findings by the American Heart Association that it is 'the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure'. (more)

Netherlands to host International Ayurveda Congress: Ayurveda for Global Health - April 2015
13 February 2015 - Maharishi European Research University, based in Vlodrop, Holland, will host the International Ayurveda Congress: Ayurveda for Global Health, 11-12 April 2015, in the nearby city of Roermond. Organized by the All India Ayurvedic Congress, the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, and the International Academy of Ayurveda, the congress will illuminate the time-tested, scientifically verified solutions of Ayurveda with up-to-date insights from modern science. All health professionals wishing to expand the scope and effectiveness of their medical practice, as well as health policymakers and administrators, are welcome to attend. (more)

Multitasking and the Transcendental Meditation technique
10 February 2015 - 'What if there were a way to cultivate your brain to spontaneously maintain focus even while switching between tasks? To maintain your inner calm no matter how many demands come flying your way?' Commenting on an insightful discussion by neuroscientist Daniel Levitin in his celebrated new book, The Organized Mind, health writer Linda Egenes acknowledges that 'multitasking takes a toll on our brains. Not only does it wear us out, it basically doesn't work'. She offers practical tips culled from her own professional workday, and also notes research on long-term Transcendental Meditation practitioners showing similar levels of 'integrated brain functioning' as those seen in world-class athletes, managers, and other top performers. (more)

Transcendental Meditation - The fourth state of consciousness shown scientifically to prevent disease
8 February 2015 - More than 350 peer-reviewed research studies on the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. The simple, natural technique has been shown to increase cardiovascular quality, lower blood pressure, and decrease anxiety, among many other beneficial effects on mental and physiological functioning. The unique state of restful alertness produced during Transcendental Meditation is described by researchers as a fourth state of consciousness, in which the entire brain is engaged. (more)

Interview: Dr. Bech on medicine and meditation
4 February 2015 - Danish physician Dr Charlotte Bech has worked in several fields of medicine. She has written popular books on health and is a frequent panelist on health and wellness issues. In a recent interview Dr Bech explains that she highly recommends the Transcendental Meditation technique to patients to relieve stress and enhance immunity, among many other scientifically validated health benefits. She also discusses the fruitful integration of ancient holistic wisdom of health and well-being in Maharishi Ayurveda with the approaches of conventional modern medicine. (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps new mothers thrive
3 February 2015 - Nurse Practitioner and renowned health educator Margaret Mullins highly recommends Transcendental Meditation for expectant and new mothers. Relating her own experiences, she also discusses scientific research showing that Transcendental Meditation relieves stress and reduces high blood pressure--conditions that can create health risks for mother and baby. 'The TM technique will significantly improve your well-being and likelihood of a healthy pregnancy,' she comments. 'It will give your baby a stronger foundation for healthy, balanced development. As a new mother, you will find that TM practice reduces exhaustion and stress, leaving you free to enjoy this most precious time of life.' (more)

Is it possible to become resilient to stress?
25 January 2015 - Health writer Linda Egenes compares her resilience to stress when she was a child to her resilience to stress as an adult. 'Rather than growing in stress as I've aged, I feel like I'm letting more and more of it go,' she said. 'Not a small part of that growth in resilience has come by practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.' Ms Egenes' article in Transcendental Meditation for Women includes links to studies and videos. (more)


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US study links common food additives to Crohn's disease, colitis
25 February 2015 - Common additives in ice cream, margarine, packaged bread, and many processed foods may promote the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions, scientists said on Wednesday. Such inflammation is associated with metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase risk for type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The researchers focused on emulsifiers, chemicals added to many food products to improve texture and extend shelf life. Incidence of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome started rising in the mid-20th century at roughly the same time that food manufacturers began widespread emulsifier use, the researchers said. (more)

US: Tobacco giants resist harsh public admissions about smoking
21 February 2015 - Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco. In 2006, US District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the nation's largest cigarette makers to publicly admit that they had lied for decades about the dangers of smoking. Bloodied but unbeaten, the tobacco companies have plunged into another courtroom battle in an effort to stave off the humiliation of having to underwrite an ad campaign in which they brand themselves as liars. Oral arguments are scheduled for Monday before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (more)

Drug-resistant malaria found close to Myanmar border with India
20 February 2015 - Malaria with total resistance to the antimalarial drug artemisinin has taken hold in Myanmar and spread close to the border with India, threatening to repeat history and render crucial medicines useless, scientists said on Friday. If resistance spreads from Asia to Africa, or emerges in Africa independently -- as has been seen before with previously effective but now powerless antimalarials, 'millions of lives will be at risk', they said in a report. (more)

Drug abuse in Iran rising despite executions, police raids
12 February 2015 - Officials say methamphetamine production and abuse of hard drugs are skyrocketing in Iran despite potentially lethal criminal penalties for users if they are caught. The increase is partly because Iran is the main gateway for the region's top drug exporter, Afghanistan -- and partly because Iranian dealers are profiting so handsomely. Anti-narcotics and medical officials say more than 2.2 million of Iran's 80 million citizens already are addicted to illegal drugs, including 1.3 million on registered treatment programmes. They say the numbers keep rising annually, even though use of the death penalty against convicted smugglers has increased, too, and now accounts for more than nine of every 10 executions. (more)

US: Research misconduct often unreported in published studies
9 February 2015 - When US health regulators find serious problems with how medical researchers collect their data, the researchers' final reports often don't mention it, a new analysis suggests. Out of 78 published papers reporting on clinical trials in which the US Food and Drug Administration found very serious issues, only three mentioned any violations, the new report says. (more)

US: Medical marijuana for children with developmental and behavioral disorders?
5 February 2015 - As medical marijuana becomes increasingly accepted, there is growing interest in its use for children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral problems such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a review in the February Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. That's despite a lack of studies showing any clinical benefit of cannabis for young patients with these disorders -- whereas evidence strongly suggests harmful effects of regular marijuana use in the developing brain. (more)

Free from Ebola, survivors complain of new syndrome
4 February 2015 - There are a growing number of survivors of Ebola in West African, between 5,000 and 10,000 according to the United Nations, and some complain of side effects months after their recovery -- a condition some doctors are calling 'post-Ebola Syndrome' (PES). Ebola, which has killed almost 9,000 people across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, initially causes fever and vomiting, then attacks the immune system and vital organs, often causing internal and external bleeding. Some of those who have survived the disease report a mixture of symptoms after their recovery, including vision problems, joint pain, hair and memory loss, and anxiety attacks. Margaret Nanyonga, a doctor who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, said she had seen survivors go blind. Overall about half of those she saw recover reported declining health, she said. One doctor said some Ebola after-effects appear linked to the infection itself, with some patients developing symptoms similar to so-called autoimmune disorders -- where the immune system is over stimulated and begins to attack the body's own tissues. (more)

Screen time may damage teens' sleep
3 February 2015 - A new study is the latest to link blue-light emitting devices, like laptops, phones, and game consoles, to shorter sleep in adolescents. Using any device in the hour before bed was associated with a 13 to 52 per cent increase in the likelihood of needing more than 60 minutes to fall asleep, the researchers found. More than four daytime hours of screen time was associated with a similar increase in risk of 'sleep latency', or taking a long time to fall asleep. Screen time was also linked to an increased risk of a sleep deficit of at least two hours, meaning the kids said they needed two more hours of sleep than they were actually getting. (more)

US: Young adults say they see e-cigs as safe, fun technology
29 January 2015 - Many young adults are enthusiastically 'vaping' e-cigarettes, drawn by the nifty technology, tasty flavours, and their own physical sense that the devices are doing them no harm, according to new research. The authors of the small study, which focused on young adults in New York City, say this segment of the vaping population needs more education on the possible health effects of e-cigarettes, including the potential for becoming addicted to nicotine. (more)

Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor
28 January 2015 - Beijing's mayor, Wang Anshun, has called the city 'unliveable' because of its noxious smog, according to state media. Wang said the pollution was caused by its distribution of polluting factories and skyrocketing ownership of motor vehicles. Anshun's speech came days before the market research company Euromonitor International announced that tourism to Beijing had declined by 10 per cent from the year before due to pollution and a countrywide economic slowdown. (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: www.doctorsontm.org 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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