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Smoking bans lead to better national health
9 February 2016 - People living in countries with public smoking bans have lower exposure to secondhand smoke and better health, according to a fresh look at past research from 21 nations. Smoking bans were tied to a decrease in health problems and deaths -- especially those related to heart disease, researchers report in the journal Cochrane Library, online February 4. Researchers did their analysis for the Cochrane Collaboration, which is known for reviewing medical evidence and determining its quality. (more)

US: Hotels expand options to keep guests healthy on the road
1 February 2016 - Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market, and a training wall that comes standard in every room. The hotel industry is moving beyond basement gyms and basic spa menus to accommodate guests' growing requests to stay healthy while on the road. Rooftop yoga classes are all the rage at hotels across the country. The offerings come as guests, particularly younger ones, say it's one of the deciding factors on where they will stay. (more)

Scotland: Playing bagpipes helps youngster's health
27 January 2016 - A little boy with cystic fibrosis has been given a new lease of life -- after learning to play the bagpipes. Vincent Forkner has battled the life-threatening lung condition since birth. But after becoming 'obsessed' with Scotland on a family holiday, the eight-year-old joined a Highland band last year and was determined to master the country's national instrument. His family say they cannot believe what positive impact they have made. His mother said his lung capacity has drastically improved since he took up the instrument. Vincent, who also has the debilitating muscle disorder cerebral palsy, has also used the pipes to regain the use of his left hand, which was previously unable to work. (more)

Eating green leafy vegetables may lower glaucoma risk
20 January 2016 - People who eat more green leafy vegetables, a good source of nitrate, may significantly decrease their risk of developing glaucoma, according to a large study. Based on long-term data for more than 100,000 U.S. adults, those who consumed the most nitrate -- mostly from green vegetables like kale and spinach -- were 21 percent less likely than those who ate the least nitrate to develop open-angle glaucoma by the time they were in their 60s and 70s. (more)

US: Campbell says it supports standard for GMO labeling
8 January 2016 - Campbell Soup says it now supports mandatory national labeling for products containing genetically modified ingredients, and that it will stop backing efforts opposing such disclosures. The change of heart by the maker of Pepperidge Farm cookies, Prego sauces, and Spaghetti-Os marks a break from industry groups that have sought to make labeling voluntary. Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison has been outspoken about the need for big food makers to adapt to changing tastes. (more)

US: Campbell Soup becomes first major company to start GMO labeling
8 January 2016 - Campbell Soup Co said it will label all its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major food company to respond to growing calls for more transparency about contents in food. The world's largest soup maker broke ranks with peers and said it supported the enactment of federal legislation for a single mandatory labeling standard for GMO-derived foods and a national standard for non-GMO claims made on food packaging. (more)

Being charitable boosts health benefits
6 January 2016 - Research by University at Albany economics professor Baris Yörük may provide additional motivation for those resolving to become more charitable in 2016. According to Yörük, receiving tax deductions for charitable giving can indirectly provide individual health benefits. The correlation comes from what he refers to as 'spillover effects.' Prior studies have shown that charitable tax deductions boost donations, while others have concluded that giving to others reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. Yörük simply combined the two ideas. (more)

US: Volunteers remodel apartments to help homeless veterans with a new start
3 January 2016 - Volunteers in Campbell, Ohio began remodelling two apartments on Saturday for veterans that don't have a home. Four veterans will be moving into them, rent free, once they're done. The goal of the project is to help the veterans get on their feet. After that, the next step is moving them into permanent housing once they are more stable. Iron Soup Historical Preservation is taking the lead on the project, but is getting lots of help. Volunteers cut tiles, raked leaves and painted walls, preparing the run-down apartments for the veterans. American Food Forest and Youngstown Inner City Garden are also helping with the project. (more)

Call for UK ban on 'microbeads' pollutant after Obama takes action in US
31 December 2015 - Manufacturers should be banned from using polluting plastic 'microbeads' in cosmetics and soaps sold in the UK, the leader of the Green Party has said. 'The US ban will come into force in July 2017' she said. 'We should be acting now to ensure we have a ban in the UK as soon as possible. And we should be informing consumers about how to identify products containing the microbeads, so those who want to act immediately to reduce these contaminants can do so.' (more)

US: In victory against pointless plastic, microbead ban signed into law
29 December 2015 - In a move described as a 'micro-sized miracle,' US President Barack Obama on 28 December signed into law a bill banning the manufacture of beauty products containing miniscule plastic particles, known as microbeads. The Microbead-Free Waters Act, passed by Congress earlier in December, phases out the manufacture of face wash, toothpaste, and shampoo containing plastic microbeads by 1 July 2017 and the sale of such beauty products by 1 July 2018. (more)

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Maharishi Ayur-Veda resources offer knowledge, treatment, training
9 February 2016 - In addition to reducing stress, Transcendental Meditation develops integrated brain functioning and promotes wellness. A natural adjunct to the essential value of practising TM--allowing the mind to experience its most silent level--is Maharishi Ayur-Veda, the 'Science of Life', which further enlivens the unlimited inner intelligence of mind and body. In addition to making Transcendental Meditation available throughout the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi worked with the world's foremost Ayurvedic physicians to develop a systematic presentation of Ayurvedic knowledge and health care. There are many online resources and centres in many countries for knowledge, treatment, research, and training in Maharishi Ayur-Veda natural health care. (more)

Important parenting advice: Get your kids to practise Transcendental Meditation
8 February 2016 - A recent article highlights Transcendental Meditation as an effective means to alleviate rising stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction among young people. 'Twenty-three per cent of teens have anxiety,' said Mario Orsatti, Co-Director of the David Lynch Foundation Center for Leadership Performance. 'Children as young as 6 and 7 have learning disorders, and all of it is stress-related.' TM has been proven to help kids of any age to excel--improving both emotional well-being and academic abilities; it has brought dramatic reductions in suspensions and other negative school behaviours. Mr Orsatti explains that the technique is easy to learn and practise: 'It's as automatic as eating an orange to get vitamin C. You don't need to believe in the vitamin; you just get it.' (more)

Psychology Today: Transcendental Meditation reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms
3 February 2016 - Psychology Today reports on a new study, ''Impact of Transcendental Meditation on Psychotropic Medication Use Among Active Duty Military Service Members With Anxiety and PTSD''. Christopher Bergland's comprehensive article explains that the research was conducted at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center's Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Gordon, Georgia, USA. After one month, 83.7% of participants who learned TM had stabilized and reduced, or stopped their use of psychotropic drugs to treat their PTSD conditions. The study was published in January in the journal Military Medicine. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A natural antidote to anxiety
31 January 2016 - According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects about 6.8 million American adults, including twice as many women as men. Health writer Linda Egenes describes several studies from the body of 'solid research' on Transcendental Meditation--including findings that TM was twice as effective as other techniques in reducing anxiety; and in participants with the highest levels, anxiety dropped to near normal in the first few weeks of TM practice. Yet 'having the antidote to anxiety is just half the story,' she says. With Transcendental Meditation, health and fulfilment also increase, and 'life itself becomes simple and joyful.' (more)

'My only regret is that I didn't find this practice twenty years ago'
27 January 2016 - A businessman gives a first-person account of what led to his learning Transcendental Meditation. 'I'm a corporate technology executive, father, and generally happy guy,' Steve says. But balancing his creative ideas with 'spinning, whirling, self-sabotaging thoughts' had always been a challenge, and at an especially stressful time in his life, he took a friend's suggestion to learn TM. He says, 'After the course, I took the practice home and began to see immediate changes in my body and mind. I was more focused, felt less mental-spinning, and a general calmness came over me. The practice itself is so simple, I couldn't believe such a small modification to my day could create such an amazing result in myself.' (more)

Health care vs. disease care: Transcendental Meditation promotes wholeness of life
24 January 2016 - 'Fulfilment in life is derived from the experience of completeness, or inner wholeness, the symptoms of which are happiness, harmonious relationships, success, progress and peace,' writes Janet Hoffman, describing an expanded view of the goals of true health care. 'The Transcendental Meditation technique helps us realize these goals of life through full brain development, elimination of stress, and enlivening consciousness--the pure state of infinite potential that lies within. TM can deliver us from the need for disease care but, more importantly, it brings the individual to a state of enlightenment--healthy life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.' Ms Hoffman is executive director of the Transcendental Meditation program for Women Professionals. (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps overcome insomnia, health effects of sleep deprivation
22 January 2016 - Sleep researchers are paying more attention to gender differences in their findings -- learning, for example, that single mothers are the most sleep deprived of all subjects, and unhealthy sleep patterns more drastically affect women's health. Transcendental Meditation reduces stress and anxiety, the most frequent causes of insomnia; people who learn TM find that the chronic stress responses associated with sleep disorders -- in their body, mind, and daily life -- are greatly reduced, and insomnia becomes less of a problem. Others find that the deep rest and integrated brain functioning that TM brings lead to more clarity, organizing power, and efficiency in activity, promoting healthier choices and allowing more time for rest and sleep. (more)

Bob Roth speaks on Transcendental Meditation at Prevention Magazine's wellness summit, 'Revive, Refresh, Reinvent'
19 January 2016 - reported on a recent presentation by Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, on Transcendental Meditation at Prevention Magazine's R3 Summit in Austin, Texas. The conference's theme was 'Revive, Refresh, Reinvent'. Through the course of his interactive presentation, Roth described to the audience the scientific process through which TM can help 'strengthen the brain and relieve trauma, stress, or stagnant energy that's locked in our minds.' Roth spoke of the 'constellation of positive changes' derived from Transcendental Meditation, including reduced high blood pressure, chronic pain, and excess amounts of cortisol, a hormone directly related to stress. The summit featured inspirational speakers including authors, health and wellness activists, executive chefs, and CEOs. (more)

Transcendental Meditation may reduce PTSD symptoms, medication use in active-duty personnel: New study published in Military Medicine
14 January 2016 - Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder to reduce or even eliminate their psychotropic medication and get better control of their often-debilitating symptoms, researchers report in the journal Military Medicine. The study looked at 74 active-duty service members with PTSD or anxiety disorder who were seeking treatment at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center's Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Half the group voluntarily practised TM regularly; half did not. At one month, 83.7% of the meditators had stabilized, reduced or stopped their use of psychotropic drugs to treat their conditions. 'Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation provides a habit of calming down and healing the brain,' said lead author Dr. Vernon A. Barnes. (more)

Let's dance in the new year (Part I): Staying happy, healthy, and connected to one's essential nature
11 January 2016 - Considering how to make new year's resolutions she could maintain, health writer Linda Egenes 'decided to focus on things that I want to continue doing because they are working for me'. Taking a cue from TV executive producer Shonda Rhimes' new book, Year of Yes, Ms Egenes came up with a list to 'say yes to'. Prominent on her list: 'I say yes to continuing to make time in my day for my twice daily practice of Transcendental Meditation. TM helps me feel happy. It helps me feel rested. It helps my mind think more clearly. And it keeps me grounded to my essential nature, so I stay connected to my best self even when the circumstances around me get challenging.' (more)

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U.S. researchers find new bacteria that causes Lyme disease
9 February 2016 - Researchers have discovered a new bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans, a U.S. health agency said Monday. Researchers discovered Borrelia mayonii after studying blood samples of patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota who were suspected of having Lyme disease from 2012-2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. It is likely that the bacteria is a 'recently emerged' organism since it did not appear in previous, extensive testing of blood samples of patients suspected of having Lyme disease, said Jeannine Petersen, a CDC microbiologist. (more)

More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government
6 February 2016 - More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which prevents fetus' brains from developing properly. There is no vaccine or treatment. 'The projection is that we could end up having 600,000 cases,' President Santos said, adding there could be up to 1,000 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare but serious condition that can cause paralysis and which some governments have linked to Zika infection. (more)

US: Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides
3 February 2016 - Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating exposure to toxic farm chemicals. But in this case, the breeze pushed the pesticide over the crew in a neighboring field, where it fell mostly on women, including at least one who was pregnant. An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the pesticide-safety system is riddled with problems: Investigations often take years to complete and result in few penalties. Written warnings are common, fines rare. Compliance is sometimes voluntary, not required. And worker anonymity can be compromised, making employees reluctant to report violations. (more)

WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread
1 February 2016 - The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it is an 'extraordinary event' that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world. WHO estimates there could be up to 4 million cases of Zika in the Americas in the next year. Zika was first identified in 1947 in Uganda but until last year, it wasn't believed to cause any serious effects; about 80 percent of infected people never experience symptoms. The virus has also been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes muscle weakness and nerve problems. Michael Osterholm, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Minnesota, said it was still unclear how Zika had evolved since it first emerged in Africa, but that even minor genetic changes might have major consequences. (more)

Zika virus spreads fear among pregnant Brazilians
31 January 2016 - For scores of women in the epicenter of the Zika outbreak in Brazil, the joy of pregnancy has given way to fear. In the sprawling coastal city of Recife, panic has struck maternity wards since Zika -- a mosquito-borne virus first detected in the Americas last year -- was linked to wave of brain damage in newborns. There is no vaccine or known cure for the poorly understood disease. In about four-fifths of cases, Zika causes no noticeable symptoms so women have no idea if they contracted it during pregnancy. At Recife's IMIP hospital, dozens of soon-to-be mothers wait anxiously for ultrasound scans that will indicate whether the child they are carrying has a shrunken head and damaged brain, a condition called microcephaly. Zika, first identified in Uganda in 1947 and unknown in the Americas until discovered in Brazil last year. Ninety percent of children born with the condition will have retarded mental and physical development, and will need specialized care for the rest of their lives. There is no certainty what they will be able to see or hear, or when they will learn to walk and talk, Adriana Scavuzzi, a doctor at Recife's IMIP hospital said. (more)

Antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide, biggest ever review finds
27 January 2016 - Antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide, the biggest ever review has found, as pharmaceutical companies were accused of failing to report side-effects and even deaths linked to the drugs. An analysis of 70 trials of the most common antidepressants -- involving more than 18,000 people -- found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in under 18s. For years families have claimed that antidepressant medication drove their loved ones to commit suicide, but have been continually dismissed by medical companies and doctors who claimed a link was unproven. The review -- the biggest oif its kind into the effects of the drugs -- was carried out by the Nordic Cochrane Centre and analysed by University College London (UCL) who today endorse the findings in an editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). (more)

Caught off-guard by Zika, Brazil struggles with deformed babies
27 January 2016 - Angela Rocha, a pediatrician in northeastern Brazil, measures the head of a child born with microcephaly, a tragic neurological complication linked to Zika, the mosquito-borne virus sparking a health scare across the Americas. Outside the room, seven mothers cradling infants with abnormally small heads line up for hours for tests. More than 1,000 cases of microcephaly have been reported in just a few months in Pernambuco state, the epicenter of the Zika outbreak. For a country that for years has battled the Aedes aegypti mosquito -- responsible for previous epidemics of dengue, yellow fever, and other tropical diseases -- the outbreak of Zika has caught the government, public health administrators, and doctors entirely off guard. Microcephaly has been clinically linked by scientists to mothers believed to have been infected with Zika while expecting. (more)

Teens who try e-cigarettes more likely to start smoking
27 January 2016 - Teens who try electronic cigarettes may be more than twice as likely to progress to traditional cigarettes as their peers who haven't used the devices, a recent U.S. study finds. The results from surveys following more than 2,300 high school students in Hawaii mirror findings from a separate analysis of smoking habits among about 2,500 Los Angeles teens published in JAMA last August, adding to evidence that using e-cigarettes may be a gateway to smoking tobacco. About 2 million middle- and high-school students tried e-cigarettes in 2014, triple the number of teen users in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last April. The battery-powered devices feature a glowing tip and a heating element that turns liquid nicotine and other flavorings into a cloud of vapor that users inhale. (more)

Ex-sailing CEO: I was fired for trying to move Rio event
26 January 2016 - The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a 'B plan' but says 'I was told to gag myself on the subject.' Andy Hunt took over just two weeks ago as the new CEO, and sailing is still scheduled to begin in August in the sewage-filled bay. Independent testing of Guanabara Bay conducted by the AP over the last year shows disease-causing viruses at levels thousands of times above what would be considered alarming in the U.S. or Europe. The tests include the venue for sailing, but also Rio's Olympic venues for rowing, canoeing, open-water swimming, and triathlon. (more)

Health minister: Brazil is 'losing battle' against mosquito
26 January 2016 - Brazil's health minister says the country is sending some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects -- but he also says the war is already being lost. Health Minister Marcelo Castro said the country has failed in efforts against the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. The arrival of Zika in Brazil last year initially caused little alarm, as the virus' symptoms are generally much milder than those of dengue. It didn't become a crisis until late in the year, when researchers made the link with a dramatic increase in reported cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect that sees babies born with unusually small heads and can cause lasting developmental problems. (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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