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Pigeons, the next great cancer detector?
20 November 2015 - Scientists have discovered you can teach one of the most maligned of birds how to identify cancer. It turns out pigeons may make great cancer detectives. The authors of a new study in the journal PLOS ONE think the birds offer great potential as testers of cancer detection technology and as a help in doctor training. Hearing about pigeons' amazing visual recall on a radio segment, Dr. Richard Levenson, professor and vice chair for strategic technologies in the department of medical pathology and laboratory medicine at University of California-Davis Medical Center, wondered 'if they could actually do pathology, which is all about visual recall.' He got in touch with Dr. Ed Wasserman, a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Iowa. He is also one of the guys scientists flock to when they want to play with pigeon vision, CNN reported. (more)

Pigeons may have a future standing in for pathologists and radiologists
18 November 2015 - Years of schooling and training are needed to teach pathologists and radiologists to spot cancer on medical images, but a new study finds that pigeons can be about as accurate as these professionals, with the help of a few food pellets. Visual recall is needed for pathologists and radiologists to determine what is and is not cancer when looking at images. The birds were taught to spot cancer and potentially cancer-linked calcifications over several days. Among the images of actual tissue samples, the birds' accuracy rose from 50 percent (equivalent to chance) to about 85 percent 15 days later. They performed just as well when they were shown new images. When the pigeons were taken as a group, and the choices of the majority tallied for each test, the birds demonstrated 99 percent accuracy in identifying cancer in the tissue sample images. (more)

Retired US government scientist: Message to public schools and parents about wireless devices and health
12 November 2015 - If wireless devices, such as WiFi, are used in your schools, then the health of your staff, your teachers, and your students can be at risk. But this problem can be successfully addressed, and with benefit to all. (more)

Katy Perry, Sting perform at David Lynch Foundation concert
5 November 2015 - Sting played it cool for a New York benefit concert dedicated to Transcendental Meditation. Katy Perry added some volume. They and Jerry Seinfeld were featured performers Wednesday at 'Change Begins Within,' a Carnegie Hall event presented by the David Lynch Foundation. The benefit raised money to offer Transcendental Meditation for 10,000 at-risk New Yorkers. (more)

New Dutch healthy diet guidelines say don't drink alcohol at all
5 November 2015 - The Dutch health council is recommending that people abstain from alcohol altogether or drink no more than one glass per day. The council has published new recommendations on ensuring a healthy diet and says more than one alcoholic drink raises the risk of strokes and various forms of cancer. (more)

Ultrasonic bubbles give cold water bug-killing cleaning power
3 November 2015 - A hand-held device that infuses a gentle stream of regular cold water with ultrasound to turn it into a highly effective cleaning tool has been developed by British scientists, who say it could reduce dependence on traditional detergents and help combat anti-microbial resistance. (more)

Doctors gather at Dead Sea to discuss its healing magic
2 November 2015 - Physicians from several countries are coming to the Dead Sea to learn how the climate and minerals can treat chronic fatigue and boost immunity. The ninth medical workshop organized by the Norwegian Dead Sea Foundation will be held at the lowest spot on Earth, November 23-25. The Dead Sea's unique solar and mineral properties draw thousands of medical tourists every year from across the world seeking natural relief from chronic skin, respiratory, and joint conditions. (more)

Better office air makes for better thinking
30 October 2015 - Architects have long focused on ways to seal buildings up and make them more energy efficient, but new research demonstrates that good ventilation can be important for our cognitive abilities. Steve Curwood speaks with Harvard School of Public Health professor Joe Allen about the new study that documents the details and with John Mandyck of United Technologies about how the findings could influence the future of building design. (more)

US to clean 1 of Puerto Rico's worst polluted waterways
30 October 2015 - The United States pledged Friday to help clean one of Puerto Rico's most polluted waterways in a move to end a 15-year struggle by the U.S. territory to [improve the situation] for a community where thousands of people live. The agreement signed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations marks the beginning of an extensive, multimillion-dollar cleanup of the four-mile (six-kilometer) long Martin Pena Channel. It forms part of the San Juan Bay Estuary in the heart of Puerto Rico's capital. (more)

US: EPA may ban common pesticide used on fruits and vegetables
30 October 2015 - A common pesticide used on citrus fruits, almonds, and other crops would be banned under a proposal announced Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposal would prohibit use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used insecticide that is sprayed on a variety of crops including oranges, apples, cherries, grapes, broccoli, and asparagus. The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years. (more)

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Transcendental Meditation: An innovative solution to Africa's PTSD crisis
15 November 2015 - For over a decade, 18 African nations have been ravaged by war, exposing military personnel and civilians to violence and trauma. As a result, one hundred million Africans now suffer the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research has shown that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique can result in large reductions in PTSD symptoms in short periods of time. In a study on Congolese refugees, 90% of subjects improved into the 'non-symptomatic' range within 30 days and stayed that way throughout the 135 days of the research. News media in Africa and other parts of the world have featured a report on the exceptional relief experienced by those suffering from PTSD after learning TM. (more)

A social worker's recovery from PTSD inspires her to bring 'life-changing' TM to other healthcare professionals
14 November 2015 - Social worker Sharon Penko describes how Transcendental Meditation has helped her personally and in her job at a pediatric hospital's bone marrow transplant unit, where stress levels can be high. The day after learning TM, Sharon says, 'the word I used to describe my mental state was ''bliss''.' Since then her life has blossomed: 'Just a little while after I started meditating, I began to feel a deep love and connection to all the people around me.' She also sees TM as 'a really important tool for healthcare workers', and after graduate school plans to attend training to become a TM teacher. 'I hope to share this life-changing practice with social workers and other healthcare professionals.' (more)

Learning TM through Operation Warrior Wellness: 'I'm more content than I've ever been'
11 November 2015 - Melvin Brown, a US military veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, describes his remarkable recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after learning Transcendental Meditation through the David Lynch Foundation's Operation Warrior Wellness programme. In a new DLF video, Melvin's son also relates his admiration for his father's recovery and progress and how their family life has improved as a result. Initial studies have highlighted the cost-effectiveness of teaching TM to those suffering from PTSD, with findings including 40-55% reduction in symptoms of PTSD and depression; 42% decrease in insomnia; and 30% improvement in satisfaction with quality of life. (more)

Maharishi University of Management inaugurates medical programme in integrative medicine
30 October 2015 - A new Maharishi University of Management medical programme in integrative medicine, offered in partnership with St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine in Curacao, enrolled its inaugural class this fall. Students in the four-year programme earn a Master of Science in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine from MUM and an MD from St. Martinus. Dr Robert Schneider, dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health, said the need for this programme is urgent because there are many chronic diseases that aren't treatable with modern medicine. Maharishi AyurVeda can have a major impact on treating and preventing chronic and lifestyle-related diseases, which make up most of a doctor's practice. (more)

Women's health: Overcoming chronic fatigue with Transcendental Meditation
28 October 2015 - Amy Ruff, Director of TM for Nurses in the US, addresses the pervasive and debilitating women's health problem of chronic fatigue, presenting specific scientifically validated, physiological effects of Transcendental Meditation that help increase energy and reduce stress and fatigue. She also writes about the many benefits she found in her nursing career from her twice daily practice of Transcendental Meditation. It 'allowed me to continue and enjoy a rewarding nursing career for almost 40 years. Did I sometimes get tired? Yes. But fatigue has never been debilitating, and the tiredness from a long shift was cleared away in my next meditation.' (more)

Dr William Stixrud: The curious workings of the teenage brain
23 October 2015 - William Stixrud, PhD, is a leading clinical neuropsychologist whose Washington, DC-based group practice specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults with learning, attentional, social, and/or emotional disorders. His recent presentations have featured a cogent discussion of the teenage brain, leading to recommending Transcendental Meditation to help strengthen the prefrontal cortex and normalize stress hormones. 'When you're less stressed you can focus better, you can resist distraction better, and when you have this increased coherence in brain functioning, you can organize your thinking better, your sense of priorities is better, you can integrate information better, and you see a larger perspective,' says Dr Stixrud. (more)

Fox News' Good Day New York: Bob Roth interviewed on TM, David Lynch Foundation and Change Begins Within benefit concert
22 October 2015 - David Lynch Foundation executive director Bob Roth is interviewed on Fox News' Good Day New York by hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly. They discuss the upcoming 'Change Begins Within' concert at Carnegie Hall benefitting the Foundation's work teaching Transcendental Meditation to at-risk individuals including veterans with PTSD and inner city school children. Bob explains the difference between TM and other types of meditation: 'In Transcendental Meditation, we locate and access a level of our mind - right now - that's already calm. Some meditations try to clear your mind of thoughts, or fight them; this just accesses the calm within.' (more)

Book review: Prescribing Health: Transcendental Meditation in Contemporary Medical Care
16 October 2015 - Prescribing Health: Transcendental Meditation in Contemporary Medical Care is a collection of articles covering cutting-edge research on the effects of Transcendental Meditation on physical and mental health. The 314-page volume is edited by psychologists David O'Connell and Deborah Bevvino. The first section presents the mechanisms through which TM practice can improve physical and mental health outcomes. In the second, evidence is provided from clinical trials demonstrating that TM can alleviate different types of health problems ranging from heart disease to ADHD. The articles in the third section analyze the value of Transcendental Meditation as a healing tool for both the individual and the society. (more)

New study: Transcendental Meditation for autism spectrum disorders?
11 October 2015 - A recent paper, ''Transcendental Meditation for autism spectrum disorders? A perspective'', published in Cogent Psychology, offers a perspective on Transcendental Meditation as a helpful form of therapy for some children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). In the paper authored by David O. Black, Norman Rosenthal and Peter Walla, individuals with diagnosed ASDs were evaluated in depth as to how they had benefitted from the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Participants found TM was easy to learn and was helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, improving emotional and behaviour regulation, productivity, the ability to tolerate and cope in novel settings and social environments, and the capacity to transition and manage unexpected changes in routine. (more)

Transcendental Meditation 'superbly calms the stress' - Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD
10 October 2015 - In a comprehensive discussion of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and heart disease on his web site, Heart MD Institute, American cardiologist Dr Stephen Sinatra cites research documenting the relief combat veterans have gained from the debilitating effects of PTSD through practising Transcendental Meditation. The article reflects an integrated approach to strengthening the cardiovascular system through conventional medicine combined with nutritional and mind-body therapies, which Dr Sinatra has described on The Dr Oz Show, CNN's Sunday Morning News, 'Body and Soul' on PBS, and many other shows. (more)

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Dermatology drug prices in U.S. soared in recent years
25 November 2015 - The price of many drugs prescribed by U.S. dermatologists has skyrocketed over the past six years, far exceeding increases in overall health care costs and stretching patients' budgets in an era of high insurance deductibles, according to a new study from Florida. Drug prices recently became a topic of national debate after Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price of an older antimicrobial medicine by more than 5,000 percent. Authors of the new study write in JAMA Dermatology that Americans are increasingly forced to pay out-of-pocket for drugs. The drugs fit into five categories. Medications used to stop the growth of cancer cells increased by about $11,000 per year or 1,240 percent, which was the biggest rise for a single class of drugs. 'I think they're charging what they want to, because they can,' senior author Dr. Steven Rosenberg said of pharmaceutical manufacturers. 'I think that's the simplest answer.' (more)

Red meat linked to increased stroke risk
25 November 2015 - Red meat -- but not other types of protein -- is linked to an increased stroke risk, and the odds go up the more meat people eat, a recent study suggests. Even though some previous research has linked high-protein diets to strokes, the results have been mixed and the current study helps solidify the evidence suggesting that red meat in particular may pose a danger, said lead study author Dr. Bernhard Haring of the Comprehensive Heart Failure Center at the University of Wurzburg in Germany. (more)

Smokeless tobacco users exposed to more nicotine, cancer-causing chemical
20 November 2015 - Compared to cigarette smokers, users of smokeless tobacco are exposed to equal or higher levels of nicotine and NNK, a cancer-causing chemical in tobacco products, according to a study from the U.S. government. (more)

Antibiotics in animal feed may endanger children, doctors warn
16 November 2015 - Overuse of antibiotics in animal feed is making it harder for doctors to treat life-threatening infections in young children, a report from U.S. pediatricians warns. The report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the widespread practice of giving antibiotics to healthy livestock to promote growth and prevent disease among animals is making the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat infections in people. More than two million Americans become ill with antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and 23,000 die as a result, Dr. Theoklis Zaoutis of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and co-author Dr. Jerome Paulson report in the journal Pediatrics. (more)

U.S. survey shows higher rate of autism in children
13 November 2015 - A new survey of parents suggests that as many as one out of every 45 U.S. children aged between 3 and 17 years have autism, a number that far exceeds official U.S. estimates of one in 68 children, U.S. researchers said on Friday. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologist Benjamin Zablotsky told Reuters the new questions improved the accuracy of the survey, and did not reflect a surge in prevalence of autism in the United States. (more)

Adolescent e-cigarette use tied to breathing problems
9 November 2015 - Adolescents who reported using e-cigarettes were about 30 percent more likely to report respiratory symptoms than those who never used e-cigarettes, in a study from China. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine through a vapor, which contains propylene glycol and flavoring chemicals known to be bothersome to the respiratory system, the researchers write in JAMA Pediatrics. (more)

AP Photos: Homeless struggle with high costs of Hawaii
8 November 2015 - Hawaii has long been known as a tropical paradise, but in recent years another image has intruded into the state's carefully crafted one of idyllic beaches and relaxing resorts: homelessness. The of homeless people has grown in recent years, and it now has the nation's highest rate per capita. Many of the homeless, however, defy the stereotype of the mentally ill or drug addicted. They are families, with men and women who work full-time jobs. They are struggling to get a foothold in a place with a high cost of living and low wages. (more)

Homelessness in Hawaii grows, defying image of paradise
8 November 2015 - Two days before the city planned to dismantle her sidewalk home, Kionina Kaneso had no idea where she and her daughter and grandchildren would sleep. A full-time fast-food worker, Kaneso had bad experiences at shelters before and was hesitant to live in another, ending up instead in one of the nation's largest homeless encampments. Desperate, she decided to try one again. But there was no more space for families. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state the nation's highest rate per capita, above New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. Since 2010, the rise has come even as the national rate has fallen during the economic recovery. The state's population of unsheltered families ballooned 46 percent from 2014 to 2015, said Scott Morishige, state coordinator on homelessness. (more)

Cholera spreads from Iraq to Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain: UNICEF
6 November 2015 - A cholera outbreak in Iraq has spread to neighbouring Syria, Kuwait, and Bahrain, and risks turning into a region-wide epidemic as millions of pilgrims prepare to visit the country, UNICEF's Iraq director said. The outbreak can be traced to a number of factors including low water levels in the Euphrates and winter flooding that has contaminated the river and shallow wells with sewage water. The war against Islamic State militants who control large swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq has also contributed to the outbreak. (more)

Death rates rising for middle-aged white Americans, study finds
2 November 2015 - Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling. Rising annual death rates among this group are being driven not by the big killers like heart disease and diabetes but by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse: alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids. (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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