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Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda
26 August 2014 - A group of American doctors are taking part in a 'surgery camp' during which they also train local doctors. Scores of hopeful patients crowded the hallways of Mulago Hospital in the Ugandan capital of Kampala this past week. The operations, which would cost up to $20,000 in the United States, are free. Dr Michael Haglund, a professor of surgery and of neurobiology at Duke University, first visited Mulago in 2007. Dr Haglund decided to improve Mulago's neurosurgery capacity, which has required fundraising and spending his own money. Dr Haglund and his Duke University team have come to Mulago nine times since his first visit, bringing 45 tonnes of donated or used equipment worth $6.5 million. (more)

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes
26 August 2014 - Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes -- banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors -- until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the UN health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health Organization said the popular nicotine-vapour products, particularly the fruit, candy, and alcohol-drink flavours, could serve as gateway addictions for children and adolescents. In a report, the Geneva-based agency found that the boom in e-cigarettes presents a public health dilemma. (more)

WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes
26 August 2014 - The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Tuesday for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, advertising, and sales to minors, in the latest bid to control the booming new market. The United Nations health agency (WHO) also voiced concern at the concentration of the $3 billion market in the hands of transnational tobacco companies. (more)

US study: House calls for frail elders bring savings
25 August 2014 - The old-fashioned house call is starting to make a comeback as part of an effort to improve care for some of Medicare's most frail and expensive patients. Such elder care is rare, but is growing. Medicare paid for 2.8 million house calls in 2012, the latest data available, compared with 1.5 million about a decade ago. Medicare has begun a major demonstration project designed to test how well the house-call approach really works -- one that for the first time will allow participating providers to share in any government savings that result if they also meet quality-care requirements. (more)

Denmark: Hiring an electric 'smart' bike in Copenhagen
24 August 2014 - Copenhagen is one of the cycling capitals of the world -- in the 1990s it was the first capital city to install a bicycle hire scheme. The city has now upgraded its bikes to include electric assistance and GPS travel guides and they can be booked using a smartphone. (more)

US: Study shows links between city design and health
24 August 2014 - In a rare study of how street network design affects public health, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Connecticut have discovered that older, more compact cities promote more walking and biking and are generally healthier than many newer cities. Overall, the study showed that the healthiest cities had shorter blocks and more intersections. (more)

Australian, 70, sets record for oldest swimmer of English Channel
22 August 2014 - Bondi man Cyril Baldock has set the record for the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The 70-year-old Bondi Surf Life Saving Club member completed the swim between England and France in 12 hours and 45 minutes on Wednesday. It was his second Channel swim, after first completing the test -- considered the 'Everest of swimming' -- in 1985, when he became the fifth Australian to do so. (more)

Japan: Tokyo governor takes on big tobacco to push smoke-free games
22 August 2014 - The last time it hosted the Olympics, in 1964, Tokyo earned $1 million from an official Olympics-branded cigarette. Half a century later, Governor Yoichi Masuzoe is looking to restrict smoking before the 2020 Summer Games. 'I want to do this,' Masuzoe said on a Fuji TV show this week when asked about the possibility of introducing stricter curbs. 'If I get cooperation from the Tokyo Assembly, we can pass an ordinance.' (more)

China's 'war on pollution' sees coal drop for first time in century
20 August 2014 - China's coal consumption has declined for the first time in about 100 years in the first half of 2014, as the world's second largest economy is striving to achieve cleaner growth by declaring a 'war on pollution'. The historic decline comes after the country's coal consumption doubled in the past 10 years in line with the country's unprecedented economic growth. (more)

UK study: Dairy fats lower type 2 diabetes risk
20 August 2014 - A new study has uncovered intriguing connections between levels of different types of saturated fats in the blood and risk of developing type 2 diabetes -- adding more data to the growing body of evidence that, contrary to what we've been led to believe, saturated fats from dairy products are actually good for us. (more)

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New MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine offered online - starts this autumn
25 August 2014 - Maharishi University of Management is launching a new Master of Science in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine that will be offered online to health professionals as well as health educators with a background in the health sciences. The three-year, part-time curriculum is oriented towards doctors, nurses, medical students, and health coaches who want to add the burgeoning field of integrative medicine to their practices. The inaugural class of students begins this fall. (more)

Transcendental Meditation transforms lives at Rikers Island Corrections Dept for Women
22 August 2014 - Twenty female inmates, three staff members, and four Transcendental Meditation teachers are transformed after just one week of TM instruction at Rikers Island--the site of a large prison complex in the City of New York Department of Correction. An inmate said, 'Before TM, I was lost, stressed and angry. I kept blaming myself for what my life had become. With meditation, I am much more open to life itself, and I can make it through daily struggles.' (more)

Study: Transcendental Meditation strengthens the immune system
17 August 2014 - Does practising the Transcendental Meditation technique help to keep you healthy? A group of researchers at Infanta Cristina Hospital in Spain have published a study which measures the effect of regular TM practice on the immune system. The researchers measured different subsets of leukocytes and lymphocytes--the cells in the blood which help to fight off viruses and bacteria. The scientists stated in their conclusion that the technique of meditation studied seems to have a significant effect on immune cells. (more)

Media reports feature Transcendental Meditation as antidote to workplace stress
15 August 2014 - Workplace stress has become the 'black plague' of the twenty-first century, according to medical researchers, because modern medicine offers little to actually prevent or cure stress. As a result, there is more and more interest among business professionals in the Transcendental Meditation technique as a nonpharmacological antidote to stress in the workplace. News media have been featuring this trend, as seen in a number of recent press articles. (more)

International Ayurveda Conference to offer optional courses in Transcendental Meditation, Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, aroma therapy - April 2015, Netherlands
13 August 2014 - Organizers of the International Ayurveda Conference, to be hosted by Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands in April 2015, have arranged for several optional courses to be offered for attendees, during the conference or in a special extension following the main conference dates. These include: the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Ayur-Veda Pulse Diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha), and an Introduction to Maharishi Aroma Therapy. (more)

Mind Over DNA: Transforming DNA from the inside out
10 August 2014 - A recent talk by Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a featured video on ConsciousnessTalks--a monthly online series of TED-style talks focusing on the exploration and development of consciousness, presented by leading scientists, artists, and innovative thought-leaders from diverse fields. In 'Mind Over DNA: Transforming DNA from the inside out', Dr. Schneider explains why TIME magazine says that your DNA is not your destiny. Giving a new angle on epigenetics, Dr. Schneider explores how you can develop your consciousness to enrich your genes. (more)

Netherlands: Distinguished experts to helm International Ayurveda Conference - April 2015
9 August 2014 - A distinguished group of experts in Ayurveda--the time-tested, natural, prevention-oriented, and holistic health care system of ancient India--will guide the first-of-its-kind International Ayurveda Conference hosted by Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland next April 2015. Conference Presidents and other officials include renowned Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) from India and heads of leading institutions of Ayurvedic knowledge, training, and practice such as the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation, the All India Ayurvedic Congress, and the International Academy of Ayurveda. (more)

US Marine Sgt. Thrasher was skeptical, but he was out of options
9 August 2014 - Sgt. James Thrasher of the US Marine Corps is one of thousands of veterans and soldiers practising the Transcendental Meditation technique, many of whom were dealing with inner turmoil from war: 'I was interested in the TM programme but I was skeptical at the same time. The power of the TM meditation--it really came out fast, and it was surprising to me. Having that inner peace after meditation really emboldened me to deal with things that I'd been just kind of stuffing away. To be able to have relief from agitation, have relief from anger, frustration, sleeplessness, alcoholism, drug addiction . . . that's huge.' (more)

Leading institutions organizing April 2015 International Ayurveda Conference in Holland
5 August 2014 - The International Ayurveda Conference to be held in April 2015 at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands is being organized jointly by the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation for Health Professionals, the All India Ayurvedic Congress, and the International Academy of Ayurveda in Pune, India. (more)

Meditate to sharpen your assertive edge - Financial Times
4 August 2014 - Many people are using tranquilizers or sleeping pills to deal with workplace stress. Charles Wallace, writer for the Financial Times, found a healthier solution, following the footsteps of the $150B hedge-fund, Bridgewater, and executives of Goldman Sachs. A lot of people worry about becoming 'too chilled out' or 'losing their edge' when it comes to meditation. Wallace learned that the Transcendental Meditation technique not only helps with chronic anxiety but also enhances focus and sharpens the edge required for high performance. (more)

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Going fair, whatever the cost
26 August 2014 - Many young women in Myanmar dream of having whiter skin, and will go to many lengths to get it. Society accepts fair skin as a symbol of beauty, however problematic that notion is, and at present, many products purporting to deliver whiter skin fast are becoming cheaply and widely available. That likely means more people are suffering their minor to major side effects, too. The ingredients of whitening creams vary, but some of the more problematic substances often found are hydroquinine (a bleaching agent) and high-dose steroids. The National Health Service UK reports that the creams may cause irritation and redness, as well as uneven whitening and thinning of the skin. More worrisome, high doses of topical steroids can lead to hypertension and high blood sugar, doctors told The New York Times in a 2010 story about such creams. That story also reported that some creams contain mercury, a toxic element that can cause nervous-system damage. (more)

US: More parents think their overweight child is 'about right'
26 August 2014 - Between 1988 and 2010, the number of parents who could correctly identify their children as overweight or obese went down, according to a new study. 'Today, almost one out of every three kids is overweight or obese,' said senior author Dr Jian Zhang of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. 'They are at significantly increased risk of a number of diseases as they grow older, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, and cancer.' The first step to dealing with any problem is, of course, being aware of it, he said. In the 1988 to 1994 data set, 78 per cent of parents of an overweight boy and 61 per cent of parents of an overweight girl, identified the child as 'about the right weight.' That number increased to 83 per cent for boys and 78 per cent for girls in the 2005 to 2010 period. Similarly, for obese boys, 26 per cent of parents said they were 'about the right weight' in 1988 compared to 37 per cent in 2010, according to results in Pediatrics. Like their parents, many kids also identify themselves as about the right weight even if they are overweight or obese, and those kids are less likely to try to lose weight. Other studies have shown that overweight adults are increasingly not perceiving themselves as overweight, said Mary A. Burke, a senior economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. (more)

Thyroid cancer diagnosed in 104 young people in Fukushima
25 August 2014 - The number of young people in Fukushima Prefecture who have been diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer, a disease often caused by radiation exposure, now totals 104, according to prefectural officials. The 104 are among 300,000 young people who were aged 18 or under at the time of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and whose results of thyroid gland tests have been made available as of 30 June. They were eligible for the tests administered by the prefectural government. The average age of those diagnosed was 14.8 when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011. The figure can be extrapolated for comparison purposes to an average of more than 30 people per population of 100,000 having definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer. The figure is much higher than, for example, the development rate of thyroid cancer of 1.7 people per 100,000 among late teens based on the cancer patients' registration in Miyagi Prefecture. (more)

Denmark: Mammography false alarms linked with later tumor risk
23 August 2014 - Women whose screening mammograms produce false alarms have a heightened risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer years later, but the reason remains mysterious, researchers say. An increased risk of breast cancer among women with a 'false positive' mammogram has been reported before. What's new about this study is that the authors tried to figure out how much, if any, of the extra risk is simply due to doctors missing the cancer the first time they investigated the worrisome mammogram findings. But mistakes from doctors missing cancers explained only a small percentage of the increased risk, according to lead author My von Euler-Chelpin, an epidemiologist from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The American Cancer Society recommends that women be screened for breast cancer every year they are in good health starting at age 40. But a growing number of researchers have questioned the benefits of annual mammograms, and since 2009 the government-backed United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that screening be done every two years and be generally restricted to women aged 50 to 74. (more)

Scientists report genetic abnormalities in birds, insects, plants near Fukushima
23 August 2014 - Fukushima's nuclear disaster has caused genetic damage, a decline in the population and other changes to non-human organisms from plants to butterflies to birds in the area, US and Japanese scientists say. In a series of articles published in the latest of US science magazine Journal of Heredity, researches revealed the widespread impact of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster on biological organisms in the region. 'A growing body of empirical results from studies of birds, monkeys, butterflies, and other insects suggests that some species have been significantly impacted by the radioactive releases related to the Fukushima disaster,' stated Dr. Timothy Mousseau, of the University of South Carolina, lead author of one of the studies. Scientists of all the studies agreed that chronic low-dose exposure to ionizing radiation leads to genetic damage and increased mutation rates in reproductive and non-reproductive cells. The findings raise fears over the long-term effects of radiation on people who faced exposure in the days and weeks following the disaster. (more)

Cities' air problems only get worse with climate change
20 August 2014 - The threats from climate change are many: extreme weather, shrinking snowpack, altered ecosystems, and rising and more acidic seas, to name a few. Another lesser-known issue may hit especially close to home for city dwellers. In the world's already smoggy metropolises, pollution is likely to grow worse, a phenomenon scientists have taken to calling the climate penalty. Ozone is a key culprit. This lung-damaging compound, often formed from chemical reactions involving sunlight and automobile exhaust and other pollution, plagues major cities around the globe. As the climate heats up, it is projected that more ozone will form in polluted areas on sweltering days. 'You have a hot summer, you're going to get a lot of ozone,' said Daniel Jacob, a professor of atmospheric chemistry and environmental engineering at Harvard. The explanation lies in chemistry. Ozone, formed by a sunlight-aided reaction of volatile organic compounds with nitrogen oxides, is created more quickly at higher temperatures, as was evident during the European heat wave of 2003. Climate change will also make the air more stagnant in some areas like the East Coast of the United States, (more)

Heavy marijuana use in teen years may predict later-life disability, Swedish study
20 August 2014 - A long-term study of Swedish men finds that those who smoked marijuana at age 18, especially the heaviest users, were more likely to end up on the nation's disability rolls by age 59. It's unclear whether the pot use in adolescence may have led to more severe substance abuse or was an early sign of psychiatric or social factors that contributed to later disability, the researchers caution. 'There is reason to believe that the associations found in our study develop over a long period of time and are intertwined with problems in the labour market, in the social security system, and with the individual,' said study leader Anna‐Karin Danielsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Marijuana is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in the world, with 77 million Europeans reporting having tried it in a recent study. Pot use in the US has been on the rise since 2007, possibly due in part to a perception of diminishing risks. Nonetheless, studies continue to link cannabis with a variety of psychiatric and health problems as well as adverse social consequences. (more)

Liberia police fire on protesters as West Africa's Ebola toll hits 1,350
20 August 2014 - Police in the Liberian capital fired live rounds and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break an Ebola quarantine imposed on their neighbourhood, as the death toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1,350. In the sprawling oceanfront West Point neighbourhood of Monrovia, at least four people were injured in clashes with security forces, witnesses said. Liberian authorities introduced a nationwide curfew on Tuesday and put the West Point neighbourhood under quarantine to curb the spread of the disease. 'The soldiers are using live rounds,' said army spokesman Dessaline Allison, adding: 'The soldiers applied the rules of engagement. They did not fire on peaceful citizens. There will be medical reports if (an injury) was from bullet wounds.' Attempts to isolate the worst affected areas of the country and neighbouring Sierra Leone have raised fears of unrest in one of the world's poorest regions should communities start to run low on food and medical supplies. In an effort to calm tensions, authorities on Wednesday started delivering tonnes of rice, oil, and essential foodstuffs to West Point, residents and a government official said. (more)

Preventable US hospital deaths after urological surgery rising: study
19 August 2014 - As more urological surgeries are performed outside hospitals, deaths from preventable complications among men and women getting inpatient surgery have risen, according to a new study. Recognizable or preventable complications included sepsis, pneumonia, blood clots, shock, or cardiac arrest. Upper gastrointestinal bleeding during admission for surgery was also included. Older, sicker, and minority patients or those with public insurance were more likely to die as a result of a potentially preventable cause, according to the study. Healthier patients being treated without being inpatients could be one explanation for the rise in inpatient deaths from complications, but it could also have to do with a increasing emphasis on coding and accounting for complications that could lead to mortality over the period of the study,Dr. Hung-Jui Tan, a urology fellow at UCLA who was not involved in the new study, said. (more)

US: Disabilities in kids rise
18 August 2014 - Disabilities among US children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. Disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden. The increases may partly reflect more awareness and recognition that conditions, including autism, require a specific diagnosis to receive special services, the researchers said. Overall, disabilities of any kind affected 8 per cent children by 2010-2011, compared to close to 7 percent a decade earlier. For children living in poverty, the rate was 10 per cent at the end of the period, versus about 6 per cent of kids from wealthy families. The overall trend reflects a 16 per cent increase, while disabilities in kids from wealthy families climbed more than 28 percent, the researchers found. The trend was fueled by increases in attention problems, speech problems, and other mental or developmental disorders that likely include autism although that condition isn't identified in the analysed data. (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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