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Australia's plain cigarette packs get more support than expected
9 December 2016 - Young Australians say they're less likely to try smoking and more likely to quit since the country's mandatory plain packaging for all tobacco products was implemented, according to a new study. (more)

Optimistic women may live longer
9 December 2016 - Women who have a sunny outlook on life may live longer . . . a recent study suggests. Researchers analyzed data collected over eight years on about 70,000 women and found that the most optimistic people were significantly less likely to die from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, or infections during the study period than the least optimistic. (more)

US: Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB damages, cleanup costs
8 December 2016 - Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday (8 December) against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company's production of PCBs, the state's attorney general said. Monsanto produced the polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, 'for decades while hiding what they knew about the toxic chemicals' harm to human health and the environment,' Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement. (more)

The science behind why you shouldn't stop giving thanks after Thanksgiving
24 November 2016 - Gratitude is too good to be left at the Thanksgiving table. On most days, gratitude manifests as an emotional reaction to a favorable event or outcome. But it also can be a way of life. People who consciously choose daily to seek out things in their lives to be thankful for are, research has shown, happier and healthier. (more)

US: Improve attitude with gratitude, James Taylor tells fans
24 November 2016 - James Taylor has a Thanksgiving message for his fans: Gratitude improves your attitude. The singer-songwriter says in an email that giving thanks is the key to overcoming setbacks and dealing with reversals of fortune. 'To whom we give it is a big question but just go ahead on and do it. Gratitude is the way to an improved attitude . . .To have been born in human form and consciousness aboard this unbelievably beneficent planet is an incredible stroke of luck.' (more)

US: When food banks say no to sugary junk, schools offer a solution
23 November 2016 - This is the time of year when donations to food banks spike. But some food banks are getting pickier about what they'll accept. Earlier this year the Capital Area Food Bank announced it would 'dramatically' cut back on junk food it receives and distributes. This means saying 'no' to donations such as sheet cakes, holiday candy, sugary sodas, and other processed, bakery items. Other food pantries are following a similar strategy. So, where does Share food pantry in McLean, Virginia find the kind of donations they're looking for? It turns out, the elementary school across the street has become a key partner, giving the food pantry about a hundred pounds of foods each week. (more)

Dementia rates falling among older Americans
21 November 2016 - The proportion of older Americans living with dementia fell between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study. The exact reasons for the drop aren't clear yet, researchers say. Dementia impairs patients' memory and cognitive skills. The prevalence of dementia in 2000 was 11.6 percent, compared to 8.8 percent in 2012. The decline occurred despite an increase in heart health risk factors like high blood pressure and obesity between 2000 and 2012, the researchers write. (more)

McDonald's investor renews push for antibiotic reduction
17 November 2016 - A McDonald's Corp shareholder is redoubling efforts to convince the fast-food chain to stop all of its global restaurants from serving the meat of animals raised with antibiotics that are vital for fighting human infections. The Congregation of Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas, asked directors at McDonald's to prohibit the use of medically important antibiotics in its global poultry supply chain. McDonald's already has adopted that policy for the chicken served in its U.S. restaurants. The group also asking the fast-food chain to set global targets and timelines.... The sisters aim to have shareholders vote on the new proposal at McDonald's 2017 annual meeting. (more)

Sonoma County vote success leads to largest GMO-free zone in US
10 November 2016 - Sonoma County in California has passed Measure M to ban GMO crop cultivation -- YES 55.9 per cent to NO 44.1 per cent. The successful vote on Measure M, which took place on the same day as the U.S. presidential election, means that the largest ever U.S. GMO-free zone has now been formed. The success of the vote came despite a concerted effort by the Biotech Industry to block Measure M. (more)

US: Monterey becomes California's first major oil-producing county to ban fracking
9 November 2016 - Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, on Tuesday (8 November) passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques. The measure won with more than 55 percent of the vote, despite supporters being outspent 30 to 1 by oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy. (more)

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Transcending my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
30 November 2016 - Having suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for many years, Adam Delfiner began practising Transcendental Meditation. 'My experiences were nothing short of miraculous,' he says. 'As I continued my practice of Transcendental Meditation my life began to blossom. . . . I literally began to think more clearly and holistically.' He adds, 'It was not until I began the regular practice of the TM technique, that I and no one or nothing else began to take control over my own life. . . . I began to experience more and more of my own Self, my own life.' (more)

Healing from within: David Lynch Foundation partnership with New York City brings relief for victims of domestic violence
22 November 2016 - Thanks to a partnership formed several years ago between the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) and the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, victims were able to learn Transcendental Meditation, an effortless practice repeatedly proven to help alleviate PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), at the city's Family Justice Centers at no cost. 'While the circumstances under which I meet my students are painful, I love the work I do,' says Rachael Katz, lead teacher for the DLF's Women's Health Initiative. 'To witness their resilience and healing is nothing short of a complete joy.' Progressively, she says, the calmer and more resilient style of functioning for mind and body promoted by TM practice 'naturally empowers the survivor to make the best choices for herself'. (more)

Releasing the past and taking charge: My journey with Transcendental Meditation
31 October 2016 - Healthy lifestyle coach, certified personal trainer, and TV personality Oriana Leo says about learning Transcendental Meditation: 'I picked it up immediately. I transcended during my first meditation, and it was an unbelievable experience. . . . And having meditation, having that safe place . . . I can't explain it. I know there's plenty of science to explain it, but I had a really safe place for the first time ever in here - in me.' She adds, 'The changes are monumental. There is still stress, and I'm still dealing with my past, but I have more strength and detachment when the stress surfaces so it doesn't trigger me.' She also notes that 'at this point my meditation practice is non-negotiable. That's my attitude because it has become so sacred to me. Those 20 minutes in the morning and evening are so sacred.' (more)

US: Transcendental Meditation for Nurses presents at prestigious conference
22 October 2016 - Out of 2,000 applicants, the Transcendental Meditation Program for Nurses was among those chosen to present at the recent annual MAGNET nursing conference in Orlando, Florida - the most prestigious and highly attended nursing conference in the USA. The MAGNET designation represents the highest award that a hospital can receive for nursing excellence. To an audience of 600 nursing professionals, presenters outlined the stress-reducing benefits of Transcendental Meditation, reviewing published, evidence-based research relevant to nurses and the prevention of nurse burnout and 'compassion fatigue'. This included findings of decreased trait anxiety and depression; decreased blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke; and decreased tobacco, alcohol, and non-prescribed drugs. Results were presented from a landmark study with nurses at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. (more)

Book Review: The emerging field of Vedic Psychiatry
17 October 2016 - In his practical and very readable work, Dr. Jim Brooks addresses the inability of modern medicine to prevent and treat chronic mental disorders. Reflections on Maharishi AyurVeda and Mental Health is the culmination of Dr. Brooks' life as a practicing psychiatrist helping people create health for themselves through natural medicine. He has studied and applied Maharishi AyurVeda for many years and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on AyurVeda and mental health. Dr. Brooks anticipates that the Maharishi AyurVeda approach to mental health, or Vedic psychiatry, will have a major impact on how medicine understands, prevents, and treats mental disorders. (more)

Great Britain: Dr Norman Rosenthal presents Transcendental Meditation on extensive tour
12 October 2016 - Dr Norman Rosenthal, psychiatrist and author of The New York Times best-seller ''SUPER MIND: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation'' has launched a British tour presenting Transcendental Meditation as a powerful tool for healing in stress-related illnesses such as anxiety, cardio-vascular disorders, and PTSD. During his presentations at hospitals, medical schools, universities, and public forums, he will include the disorder he is famous for identifying: Seasonal Affective Disorder, also alleviated through TM and light therapy. (more)

Transcendental Meditation linked to lower stress among prison inmates
12 October 2016 - After its initial report in The Permanente Journal, a research study, which resulted in significant benefits gained by 90 Oregon prisoners practicing Transcendental Meditation, has also been featured in Reuters and Fox News. The research team was led by Dr. Sanford Nidich, director of the Center for Social and Emotional Health at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. The research showed that depression, sleep problems, and anxiety were significantly decreased in the Transcendental Meditation group versus the control group. (more)

Beating depression and anxiety: Martin's journey from darkness to light
26 September 2016 - Martin experienced such anxiety and depression that he was housebound by the age of 25. One day, while listening to The Howard Stern Show, he heard the story of how Howard's mother gained so much relief from depression through practicing Transcendental Meditation. Martin eventually learned TM and felt calm and happy in his first meditation. Soon, 'that calm started to come into the world with me.' As he gradually began to expand his life, he learned to deal with increased challenges, saying, 'with TM I have the perspective that even if things are bad, this is not permanent.' He progressed from feeling that he would always be an anxious, depressed person, and that 'all the talking in the world couldn't make me change my mind,' to knowing that 'finding happiness isn't impossible, it's within . . . I needed to feel it to believe it.' (more)

Washington, DC: African PTSD Relief presents 30-day PTSD reduction strategy to Department of Health and Human Services
8 September 2016 - Personnel of the Department of Health and Home Services in Washington, DC were inspired and encouraged by the rapid relief gained by those learning Transcendental Meditation to counter Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Presenting to federal department heads and non-profit relief organizations on September 8 were Ernest Scott, Associate Director of Combined Federal Campaign for the National Capital Area and David Shapiro, Founding President of African PTSD Relief. Attendees requested follow-up presentations for both helping the situation among Africans in war-torn areas and to reduce the stress and work-related pressures faced by their teams. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Its acts of kindness, and its layers of silent wisdom
7 September 2016 - Transcendental Meditation has been having a renaissance in recent years: celebrities, businesspeople, and regular folk are practicing it in record numbers. In a review of websites maintained by organizations that teach the TM program, TMhome is highlighted. Besides giving a quick overview about various benefits of the technique, the site offers many more in-depth links. For instance, an 'acts of kindness' page features the outstanding David Lynch Foundation: the organization that provides TM to those who need it most: veterans suffering from PTSD, schoolchildren, prison inmates, and women and children who have survived domestic abuse. (more)

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UK: Rough sleeping on rise in Birmingham after cuts to services for homeless
2 December 2016 - Charities, outreach workers, and the Birmingham (England) city council all view 'frightening' levels of rough sleeping as a result of local authority cuts. Birmingham city council's chief executive, Mark Rogers, acknowledges that one of the clearest consequences of the reduction in local authority budgets over the past six years is the rise in homelessness. He points to reductions in the funding of the Supporting People programme, which was designed to help people with addictions and mental health problems get into secure accommodation, as a key area of concern. 'A very simple indicator of withdrawal of grant funding is the rise in homelessness. Rough sleeping has increased considerably in the city,' he said. (more)

London's homelessness count continues to rise
1 December 2016 - However you cut the numbers, the capital's struggle to house its vulnerable people is getting harder. London dominates estimates of national homelessness newly published by Shelter. This, of course, is no surprise. Neither are high levels of homelessness anything new in the capital. (more)

More than 250,000 people in England are homeless, says Shelter
30 November 2016 - More than 250,000 people in England are homeless or lack a permanent place to live, according to [the charity] Shelter. Releasing figures to mark its 50th anniversary on Thursday, the charity [Shelter] estimated that there were almost 255,000 people living in hostels and other types of temporary accommodation, or sleeping rough on the streets. Shelter says its figures are a conservative estimate. (more)

Smoking boosts heart attack risk 8-fold for younger adults
29 November 2016 - For young adults who smoke, the risk of a major heart attack is 8 times higher than for their peers who never smoked or who gave it up, a UK study found. Older adults who smoke are also more likely than non-smokers their age to end up with heart attacks, researchers say. (more)

Babies exposed to Zika developed microcephaly after birth: study
23 November 2016 - Thirteen babies in Brazil born with normal head circumference have been diagnosed with congenital Zika syndrome, with brain scans showing extensive malformations, inflammation, and reduced brain volume, researchers reported on Tuesday, 22 November. Of the 13 infants, 11 gradually developed the birth defect microcephaly, or abnormally small head size, in the months following birth. The findings raise new concerns about the hidden effects of pre-natal exposure to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been shown to cause birth defects when women become infected during pregnancy. (more)

Q and A: A look at the cancer some believe linked to Vietnam War
11 November 2016 - A rare bile duct cancer that may be linked to time served in the Vietnam War is quietly killing some former soldiers. The disease can be caused by liver flukes, a parasite found in raw or undercooked fish that is common in parts of Asia. Men who served in the Vietnam War and ate raw or poorly cooked fish, sometimes while on patrol in the jungle after their rations ran out, could have been infected by liver flukes. Some American veterans are fighting for the Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize their disease as service-related so they can receive benefits, but most claims are denied. (more)

Still fighting: US Vietnam vets seek help for rare cancer
11 November 2016 - Hundreds of veterans who have been diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of bile duct cancer that may be linked to their time in the service and an unexpected source: parasites in raw or poorly cooked river fish. This cancer takes decades to manifest itself. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say it's up to the men to prove that liver flukes from Vietnam are killing them. (more)

Frequent vaping by teens linked to heavy smoking later
8 November 2016 - Adolescents with a regular vaping habit aren't just more likely to take up smoking; they also have higher odds of developing a heavy cigarette habit, a U.S. study suggests. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, calls into question whether e-cigarettes can be an effective cessation aid, said lead study author Adam Leventhal, director of the University of Southern California's Emotion and Addiction Laboratory in Los Angeles. (more)

Childhood cancer survivors have lasting health problems even with newer treatments
7 November 2016 - Despite advances that have made treatments safer and more effective, childhood cancer survivors don't appear to have experienced gains in long-term health outcomes, a new study suggests. Their survival odds are better, but as adults they may have chronic medical problems linked to cancer and tumor treatments, the study found. Up to one in four childhood cancer survivors report health problems in their 20s and 30s, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (more)

Ebola-hit children in Sierra Leone go hungry amid food shortages: charity
7 November 2016 - Thousands of Ebola orphans, teenage mothers, and children in charge of households in Sierra Leone are struggling to feed themselves and their families amid widespread food shortages in the West African nation, a British charity said on Monday, 7 November. The world's worst outbreak of the disease -- now officially over -- killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it swept through Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea from 2013. The Ebola epidemic left more than 12,000 children orphaned while at least 18,000 teenage girls became pregnant during the outbreak, according to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). (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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