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US: Doctors 'prescribe' fresh produce with help from food banks
27 September 2016 - The idea is simple: Load fresh fruits and vegetables into a refrigerator truck and drive it to a health clinic, then have a doctor write a 'prescription' for food to improve the diets of low-income people with diabetes and high blood pressure. U.S. food banks -- the organizations on the front lines of fighting hunger -- increasingly are promoting 'food as medicine' strategies designed to address, not exacerbate, the high rate of chronic health problems among the poor. (more)

US: 6 Portland health providers give $21.5M for homeless housing
24 September 2016 - Five major hospitals in Portland, Oregon, and a nonprofit health care plan said Friday they will donate a combined $21.5 million toward the construction of nearly 400 housing units for the city's burgeoning homeless and low-income population -- a move hailed by national housing advocates as the largest private investment of its kind in the nation. Studies have shown that 70 percent of a person's health outcome is determined by social factors, such as their housing status, income, level of education, and support network, said Robert Friant, spokesman for the New York City-based Corporation for Supportive Housing. (more)

Safety project cuts accidents on deadly Bangladesh highway
23 September 2016 - A pilot project that installed basic road safety infrastructure such as bus stops and speed bumps on one of the world's most dangerous highways -- the N2 between Dhaka and Sylhet in Bangladesh -- has cut road deaths by more than 60 per cent in the first year, according to a study. Almost 100 per cent of local people surveyed said they thought the road was safer than it had been before. (more)

US study ties good health to green spaces
11 September 2016 - University of Southern California researches found that 9- to 18-year-olds who live near green space -- parks, ball fields, golf courses and the like -- exhibited significantly less aggressive behavior than those who live in neighborhoods with less green space. They found the same results even when accounting for such variables as family income, age, gender, race, and educational background. The study adds to an expanding body of research that indicates contact with green space can benefit human health, both mental and physical. (more)

Why an obscure Indian journal has an impressive -- and growing -- international stature
9 September 2016 - Earlier this year a Canadian medical ethicist published a doozy of an essay claiming that the heavyweight New England Journal of Medicine was poorly vetting its authors and publishing shoddy studies. The piece drew lots of attention for those allegations. But what went unremarked, though perhaps just as notable, is the place where they appeared: The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME). (more)

Even babies see social cues at mealtime
8 September 2016 - A new study suggests infants may actually be learning social cues from sitting at the table. Babies pay close attention to what food is being eaten around them -- and especially who is eating it -- according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study adds evidence to a growing body of research suggesting even very young children think in sophisticated ways about subtle social cues. The findings add to the evidence in favor of family meals, said Myles Faith, a psychology researcher at the University at Buffalo, New York. (more)

Regular exercise tied to lower health costs with heart disease
8 September 2016 - A new study suggests that routine workouts are associated with significantly lower health costs for heart disease patients. The findings add to a large body of evidence already suggesting that regular exercise is associated with lower health costs, said Dr. Jorge Plutzky, director of preventive cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. (more)

Smoking and drinking rates among U.S. teenagers fall to new lows
8 September 2016 - Smoking and drinking among teenagers fell to new lows in 2015, new federal data show, as young Americans continued to shift away from the habits of their parents. Just 9.6 percent of adolescents, ages 12 to 17, reported using alcohol in 2015, down from 17.6 percent in 2002, according to the data. Far fewer adolescents smoke every day: about 20 percent in 2015, down from 32 percent in 2002. (more)

US: FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps; no proof they work
2 September 2016 - The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs. 'We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,' said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration' drug center director, in a statement. Friday's decision primarily targets two once-ubiquitous ingredients -- triclosan and triclocarban -- that some limited research in animals suggests can interfere with hormone levels and spur drug-resistant bacteria. (more)

US: FDA halts sale of some antibacterial hand, body wash products
2 September 2016 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday (2 September) banned some over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body wash products, saying they are no more effective than soap and water and could cause long-term harm. (more)


Success of Maharishi's Programmes
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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)

Podcast - Transcendental Meditation Interview with Bob Roth
11 September 2016 - Chris Forte of the Humble Warrior podcasts, available on iTunes, interviewed Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation. Chris inquired about meditation practices and how DLF has brought Transcendental Meditation into society. Bob recounted his start with Transcendental Meditation as an 18 year old law student and how, even at that age, he saw a use for TM with inner city school children and with veterans suffering from PTSD. He answered a question about 'meditation' in general by describing the research behind defining three main types of meditation - and how TM belongs in a category named 'automatic self-transcending'. He also touched on the relief from stress gained by those taught TM through the David Lynch Foundation. (more)

Washington, DC: African PTSD Relief presents 30-day PTSD reduction strategy to Department of Health and Human Services
10 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)

National Association of Social Workers approves Transcendental Meditation program for continuing education credit
31 August 2016 - Transcendental Meditation has been approved for continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers in a course called 'Transcendental Meditation for Licensed Social Workers: Preventing Professional Burnout' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. Drawing on scientific findings on the stress-reducing properties of TM, Ms Hoffman presents sound evidence that the technique is an essential tool for professionals in high-stress careers. She quotes Dr Mary Doan, a social worker who says, 'I can say with assurance that TM has literally saved my life . . . having meditated at home in the morning, I found that my calm, careful manner settled [my clients] right away and we were able to work collaboratively. Adult clients in the most stressful situations - such as those with PTSD, sleep deprivation, or high parenting stress - who took the TM course were then better able to find ways to improve their lives.' (more)

The transforming experiences of women in Uganda who learned Transcendental Meditation
9 August 2016 - Brenda Nakalembe, founder of Uganda's United Women's Platform for Empowerment and Development recognized the potential for the Transcendental Meditation technique to help fulfill her mission to empower women. More than 600 women and 200 children have learned TM through the program at UWOPED. At one beginning phase of TM training for 80 UWOPED mothers, Leslee Goldstein, who has many years experience in educational administration and teaching TM, was excited to conduct her PhD research through the Uganda TM women's organization and evaluate the benefits of the TM training. Leslee's daughter Alena added a video component to the project. 'When my mother asked me to be her assistant and document the research project with a short film, I knew I had to say ''yes,''' Alena said. On the project's second phase, filming and evaluating the women's group after three months of practicing TM, Alena said, 'Something that struck me the second trip, was how connected, open and friendly these women had become with each other.' Brenda Nakalembe added, '. . . mothers are experiencing greater emotional stability, less anger, clearer thinking, happiness, and well-being, and they are more motivated and engaged in taking care of themselves and their children. It is quite remarkable, and they report that their families are more harmonious and that they have less conflict with their neighbors.' (more)

PTSD Relief Now president meets with officials in Washington, DC area
7 August 2016 - PTSD Relief president David Shapiro recently met with a group near Washington, DC to present findings on relief from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experienced by participants learning Transcendental Meditation. The audience included embassy officials, doctors, scientists, and other professionals. Mr Shapiro highlighted several research projects conducted among US veterans and on-site among highly-traumatized Congolese refugees - all experienced dramatically increased well-being after beginning TM. Facts presented showed that no other approach for any psychological disorder comes close to this type of rapid response. Expanding on how TM is the next-generation PTSD relief program, Mr Shapiro said, 'implementing the TM program in at-risk populations, can be considered a powerful strategy to reduce the risk of terrorism.' (more)

How to reduce and manage stress - a key tool for healthy living
5 August 2016 - Managing stress levels is discussed in this week's advice column by The Raj, the premier Ayur-Vedic health spa in the US. To sustain a calm, balanced physiology, there is a need to regulate cortisol, the 'fight or flight' hormone. Studies have found that practitioners of TM have a reduced level of this stress hormone. The article points out, 'The longer people practice TM, the more pronounced is the effect. TM was also found to decrease the time it took for the body return to normal functioning following stressful stimuli.' In fact, 'Researchers concluded that TM gives the body a reprieve from experiencing stress, and as a result, the body is able to respond more normally to stress stimuli of short duration.' A few 'stress-buster' dietary tips conclude the article. (more)

Book Review: Dharma Parenting: Understand your Child's Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment
3 August 2016 - Dr Robert Keith Wallace and Dr Frederick Travis, renowned neuroscientists and pioneers in documenting the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, give parents a guided tour of their children's brains in 'Dharma Parenting: Understand your Child's Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment'. Their book combines knowledge from modern science, ancient Ayur-Veda, and their personal experience to show how to unfold the full potential of a child's brain, as well as how to nurture their inherent brilliance and goodness. Through a simple quiz parents can find their child's body type according to Ayur-Veda. In comprehensible language Dharma Parenting offers unique insight into why a child is the way he or she is and reveals how to bring each child into a state of balance. They can grow to live in a state of 'dharma', meaning a way of living that upholds the path of evolution, maintains balance, and supports both prosperity and spiritual freedom. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation is helping veterans heal
3 August 2016 - US Veterans Magazine reported on the Warrior PATHH program of Boulder Crest Retreat in Colorado that has harnessed the recuperative powers of Transcendental Meditation to help veterans recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Headed by Dusty Baxley, a certified teacher of TM, the program focuses on the concepts of posttraumatic growth and also includes training and education in a variety of wellness regulation practices centered around mind, body, financial, and spiritual wellness. Bailey offers personal instruction in TM to all Warrior PATHH attendees, who find it helps eliminate symptoms of PTSD, brings them closer to themselves, and can be used anywhere, anytime. 'As a combat veteran myself, I know what it is like to be on both sides of feeling down and filled with anxiety and being able to find peace and calm,' says Baxley. 'Transcendental Meditation is life changing, especially for combat veterans, and I'm grateful that the David Lynch Foundation generously provides us with scholarships.' (more)


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US Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over
26 September 2016 - More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director. Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, even as crisis calls have increased sharply in recent years, said Greg Hughes, the former director of the VA's Veterans Crisis Line. The crisis hotline received more than 500,000 calls last year, 50 times the number it received in 2007, the hotline's first year of operation. (more)

Smoking leaves chemical traces on DNA
21 September 2016 - Tobacco smoke leaves its mark on DNA by changing a chemical code on the DNA molecule that can sometimes change gene activity, according to a new study. Some of these molecular changes revert to their original state when a smoker quits, but others persist in the long term, the researchers found. Current smokers had 2,623 different methylated locations on their genes compared to never smokers. That corresponds to 7,000 potentially affected genes, many of which are implicated in various cancers, high blood pressure, and other health outcomes of smoking . . . (more)

Nepal's deadly roads
19 September 2016 - Hundreds have died or been severely injured in a summer of carnage on Nepal's roads. The recent spike in accidents follows the bloodiest year yet on Nepal's roads -- 2,006 people died and more than 4,000 were severely injured in the 12 months from July 2015. More people have been killed on the roads in the last 10 years than in the country's decade-long civil war, in which an estimated 16,000 people died. (more)

US: Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis
18 September 2016 - The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction. The drugmakers vow they're combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that they often employ a statehouse playbook of delay and defend that includes funding advocacy groups that use the veneer of independence to fight limits on their drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and fentanyl, the narcotic linked to [musician] Prince's death. The industry and its allies spent more than $880 million nationwide on lobbying and campaign contributions from 2006 through 2015 -- more than 200 times what those advocating for stricter policies spent and eight times more than the influential gun lobby recorded for similar activities during that same period, the AP and Center for Public Integrity found. (more)

Reuters Special Report: 'Superbug' scourge spreads as U.S. fails to track rising human toll
7 September 2016 - Fifteen years after the U.S. government declared antibiotic-resistant infections to be a grave threat to public health, a Reuters investigation has found that infection-related deaths are going uncounted, hindering the nation's ability to fight a scourge that exacts a significant human and financial toll. (more)

Scientists find deadly scrub typhus bacteria in South America
7 September 2016 - Scrub typhus, a deadly disease common in southeast Asia and spread by microscopic biting mites known as chiggers, has now taken hold in a part of South America and may have become endemic there, scientists said on Wednesday, 7 September. The tropical disease, which kills at least 140,000 people a year in the Asia-Pacific region, has been confirmed in a cluster of cases on a large island off Chile, some 12,000 kilometres from its usual haunts on the other side of the Pacific. (more)

Laser pointers can cause irreversible vision loss for kids
2 September 2016 - Used incorrectly, laser pointers can damage the retina of the eye and may cause some irreversible vision loss, according to researchers who treated four boys for these injuries. Doctors, teachers, and parents should be aware that this can happen, and limit children's use of laser pointers, the authors write. Retinal tissue in the back of the eye leads to the brain, and it has no ability to regenerate after tissue loss, said senior author Dr. David R. P. Almeida of VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (more)

Zika causes deafness in about 6 percent of cases: study
2 September 2016 - A study in Brazil of 70 babies whose mothers had confirmed Zika infections found that nearly 6 percent had hearing loss, adding a new complication to the list of ills the virus can cause when women are infected during pregnancy. The virus is best known for causing the severe birth defect microcephaly, characterized by undersized heads and underdeveloped brains. But other studies have shown that Zika can cause other brain abnormalities, vision problems, and joint deformities. (more)

Study finds strong link between Zika and Guillain-Barre
31 August 2016 - A comparison of rates of Guillain-Barre syndrome before and after Zika arrived in seven countries has found a strong association between the virus and the illness, researchers from the Pan American Health Organization said on Wednesday. The first alarms over Zika in Brazil occurred months before microcephaly cases emerged, as adults recovering from Zika infections appeared to have higher-than-normal rates of Guillain-Barre, an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks itself in the aftermath of an infection, typically occurring in the days following an illness. Guillain-Barre causes gradual weakness in the legs, arms, and upper body, and in some cases, temporary paralysis. Patients often require intensive care and a respirator to support breathing. (more)

U.S. traffic deaths rose 7.2 percent in 2015: Transportation Dept.
29 August 2016 - Last year 35,092 people died in traffic crashes in the United States, a 7.2 percent year-on-year increase that runs counter to a five-decade trend of declining fatalities, the U.S. Transportation Department said. U.S. officials said lower gasoline prices combined with job growth increased the number of miles driven last year by the highest rate in nearly 25 years. Distracted driving was cited in about a tenth of traffic fatalities in 2015, the U.S. DOT said. While the number of fatalities rose in 2015, driving is far safer now in the United States than it was in the past. In 1966, the fatality rate -- measured as deaths per miles driven -- was five times higher than today. Almost half of passenger vehicle occupants killed last year were not wearing safety belts, although the belts are standard equipment in all cars and required to be worn in some U.S. states, the DOT said. Almost one in three fatalities involved drunk drivers or speeding, the DOT said. (more)


Global Good News reviews the impact of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation on health

Raising health standards is a global challenge which transcends national, racial, and gender boundaries. With rising health costs threatening the economies of even the wealthiest nations, medical news repeatedly demonstrates the urgent need for a prevention-oriented approach which looks beyond specific treatments for disease to promoting good health in a holistic way.

Current health news also illustrates the inextricable relationship between individual health and the collective health of society.

Global Good News presents health news for today that looks beyond the current fragmentary and incomplete approach to health care, highlighting positive health news based on approaches that incorporate holistic knowledge of Natural Law.

Global Good News focuses on positive health news in the fields of both individual and collective health, including health news articles relating to the programmes of the Global Country of World Peace. These scientifically-validated technologies derived from the world's most ancient and complete system of natural health care, have been revived in recent decades as Maharishi's Vedic Total Knowledge Based Approach to Health. These technologies include approaches to promoting good health for the mind, body, behaviour, and environment.

Recent health news on this comprehensive system centres on its unique technologies of consciousness—Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Scientific research on these techniques comprises more than 600 studies conducted at over 250 independent universities and research institutions in 33 countries. These studies demonstrate a wide range of benefits for individual and collective health, and have appeared in many leading, peer-reviewed journals.

For example, in recent years, a multi-centre medical research team in America has attracted grants totalling over $24 million, principally from the US National Institutes of Health, for research on Transcendental Meditation and prevention of cardiovascular disease. These investigations have been published in prestigious medical journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Stroke, and Hypertension. Results show that Transcendental Meditation leads to sustained reductions in high blood pressure comparable to those commonly found with medication, but without adverse side-effects.

These and other well-controlled studies further demonstrate that Transcendental Meditation reduces atherosclerosis ('hardening of the arteries'), improves cardiac functioning and well-being in people with heart disease, reduces mortality from cardiovascular disease and all causes, decreases hospital admissions and health care costs, reduces smoking and alcohol consumption, and improves psychological health and well-being in both children and adults, including elderly people.

A growing number of physicians worldwide recommend Transcendental Meditation to their patients. The website: www.doctorsontm.org sponsored by The American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program', provides an opportunity to ask questions of leading doctors who utilize Transcendental Meditation in their clinical practice.

In offering these Vedic technologies to the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, has revolutionized our understanding of health and established development of higher states of consciousness as fundamental to the creation of perfect health.

In reporting on health news, Global Good News is pleased to note indications of growing interest in the applications of TM and the TM-Sidhi Programme among major health-care providers and policy makers.

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