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Babies learn what words mean before they can use them
20 November 2017 - Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking, and researchers are beginning to understand how they do it. 'I think it's especially intriguing that we find evidence that for infants, even their early words aren't 'islands': even with a very small vocabulary they seem to have a sense that some words and concepts are more 'similar' than others,' Dr. Elika Bergelson from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina told Reuters Health by email. 'While they still have a lot to learn before they show adult-like or even toddler-like levels of comprehension, this gives us a peek into how those early words and concepts are organized.' (more)

US: California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools
8 November 2017 - California has banned farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers under a new rule announced Tuesday [7 November] that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S. The new regulations take effect January 1 and apply to crop dusters flying over fields, air blasters spraying orchards, and fumigants along with most dust and powder pesticides that could be blown onto school grounds by the wind. Some California counties already require buffer zones between schools and areas where pesticides are sprayed on crops. But the new rule is the first statewide standard of its kind, the department said. (more)

India: Brahmaputra boat clinic goes solar, powering up rural healthcare
30 October 2017 - The solar-powered S. B. Nahor is bringing dentists to the doorstep of those living on flood-prone river islands in Assam. The first of 15 Indian boat clinics to go solar, the S. B. Nahor has for the first time brought a dentist to the doorstep of tens of thousands of people who live on flood-prone river islands in Assam. And by going solar, it has given remote healthcare a much-needed green shot in the arm, boat doctors say. (more)

Finland wants EU to give up daylight saving time
26 October 2017 - Finnish government should actively push the European Union to abolish its directive on daylight savings time, a parliament committee said on Thursday (26 October). The committee said that after hearing several experts, it concluded that people do not adapt smoothly to the changes. It added that turning the clocks caused short-term sleeping disorders, reduced performance at work, and could also lead to serious health problems. (more)

French health regulator withdraws license for Bayer weedkiller
26 October 2017 - French health and environment regulator ANSES said on Thursday (26 October) it had withdrawn the license for Bayer's Basta F1 weedkiller made with glufosinate-ammonium, citing uncertainty over its effect on health following a review. Glufosinate is an alternative to glyphosate ... (more)

Argentina's meatless Mondays
19 October 2017 - The introduction of meatless Mondays to the presidential palace adds Argentina to the list of countries investigating ways to limit meat consumption. Portugal passed a law this year requiring a vegan option at public institutions. Researchers at Oxford University found that pricing food according to its climate impact could prevent more than half a million early deaths every year, largely in Europe, the United States, Australia, and China. And surveys show that measures restricting meat consumption could be accepted by the public if justified in their interest. (more)

China's President Xi says will continue years-long war on smog
18 October 2017 - China will keep up its years-long battle against smog to ensure 'blue skies' and promote a 'revolution' in clean energy, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday (18 October) at the opening ceremony of a key Communist Party congress. In the long term, it has also launched a series of measures to curb the use of coal, the nation's favorite fuel, and boost use of renewable power, like wind and solar. (more)

China's pollution clean-up is gaining momentum
16 October 2017 - In pockets of China's industrial heartland, a government push to clean up the environment and cut excess output is starting to bite: Furnaces have gone cold, the lights have been switched off, migrant workers are drifting back home. For China's leadership, cleaning the noxious skies and filthy rivers has become a priority. In contrast to previous leaders' growth-at-all-costs approach, President Xi Jinping and his Premier have declared war on pollution. (more)

Virtual interviewer prods veterans to reveal post-traumatic stress
12 October 2017 - Talking to a computer-generated interviewer named Ellie appears to free soldiers and veterans who served in war zones to disclose symptoms of post-traumatic stress, a new study finds. 'We believe this could be of value to veterans,' said study leader Gale Lucas, at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies in Los Angeles. (more)

More evidence that even a little exercise is good for your heart
27 September 2017 - People with heart disease who are sedentary most of the time may be able to improve their survival odds by getting just a little bit of exercise, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data from 39 countries on 15,486 older adults with heart disease ... The most pronounced gains in survival odds would occur for people who went from getting little or no exercise to getting even small amounts of mild activity like yoga, strolling, or light housework, the study found. (more)


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American Heart Association recommends meditation to help prevent and treat heart disease
23 November 2017 - After a broad review of the scientific research, a recent scientific statement by the American Heart Association recommended meditation be considered to help prevent and treat heart disease as an adjunct to conventional care. 'It's the first time in the modern history of health care that an established medical body has recommended meditation in the treatment and prevention of heart disease,' said Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, dean of Maharishi University of Management's College of Integrative Medicine in the USA. The statement reviewed five different approaches to meditation . . . . Dr. Schneider said that, compared to other approaches, the Transcendental Meditation research was the most diverse and deepest, including, for example, studies on improved atherosclerosis, decreased insulin resistance, and reductions in the rate of heart attack, stroke, and death. (more)

Finding connection within: Cell phone use and Transcendental Meditation
8 November 2017 - Author Linda Egenes, writing for Transcendental Meditation for Women, addresses how today's young people are constantly seen 'bent in worship fashion over his or her cell phone.' Answering the question of whether 'they might be having just as much fun as we did', she cites research showing that depression and loneliness are skyrocketing in teen populations. Ms Egenes says, 'I think we have to go beyond good cell phone etiquette to address our society's deeper issues of isolation and loneliness'. Pointing out that practising TM is the most effective way to stay 'connected', she concludes, 'when we are feeling more connected to our inner source of calm and inner happiness, we naturally radiate that to others, contributing to their feelings of well-being and connectedness as well.'  (more)

Transcendental Meditation included in a new advance in the fight against Alzheimer's
4 November 2017 - Dr Dale Bredesen and his team at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have been working for years to 'unravel this complex chronic illness,' of Alzheimers, the third leading cause of death in the US. They discovered that Alzheimer's 'is not a mysterious disease,' but has 36 identifiable contributors. The key was determining each person's 10 to 20 'drivers', then designing a personalized treatment plan. In a new collaboration, Dr Bredesen is recommending Transcendental Meditation as an integral part of his protocol. 'There are a number of ways in which TM is actually a part of the overall approach to preventing and reversing cognitive decline,' he said, citing 'repeated, published support' for the TM technique showing improvements in neuroplasticity and global brain wave (EEG) coherence associated with improved cognitive performance, intelligence, and memory, as well as significant reductions in hypertension, stress, and anxiety. . .' Dr Bredesen concluded: 'Let's all work together to make this a rare disease . . . The fact that you have all these wonderful people who are practicing TM, and are thinking about critical health issues - and thinking in much more of a systems approach - this is going to be what conquers this illness.' (more)

Why hospitals should pay for nurses to learn Transcendental Meditation
1 November 2017 - The Transcendental Meditation program is a low-cost intervention that could save nurses the jobs they love, and save hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. With 30 to 49 per cent of nurses reporting some level of stress and exhaustion, this qualifies as 'high burnout', a potential health crisis among nurses, and results in an increase in absenteeism and turnover. The cost of training nurse replacements is between US $60-100,000 or, for a critical care nurse, as high as $300,000. A 2015 study published in International Archives of Nursing and Health Care showed that TM improves the mental health and physical well-being of caregivers, with decreases in perceived stress, mood disturbance - including anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, and fatigue - and an increase in spiritual well-being. (more)

From 12-Step to Transcendental Meditation: An artist's journey of healing from domestic violence
22 October 2017 - The noted Hudson Valley painter and muralist Leslie Bender achieved success in her career, but experienced a dark emptiness inside, an inability to cope with the effects of an abusive childhood. 'I was experiencing an enormous rage,' she says. This began to change after she learned Transcendental Meditation in 2015. 'I noticed right away that it was easy for me to do it faithfully,' Leslie says. Her self-esteem has been given a huge boost: 'TM votes for you when you're not voting for yourself. It means a lot to someone who's been living this kind of trauma.' She continues, 'I feel splashes of happiness and there's much more clarity. My friends say I'm happier. But I think getting in contact with a bigger Self that's beneath these learned belief systems - that is the real breakthrough for me.' (more)

David Lynch Foundation's Change Begins Within gala benefit: Healing the hidden wounds of war
21 October 2017 - The David Lynch Foundation's recent annual benefit dinner and gala in New York City honoured General (ret.) Stephen Rippe and Ken Falke, founder of Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors. The evening featured musical entertainment from Grammy-award winning violinist, Miri Ben-Ari and a conversation with Tom Hanks and Mary-Louise Parker on the benefits and impact of Transcendental Meditation. The event was held to support veterans suffering from PTSD to learn TM. (more)

How these celebrities are helping veterans in a unique way
17 September 2017 - Veterans who battle post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a tough go of it. Now, some celebrities - Tom Hanks, Mary-Louise Parker, and Kyle MacLachlan - are stepping up and participating in an October event to help our bravest deal with their afflictions. The benefit is being put on by the David Lynch Foundation - which is headed by filmmaker David Lynch, whose television show 'Twin Peaks' recently wrapped airing its third season on Showtime. All three actors will speak about Transcendental Meditation and how vital it's been to their successes, both personally and professionally. The goal of the event: to raise enough money to teach it to 1,000 veterans. (more)

Corporate Wellness Magazine features Transcendental Meditation in best practices to reduce employee stress, boost productivity
14 September 2017 - Corporate Wellness Magazine recently published a story on six key ways to reduce employee stress while maintaining efficiency. They report, 'Meditation has been proven to be one of the most effective stress reduction techniques, and can also boost employee productivity by enabling them to remain calm under pressure. Transcendental Meditation, or ''TM'', has long been a perennial favorite of successful companies.' (more)

Ready, Set, Go: A mini manual for work re-entry
6 September 2017 - For women professionals, the prefrontal cortex - the 'CEO of the brain' - is 'our greatest resource, allowing for intuition, broad planning, and creative problem solving', write Vanessa Vidal and Janet Hoffman, national board members of TM for Women in the USA. 'To enliven its function is the best preparation for achievement, high performance and success. Transcendental Meditation has been shown repeatedly in peer reviewed published research studies to strengthen the prefrontal circuits (keeping our CEO online). This makes us more resilient, allowing us to withstand the high stress and fatigue that many of us encounter, meet challenges successfully and improve our health and happiness. Stress isn't pathological or destructive in the presence of a resilient response when the CEO of the brain is fully awake.' (more)

'Conversations about TM and Creativity': David Lynch Foundation to host October veterans benefit with Tom Hanks, Mary-Louise Parker
3 September 2017 - The David Lynch Foundation - Center for Veterans' Health announces its next gala benefit on 18 October in New York City: 'Change Begins Within Benefit Dinner and Conversation'. The event will feature award-winning actors Tom Hanks, Mary-Louise Parker, and Kyle MacLachlan, who will talk about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for their health, creativity, acting, and life. The event is a benefit to bring Transcendental Meditation to veterans and active duty military with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. (more)


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Stressed out parents less likely to cook homemade meals
24 November 2017 - On days when parents feel stressed or depressed, children are less likely to get homemade food for dinner, a U.S. study suggests. 'One potential explanation for these findings is that parents who have a stressful day at work, school, or home or who feel depressed throughout the day may be overwhelmed and not feel like making a family meal, and so they opt for pre-prepared foods and make less homemade foods,' said lead study author Jerica Berge of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. (more)

Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior
21 November 2017 - A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet, and other unhealthy behaviors. That's less than commonly-cited estimates from more than 35 years ago, a result of new research methods and changes in American society. Smoking rates have plummeted, for example, while obesity rates have risen dramatically. (more)

Smog chokes Indian capital as emergency measures fail to bring relief
13 November 2017 - A thick cloud of toxic smog 10 times the recommended limit enveloped India's capital, New Delhi, on Monday, as government officials struggled to tackle a public health crisis that is well into its second week. A U.S. embassy measure showed levels of poisonous airborne particles, known as PM 2.5, had reached 498 on Monday afternoon, compared with the upper limit of 'good' quality air at 50. (more)

South Asia smog disrupts travel, sickens thousands in Pakistan
10 November 2017 - Two weeks of thick toxic smog has disrupted normal life in parts of Pakistan, with flights canceled, road accidents surging and nearly 15,000 people being hospitalized in and around Lahore, officials said on Friday (10 November). The Pakistani crisis is part of a wider smog emergency that has hit neighboring India, forcing authorities in New Delhi on Friday to plan to spray water over the city. (more)

Severe pollution hits India's capital, causing health worries
7 November 2017 - A thick gray haze enveloped India's capital on Tuesday [7 November] as air pollution hit hazardous levels, prompting local officials to ask that schools shut down and a half marathon scheduled for later in November be called off. As winter approaches, a thick, soupy smog routinely envelops most parts of northern India, caused by dust, the burning of crops, emissions from factories, and the burning of coal and piles of garbage as the poor try to keep warm. Over the past two years, New Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being one of the world's most polluted cities. (more)

Red Cross: $6 million for Ebola fight stolen through fraud
4 November 2017 - Fraud by Red Cross workers and others wasted more than $6 million meant to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization confirmed Saturday [4 November]. The revelations follow an internal investigation of how money was handled during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. As much as $2 million disappeared as the result of 'likely collusion between Red Cross staff and employees at a Sierra Leonean bank, the investigation found. In Liberia, investigators found 'evidence of fraud related to inflated prices of relief items, payroll, and payment of volunteer incentives.' IFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross) estimated the loss at $2.7 million. And in Guinea, at least $1 million disappeared because of fraudulent billing practices by a customs clearance service provider. Two other investigations there are pending, IFRC said. (more)

US rate for gun deaths is up for the second straight year
3 November 2017 - The U.S. rate for gun deaths has increased for the second straight year, following 15 years of no real change, a government report shows. Roughly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides and those have been increasing for about 10 years. Until recently, that has been offset by a decline in people shot dead by others. But there's been a recent upswing in those gun-related homicides, too, some experts said. (more)

Sharp rise seen in self-harm among young teen girls in UK
2 November 2017 - Reports of self-harm jumped nearly 70 percent among younger teen girls in the UK between 2011 and 2014, suggesting an urgent need for interventions targeted to this group, researchers say. Self-harm, such as self-poisoning or self-injury, is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide, and suicide is the second most common cause of death before age 25 worldwide, the study team notes in the journal The BMJ. (more)

Just a few nights of bad sleep upsets your brain
1 November 2017 - Lots of studies have shown that cutting back on sleep, deliberately or otherwise, can have a serious impact on our bodies. A few nights of bad sleep can really mess with our blood sugar control and encourage us to overeat. It even messes with our DNA. But what effect does lack of sleep have on our mental health? To find out Trust Me teamed up with sleep scientists at the University of Oxford to run a small experiment. (more)

Mindfulness training for teens fails important test
31 October 2017 - Mindfulness involves a conscious focus on and awareness of your present state of mind and surroundings, without judgment or reaction. A recent critical evaluation of the adult literature on mindfulness identifies a number of weaknesses in the extant research, including a lack of randomized control groups, small sample sizes, large attrition rates, and inconsistent definitions of mindfulness. Moreover, a systematic review of intervention studies found insufficient evidence for a benefit of mindfulness on attention, mood, sleep, weight control, or substance abuse. ... In an effort to address these limitations, Catherine Johnson, Christine Burke, Sally Brickman, and Tracey Wade conducted a large-scale study including a randomized control group to assess the benefits of mindfulness training in teens. ... Despite the numerous outcome measures employed in the study, there was no evidence of any benefit for the mindfulness group at either the immediate post-test or the follow up. In fact, anxiety was higher at the follow up for males in the mindfulness group relative to males in the control group. The same was true for participants with low baseline depression and low baseline weight concerns; mindfulness training led to an increase in anxiety in these individuals over time. (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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