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EU agency wants 65 pct cut in farm use of last-resort antibiotic
26 May 2016 - Agricultural use of a last-resort antibiotic should be cut by two-thirds to limit the spread of dangerous drug resistance, European medicine regulators said on Thursday, 26 May. The demand for strict curbs on giving colistin to animals is the latest in a string of warnings about antimicrobial resistance. (more)

China to replace direct coal combustion with electricity in new plan
25 May 2016 - China will reduce the amount of coal burned directly in industrial furnaces and residential heating systems in order to tackle a major source of smog, the country's energy regulator said on Wednesday. China currently relies on coal for around 64 percent of its total primary energy needs and for three-quarters of its total power generation. (more)

Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast
24 May 2016 - The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years, according to a new government report. Why the smoking rate fell so much in 2015 -- and whether it will fall as fast again -- is not quite clear. (more)

A 'sixth sense' may protect drivers, except while texting
20 May 2016 - A coping mechanism that keeps part of the brain's attention on the road and the steering wheel lets experienced drivers tolerate many mental stresses and distractions, researchers say, but texting breaks that built-in auto-pilot. In the mentally and emotionally challenging conditions where drivers still had their eyes forward, their driving trajectories were actually straighter than under normal conditions, hinting at a kind of coping mechanism that pays extra attention to the task of driving when the brain is busy, the study team speculates in Scientific Reports. (more)

Viet Nam: TH group to launch organic milk products
19 May 2016 - Milk producer TH Group will launch a new line of organic milk products that are free of residues of pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). TH Group, one of Vietnam's leading milk suppliers, owns the biggest fresh milk factory in Southeast Asia. (more)

Invest in girls' health to compete in the digital future: World Bank head
18 May 2016 - The head of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, encouraged countries to invest in young women's health so they are equipped to compete in an increasingly complex, digital world. 'What we are now telling them is look to the future ... it is digital, digital, digital. The most important infrastructure you can invest in could be gray matter infrastructure ... and it starts with a healthy girl,' Kim told Women Deliver, a major women's health and rights conference. (more)

US: Healthcare costs nosedive when smokers quit
18 May 2016 - When cigarette smokers quit, societal healthcare costs immediately plunge, a new study shows. If 10 percent of American smokers gave up cigarettes and the rest cut back by 10 percent, the U.S. could shave $63 billion off medical costs the next year, the analysis found. The study is the first to project cost savings within a year of smoking reductions throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (more)

World hunger is at its lowest point in at least 25 years
9 May 2016 - Global hunger is at historic lows, and has fallen dramatically since the 1990s, as measured by the International Food Policy Institute's Global Hunger Index. In 1990, 17 countries had a level of hunger deemed 'extremely alarming,' and the hunger situation was considered 'alarming' in 25 more. In 2015, that number had fallen to just eight nations with alarming levels of hunger. (more)

Black Americans see gains in life expectancy
8 May 2016 - A recent trove of federal data offered some good news for Black Americans. The suicide rate for black men declined from 1999 to 2014, making them the only racial group to experience a drop. Infant mortality is down by more than a fifth among blacks since the late 1990s, double the decline for whites. Births to teenage mothers, which tend to have higher infant mortality rates, have dropped by 64 per cent among blacks since 1995, faster than for whites. (more)

In Benin, a new stove turns rice waste into clean fuel
5 May 2016 - Rice is a staple food in Benin, and parboiling the grain requires a lot of heat, which means a lot of wood. The process is a major culprit behind Benin's worrisome deforestation rate and a big contributor to health problems due to the inhalation of wood smoke. But researchers at the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), a pan-African rice research group, aim to tackle those problems with a stove that runs on a free, sustainable, and abundant fuel: rice husks. AfricaRice's stove is fed by a solar-powered fan and is designed to burn off most of the gas released by the burning husks. Compared with a wood-burning stove, the clean stove produces fewer emissions and heats water faster. (more)

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News from African PTSD Relief: Transcendental Meditation, a profound, cost-effective solution
30 May 2016 - The aim of African PTSD Relief, an initiative sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation, is to provide Transcendental Meditation to individuals as an effective tool giving relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The technique offers a simple, cost-effective, evidence-based solution -- not only to alleviate individuals' suffering, but also to reduce and ultimately prevent societal stress from erupting in violence and war. The profound effectiveness of TM in relieving traumatic stress is underlined by a personal account from Lindiwe Bayana, a South African college student. Further news, African PTSD Relief is now on the list of federally approved organizations to which the four million US federal government employees are encouraged to donate each year. (more)

Transcendental Meditation shows promise as PTSD therapy
28 May 2016 - 'Kevlar for the mind' writes psychologist Bret Moore about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His article in the US publication, Military Times, highlights a recent study of a group of veterans with PTSD beginning regular practise of TM, where within one month nearly 84 percent maintained or reduced their medication doses or stopped taking medication altogether. Dr. Moore points out an essential strength of the TM technique, saying, 'It allows the mind to freely move toward the peace and calm it naturally seeks.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation a lifesaver for veterans with PTSD
24 May 2016 - Relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among those who begin Transcendental Meditation is profiled in two war veterans, one discharged in 2015, one in 1945. The Dispatch-Argus of Quad Cities, a group of towns spanning the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois, USA, continues its series on the benefits of TM with a look at dramatic results among veterans. A recently published study conducted at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center's Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Gordon, Georgia found that after a month of practising TM, 83.7 percent of the meditators had stabilized and reduced or stopped their use of psychotropic drugs to treat PTSD. (more)

INTERVIEW: Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation
23 May 2016 - Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, discusses his life teaching Transcendental Meditation and his fulfilling work at DLF providing TM to at-risk individuals. He reveals his work's most touching stories and clarifies reasons for the cost of learning TM. He explains that no matter what a person's place in society, 'Whenever any certified TM teacher instructs a person to meditate, the particular role that person plays in life - whether doctor, student, or famous celebrity - falls away. All that's left is a human being.' He concludes, 'I have now been teaching Transcendental Meditation for 44 years, full time. Every morning when I wake up, I feel grateful beyond words that I get to have this profession. It's the most satisfying job.' (more)

David Lynch Foundation to host The Super Mind Conversation
20 May 2016 - The David Lynch Foundation is hosting 'The Super Mind Conversation,' featuring bestselling author and psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, MD, at free public events in New York City, Washington, DC, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Iowa -- May 17, 19, 21, 25, 26, 27, respectively. Dr Rosenthal's new book Super Mind opens the door to peak performance through Transcendental Meditation. As a powerful tool for overcoming stress - even severe PTSD - and enriching all areas of life, Dr Rosenthal weaves the latest clinical research on TM together with the results of over 600 personal interviews he conducted to define the Super Mind state. Tour dates and live streaming information are announced by Look to the Stars web site. (more)

Dual medical degree offered: an MD from St. Martinus University and an MS in Maharishi Ayur-Veda and Integrative Medicine from Maharishi University of Management
19 May 2016 - Maharishi University of Management and the American University of Integrative Sciences School of Medicine located on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, are offering a seven-year collaborative program of Integrative Medicine. Students undertaking the joint Integrative Medicine program start at MUM, gaining relevant knowledge and skills for attending medical school and receiving a bachelor's degree in Pre-Integrative Medicine. Four years of classes and clinical rotations are then undergone in St. Maartens and American medical facilities. Students graduate with a dual degree: an MD from St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine and a Master of Science in Maharishi Ayur-Veda and Integrative Medicine from MUM. Dr. Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at MUM said, 'The students will receive a high level of training in science and in evidence-based approaches to both types of medicine. They will be well qualified to fill the increasing number of job openings in integrative medicine clinics and centers in the U.S.' (more)

Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus: Transcendental Meditation could improve your life
15 May 2016 - A comprehensive overview of Transcendental Meditation appeared in the Dispatch-Argus of Quad Cities, a group of towns spanning the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois, USA. The article states: 'Transcendental Meditation is not a religion. It's practiced by more than six million people worldwide, people of every faith, age, and profession, from doctors, scientists, academics, and blue-collar workers to soldiers suffering post traumatic stress disorder and children.' In addition to explaining where and how to learn the technique, linking web sites about TM are provided, including the organisations's official site, Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, institutions endorsing TM such as the American Heart Association, more studies presenting health benefits, and concludes with a list of celebrities who practise TM. (more)

Why our brains age -- and how to slow the aging process
11 May 2016 - Alarik Arenander, PhD, Director of Iowa's Brain Research Institute and expert in mind-body health, shares his knowledge about our brain physiology and how to keep our brains healthy as we age. In his seven points outlining ways to increase orderliness in brain functioning, rest is an important category. Dr. Arenander said that the twice-daily practice of Transcendental Mediation is a much deeper form of rest that 'significantly lowers a person's biological age.' He adds that research also shows individuals practicing TM live longer on average and have less chronic illness. This article is currently being featured on the Excellence In Action page of Global Good News. (more)

The Guardian: Benefit for the David Lynch Foundation
2 May 2016 - Comedians in support of the David Lynch Foundation delighted over 2,000 people at the New York City Center in a benefit on April 30. Jim Carrey, Debbie Harry, Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer, Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Gilbert Gottfried contributed a night of jokes with some fundraising on the side. Through Operation Warrior Wellness, and other initiatives such as TM programs for inner-city schoolchildren, the foundation provides Transcendental Meditation to at-risk individuals. Warrior Wellness programs find that TM helps relieve symptoms of PTSD, major depression, and aids soldiers and their families to gain greater resilience to stress. In, The Good News Review and Comedy New York also featured the show. (more)

Decreased drug use: Transcendental Meditation naturally gratifies the unconscious craving for wholeness, fullness, and inner joy
29 April 2016 - Although the TM program is not in itself a drug rehabilitation program, it is a means for self-development which results in a decrease of psychological and physiological problems -- reduced drug abuse is an automatic side effect. Janet Hoffman, US director of Transcendental Meditation for Women, discusses how TM develops 'a field of unbounded wholeness deep within that is our essential nature,' and TM is 'a way to achieve well-being -- inner happiness and balance -- fullness within oneself naturally in a way that upholds health.' She points out several research projects on TM and reduced drug use, including a German study of 115 young adults -- serious drug users who were divided into one group who underwent conventional treatment and another that added twice-daily TM practice to their treatment schedule. After four months of TM practice, 50 percent of the TM group had stopped taking drugs; by 18 months, 89 percent had discontinued drug use. (more)

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Bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic hits U.S.; could cost world economy $100 trillion says British PM
27 May 2016 - Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. U.S. scientists said the infection in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman 'heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria' because it could not be controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic reserved for 'nightmare' bugs. 'In too many cases antibiotics have stopped working. That means people are dying of simple infections or conditions like TB (tuberculosis), tetanus, sepsis, infections that should not mean a death sentence,' British Prime Minister David Cameron told a news conference at a summit in Japan. 'If we do nothing about this there will be a cumulative hit to the world economy of $100 trillion and it is potentially the end of modern medicine as we know it.' (more)

Chronic sleep deprivation tied to more depression for young women
27 May 2016 - One night of short sleep may lead to less depression the following day, but chronic short sleep is tied to greater depression overall for young women, according to a new study. 'The overall message that poor quality and insufficient sleep lead to poor mood, which, in turn, worsens sleep was not surprising,' said lead author David A. Kalmbach of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. More noteworthy, he added, was that these relationships were evident in healthy, young women, not just insomniacs or depressed people. (more)

Concussions tied to more school problems than other injuries
25 May 2016 - High school and college students who get concussions may struggle more with academics than their peers who get other types of sports injuries, a small U.S. study suggests. 'After a concussion, there is an energy crisis in the brain; the brain needs more energy to heal than it has available,' said lead study author Erin Wasserman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 'Because of this, individuals experience symptoms like headache and dizziness, they have trouble sleeping, they may experience depression, and they often have trouble concentrating and remembering things,' Wasserman, who completed the study at the University of Rochester, said by email. (more)

Early exposure to traffic pollution may affect lungs later
24 May 2016 - Infants exposed to higher levels of vehicular air pollution more often have problems later on in the small airways near the edges of their lungs, according to a new study. The finding that early life exposure to air pollutants affects the so-called peripheral airways, 'has not been reported before,' said lead author Dr. Erica S. Schultz of the Karolinska Institutet Institute of Environmental Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm has relatively low air pollution levels, she said. For more polluted cities, the effects may be greater and cause conditions like asthma, heart attacks, strokes, and early death. (more)

China's drugs watchdog struggles as senior staff lured away by industry
22 May 2016 - Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China's high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated, a blow just as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation. (more)

After gastric bypass, use of psychiatric drugs may rise
20 May 2016 - Although use of drugs to treat diabetes and other diseases related to obesity may decline after weight-loss surgery, use of neurological and psychiatric drugs may rise sharply, suggests a new study. Based on thousands of patients in Denmark, researchers found that three years after gastric bypass surgery the use of antidepressants and neuropathy drugs more than doubled. Even before undergoing surgery, use of neuropsychiatric drugs like antidepressants and antipsychotics was twice as high in the gastric bypass group relative to the others, and rose further after surgery. (more)

Canada approves GMO salmon as food, livestock feed
19 May 2016 - Canadian health officials said on Thursday they have approved a type of genetically modified salmon as safe to eat, clearing the way for it to be sold in the country. There will be no special labeling requirements for the salmon. (more)

Common nanoparticle has subtle effects on oxidative stress genes
10 May 2016 - A nanoparticle commonly used in food, cosmetics, sunscreen, and other products can have subtle effects on the activity of genes expressing enzymes that address oxidative stress inside two types of cells. While the titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are considered non-toxic because they don't kill cells at low concentrations, these cellular effects could add to concerns about long-term exposure to the nanomaterial. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology used high-throughput screening techniques to study the effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on the expression of 84 genes related to cellular oxidative stress. Their work found that six genes, four of them from a single gene family, were affected by a 24-hour exposure to the nanoparticles. 'This is important because every standard measure of cell health shows that cells are not affected by these titanium dioxide nanoparticles,' said Christine Payne, an associate professor in Georgia Tech's School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 'Our results show that there is a more subtle change in oxidative stress that could be damaging to cells or lead to long-term changes. This suggests that other nanoparticles should be screened for similar low-level effects.' Titanium dioxide nanoparticles help make powdered donuts white, protect skin from the sun's rays, and reflect light in painted surfaces. 'Oxidative stress is implicated in all kinds of inflammatory and immune responses,' noted Payne's colleague Melissa Kemp, an associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. (more)

Analysis of more than 1.5 million people finds meat consumption raises mortality rates
6 May 2016 - A review of large-scale studies involving more than 1.5 million people found all-cause mortality is higher for those who eat meat, particularly red or processed meat, on a daily basis. Conducted by physicians from Mayo Clinic in Arizona, 'Is Meat Killing Us?' was published today in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. (more)

Gaza sewage spill floods farmland
4 May 2016 - Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory. Mohammed Qandeel, a beekeeper, said the sewage reached the room in which he kept the honey he had just harvested. 'I will get rid of it after I wake up from the shock,' he said. Gaza's limited sewage treatment facilities have been overwhelmed by a rapidly expanding population, damage to infrastructure during wars with Israel, and a chronic shortage of electricity. Millions of gallons of raw sewage are dumped into the Mediterranean each day, threatening the coastline and limited freshwater supplies. (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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