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More evidence exercise may be good for your mood
20 September 2018 - People who exercise may experience symptoms of mental health disorders less often, a U.S. study suggests. That may be true even when the exercise involves doing household chores, researchers found. (more)

He served 3.6 million free meals after Hurricane Maria. Now he's feeding people hit by Florence
17 September 2018 - When disaster strikes, the Red Cross and the National Guard are always there to help. And these days, so is Jose Andres. The renowned chef, equipped with a team of cooks and volunteers and a ton of food, is feeding people in the Carolinas who were hit by Hurricane Florence. Andres and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen team arrived in North Carolina a week ago -- days before the storm arrived . . . The team served more than 3.6 million meals in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Maria and stayed on the island through an entire year to make sure people weren't left hungry. (more)

Why Uganda is the 'world's fittest country'
15 September 2018 - Uganda is the most physically active nation in the world, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization. The BBC's Patience Atuhaire went to find out why. The study, tracking the level of physical activity around the world, found that only 5.5 per cent of Ugandans had an insufficient level of activity. Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, and Togo too are also doing quite well. (more)

New sleep study shows its importance for academic performance
11 September 2018 - College students who want good grades may want to skip the all-nighters ... because a new study suggests lack of sleep is at least as bad for academic success as binge drinking or doing drugs. 'When you're approaching school work well rested, you can accomplish work and complex problem solving much more efficiently,' said study co-author J. Roxanne Prichard, scientific director of the Center for College Sleep at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (more)

Playing tennis could add years to your life
5 September 2018 - People who played tennis, badminton, or soccer tended to live longer than those who cycled, swam, or jogged. Playing tennis and other sports that are social might add years to your life, according to a new epidemiological study of Danish men and women. The study found that adults who reported frequently participating in tennis or other racket and team sports lived longer than people who were sedentary. But they also lived longer than people who took part in reliably healthy but often solitary activities such as jogging, swimming, and cycling. (more)

Herb pillows and floral waters: India Organic Fair 2018 in Chennai
31 August 2018 - To help people understand the vast scope of what is possible with organic farming, city-based NGO, Aim For Seva (AFS), along with its store Spirit of The Earth, is all set to host the India Organic Fair 2018 from September 7-11 in Chennai. The event -- based on a concept suggested by the Ministry of Women and Child Development -- is slated to feature over 60 stalls from 14 States, and will also double-up as an educative exhibition space. (more)

UK considers banning 'energy drink' sales to children in England
30 August 2018 - The sale of high-caffeine soft drinks to children could be banned in England, the British government said on Thursday (30 August), citing public health concerns. Adolescents in Britain who drink energy drinks consume around 50 percent more than their counterparts in Europe, the statement said. Some retailers already ban sales of energy drinks to children aged under 16. (more)

Fed up with costly, dirty fuels, Nigerians switch to cleaner alternatives
23 August 2018 - For Rhoda Tanko, preparing dishes of okra or egusi soup in her small shack was a daily ordeal spent battling the dizzying, toxic black fumes spewed out by her charcoal stove. Her home's energy needs were costly too ... But that changed earlier this year when, with help from her local cooperative, Tanko bought a new, cleaner-burning stove. The stove, which cost 10,500 naira ($34), was provided by Solar Sister, a non-profit that operates in Nigeria as well as in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. (more)

Vitamin-rich diet tied to lower risk of frailty in older adults
23 August 2018 - Older adults who eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables may be less likely to develop frailty than their peers who fail to get enough vitamins from their food, a Spanish study suggests. (more)

Netherlands Dispatch: Take a look at these unusual strategies for fighting dementia
22 August 2018 - Doctors and caregivers across the Netherlands have been pioneering an unorthodox approach to dementia treatment: harnessing the power of relaxation, childhood memories, sensory aids, soothing music, family structure, and other tools to heal, calm, and nurture the residents, rather than relying on the old prescription of bed rest, medication, and, in some cases, physical restraints. (more)

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UK: Transcendental Meditation featured in Daily Star's recommendations to reduce blood pressure
17 September 2018 - One in four Brits suffers with high blood pressure, according to the UK's National Health Service. The Daily Star reports that a study led by Dr Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, found that Transcendental Meditation reduces high blood pressure. TM is featured first in a discussion of research on lifestyle approaches to reducing blood pressure including meditation, yoga, exercise, and diet. (more)

September is Self-Improvement Month: How TM can help improve mind, body, emotions, and behaviour
13 September 2018 - 'There is a simple way to do one-stop shopping to accomplish self-improvement,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. Her suggestion for 'how to improve your mind, body, emotional life, behaviour, and job performance in one stroke: learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. TM is an effortless method that allows your mind to settle inward to the most silent and peaceful level of experience, your authentic innermost Self. . . . Almost 400 peer-reviewed studies have shown that regular TM practice improves our life through a wide range of personal benefits - decreased anxiety and depression, improved memory and clearer thinking, reduced high blood pressure, decreased illness, longer lifespan and more harmonious relationships.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation produces significant reduction in drug and alcohol abuse: Elephant Journal
3 September 2018 - Today there is a crisis in drug addiction care: 23 million Americans suffer each year from drug and alcohol abuse; yet only one in five gets treatment. One effective, evidence-based approach for drug abuse reduction is Transcendental Meditation. Over 10 peer-reviewed studies show that TM produces a very significant reduction in drug and alcohol abuse. Comedian Russell Brand comments, 'Transcendental Meditation will give you access to peace. . . . It will give you sanctuary and serenity. That is what it's done for me. An integral part of my life as a recovering drug addict is TM.' (more)

Why self-love is not selfish
31 August 2018 - Research has found that women of any age are more prone to self-criticism than men, and chronic self-criticism can impair mental and physical health. Health writer Linda Egenes explores how treating oneself with 'compassion instead of criticism' can improve health and well-being - but how to calm the negative mind-chatter? Learning Transcendental Meditation, she writes, has allowed her to experience of 'a state of deep rest and relaxation, . . . infinite joy and inner happiness. You could call it my deep self, my essential self. . . . As I effortlessly settled into my true self - that reservoir of universal love that is inside me and inside everyone - I found myself spontaneously acting in a more loving way to myself and others.' (more)

Brazil: Maharishi University of Management faculty assist in introducing integrative medicine
30 August 2018 - Brazil is one of the first non-Asian nations to introduce integrative healthcare into the national healthcare system, and faculty of Maharishi University of Management, USA are significantly contributing to the initiative. This year professors Robert Schneider, Sandy Nidich, and John Fagan spoke in Brazil at the 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health, and MUM President John Hagelin and Professor Fred Travis sent presentations. 'This initiative by the federal government of Brazil is real,' Dr Schneider said. 'This is a major step of government implementation that will entail bringing Maharishi Ayur-Veda, Transcendental Meditation, and other prevention-oriented, natural health approaches to the people of the country through their national health care system.' (more)

Holland: 4th International Ayurveda Congress to convene in Leiden, 1-2 September
26 August 2018 - The Fourth International Ayurveda Congress will convene this weekend, 1-2 September at Leiden, the Netherlands. The theme of this Congress is to establish and promote Ayurveda in the areas of education, research, training, practice, and products in the West. The Congress presents a platform for all leading Ayurveda organizations worldwide and leaders in various fields of Ayurveda. Scholars in Ayurveda, experts in herbal medicine, and research scientists from around the world will present scientific evidence on preventing disease, promoting longevity, and treating chronic disorders using an integrative approach. (more)

Indian Medical University invites collaboration with Maharishi University of Management
18 August 2018 - India is increasingly showing an interest in Maharishi AyurVeda, including the country's Minister for Ayurveda and Yoga and the chancellor of a leading medical university, who is eager to collaborate with Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in the USA. Professor Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine at MUM, was invited to give a keynote presentation at an international Ayurveda congress at D.Y. Patil University in Pune, India earlier this year. While there, in addition to university officials, he met with His Excellency Shripad Naik, India's Minister for traditional systems of health (AYUSH), who pledged his support for MUM's programme of Maharishi AyurVeda research and clinical practice. (more)

Psychology Today: The power of inner silence
14 August 2018 - Psychologist and bestselling author Elaine Aron, PhD, writes in Psychology Today about the value of accessing quieter levels of the mind - not only for 'Highly Sensitive Persons' (HSPs), her field of expertise - but for anyone seeking to be wiser, more creative and effective in daily life. Describing various methods of 'turning inward to find that deeper quiet', Dr Aron writes, 'And there is meditation, the route I have used for 46 years. I chose Transcendental Meditation, partly because its goal is the deepest possible rest and inner silence. . . . Whatever the tradition, those committed to these deeper levels of inner silence and calm report at its deepest the same satisfying state, perhaps best called ''pure consciousness'' because it can be without thoughts, feelings, or perceptions, yet you are wide awake inside.'  (more)

American Nurses Association's 'Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation' campaign blog features Transcendental Meditation
4 August 2018 - The American Nurses Association's (ANA) Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation blog recently published an article by Amy Ruff, RN, BSN, WOCN, US National Director of Transcendental Meditation for Nurses. In 'Meditation 101: Know Your Options', she writes, 'One common misconception is that all meditation procedures are more or less ''the same''. But this is incorrect - meditation procedures often differ in their purpose, practice and the results they give.' Ruff learned TM as a new graduate RN in 1973 - tired, stressed, and full of anxiety after months in the high-stress environment of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 'What appealed to me was the science behind [TM]': research showing physiological indications of decreased stress and improvements in health. 'After the first 20 minute meditation I felt rejuvenated, clearer and happier.... TM saved my nursing career.' (more)

Stressed out? Anxious? Looking for peace? Why some are turning to Transcendental Meditation - Detroit TV news reports
30 July 2018 - In addition to many celebrities who practise Transcendental Meditation, Detroit area TV station WXYZ features 'regular folks here in southeast Michigan [who] are among TM's fans'. A physician recalls learning TM when he was in 10th grade: 'I couldn't read for more than five minutes at a time or study [or] just focus. . . . The minute I learned [the TM] technique, I could study for an hour straight. . . . Next thing I know, I was getting all A's.' James Cahaney, director of the Transcendental Meditation centre in metro Detroit, explains, 'When you learn TM and your stress levels - cortisol, epinephrine - are reduced, then people start to feel better.' (more)

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Almost one in 11 U.S. tweens and teens vape cannabis
18 September 2018 - Roughly one in 11 American middle and high school students have used cannabis in e-cigarettes, a study suggests. Nearly one in three young e-cigarette users said they had tried cannabis with e-cigarettes at least once, survey results showed. Overall, almost 9 percent of students had vaped marijuana, including 4.5 percent of students in middle school and 12.4 percent of students in high school. (more)

Even low levels of traffic pollution tied to heart damage
14 September 2018 - People exposed to even low levels of air pollution are more likely to develop structural changes in the heart that can be a precursor to heart failure, a UK study suggests. (more)

Survey finds rapid increase in number of UK vapers
13 September 2018 - An estimated 3.2 million people in Britain are now users of e-cigarettes, or vapes, compared with around 7.4 million who smoke tobacco cigarettes, according to data from a survey conducted by an anti-smoking charity. E-cigarettes have no tobacco, but contain nicotine-laced liquids that the user inhales in a vapor. (more)

Severe delivery complications on the rise among U.S. pregnant women
5 September 2018 - An increasing proportion of U.S. women are experiencing serious and potentially life-threatening complications while giving birth, government researchers report. Between 2006 and 2015, rates of severe complications rose by 45 percent overall, according to a report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). (more)

US: Children taking multiple medications at risk for severe reactions
28 August 2018 - Nearly one in five American children use at least one prescription medication, and roughly one in 13 kids takes more than one prescription drug, according to a new study. And among the children taking more than one medication, one in 12 is at risk of a harmful drug interaction, researchers report in Pediatrics. Adolescent girls are most at risk of adverse reactions, including a potentially deadly heart condition, the researchers found. (more)

Air pollution causes 'huge' reduction in intelligence, study reveals
27 August 2018 - Air pollution causes a 'huge' reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health. The research was conducted in China but is relevant across the world, with 95 percent of the global population breathing unsafe air. It found that high pollution levels led to significant drops in test scores in language and arithmetic, with the average impact equivalent to having lost a year of the person's education. (more)

Depression in pregnancy may alter babies' brains
27 August 2018 - Women with depression and anxiety during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies with altered brain development that might be linked to behavior problems later in childhood, a small study suggests. In the current study, researchers found maternal depression and anxiety linked to changes in what's known as white matter microstructure in the brain, which is involved in communication between different regions of the brain. (more)

In world's 'happiest' countries, signs of a happiness gap
26 August 2018 - The Nordic countries regularly appear at the top of an annual list of the world's happiest nations, but their reputation as 'happiness superpowers' masks the difficulties of a significant part of the population, a new analysis shows. The trends highlighted in the report appear to be backed up by various national studies conducted in the region. (more)

Big Tobacco's global reach on social media
24 August 2018 - The tobacco industry says it no longer tries to hook new generations of smokers. So what's behind the legions of beautiful young people in smoking, vaping, and partying posts with the same hashtags? ... while the US Food and Drug Administration weighs plans to cut nicotine in cigarettes, making them less addictive, Big Tobacco has been making the most of the time it still has using social networks to promote its brands around the world. (more)

General surgeon shortage growing in U.S.
24 August 2018 - The shortage of general surgeons in the U.S. is projected to get worse as the number of these doctors entering the workforce each year fails to keep pace with population growth, a U.S. study suggests. By 2050, there will be a deficit of 7,047 general surgeons nationwide, researchers calculated. (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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