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News from Sistema Scotland: Positive outcomes across the board
23 May 2015 - News from Sistema Scotland: the first findings of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health's long-term research project into the social impact on children's lives, and the effect on their communities, of the Big Noise schemes in Stirling's Raploch and Glasgow's Govanhill, show positive outcomes across the board. These range from better school attendance to projected whole-life benefits for participants, such as greater community cohesion as well as economic gains over the medium and longer term. The high initial cost of delivering the scheme should be offset by the savings that are projected to accrue from longer-term improved health and educational outcomes. (more)

Study: Liquorice helps in fight against tooth decay
23 May 2015 - Liquorice (licorice) could actually hold the key to conquering tooth decay, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh. New research suggests the legume has natural plant chemicals that kill mouth bacteria and prevent the build up of plaque. Past research has revealed that cranberries could help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, showing they prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to the teeth, and so stop plaque from forming. (more)

Whistler Blackcomb completely bans smoking on resort property
22 May 2015 - British Columbia's most well-known ski resort is taking drastic action to stamp out smoking in public. Beginning 31 May, Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort will ban smoking on all of its property including chairlifts, gondolas, ski runs, hiking trails, parking lots, bike trails and all bars, restaurants, and patios. (more)

Solar-powered ATMs to deliver clean drinking water in Pakistan
14 May 2015 - Punjab province is set to launch an innovation for water-short Pakistan: Solar-powered ATMs that dispense clean water when a smart card is scanned. The two-foot-square prototype machine looks and functions like an ATM, but dispenses water instead of cash. Users are issued a card they can use to claim a daily share of water. (more)

This is what happens when you read to a child
14 May 2015 - Crucial aspects of brain development occur during the first three years of life, and reading aloud to your child during this time (and after) may help build their vocabulary and communication skills and more. A recent study presented at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies revealed what happens when you read to a child. Using brain scanners, the researchers found that reading to children from an early age activated brain areas including the occipital lobes, linked to visual imagery and the parietal lobes, linked to understanding the meaning of language. (more)

Transit, cycling, walking together rival the car for Vancouver travel (+ Vancouver Sun video)
13 May 2015 - Vancouver, Canada transportation officials released data that shows that while the car may still be king, it is declining in importance. In 2014, there were an estimated 918,000 daily trips by automobile, down from 980,000 daily in 2013. At the same time, the total number of daily trips by people on transit, by foot, and on bicycle rose. Much of that came from a 20 per cent increase in cycling. (more)

Canada: British Columbia supports Alzheimer's technology that improves quality of life
11 May 2015 - Technology that seeks to keep Alzheimers' patients safe within their homes is part of a University of Victoria programme that helps people with disabilities improve their quality of life. Health Minister Terry Lake said the so-called wandering deterrent system is one of the innovations being fine tuned as part of the university's CanAssist programme. Screens in the home remind people of the current time using a 24-hour clock and an image of the sun or moon. They also show messages or videos, usually recorded by family members, explaining that it's not safe to be outside at a certain time of day or night. (more)

Mediterranean diet with olive oil, nuts linked to healthier brain
11 May 2015 - A Mediterranean diet with extra nuts and olive oil might help improve memory in older adults, a Spanish study suggests. Based on the brain function tests done before and after the study, the group eating low-fat foods had a significant decrease in memory and cognitive function. The group following a Mediterranean diet with supplemental nuts had significant improvements in memory, while the group adding extra virgin olive oil experienced significantly better cognitive function. (more)

New blood tests, liquid biopsies, may transform cancer care (+ AP video)
11 May 2015 - A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. (more)

Colombia suspending use of anti-coca herbicide
9 May 2015 - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos announced Saturday he is halting use of a herbicide that has been a key part of U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops, saying the country will seek other ways to destroy coca plants. President Santos said he was taking the move following a Health Ministry recommendation based on a World Health Organization decision to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen. (more)


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Transcendental Meditation programme for nurses: Nourishing the caregiver from within
13 May 2015 - In a new video, nurses in leadership positions at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida describe benefits they have gained from learning Transcendental Meditation. They candidly discuss positive changes in their professional and personal lives, giving insight and hope that the stress-relieving properties of TM can be experienced by more health care professionals. As one nursing team leader said, 'Life is easier when there is a sense of peace and calm both inside and outside of me.' (more)

Africa: Voice of America TV reports on Transcendental Meditation and African PTSD Relief Now
10 May 2015 - Voice of America's 'Africa 54' TV show featured a live segment on the beneficial effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique in providing rapid relief from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among African refugees. Hosted by veteran health reporter Linord Moudou, the 7 May show included an explanation of post-traumatic stress disorder by eminent psychiatrist, researcher, and author Dr Norman Rosenthal, and an interview with David Shapiro, President of African PTSD Relief, about what Transcendental Meditation is, and a review of scientific research on TM and PTSD, including recent studies with African refugees. (more)

Kids need meditation too: What children say about the Transcendental Meditation technique
9 May 2015 - 'The TM technique is really good for the developing brain. It gives teenagers a core of peacefulness and happiness inside themselves that they can access twice a day,' says Dr William Stixrud, a clinical neurologist at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. 'They are less reactive to stress, and if they do get stressed, it goes away faster.' Dr Stixrud is quoted by health writer Linda Egenes in an article exploring rising stress levels in American children--along with research showing the benefits of TM in helping students overcome the effects of stress. 'Since I started TM, life has gotten a lot easier. I think more clearly and I don't rush into things. Plus, my grades have gone up.' - Cecilia, grade 7. (more)

Living from your heart: Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum shares her passion for women's heart health
30 April 2015 - Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, Director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, has poured her heart into her mission of educating women and preventing heart disease. She calls her philosophy of preventing heart disease 'living from your heart': 'Doing what is best for you, eating what feels best for you, exercising, living with passion, living with purpose - that is what living from the heart is all about,' she says. She first recommended Transcendental Meditation to patients for reducing stress because she was impressed with the research. On learning the technique herself, she gained an even greater appreciation of its benefits, noting that everything is 'easier and calmer. There's a lack of chaotic thought, and it's almost like everything falls into place.' (more)

USA: Practicum students at Maharishi University of Management conduct over 100 wellness consultations
28 April 2015 - Students at Maharishi University of Management have the opportunity to become a bit healthier thanks to health consultations offered by students in the undergraduate Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant programme--one of two tracks in the BS in Physiology and Health. MUM is the only university in America offering Maharishi AyurVeda, the prevention-oriented Consciousness-Based health care system introduced by the university's founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The practicum provides students with a foundation so they can open their own practices as Maharishi AyurVeda health consultants after they graduate, or continue their education in a variety of health-related fields. (more)

Voice of America hosts interview with African PTSD Relief
28 April 2015 - Voice of America 'Health Chat' featured news of the African PTSD Relief project on 28 April. Hosted by veteran reporter Linord Moudou, Health Chat is a live call-in programme that addresses health issues of interest to Africa. Congolese refugee Esperance Ndozi told her story of recovery from PTSD after learning Transcendental Meditation. Experts discussed recent research studies documenting the rapid and cost-effective approach offered by African PTSD Relief--teaching Transcendental Meditation to those suffering from PTSD. (more)

Forbes: Transcendental Meditation aims to give back
27 April 2015 - Forbes magazine's Healthcare section reports on a recent event in New York City hosted by the David Lynch Foundation, at which public figures like Arianna Huffington, Robin Roberts, and Cynthia McFadden discussed the transforming role of Transcendental Meditation in their lives. The DLF also gives psychological support in the form of TM, at low or no cost, to those who need it most: Veterans, schoolchildren, prison inmates, and women and children who have survived domestic abuse. The Foundation can barely keep up with all the requests it has from school systems, family centres, and prisons to teach TM. Director Bob Roth says TM 'helps you navigate increasingly stressful times. I'm a skeptical person. There's nothing to believe in. . . . It just works.' (more)

Turning fear into love: A mother tells her story
23 April 2015 - When you meet someone as happy and radiant as Flavia Finnegan, wife, mother and career woman, it's hard to imagine that she ever felt fear or trauma. Flavia felt safe and secure in her life until an internship brought her to live and work in the financial district of New York City just in time for the terrorist attacks of September 2001. After that she lived in constant anxiety and fear. Learning Transcendental Meditation a few years later in her native Brazil, she says, 'took me to another level. I'm very grateful. I started to experience an untroubled state of mind, an inner security and freedom from anxiety. I started to feel that whatever happened each day, the big and the small, I could be happy for being alive and experiencing the sun and wind and the people around me that contributed to that moment. TM gave me the inner calm to enjoy every moment.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation combats stress: National Stress Awareness Month in USA
19 April 2015 - Doctors often recommend Transcendental Meditation because it helps patients react to stress in a calmer, healthier way. For example, research shows that during 20 minutes of TM practice, levels of the stress hormone cortisol drop by 30 per cent. Reducing cortisol levels in the body is important for physical and mental health, and TM has also been found to improve many of the negative effects of prolonged high levels of stress hormones -- including heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and diabetes. (more)

Transcendental Meditation for your heart health
13 April 2015 - Research conducted at Georgia Health Sciences University in the USA showed improved heart health among black teens suffering from high blood pressure who began regular practice of Transcendental Meditation, reports Emerson Villela Carvalho Jr, MD. Dr Carvalho also cites 'an array of other health benefits' of TM noted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), including reduced chronic pain, reduced anxiety, lowered blood pressure and lowered cholesterol. He said, 'Adding in meditation a couple of times per day is an easy step to add to a heart attack prevention plan.' (more)


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Suicide rates rising among young African-American children in US
21 May 2015 - Suicide rates have fallen among young white children in the U.S. but they've gone up among African-Americanyoungsters, according to a new study of suicides in kids under age 12. (more)

Homeless Nepalis sleep in the open as monsoon rains approach
19 May 2015 - The Nepali government is struggling to provide shelter for more than a million people who were uprooted by two massive earthquakes, first on April 25 and then 17 days later. Tens of thousands are sleeping in the open, with monsoon rains possibly little more than a fortnight away. Aid organizations worry about the possible spread of disease and the risk of further displacement in a country ill-equipped to help those most in need. (more)

US EPA: Waste incinerator released dangerous toxins into air
15 May 2015 - A hazardous-waste incinerator in Ohio released dangerous toxins into the air over the past four years, exposing those nearby to chemicals that can cause cancer, miscarriages, and early death, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The facility is on the Ohio River near the Pennsylvania and West Virginia borders. The EPA said the toxins might have included dioxin, which can cause reproductive problems, skin disease, and changes in hormone levels; cadmium, which can cause kidney disease and fetal malformations; chromium, which can cause cancer; and other toxic air pollutants that can cause neurological, respiratory, and developmental problems. (more)

Another deadly earthquake spreads fear and misery in Nepal (with AP video)
12 May 2015 - A new earthquake killed dozens of people Tuesday and spread more fear and misery in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago that left more than 8,000 dead. Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake, centered midway between Kathmandu and Mount Everest, struck hardest in the foothills of the Himalayas, triggering some landslides, but it also shook the capital badly, sending thousands of terrified people into the streets. Tremors radiated across parts of Asia. In neighboring India, at least 16 people were confirmed dead after rooftops or walls collapsed onto them, according to India's Home Ministry. Chinese media reported one death in Tibet. (more)

Drug-resistant 'superbug' strain of typhoid spreads worldwide
11 May 2015 - An antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' strain of typhoid fever has spread globally, driven by a single family of the bacteria, called H58, according to the findings of a large international study. The research, involving some 74 scientists in almost two dozen countries, is one of the most comprehensive sets of genetic data on a human infectious agent and paints a worrying scene of an 'ever-increasing public health threat', they said. (more)

As youth vaping rises, teens cite the allure of tricks (with Reuters video)
1 May 2015 - U.S. teenagers use of e-cigarettes tripled in the last year alone. New data provided to Reuters found that youngsters experiment with e-cigarettes because they like to do 'smoke tricks' that have been made popular by 'cloud competitions'. Public health officials have warned for several years of the attraction of flavored nicotine liquid to teens and tweens, and have urged regulators to ban them. But the role of tricks in enticing young people to use e-cigarettes has not previously been explored. Now researchers are asking whether they could help hook a new generation who otherwise would not have used nicotine. (more)

US: Food industry tries to block Vermont's GMO labeling law
27 April 2015 - Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them. The legal skirmishing continues a year after Vermont passed a law aimed at making it the first state in America to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. The Friday filing at the U.S. District Court for Vermont came in response to rules issued a week earlier by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell to implement the law. (more)

US: Wisconsin declares state of emergency over bird flu in poultry
20 April 2015 - Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected flocks are Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington (state). The disease can kill nearly an entire flock of infected poultry within 48 hours. (more)

Alcohol use in movies tied to teen drinking
16 April 2015 - In a study of 15-year-olds in the UK, those who had been most exposed to alcohol use in films were also most likely to have tried alcohol, and about twice as likely as the least exposed to have been binge drinking. The results are in line with research from the USA, Europe, and elsewhere that links youth 'viewing of depictions of alcohol use in movies and the onset of drinking, regular drinking, binge-drinking, and alcohol-related problems,' said lead author Andrea Waylen of the School of Oral and Dental Sciences in Bristol, England. (more)

Common heartburn drugs linked to kidney failure in the elderly
16 April 2015 - Older patients taking drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, a common remedy for heartburn and acid reflux, are two times more likely to be hospitalized with kidney failure than peers who don't take the pills, a Canadian study finds. While the side effect is extremely rare, and the study doesn't prove the drugs cause kidney failure, the association is worrisome because tens of millions of people a year take these pills, sold by prescription and over-the-counter in some countries, with brand names including Prilosec, Prevacid, and Zegerid. Of all the possible side effects of these drugs, the most concerning isn't kidney failure, it's osteoporosis, Dr. John O'Brian Clarke, a gastroenterologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. (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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