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Lifestyle factors can halve heart failure risk after 65
6 July 2015 - Older people who walk briskly, are moderately active in their free time, drink moderately, don't smoke, and avoid obesity may be half as likely to develop heart failure as people who don't engage in these healthy habits, a new study suggests. 'A key finding is that physical activity among older adults does not have to be strenuous to reduce heart failure risk,' lead author Liana Del Gobbo, a research fellow at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts told Reuters Health. (more)

US: 'Smell flowers, not smoke': Seattle curbs cigarettes in parks
6 July 2015 - Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products in Seattle's parks became illegal on Monday, as the U.S. Pacific Northwest's largest city joined other American metropolises in restricting puffing in public. Seattle's Parks and Recreation officials voted in May to ban smoking in all of its 465 parks. On Monday, the city, on its website, encouraged park goers to 'smell flowers, not smoke.' (more)

Canada: Ottawa reverses stand on health risks of asbestos in 'landmark shift'
2 July 2015 - Health Canada has strikingly revised its position on the health risks of asbestos exposure, bringing the federal government more in line with other developed countries. Among the shifts, the site no longer says one form of asbestos -- chrysotile, the type that Canada mined and exported for years that is still most commonly used -- is 'less potent' and does less damage than other types. To read about other changes see: (more)

In pictures: Yoga Day around the world
21 June 2015 - Thousands of people around the world are participating in the first International Day of Yoga. The following is a Reuters slideshow of some events so far. (more)

India Prime Minister Modi joins India International Yoga Day - Reuters video
21 June 2015 - India's Prime Minister joins tens of thousands in New Delhi for a mass event marking International Yoga Day. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed yoga asanas along with tens of thousands at a mass event in New Delhi's ceremonial avenue to mark International Yoga Day. The United Nations declared June 21 the first International Day of Yoga after adopting a measure proposed by the Modi government. Modi used his first speech at the U.N. General Assembly in September to call for such a day to be recognized. (more)

India yoga: Prime Minister Modi leads thousands in celebration (+ BBC video)
21 June 2015 - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led thousands in a mass yoga programme in the capital, Delhi, on the first ever International Yoga Day. Mr Modi did stretches, bends, and breathing exercises with 35,000 school children, bureaucrats, and soldiers. Millions of others are expected to do yoga at similar events planned in hundreds of Indian cities and towns. (more)

International Yoga Day arrives, in India and beyond
21 June 2015 - It was a rare sight -- after a brief speech to inaugurate International Yoga Day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi descended from a huge stage in front of the Presidential Palace and took off his glasses and his shoes. He quietly took his place before a sea of schoolchildren and others, mats neatly arranged in a checkerboard as far as the eye could see, to begin what was billed as the largest yoga [asana] demonstration in a single venue in history. (more)

Millions across India, world take part in Yoga Day exercises
21 June 2015 - Millions of yoga enthusiasts across India and much of the world on Sunday marked the first International Yoga Day. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had lobbied the U.N. to declare June 21 as the global Yoga Day, spread his mat among rows of people, including his Cabinet members and foreign diplomats, at New Delhi's main thoroughfare that has been transformed into one sprawling exercise ground. In Taipei, more than 2,000 participants rolled out mats and performed 108 rounds of the 'sun salutation' -- the sequence of yoga poses. Similar events were held in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and other places. (more)

Millions of people bend and twist their bodies for Yoga Day
21 June 2015 - Millions of yoga asana enthusiasts across the world bent and twisted their bodies in various postures Sunday to mark International Yoga Day. Thousands of people dressed in white sat on yellow mats under the Eiffel Tower, and similar events were held in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Beijing, Manila, and other places. Schoolchildren, bureaucrats, homemakers, soldiers, and ordinary folk took part in the exercise, held in all Indian state capitals. (more)

Yoga and aboriginal celebrations mix in Vancouver, Canada
21 June 2015 - Sunday was both International Yoga Day and National Aboriginal Day, and multiple events in Vancouver aimed to bring the two together. 'Today is a global event in which many, many members of the human family everywhere are expressing their love and prayer and meditation and good feelings about unity,' said Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. of the U.S.-based Chickasaw Nation, who was an invited guest at the Plaza of Nations event. (more)

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UK: Is Transcendental Meditation any good for teenagers? A personal story . . .
7 July 2015 - 'Transcendental Meditation has played a major role in reducing the stress of my daily life,' says 16 year old Ozan Bozkurt, looking back on six months of practising the technique. Ozan describes how TM 'has brought me a greater sense of wellbeing and reassurance into my life that everything will be OK'--while also appreciating 'the greater sense of contentment that it has brought to our family as a whole, bringing us closer together'. Ozan's only regret about TM is not having learned the technique at a younger age. (more)

PTSD in Africa: How to treat an epidemic of severe stress
4 July 2015 - The Voice of America show, Straight Talk Africa, has again hosted a one hour special on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) relief through Transcendental Meditation. At least 100 million Africans are estimated to suffer from PTSD caused by war and violence. Based on recent trials and research the TM technique appears to be one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods available for treatment. 'As a psychologist, I would love to see my patients become asymptomatic in 30 days!' says Dr David F O'Connell, referring to a study with Congolese war refugees who learned TM to reduce symptoms of severe PTSD. David Shapiro, President of African PTSD Relief, says, 'We should pick the most effective approaches available to save money and time, and to help as many people as possible'. (more)

The effect of Transcendental Meditation on reducing alcohol consumption in women
26 June 2015 - Women are at greater risk than men for developing alcohol-related problems, writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the US. Reviewing research showing beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation in reducing alcohol consumption, she also highlights the work of Marty Mann, who 'dedicated her life in recovery to helping everyone--especially women--reduce alcohol dependence for the sake of their well-being, health, family and career. She found Transcendental Meditation to be a strong supportive component of the process.' (more)

Valerie Gangas: Why you should consider Transcendental Meditation
25 June 2015 - Author Valerie Gangas' 'whole world turned around' after her first experience of Transcendental Meditation. 'After I learned to meditate,' she says, 'pure happiness started flowing through my veins 24/7. . . . When you're sleeping well, finding peace in your life and partnering up with the cosmos, happiness just starts filling you up.' Ms Gangas went on to work with the Oprah Winfrey Network and the David Lynch Foundation, talking about TM, freedom, and self-knowledge around the USA. (more)

TM and Me! Many happier, healthier, and stress-free days to come
19 June 2015 - 'My Type A personality hasn't changed, but my stress level and quality of life have, thanks to Transcendental Meditation,' writes health and wellness advocate Ellen Dolgen. 'Every time I meditate, this wonderful calmness and inner peace washes over me. I am energized, alert, and way more creative. After 20 minutes, I feel like I went through a de-stress car wash. My stress just washes away. I love the feeling!' Ellen also looked into scientific research on TM and 'was thrilled to find out that the (US) National Institutes of Health has funded over $26 million in research on the Transcendental Meditation technique for prevention of heart disease'. (more)

The Peter G. Dodge Foundation awards $225,000 to David Lynch Foundation to study TM and alcoholism
18 June 2015 - The Peter G. Dodge Foundation announced its inaugural research grant, awarded to the David Lynch Foundation for a feasibility study to establish whether Transcendental Meditation is useful in preventing relapse following inpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder. TM has been shown to improve cardiac health, boost cognitive development, and reduce stress, as well as symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression. 'The Peter G. Dodge Foundation is intended to be a driving force for improving the lives of people with alcohol-use disorder,' says Founder, Peter Dodge -- through 'funding research for new treatments, sharing information, and supporting programs and organizations that are making a difference.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A surge protector against stress
12 June 2015 - In this interview with Norman Rosenthal, MD, the renowned psychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author talks about how the experience of transcendence during the practice of Transcendental Meditation can help eliminate the buildup of stress in our bodies, improve our health, and enrich our relationships. 'We let things pass, and we recover more quickly. . . . because we're not on an automatic reflexive trigger response for every little stress. What I often say is that TM gives you a surge protector to protect you against the surges of stress that occur on a daily basis.' (more)

Wounded Warrior Project awards $125,000 to David Lynch Foundation's veterans initiative
11 June 2015 - The David Lynch Foundation has received a $125,000 grant from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to provide the Transcendental Meditation technique to veterans who are affected by combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 'For over ten years, the David Lynch Foundation has provided a critical missing tool for veterans and other at-risk populations to overcome the nightmare of trauma and toxic stress in their lives,' said Bob Roth, DLF executive director. The Foundation was selected as a grant recipient because it delivers services that alleviate sleep issues, a funding priority that WWP selected based on direct feedback from injured veterans. Studies have shown that TM reduces symptoms of PTSD by up to 50 per cent as well as markedly reducing anxiety, depression, insomnia, and substance abuse. (more)

Research: Transcendental Meditation will save you from harmful levels of stress
8 June 2015 - Scientific research shows that Transcendental Meditation changes our response to stressful situations, reducing the harmful physical and mental health effects caused by excessive stress. Studies have found these beneficial effects of TM among college students, working adults, and in the most extreme case, military veterans and war refugees suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 'You cannot always change your outer circumstances and control everything that happens to you,' states a recent research review. 'However, you can significantly increase your inner resilience to stress and counteract its negative impact by regularly practising the Transcendental Meditation technique.' (more)

Overcoming grief, achieving inner peace
29 May 2015 - From the first day she learned Transcendental Meditation, 'I never looked back,' says Valerie Gangas. She has 'written a book, continued working for Oprah and the David Lynch Foundation (talking about TM, freedom, and self-knowledge around the country), and have generally been living an extraordinary life. And in my heart, what's best is this: knowing a truly sweet future lies ahead of me and the pain of the past is over. . . . The benefits have continued to grow, and my inner peace has remained a constant. My ability to focus, stay calm, and continuously be present is the gift that keeps on giving.' (more)

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Number of US heroin users rose 300,000 over a decade; doubles in women
7 July 2015 - The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report. Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin. And the rate of heroin use doubled in women -- a more dramatic rise than what was seen in men. (more)

Scientists find new evidence on GSK vaccine link to narcolepsy
6 July 2015 - Scientists investigating why a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine triggered narcolepsy in some people say they have the first solid evidence the rare sleep disorder may be a so-called 'hit-and-run' autoimmune disease. Narcolepsy is an incurable, lifelong brain disorder that disrupts normal sleep-wake cycles and causes severe nightmares and daytime sleep attacks that can strike at any time. GSK's Pandemrix vaccine -- withdrawn from the market after the 2009/2010 pandemic -- was linked with a spike in cases of narcolepsy. Studies in countries where GSK's Pandemrix vaccine was used in the 2009/2010 flu pandemic -- including Britain, Finland, Sweden,and Ireland -- have found a significant rise in cases of narcolepsy in children. (more)

Screen addiction is taking a toll on children
6 July 2015 - Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary 'Web Junkie,' to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep, or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake. (more)

China: Recycling technology contaminates water, damages health
3 July 2015 - In the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province a town has become one of the world's largest electronic waste dump sites. Large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals, and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests, and damaging the health of residents. (more)

Nearly four of 10 U.S. kids exposed to violence
29 June 2015 - Phone-based surveys show that nearly four of every 10 kids and teens in the U.S. were exposed to violence or abuse over the previous year, researchers have found. 'Violence and abuse in childhood are big drivers behind many of our most serious health and social problems,' said John Fluke, a child welfare scholar-in-residence at the University of Denver in Colorado. 'They are associated with later drug abuse, suicide, criminal behavior, mental illness, and chronic disease like diabetes.' (more)

Screen time linked to weaker bones in teen boys
25 June 2015 - Teenaged boys who spend too many hours in front of the computer or television without participating in enough weight-bearing exercise could develop weaker bones as they age, a small Norwegian study suggests. Childhood and the teen years are critical periods for growing bones and establishing a bone density level that can affect osteoporosis risk much later in life. 'I think you can never say too often what the authors were saying,' said Dr. Laura Bachrach, a pediatric endocrinologist at Stanford University Medical School in California. (more)

Family instability, stress tied to mental function for poor children - US study
19 June 2015 - In a new study of low-income children in the U.S., those with more family instability and an emotionally unavailable mother early in life also had higher levels of a stress hormone and more learning delays. The research ties specific patterns of the hormone cortisol, released into the bloodstream in times of stress, with cognitive abilities for children in poverty. (more)

No time to be nice at work
19 June 2015 - Mean bosses could have killed my father. I vividly recall walking into a hospital room outside of Cleveland to see my strong, athletic dad lying with electrodes strapped to his bare chest. What put him there? I believe it was work-related stress. For years he endured two uncivil bosses. Rudeness and bad behavior have all grown over the last decades, particularly at work. How we treat one another at work matters. Insensitive interactions have a way of whittling away at people's health, performance, and souls. We also may experience major health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and ulcers. Intermittent stressors -- like experiencing or witnessing uncivil incidents or even replaying one in your head -- elevate levels of hormones called glucocorticoids throughout the day, potentially leading to a host of health problems. (more)

Ebola could hit again and we would hardly do better: MSF
14 June 2015 - The Ebola epidemic could flare up again in West Africa and health authorities are no better equipped to control it than they were a year ago, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Saturday. 'The reality today is if Ebola were to hit on scale it did in August and September, we would hardly do much better than we did the last time around,' Joanne Liu said on the sidelines of a meeting on Ebola in Dakar. Leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations vowed this week to wipe out the epidemic that has killed more than 11,100 people across West Africa, but offered little concrete action. (more)

US: Heroin overdose deaths quadrupled from 2000 to 2013
11 June 2015 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in March that heroin overdose deaths in the United States quadrupled from 2000 to 2013, with most of the increase coming after 2010. Officials in Marion, Ohio hope they've seen the worst of the latest heroin skirmish. On Wednesday, 60 law enforcement officers raided three addresses in Marion, arrested four people and seized more than two pounds of the blue heroin that has plagued the city. But they know there will be more, and that the heroin crisis probably hasn't peaked yet, here or anywhere else. (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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