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China: Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog
28 July 2014 - China's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday. In a list of restrictions published on its website, the municipal government said it would ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction materials, papermaking, chemicals, and oil refining. (more)

US: 'Cafeteria Man' champions fresh foods in schools
28 July 2014 - As Food and Nutrition Director of Baltimore City Public Schools, Tony Geraci set out to replace pre-plated, frozen school lunches with fresh, local produce, transforming students' understanding of their meals and the plants behind them. The film 'Cafeteria Man' is the story of Geraci's mission to give students the power to change what's wrong with our nation's school lunches. (more)

US: Florida boy gets prosthetic arm and hand from 3-D printer
28 July 2014 - A Florida boy born without most of his right arm took home a new forearm and functioning hand on Friday made by a team of scientists using a 3-D printer -- a method they hope will transform the way prosthetics are made, particularly for children. The prosthetic made for 6-year-old Alex Pring is among at least 50 created in the past year by a diffuse band of international contributors who collaborate online and print them out on 3-D printers, said Jon Schull, a Rochester Institute of Technology scientist who launched the online group last July. (more)

US: New Orleans college campuses to be mostly smoke-free by this week
28 July 2014 - Starting this week, nearly all college and university campuses in New Orleans, Louisiana will be tobacco-free or moving in that direction. The policies, which ban cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and, in some cases, electronic cigarettes, are aimed at creating a healthier environment, cutting down on exposure to secondhand smoke and, in the case of public colleges, abiding by a state law passed last year. (more)

UK: Medicinal honey shown to be effective for healing
27 July 2014 - The antibacterial properties of honey have long been known, both ancient Greek and Egyptian physicians are said to have valued it and it was used in the treatment of wounds right up to World War Two. With antibiotic resistance now high on the global agenda, scientists and doctors are working together to once more prove honey's effectiveness in battling life-threatening bacteria. (more)

US: Window washers dress up like Superheroes to surprise children at New York City Hospital
27 July 2014 - When children at a New York City hospital looked out of their windows Wednesday morning, they were met with a super-sized surprise: There, suspended in mid-air, were Batman, Spider-Man, and other beloved superheroes just waiting to say hello. The kids were thrilled by the unexpected treat. According to NBC New York, hospital staff also got in on the fun, putting on a variety of superhero costumes and cheering for the window washers from the sidewalks. (more)

US: Oregon GMO labelling measure certified for November ballot
26 July 2014 - An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labelling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday. 'It cleared easily,' said Tony Green, a spokesman for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. (more)

Australia: Inner-city micro dairy brings milk to Melbourne's cafes the old-fashioned way
25 July 2014 - In a back street in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, a small dairy has quietly opened its doors. Saint David Dairy, named after the street in which it is located, started a year ago with no customers and a dream to bottle milk the old-fashioned way. Today, it has more than 100 customers -- mostly coffee houses and cafes. Saint David Dairy is the brainchild of dairy industry professional Ben Evans, a former production manager for the big dairy industries. The secret to great milk he says, is to do as little to it as possible, leaving in all the cream and the protein. 'Essentially the irony about milk is that the less you do to it the better it is, so the aim is to essentially bottle it as close to the way it's produced naturally as you can,' he said. (more)

US: Rates of abdominal obesity levelling off among children
21 July 2014 - After rising steadily for more than 10 years, the proportion of US youngsters defined as obese due to a large waist circumference held steady between 2003 and 2012, according to a new analysis of national data. The new results echo recent studies that found the increase in US obesity rates has slowed over the past several years. Abdominal obesity refers specifically to 'visceral fat', or the fat that accumulates around the midsection. This can be measured by waist circumference or by a waist-to-height ratio. (more)

Send the children outside to play: Canadian study
19 July 2014 - Children who spend time outdoors after school are more likely to be physically fit, a new study shows. Researchers found that Canadian kids who spent most of their after-school time outside were three times more likely to meet guidelines for daily physical activity and were in better shape than those who spent all of their after-school time indoors. 'This is just evidence reifying how powerful the outdoors is,' lead author Lee Schaefer told Reuters Health. 'If we can get students outside more often, they are going to be more active, which is going to benefit them in the long term.' (more)

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Transcendental Meditation brings stress relief, creative inspiration: Blake Ian
27 July 2014 - Singer-songwriter and music producer Blake Ian continues to describe positive effects he has seen in his health and creative professional life since he began practising Transcendental Meditation three years ago. (more)

Grannys kick up their heels: Transcendental Meditation reverses detrimental effects of ageing
23 July 2014 - It is commonly known and common sense that women should be informed about the benefits of healthy lifestyle habits such as regular exercise, not smoking, and good nutrition--all of which will help prevent chronic and disabling conditions, including hypertension and heart disease. What isn't commonly known--'but should be shouted from the rooftops', writes Geri Wagner--is the fact that daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique slows the ageing process and its worrisome symptoms and seriously reduces the chance of heart disease. (more)

Author Tom North talks about Transcendental Meditation on SiriusXM radio talk show, 'Success Without Stress', with host Bob Roth
18 July 2014 - Award-winning author Tom North was a featured guest on SiriusXM Indie Talk Radio, on the most recent episode of the show 'Success without Stress', in an in-depth interview with host Bob Roth. Roth is executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, and in this series he talks to some of the most creative and successful people in the world, as well as leaders from the worlds of military, business, finance, and education, about their experience with Transcendental Meditation, the role it plays in their lives, its effects on their work and the impact of stress on success. 'When I started practising Transcendental Meditation, everything changed and I started to heal.' - Tom North (more)

Restoring inner peace
14 July 2014 - Dr. Sarina Grosswald is a leading researcher and educator on the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. In a recent interview she discusses Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes she developed for physicians, as well as research on the application of Transcendental Meditation to help veterans and others suffering from PTSD, as well as children with ADHD, autism, and Asperger's. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A warrior saved
11 July 2014 - Returning home after two deployments with the US Marines in Afghanistan, Rob struggled with the flashbacks and depression of severe PTS (post-traumatic stress). The timely intervention of a park ranger, and his assurance that Rob could find help, saved his life. He enrolled in Save a Warrior (SAW), and with support from the David Lynch Foundation learned Transcendental Meditation, the center-point to SAW's integrated approach to rehabilitation. 'This is the greatest tool for healing,' Rob says of his meditation practice. 'Twice a day for 20 minutes, and all of my anxiety is gone.' He is the 'happiest and most content' he's ever been. 'I hope to use what I have learned to help save more lives.' (more)

Author Tom North tells how Transcendental Meditation was his saving grace
8 July 2014 - True North, written by Tom North, has won a Living Now Gold Medal Award, is Recommended Reading by the Washington Times, has garnered rave reviews by Writer's Digest, and is an Amazon Best Seller. In a SiriusXM interview with Bob Roth, he reveals his challenging life struggles, and how Transcendental Meditation brought him peace and saved his life. (more)

Remaining collected and focused amidst the chaos of the work environment: Retired Wall Street exec credits Transcendental Meditation
6 July 2014 - In the conclusion of a recent interview, Anita Warner, who retired as a Vice President after a successful career on Wall Street, recalls how, from the outset, her twice-daily Transcendental Meditation practice enabled her 'to remain collected and focused in the midst of the chaos and pressure of the work environment, and operate effectively and efficiently without losing my composure--even while the intensity of the work was causing others around me to be very stressed.' Ms. Warner's advice to other women professionals--just starting their careers, or established and concerned about stress: 'Be kind to yourself and take the Transcendental Meditation course. You'll never regret it.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation and Healing: Live discussion with former TIME editor Jim Frederick and Bob Roth - 10 July
5 July 2014 - On 10 July, former Editor of TIME magazine and author Jim Frederick, talks with Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, about the healing power of Transcendental Meditation. They will especially discuss how veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be helped. The live chat on 'Transcendental Meditation and Healing' will be hosted on The event is free and open to the public. (more)

Women and heart disease: A risk at every age - reduced by Transcendental Meditation
29 June 2014 - According to recent research, young to middle-aged women may have worse long term outcomes after experiencing a heart attack than men do, writes Amy Ruff, BSN, RN, WOCN. Risk factors for heart disease include pre-existing conditions such as depression, diabetes, smoking and lung disease, and, of course, hypertension. 'Reducing stress and stress-related disease is paramount,' she says. 'Women of all ages need to be proactive about living a healthy lifestyle. Cardiologists are now praising the preventive power of the Transcendental Meditation program in this arena. TM practice can reverse or reduce atherosclerosis, cholesterol, chronic stress, depression, hypertension and smoking, among other causes of heart disease. As a nurse and a woman, I know for myself that it is vital to my health to do the TM technique and I heartily recommend it to all women.' (more)

Netherlands: International health professionals' training courses highlight primary importance of consciousness
25 June 2014 - The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a series of photos illustrating recent training courses for health professionals at MERU (Maharishi European Research University) in the Netherlands. One course was the first basic course of training in Panchakarma (Maharishi Ayur-Veda purification and rejuvenation therapy) for health professionals to be offered in 20 years. The second course, with 27 participants from around the world, brought out advanced knowledge for very experienced Maharishi Ayur-Veda physicians who have been offering Panchakarma treatments in leading health clinics in their countries. (more)

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Fungicides linked to resistance in life-threatening fungus
26 July 2014 - Amid growing concern that fungicides are fuelling the rise of resistant and life-threatening fungus in Europe, China and India, a microbial sleuth says it is time to start filling in the gaps in Canada. As a first step, biologist Jianping Xu says his group at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., hopes to start testing fungi circulating in southern Ontario's farm belt this fall. He and his colleagues say agricultural fungicides known as triazoles, which are sprayed on everything from corn to canola in Canada, appear to be driving emergence of fungi that are resistant to not only agricultural fungicides but closely related medicines. Triazole-based drugs are the first-line defence against Aspergillus fumigatus, which can cause a range of conditions from wheezing in asthmatics to deadly lung infections in individuals with weakened immune systems. Aspergillus is a ubiquitous fungus that feeds on dead animal or plant matter and spreads by producing spores that float through the air. The fungus, common in soil and compost heaps, causes serious infections in more than three million people a year. Last week, a British-Dutch team reported that fungicide use on crops is the likely reason Aspergillus fumigatus found near British farms has developed resistance to life-saving antifungal drugs. (more)

Japanese monkeys' abnormal blood linked to Fukushima disaster: Study
26 July 2014 - Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health. The Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) were found to have low white and red blood cell levels and low haemoglobin, which the researchers say could make them more prone to infectious diseases. White blood cell counts were lowest for immature monkeys with the highest caesium concentrations, suggesting younger monkeys may be more vulnerable to radioactive contamination. Professor Shin-ichi Hayama, at the Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in Tokyo noted: 'Abnormalities such as a decreased blood cell count in people living in contaminated areas have been reported from Chernobyl as a long-term effect of low-dose radiation exposure.' But other blood measures did not correlate with caesium levels, which vary with the seasons. Engineers at Fukushima are currently working to contain thousands of tonnes of irradiated water groundwater by next March by surrounding the four damaged reactors by an underground frozen wall. (more)

US: Exposure to pesticides in pregnant rats linked to three generations of disease
26 July 2014 - In the post-Silent Spring 1960s, when the pesticide DDT was discovered to be toxic to humans and wildlife and to persist for years in the environment, farmers and landscapers turned enthusiastically to Methoxychlor. The pesticide-also commercially known as Chemform, Methoxo, Metox or Moxie-had a much shorter half-life and was billed as the safe alternative to DDT. Now, new research argues that exposure to the pesticide could cause diseases three generations later, in offspring who were never exposed to the Methoxychlor themselves. Biologist Michael Skinner and his team at Washington State University found that if a rat fetus is exposed to Methoxychlor during the first trimester of pregnancy, the likelihood of kidney disease, ovary disease and obesity in their progeny was elevated for three generations. Multiple diseases were even more prevalent in the third generation than in the second. In other words, Methoxychlor, which was banned in the US in 2003 for a host of human health reasons, can still leave its mark on a population decades after exposure ends. The great-great-grandchildren of a woman exposed to Methoxychlor may still be suffering the consequences. (more)

Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, Australian study finds
23 July 2014 - Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published on Thursday. A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that the popular pain medicine was no better than placebo, or dummy pills, for hastening recovery from acute bouts of low back pain or easing pain levels, function, sleep, or quality of life. Researchers said the findings challenge the universal endorsement of paracetamol as the first choice painkiller for lower back pain. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States alone, costs relating to the condition are estimated to be more than $100 billion a year. Currently, every back pain treatment guideline in the world recommends paracetamol as the first-line analgesic and Williams said this was despite the fact that no previous studies have provided robust evidence that it works in this condition. (more)

Survey finds sharp increase in US teen use of human growth hormones
23 July 2014 - Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey. In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 per cent reported using synthetic HGH at least once -- up from about 5 per cent in the four preceding annual surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 per cent to 7 per cent over the same period, the survey found. Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency, depicted the numbers as alarming but not surprising, given the extensive online marketing of performance-enhancing substances and near-total lack of any drug testing for high school athletes. 'It's what you get when you combine aggressive promotion from for-profit companies with a vulnerable target -- kids who want a quick fix and don't care about health risk,' Tygart said in an interview. 'It's a very easy sell, unfortunately.' (more)

Denmark: Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk
22 July 2014 - Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a new study suggests women who use nicotine replacement products may also have children with an elevated risk. Mothers who had quit smoking and those who used nicotine replacement products both tended to have babies with higher, healthier birth weights than current smokers, he noted. However, mothers who had quit smoking and those who used nicotine replacement products both tended to have babies with higher, healthier birth weights than current smokers,Dr Carsten Obelnoted. Smoking during pregnancy is known to be associated with a lower birth weight for the baby. 'The best advice will at this point probably be to try to stop smoking without use of nicotine replacement and preferably before getting pregnant,' Dr Obel said. (more)

US military suicides higher in 2014
22 July 2014 - Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. Pentagon documents show there were 161 confirmed or suspected suicides as of 14 July, compared with 154 during the same time frame in 2013. The uptick was among the Air Force and Navy. While the 2014 numbers are likely to change over time as each death is investigated, the slight increase this year is a reversal in the sharp decline in active-duty suicides last year, compared with 2012. Alarmed by the steady increase in suicides over the past decade, military officials in recent years beefed up the number of programs and behavioural health specialists available for troops. Military officials struggle to explain the increase in suicides among Guard and Reserve. But officials have noted that the citizen soldiers are generally scattered across the United States, often in small or remote rural communities. Many members of the National Guard and Reserve report for training about one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. They also often don't have quick access to military medical or mental health services that may be on bases far from their homes. (more)

Life-threatening reactions to diet drug on the rise in the UK
18 July 2014 - Use of a diet drug known as DNP has been linked to five deaths in the UK since 2007, according to a new report. The compound, also known as 2,4-Dinitrophenol, is a synthetic chemical originally used in the manufacturing of dyes, wood preservatives, explosives, and pesticides. DNP was developed as a weight-loss drug in the 1930s before being banned in the US in 1938 after reports of severe toxic reactions, researchers note. Still, the compound remains in use, sold online in bulk powder. 'DNP is a hazardous substance not fit for human consumption,' Dr. Simon Thomas said. 'It can cause severe toxic effects that can result in death.' The effects are also unpredictable, he added. Some people use DNP for a while without any apparent problems and then suddenly develop side effects. (more)

Sewage-treatment plants described as giant 'mixing vessels' after scientists discover drug-resistant bacteria in British river
18 July 2014 - Superbugs resistant to some of the most powerful antibiotics in the medical arsenal have been found for the first time in a British river -- with scientists pinpointing a local sewage-treatment plant as the most likely source. Scientists discovered the drug-resistant bacteria in sediment samples taken downstream of the sewerage plant on the River Sowe near Coventry. The microbes contained mutated genes that confer resistance to the latest generation of antibiotics. The researchers believe the discovery shows how antibiotic resistance has become widespread in the environment, with sewage-treatment plants now acting as giant 'mixing vessels' where antibiotic resistance can spread between different microbes. A study found that a wide range of microbes living in the river had acquired a genetic mutation that is known to provide resistance to third-generation cephalosporins, a class of antibiotics used widely to treat meningitis, blood infections and other hospital-acquired infections. (more)

Asthma inhalers 'stunt growth by up to 10 per cent'
17 July 2014 - Asthma inhalers can stunt the growth of children, new research has shown. During the first year of treatment, the widely used remedies cut growth rates by about half a centimetre, said scientists. Lead author Dr Linjie Zhang, from the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil, said: 'The evidence we reviewed suggests that children treated daily with inhaled corticosteroids may grow approximately half a centimetre less during the first year of treatment.' Evidence also suggested that the effect could be minimised by using lower doses of the drugs. (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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