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Milan, Italy: The grey city is going green
10 January 2019 - Milan, the city of Italian fashion and the economic capital of the country, is going green. Local authorities have announced plans to plant 3 million trees by 2030, believing that the increase in greenery will have a positive effect on the quality of air, and consequently on the health of the people. According to Italian media, the city's authorities are planning to create 20 new urban parks, to extend the already existing ones, and to make the most out of discarded areas like an abandoned freight railway network which will be turned into seven parks. Trees will also be planted in more than 2,000 schoolyards and in private gardens, parking lots will be reconverted into parks, and greenery will be also planted on flat rooftops, with 10 million square meters already fit for the project. (more)

China: Anti-pollution effort pays off along Yangtze
7 January 2019 - Zhang Liangcai used to be a fisherman on Taihu Lake in the 1990s, but now he works as a lake cleaner since the city government of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, started to restore the lake's ecology in 2002. The environmental campaign accelerated in response to a water crisis in Wuxi caused by pollution in 2007, and a 'river chiefs' system was established in which government officials are assigned to protect waterways in their area. 'Now the water is much cleaner, and more birds rest here during the winter migration in recent years,' said Zhang. (more)

Norway's electric cars zip to new record: almost a third of all sales
2 January 2019 - Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new world record as the country strives to end sales of fossil-fueled vehicles by 2025. In a bid to cut carbon emissions and air pollution, Norway exempts battery-driven cars from most taxes and offers benefits such as free parking and charging points to hasten a shift from diesel and petrol engines. (more)

Scotland's first low-emission zone launched in Glasgow
31 December 2018 - Scotland's first low-emission zone (LEZ) is being introduced in Glasgow. The first phase of the LEZ will set emission standards which must be met by 20 per cent of buses which pass through the city centre. It means local bus services must comply with European emissions standards. Phase two, applying to all vehicles entering the zone, is to be implemented in December 2022. Transport Secretary Michael Matheson described the development as as a 'milestone moment' and said the government was committed to introducing low emission zones into Scotland's four biggest cities by 2020. (more)

Five reasons to feel hopeful about the oceans in 2019
30 December 2018 - Five good reasons to be optimistic about the world's oceans in 2019: There are unknown ocean habitats waiting to be found; More of the ocean is protected from human activity; There are new species to be discovered; Coral reefs may be more resilient than we think; and, some fisheries are recovering. Plus, considered extinct nearly a decade ago, the world's rarest bird, the Madagascar Pochard, has been released into the wild. (more)

Norway: Oslo aims to limit cars in city centre
30 December 2018 - Horns blaring, tires screeching and miles of traffic -- these are the hallmarks of busy cities the world over. But that is changing in Europe as some urban areas take steps to regulate and reduce the number of cars as they aim to improve both the environment and quality of life. Oslo is perhaps the furthest ahead with plans to restrict private cars within a half-mile radius of its city centre. It expects to eliminate all 700 of its on-street parking spaces by the end of the year and is slowly closing streets across that area to traffic. 'It's a paradigm shift from planning the city for cars to planning for people,' Oslo's Vice Mayor for Urban Development Hanna Marcussen said. (more)

US: 'Farming for Life' program improves diabetes outcomes
29 December 2018 - Sansum Diabetes Research Institute received an significant matching grant to get an innovative 'food as therapy' project off the ground. The Hearst Foundation donated $100,000 to the Farming for Life program, which provides locally grown vegetables to low-income people with diabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will be given 'produce prescriptions' -- for organic vegetables ... (more)

US: Leafy green neighbourhoods tied to better heart health
28 December 2018 - People who live in neighbourhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels, and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than residents of communities without many outdoor recreation areas, a small study suggests. It's possible that green space might encourage more physical activity, and a higher density of trees and shrubs may also improve air quality by reducing levels of some pollutants, said Annemarie Hirsch, an environmental health researcher at Geisinger in Danville, Pennsylvania, who wasn't involved in the study. 'Green spaces can also increase the sense of social cohesion, a factor that has been associated with health and wellbeing, by facilitating interaction with neighbors,' Hirsch said by email. (more)

To lower blood pressure, exercise may be as good as medication
27 December 2018 - For people with high blood pressure, starting an exercise regimen may lower blood pressure by as much as taking medication would, a large analysis suggests. (more)

Pope expands efforts to help needy with a health station
22 December 2018 - The Pope's official almsgiver has opened a health station beneath St. Peter's Square to serve the homeless, expanding Pope Francis' efforts to care for the needy living close to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican said Saturday (22 December) that the Mother of Mercy health office is Pope Francis' latest gift to the homeless. (more)


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Is being anxious the new you? Transcendental Meditation inoculates against chronic stress and anxiety
15 December 2018 - If you find your anxiety is easily triggered, there are simple steps you can take to make sure anxiety doesn't define you, writes Vanessa Vidal, national director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in the USA. In TM practice both mind and body settle down to a state of deep relaxation, the body and brain become more balanced and damage from stress begins to be eliminated, she explains. Scientific research indicates that the TM programme reduces stress hormone levels and anxiety, and improves blood pressure, insomnia, and drug and alcohol abuse. 'After a woman takes the TM course, she finds that her life improves spontaneously, naturally, and is redefined in terms of happiness instead of anxiety. . . . Transcendental Meditation can play an enormous role in inoculating our society against the many problems that grow out of chronic stress and anxiety.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps veterans with PTSD
22 November 2018 - Transcendental Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the US Department of Defence. The study involving 200 veterans was recently published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. Evidence for meditation 'allows us to put more options on the table' with confidence they work, said the study's senior author, a Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist in San Diego. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A 'timeout' for oneself to reduce emotional stress, increase happiness
12 November 2018 - Neither suppressing emotions nor 'telling someone off' really helps in handling emotional stress - and both create negative effects for oneself and others, says health writer Linda Egenes. She describes a completely different solution: Transcendental Meditation, which 'releases the tensions that may have built up during the day, including the emotional stressors'. Over time 'you can feel your baseline for stress changing - you're just not as reactive as you were before.' Research has shown that TM reduces stress hormones and anxiety, and increases neurochemicals associated with happiness and fulfilment. She quotes Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme: 'Fill the mind with that great happiness which knows no end, let the mind be saturated with absolute bliss, and then the undertaking of any action, whatever it may be, will be performed in all joyfulness.' (more)

India: The Economic Times - 'Invest in rest'
7 November 2018 - 'Keeping the brain well rested and, thus, alive, creative, and capable is imperative to maintain the growing pace of multifaceted progress in human life,' writes Aditi Shrivastava in The Economic Times (India). ' ''The human brain is the best blessing of the Creator,'' Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, once said in a lecture.' Ms Shrivastava goes on to explain, 'There is scientific evidence to prove that the rest that we get in 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation is even deeper than deep sleep. TM is a simple and effective meditation technique to calm the mind by giving it rest, gain mental peace, harmonise brain function and get it ready for more action.' (more)

Why Transcendental Meditation is better than a power nap
28 October 2018 - 'What do you do to re-charge during the day? Many women have asked if the TM technique is any different than taking time out for a nap,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. 'Transcendental Meditation, unique among meditation programmes for its simplicity, effortlessness, and scientifically validated benefits, increases brain orderliness, enhances brain functioning, and increases intelligence, focus and creativity - all this while providing exceptionally deep rest to the body that reduces stress and fatigue. . . . Though the body gets rest in a nap, the mind can't enjoy the experience - in Transcendental Meditation, though profoundly resting, the mind enjoys awareness of inner calm, collectedness, clarity and charm.' (more)

Medical students learn meditation to counter stress, promote physician wellness: Catholic Health World reports
24 October 2018 - The Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, USA, is believed to be the first major medical school in the country to offer Transcendental Meditation, or TM, as an elective course. Since 2014, the class has been offered to help medical students manage stress. Dr Gregory Gruener, vice dean for education and a neurology professor at Stritch, counts the TM training as a success. 'A significant chunk of the students, about a third of each class, sign up for it, and almost 300 have enrolled since it started. . . . You have to embrace wellness and you have to find the time to take control of your own life,' Dr Gruener said. 'Once you begin TM, that gets easier.' (more)

Italy: Wellness leaders look to evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique at Global Wellness Summit
20 October 2018 - Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation CEO, best-selling author, and veteran teacher of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, was a keynote speaker at the recent 2018 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in Italy, the world's leading conference on this topic. Citing the 'dangerously escalating crisis of stress-related disorders' including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, he said, 'We desperately need to include into everyone's tool box more practical, evidence-based approaches' such as TM, that improve mental wellness and behaviour. Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO, said, 'There's so much momentum for TM right now because of the rising need for what this tangible skill can accomplish: stress reduction, mental focus, and greater resilience. . . . it's the quickest way to reduce stress that I've ever experienced.' (more)

Why am I so anxious? Dr Norman Rosenthal talks about anxiety in women and how TM helps prevent it
16 October 2018 - World-renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and best-selling author Norman E Rosenthal discusses many factors that contribute to increased anxiety in women. Describing his experience treating anxiety in his own practice, he cites research on the Transcendental Meditation technique showing reduced blood pressure and improvement on other physiological measures demonstrating TM's role in 'buffering your response to stress'. He recommends TM to his patients, including many women who have noted its benefits in promoting 'more clear-headedness . . . . things go easier, they don't hassle as much, and they're not upset as easily or anxious as readily.' (more)

How Transcendental Meditation gives me mental clarity like nothing else
9 October 2018 - After Tara Gardner moved from London to Chicago - 'forging a new career as a freelance editor with a bazillion deadlines', and seeking 'a break from the cranial quicksand of daily life' - she tried diets and various meditation techniques, and finally discovered a video of filmmaker David Lynch talking about Transcendental Meditation. After learning TM, she found 'the fog lifting, the clarity coming through, and my thoughts becoming more ordered. The daily juggling act began to feel smoother and more efficient.' (more)

Watch Live, 4 October: 'Silence the Violence' Town Hall - TM to reduce stress, heal trauma, build community
3 October 2018 - You are invited to view 'Silence the Violence', a compelling Town Hall meeting to be webcast live - Thursday, 4 October, 10:00 am-12 noon US EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) from Washington, D.C. Leading doctors, researchers, educators and community leaders will discuss the impact of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique for preventing and curbing the rise of violence in America today. The event will be livestreamed from the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) Theater in Southeast Washington. The David Lynch Foundation is a resident partner on THEARC's campus and operates The Meditation Center @ THEARC. (more)


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US: Study links opioid epidemic to painkiller marketing
18 January 2019 - Researchers are reporting a link between doctor-targeted marketing of opioid products and the increase in U.S. deaths from overdoses. In a county-by-county analysis, they found that when drug companies increased their opioid marketing budgets by just $5.29 per 1,000 population, the number of opioid prescriptions written by doctors went up by 82 percent and the opioid death rate was 9 percent higher a year later. (more)

Just one or two experiences with marijuana may alter teen brains
17 January 2019 - Teens who use pot just one or two times may end up with changes to their brains, a new study finds. There were clear differences on brain scans between teens who said they had tried cannabis a couple of times and those who completely eschewed the drug, researchers reported in the Journal of Neuroscience. There have been hints that even small amounts of pot at a young age might impact the brain, said the study's lead author, Catherine Orr, a lecturer at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. (more)

US: No quick fix for physician burnout, depression
17 January 2019 - Close to 44 percent of U.S. physicians are burned out, and 15 percent are depressed and thinking about suicide, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. More than one doctor per day commits suicide - a rate higher than in any other profession and more than twice that of the general population, Medscape reports. (more)

Poor sleep linked to buildup of dangerous plaques throughout body, study says
14 January 2019 - Here's another reason why getting a good night's sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart. (more)

More U.S. adults losing sleep in recent years
28 December 2018 - One third of U.S. adults say they sleep less than six hours a night, which is 15 percent more than were getting too little sleep 15 years ago, researchers say. The trend toward increasing numbers of people getting too little shuteye started in 2013, the study team reports in the journal Sleep. Most of this recent shift from adequate to inadequate sleep duration was among Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults, widening racial and ethnic disparities in sleep, and potentially disparities in health. (more)

'Silent emergency' as heat risks rise in Hong Kong - and globally
24 December 2018 - While typhoons and fires grab headlines, heatwaves kill more people than any other weather-related disaster, experts say. William Yu is giving a tour of a Hong Kong apartment where each of the three bedrooms has been divided into a separate flat -- part of a lab he has set up to show how many families live in small, crowded, and hot spaces with no air conditioning or fresh air. (more)

India's capital chokes as pollution levels hit the worst this year
24 December 2018 - Pollution levels in New Delhi have hit their worst this year in the past two days -- earning a 'severe' to 'emergency' rating and indicating conditions that can spark a public health crisis. In some parts of Delhi, pollution levels hit 654 on Monday (24 December), among the worst recorded this year ... Anything above 100 is considered unhealthy. (more)

US: 'Opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen and evolve,' CDC says
22 December 2018 - Illegally manufactured fentanyl was the driving force behind a 45.2 percent increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids from 2016 to 2017, according to a new report published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more)

Hundreds of trafficked children go missing from UK care homes
19 December 2018 - Findings raise doubts about Britain's ability to care for vulnerable children at time when record number of suspected child slaves are being referred to government. A growing number of trafficked children in Britain are going missing from care homes, with some feared to be returning to their traffickers after being treated like criminals or illegal immigrants by authorities, two charities said on Wednesday (19 December). (more)

AP analysis: Unemployment, income affect life expectancy in United States
18 December 2018 - Even your lifespan can be local. Researchers have long said that health disparities are heavily influenced by where you live. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics show just how much your neighborhood can impact the length of your life. (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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