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Canada: Toronto touts cycle tourism options
21 July 2014 - Looking to capitalize on Toronto's dedication to cycling, Terrence Eta founded Toronto Bicycle Tours in 2011. He provides all the gear, including bikes, helmets, and lunch. 'The bike is the greatest way to experience a city,' says Eta. 'When you're riding you become part of the environment.' For visitors who would rather explore the city's 67 bike trails independently, there are various resources available. (more)

Haiti witnesses declining cholera rates, significant gains in development
21 July 2014 - Haiti, often cited as one of the least developed countries in the Western Hemisphere, has reached -- or nearly reached -- several of the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the 2015 deadline, according to a report launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) a month ago. Among other achievements, the country has seen a steady boost in enrollment rates in primary education from 47 per cent in 1993 to nearly 90 per cent, achieving equal participation of boys and girls in education. Haiti has also halved the number of underweight children under the age of five some three years ahead of the 2015 deadline. (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)

Australia: Smoking rates down, fewer young people drinking alcohol
20 July 2014 - Smoking rates in Australia continue to drop, according to new results released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The key findings from the AIHW's 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, released online today, show that fewer Australians are smoking daily-the daily smoking rate dropped significantly between 2010 and 2013, from 15.1% to 12.8% among people 14 or older. 'And more good news is that compared to 2010, fewer people overall drank alcohol in quantities that exceeded the lifetime risk and single occasion risk guidelines in 2013.' (more)

Send the children outside to play: Canadian study
20 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)

Sweden: Healthy living may slow early dementia
20 July 2014 - A programme that emphasizes healthy eating, brain and social engagement, physical activity, and heart health may slow dementia among people at risk for Alzheimer's disease, says a new preliminary report from Sweden. The findings can't guarantee that healthy living will prevent Alzheimer's disease but they add to growing evidence that suggests overall health is tied to dementia risk. (more)

US: 'Musicians On Call' bring music for the soul to patients' beds
20 July 2014 - For more than a decade, volunteer artists with Musicians On Call have given bedside performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their hospital beds. 'It's a very tangible way to give back,' Pete Griffin, president of Musicians On Call, told Reuters Health. 'We are not music therapy, because that is its own medical profession. What we do is bring live music, and what a lot of research shows is that that does decrease patients' stress levels and lowers blood pressure.' Family members may also benefit from seeing their loved ones enjoy a 'moment of normalcy'. (more)

US: What do natural, local, and organic mean?
19 July 2014 - Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for 'organic,' 'local', and 'natural' foods is on the rise. But what do those labels really mean? Are we getting what we think we are when we buy 'all natural' granola bars? And how local is 'local'? Here's what you need to know about 'organic,' 'local', and 'natural' food labels. (more)

Google's Street View takes on America's gas leaks
16 July 2014 - Google Inc's Street View cars have captured the world's roads, highways, and back alleys for years. Now they are being used for something entirely different: detecting the thousands of natural gas leaks blighting major US cities. Google cars fit with air monitors have taken millions of readings along the streets of Boston, New York, and Indianapolis over the past two years as part of a programme run by the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund to help reduce methane emissions. In Indianapolis, where newer, plastic pipes have been installed, almost no leaks were detected. 'This kind of technology and data offers valuable insights,' said Susan Fleck, vice president of pipeline safety for National Grid, which supplies Boston and was also involved in the study. (more)

US strokes, stroke deaths decreased over past decades
16 July 2014 - The number of Americans having strokes and the number dying following strokes decreased over the past 20 years, according to a new study. The declines in strokes and improvements in survival were similar between blacks, whites, men, and women, according to the researchers. (more)


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New video gives highlights of New York Town Hall Forum: 'Meditation - Creativity, Performance and Stress'
19 July 2014 - A new video produced by the David Lynch Foundation gives highlights of a special event held a few months ago in New York City--a 'Town Hall Forum' designed to introduce the benefits of Transcendental Meditation to business and professional New Yorkers. The speakers--all leaders at the very top of their professions in business, medicine, the arts, publishing, and culinary arts--described how Transcendental Meditation has contributed to their success, as well as research verifying improved brain function and other beneficial results of regular twice-daily practice. (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 Tawkers.com. 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)

Transcendental Meditation could save you from having a heart attack
21 June 2014 - 'Transcendental Meditation exercises the part of the brain that allows you to calm down. Studies have shown that people who practise Transcendental Meditation have a 50 per cent reduction of heart attack, stroke or death over a five-year period. That is amazing,' American neurologist Dr Russ Hornstein told Times of Malta. Dr Hornstein lives and works in Malta, and has been practising Transcendental Meditation for 20 years. (more)


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Sewage-treatment plants described as giant 'mixing vessels' after scientists discover drug-resistant bacteria in British river
19 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)

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)

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)

Over 60 per cent of breads sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, tests show
17 July 2014 - Two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, according to a new analysis of government data by environmental campaigners. Tests on hundreds of loaves also showed that 25 per cent contained residues of more than one pesticide. The official tests are carried out by the government's expert committee on pesticide residues in food (Prif) and the levels found were below 'maximum residue level' (MRL) limits. The Prif experts concluded: 'We do not expect these residues to have an effect on health.' But Nick Mole, at Pesticide Action Network UK (Pan UK) and an author of the new report, said MRLs only indicate whether the pesticides had been applied to crops in the amounts permitted. 'They are nothing to do with people's health whatsoever,' he said. 'There is the possibility of harm from the repeated ingestion of low doses of pesticides and no one has done research on the impact of the cocktails of pesticides we are all exposed to. We are all being experimented on without our consent.' (more)

US: Studies see new risks for widely used cholesterol drug niacin
17 July 2014 - New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use. Introduced in the 1950s, the drug hadn't been rigorously tested until recent years when makers of prescription versions were seeking market approval. The two studies were testing prescription versions of niacin, and the bottom line -- that it didn't help prevent heart problems any more than statins alone do -- has already been announced. Some of the side effect information, including a troubling rise in deaths among niacin users in one study, also was known but many doctors have been waiting for full details and verification of the results before drawing firm conclusions about the drug's safety and effectiveness. The larger study suggests that 'for every 200 people that we treat with niacin, there is one excess death,' plus higher rates of bleeding, infections, and other problems -- 'a completely unacceptable level' of harm, said Dr Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University in Chicago. 'Niacin should not be used routinely in clinical practice at all.' The drug also brought higher rates of gastrointestinal and muscle problems, infections, and bleeding. More diabetics on the drug lost control of their blood sugar, and there were more new cases of diabetes among niacin users. (more)

Chinese town trades lead poison test results for milk
16 July 2014 - After a test showed farmer Zhao Heping's toddler grandson had high levels of lead in his blood two years ago, local officials in China's Hunan province offered the child medicine, he says -- and milk. In return, Zhao says, officials asked that he hand over his grandson's blood test results. Zhao was not alone. Eight residents of Dapu, a rural town of about 62,000 dotted with smelters and chemical plants, say families of children diagnosed with lead exposure were offered milk, but only if they surrendered their test results. The milk, residents recall officials saying, would flush the lead out of the children's bodies. 'I still give my grandsons milk, but it's useless,' said Mao Baozhu, 61, a local resident who says her three grandchildren have all been diagnosed with high lead levels. 'Isn't the resident's committee just trying to deceive us by distributing milk and saying all the kids have to do is drink it and they'll be cured?' Allegations by villagers of the crude attempts by local officials to cover up the health effects of the environmental damage in Dapu by offering milk for medical records underscores the challenges China faces in waging the 'war on pollution' premier Li Keqiang announced in March. Environmental pollution is increasingly a source of social unrest in China. In agricultural areas like Dapu, air, soil, and water pollution from local factories can deprive farmers of their livelihoods and rob them of their health. Cancer rates in some polluted villages are so high that they are known as 'cancer villages'. (more)

Light drinking less healthy than thought: study
11 July 2014 - A glass or two of booze is good for your heart, according to long-standing medical advice that drinkers are often fond of citing. But, according to a study published on Friday, this cherished invitation to say 'cheers' is well off the mark. Reducing even light consumption of alcohol will not only improve your chances against coronary heart disease, but also help you lose weight, and ease high blood pressure, it said. Juan Casas, a professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who led the probe, said a decades-long belief in health benefits from light-to-moderate drinking may have been flawed. (more)

US: Psychiatric drug Emergency Room trips approach 90,000 a year
9 July 2014 - Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by US adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests. A drug used in some popular sleeping pills was among the most commonly involved sedatives, especially in adults aged 65 and older. Most of the visits were for troublesome side effects or accidental overdoses and almost 1 in 5 resulted in hospitalization. Overall, the sedative zolpidem tartrate, contained in Ambien and some other sleeping pills, was involved in almost 12 per cent of all ER visits and in 1 out of 5 visits for older adults. (more)

Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking
8 July 2014 - That obesity can cut life short by causing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but a study reported on Tuesday quantifies the toll: The most extreme cases cut a person's lifespan more than cigarettes. The analysis, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, is the largest-ever study of the effect of extreme obesity on mortality. It found that people who are extremely obese -- for someone of average height, carrying an extra 100 lb (45 kg) or more -- die 6.5 to 13.7 years earlier than peers with a healthy weight. The study, based on data from 20 large studies of people in the United States, Sweden and Australia, comes as rates of obesity have soared. Worldwide, nearly 30 per cent of people, or 2.1 billion, are either obese or overweight. The study, by scientists at the National Cancer Institute, did not calculate whether less extreme obesity shortens life, and the researchers could not say whether the results would hold for poorer, non-Western populations. Because extreme obesity was so rare in the past, it was not possible to calculate its effect on mortality until now. (more)

How deforestation shares the blame for the Ebola epidemic
8 July 2014 - Like most matters involving an Ebola epidemic, chronicling its first horrifying infection is not an easy endeavor. But even in circumstances in which details are hard to come by, certain similarities have emerged. The first contact often occurs in remote, rural communities where a victim handles an infected animal carcass, and things quickly progress downward from there. The commonality between numerous outbreaks of Ebola, scientists say, is growing human activity and deforestation in previously untouched forests, bringing humans into closer contact with rare disease strains viral enough to precipitate an epidemic. 'The increase in Ebola outbreaks since 1994 is frequently associated with drastic changes in forest ecosystems in tropical Africa,' wrote researchers in a 2012 study. Such a conclusion is particularly troublesome for West Africa, which has never before experienced an Ebola outbreak like this one, and is reported to have one of the world's highest rates of regional deforestation. The Guinea Rainforest has been ravaged by deforestation and has shrunk to less than one-fifth of its original size. In Liberia, more than half of the forests have been sold off to logging companies. And Sierra Leone is 'seriously threatened' by deforestation. (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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