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Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit
24 October 2014 - The Scottish government has announced plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas. Under the plans, Scotland's blood alcohol limit would be cut from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood. Draft legislation has been laid before Parliament, and will bring Scotland's legal alcohol limits in line with much of Europe. A public awareness campaign will warn drivers not to drink at all. (more)

Nigeria declared Ebola-free, holds lessons for others
20 October 2014 - Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who diagnosed it, kept him in hospital despite protests from him and his government, and later died from Ebola herself. This year's outbreak of the highly infectious hemorrhagic fever thought to have originated in forest bats is the worst on record. (more)

Nigeria declared Ebola-free; `spectacular success'
20 October 2014 - Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. Monday's announcement came 42 days -- twice the incubation period -- since the last case in Nigeria tested negative. Officials are crediting strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus, and aggressive rehydration of infected patients. Dr Simon Mardel, one of the world's leading experts on viral hemorrhagic fevers, said the number of deaths could be cut in half if infected people were taught to properly hydrate themselves and do not take anti-inflammatory drugs, which can actually harm Ebola victims. Mardel, of Britain's University Hospital of South Manchester, called rehydration a low-tech approach that has been neglected by a medical system focused on groundbreaking research. (more)

India launches index to measure air quality
17 October 2014 - The country's top environment official unveiled a government programme Friday that will eventually measure air quality across India, home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. Over the next five years, the government will begin measuring eight major pollutants that affect respiratory health in cities with populations above 1 million, and then gradually expand the air quality index to the rest of the country, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters. The index will warn residents when pollution levels rise past dangerous levels. (more)

Exercising three times a week significantly cuts depression risk
15 October 2014 - Exercising three times a week reduces the odds of developing depression by around 16 percent, scientists said on Wednesday -- and for every extra weekly activity session, the risk drops further. In a study conducted as part of a public health research consortium, the UK-based scientists said the relationship they found between depression and exercise points to ways to simultaneously improve both mental and physical health. (more)

India tightens rules on cigarettes, tobacco branding
15 October 2014 - Tobacco companies in India will have to stamp health warnings across 85 per cent of the surface of cigarette packs and other products, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, joining nations such as Thailand and Australia with stringent marketing rules. Up to 900,000 Indians die every year of diseases related to tobacco use, the government said in 2010. That number could reach 1.5 million by 2020 if users cannot drop the habit, the International Tobacco Control Project estimates. (more)

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, wife donate $25M to CDC for Ebola
14 October 2014 - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to help address the Ebola epidemic. The money will be used by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Ebola response effort in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and elsewhere in the world where Ebola is a threat, the foundation said Tuesday. The grant follows a $9 million donation made by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last month. (more)

US charity helps North Korea fight drug-resistant TB
14 October 2014 - Despite worsening US-North Korean relations, an American charity is ramping up efforts against an epidemic of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the isolated country, where it says it is making inroads in fighting the deadly disease. The Eugene Bell Foundation travels to North Korea twice a year to treat TB patients at old-world facilities. The disease has found fertile ground in North Korea, where the population has been weakened by malnutrition since a famine in the 1990s. It appears an unlikely partnership: a Christian-based organization located in Washington, teaming up with an authoritarian government intolerant of religion. Yet the foundation, which does not proselytize, says it has a good working relationship with the North and its doctors. It started out providing food aid during the famine, but has since mostly helped the nation's creaky health system. (more)

US: First Lady hosts White House garden harvest
14 October 2014 - First Lady Michelle Obama was joined by schoolchildren Tuesday to harvest vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden. The children from Arizona, California, Ohio, and the District of Columbia attend schools that have school gardens, teach nutrition education, or have 'farm to table' programmes that use local food in school meals. (more)

Three win Nobel for super-zoom microscopes
8 October 2014 - Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells. Working independently of each other, US researchers Eric Betzig and William Moerner and Stefan Hell of Germany shattered previous limits on the resolution of optical microscopes. (more)


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Athlete Barry Zito reflects on pitching, Transcendental Meditation, and life
30 October 2014 - 'Transcendental Meditation erases the stress before it can take hold', said Baseball World Series champion Barry Zito in an interview with Bob Roth on his Sirius XM radio show, Success without Stress. Barry added that while on the pitching mound, 'I feel like I'm in a bubble of serenity, going through my deliveries one at a time. All around me is craziness, even 60-feet away there's something I could be fearful about--but I'm staying in that bubble of solitude and calm, which comes from my practice of Transcendental Meditation.' (more)

New meta-analysis finds reduction in atherosclerosis through Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care
28 October 2014 - Pooled data from two studies indicates that Maharishi Ayur-Veda can help prevent or even reverse atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque on artery walls that can contribute to heart attack and stroke, according to a paper recently published in the Journal of Preventive Cardiology. (more)

Overcoming post-traumatic stress
25 October 2014 - Colonel Brian M. Rees, MD, a physician with over 37 years of commissioned military service, points out the dramatic relief experienced by those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Helping mothers with perinatal anxiety disorder
17 October 2014 - The Seleni Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming mental health and wellness for the women of the world, is partnering with the David Lynch Foundation to launch the 'Perinatal Mental Health Research Award,' a $30,000 grant to study the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique for perinatal anxiety treatment and prevention. (more)

Personal Foul--Improving our reaction to stress
13 October 2014 - 'It's not that we can expect people never to be anxious. What we would hope for is an optimal stress response, for real emergencies, so that we can deal with them effectively,' writes Vanessa Vidal, National Director of the TM Program for Women in the USA. She adds, 'But then, the stress response, and our stress hormones should normalize, so that we aren't chronically anxious, worried, obsessive or aggressive.' In her blog for the Transcendental Meditation for Women site, she reasons, 'while we of course need to help the victims of domestic violence recover, and the Transcendental Meditation technique has been documented to be very effective in this regard, the goal should really be to prevent domestic violence altogether. TM can play an enormous role in inoculating our society against the many problems that grow out of chronic stress and anxiety.' (more)

Bringing Smiles to the Faces of Women in Uganda
10 October 2014 - Helen Creighton writes in Transcendental Meditation for Women's blog, 'Severe poverty and conflict in developing countries is the norm for so many women--the challenges wrought by the impact of stress are extremely apparent and have a damaging ripple effect on every aspect of their lives. I had sometimes wondered what effect TM would have on women in such circumstances. The effect of TM is actually quite profound.' Women in the organization, African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge-Uganda, who began TM became better at dealing with the challenges in their lives, exhibiting greater ability to make choices, take initiative, persevere, and be resilient in the face of obstacles. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Disentangling yourself from the web of stress and heart disease
8 October 2014 - TM Home.com offers a reader-friendly compilation of recent studies on health benefits from practising Transcendental Meditation. A section on heart health says, 'We all want the amazing organ which keeps our blood circulating 24/7 to work well for decades to come. One of the most effective ways to prevent wear and tear on our heart is to reduce stress. When we look at major risk factors for heart disease, it turns out that stress is both a direct and indirect culprit.' Recommended by the American Heart Association as a treatment for hypertension, TM allows us to connect with our silent, inner self providing deep rest to alleviate stress and tension. (more)

Jerry Seinfeld: 'The thing that I love more than money, more than love, more than just about anything'
1 October 2014 - Celebrated actor Jerry Seinfeld was recently interviewed on SiriusXM Satellite Radio about his 40 years practising Transcendental Meditation. In his talk with show host Bob Roth he said, 'Everyone's got some of this, although many don't have enough, and I rarely meet a person who doesn't want more.' Mr Seinfeld explains in a one minute video what he calls 'the greatest riches in human life' and how you can get more. (more)

Google Zeitgeist: Transcendental Meditation presented to top business and thought leaders
30 September 2014 - Nearly 400 CEOs and other business and thought leaders attending the prestigious 'Google Zeitgeist' conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA heard about the research and benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique in an address by Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation executive director, on 15 September. Keynote speakers at the conference included former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Google Chair Eric Schmidt. The TM presentation at Google Zeitgeist is another sign of the growing interest and acceptance of Transcendental Meditation as a practical, cost-effective antidote to the epidemic of stress and trauma that pervades all levels of society. (more)

Transcendental Meditation brings rapid relief for African war refugees' posttraumatic stress
26 September 2014 - Krista Noble's recent article in New Age Journal, about the African PTSD Relief project, described two scientific research studies showing rapid positive effects of Transcendental Meditation in Congolese refugees suffering from severe posttraumatic stress (PTS). 'We anticipated improvement, but I didn't expect this magnitude of change,' said Col. Brian Rees, MD, lead author of the studies, published in 2013 and 2014 in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. (more)


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Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa
18 October 2014 - Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to contain Ebola when it emerged in West Africa. Now they share the herculean task of trying to end an epidemic that has sickened more than 9,000, killed more than 4,500, seeded cases in Europe and the United States, and is not even close to being controlled. Many of the missteps are detailed in a draft of an internal World Health Organization report obtained by The Associated Press. It shows there was not one pivotal blunder that gave Ebola the upper hand, but a series of them that mounted. (more)

US: 2nd Texas health worker tests positive for Ebola
15 October 2014 - The Ebola crisis in the US took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill. President Barack Obama cancelled a campaign trip to address the outbreak. His decision to nix the trip -- just a few hours before Air Force One was scheduled to depart -- reflected the urgency of the situation amid escalating concerns about the disease. Though it was not clear how the nurse contracted the virus, the case represented just the latest instance in which the disease that has ravaged one of the poorest corners of the earth -- West Africa -- also managed to find weak spots in one of the world's most advanced medical systems. (more)

US: Malpractice laws that favour doctors fail to cut health costs: study
15 October 2014 - For decades, it's been the conventional wisdom that US healthcare costs are high because doctors order expensive tests to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits, but new evidence says that assumption is wrong. The study from the RAND Corporation found that in three states where the laws were rewritten to make it virtually impossible to sue a doctor for mistakes, the cost of care did not go down in hospital emergency departments. (more)

US: Liquid nicotine exposures up sharply among kids
14 October 2014 - US poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked. More than 2,700 people have called poison control this year to report an exposure to liquid nicotine, over half of those cases in children younger than 6, according to national statistics. The number shows a sharp rise from only a few hundred total cases just three years ago. (more)

Ebola deflating hopes for 3 poor African economies
13 October 2014 - Just as their economies had begun to recover from the man-made horror of coups and civil war, the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have been knocked back down by a terrifying force of nature: the Ebola virus. The outbreak has paralyzed economic life. Across the Ebola zone, shops are closed, hotels vacant, flights cancelled, fields untended, investments on hold. (more)

Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say
7 October 2014 - Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, but many of these systems are so error-prone or complex that they require more concentration from drivers rather than less, according to studies released Tuesday. Two of the infotainment systems were rated relatively low for distraction. (more)

US foods labelled 'natural' often contain GMOs, group reports
7 October 2014 - A majority of US packaged foods labelled as 'natural' and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group. Consumers are being misled by the 'natural' label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability. The report comes as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food companies, is pushing the federal government to develop a definition of the term 'natural' on food packaging, and to allow foods containing GMOs to be labelled as natural. (more)

Hunger threat shadows Ebola in West Africa
2 October 2014 - The threat of hunger is tracking Ebola across affected West African nations as the disease kills farmers and their families, drives workers from the fields, and creates food shortages. In the worst-hit states of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, Ebola is ravaging their food-producing 'breadbasket' regions, preventing planting and harvesting, and disrupting supply routes and markets. 'Hunger will kill us where Ebola failed,' said Pa Sorie, a 61-year-old rice and cassava farmer in Port Loko in northern Sierra Leone. A father of six with four grandchildren, he says he has already lost three close relatives to Ebola. The UN's World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organization say border and market closures, quarantines and movement restrictions, and widespread fear of Ebola have led to food scarcity, panic buying and price increases, especially in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Since it was first reported in the forest region of Guinea in March, the hemorrhagic fever has killed 3,338 people. Sierra Leone Agriculture Minister Sam Sesay said entire farming communities in some parts of his country had been wiped out by Ebola, with farms abandoned and crops left rotting. (more)

US CDC: Heroin deaths doubled in much of the country
2 October 2014 - Deaths from heroin overdose doubled in just two years in much of the United States, a new government study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. The annual number of US drug overdose deaths has been growing for more than 20 years. Officials have been most worried about a class of powerful prescription 'opioid' painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. But while those deaths are leveling off or declining in many parts of the country, heroin-related deaths soared between 2010 and 2012 in the 28 states for which information was available to the researchers. Overdose numbers from all the states are not expected to be released for at least a few more months. The heroin problem has been dramatic in New York City -- a place where about two people die of fatal drug overdoses every day, on average. (more)

US study: Pesticides and Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Findings from the CHARGE Study
2 October 2014 - A small but growing body of literature reports associations between pesticide exposures during pregnancy and characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or actual autism diagnosis. A study published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives adds to the weight of this evidence, reporting an increased risk of ASD diagnosis among children whose mothers lived during pregnancy near fields where pesticides were applied. The study examined the association between prenatal proximity to fields where organophosphate, pyrethroid, or carbamate pesticides were applied and later diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders including ASDs and developmental delays. The authors found the strongest associations between ASDs and application of nonspecified organophosphates during the third trimester as well as one specific organophosphate, chlorpyrifos, during the second trimester. They also report statistically significant associations between ASDs and pyrethroid application both preconception and during the third trimester, as well as an association between carbamate application and developmental delay, although this estimate was based on a small number of cases. (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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