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Most fatal type of stroke declining along with smoking rates
18 August 2016 - The type of brain bleeding that causes the most lethal kind of stroke has declined substantially since 1998, possibly as a result of falling smoking rates, according to researchers in Finland. (more)

UK: Out of the wood: how carpentry is helping men tackle loneliness
12 August 2016 - The sounds of sawing, pounding mallets and male banter echo out from an old barn in rural Shropshire, England Inside, a mismatch of men have come together to make things with wood in their collective shed. The shed is one of thousands of 'men's sheds' worldwide. The Mensheds movement began in Australia with the aim of bringing men together to help improve their health and boost social inclusion, and now the idea is taking off in the UK. (more)

Email campaign asks McDonald's to take U.S. antibiotic curbs global
11 August 2016 - A charity looking to fight the rise of dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria on Thursday asked the public to help convince McDonald's restaurants around the world to stop serving meat and milk from animals raised with routine use of medically important antibiotics. Rival Wendy's told Reuters last week that by next year, it would stop using chickens raised with antibiotics important to human health. (more)

Brain chemical dopamine bounces back after quitting smoking
10 August 2016 - The brain makes less dopamine, a chemical involved in both pleasure and addiction, when people smoke but this deficit may be reversed when smokers kick the habit, a small experiment suggests. Nicotine addiction is known to be associated with abnormalities in the dopamine system. But scientists are uncertain if smoking induces those abnormalities or if they already exist in some people and make them more vulnerable to getting hooked on nicotine. Because the study found that most nicotine abnormalities went away after smokers quit, it suggests they are a byproduct of smoking, said lead study author Dr. Lena Rademacher of Lubeck University in Germany. (more)

Not just for Hackney hipsters: the Kenyan sourdough bakery ‚Äčtackling blindness
10 August 2016 - One is a hipster meeting place in the middle of east London, the other overlooks the Menengai crater in Kenya and is staffed by orphans. But these two bakeries, E5 Bakehouse and Ujima Bakehouse, seemingly worlds apart, have come together over a sourdough starter and a shared passion for healthy bread. Situated in the Nakuru region, a four-hour drive from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Ujima is the brainchild of Andrew and Madeline Bastawrous, British doctors who were overwhelmed by the demand for eye operations to treat blindness in the region and wanted to find a sustainable way to fund them. (more)

Quitting smoking may actually widen social network
9 August 2016 - Some smokers fear that quitting will result in losing friends, but the opposite seems to be true, according to a new study. Smokers may worry that trying to quit will alienate them from other smokers, said coauthor Megan E. Piper of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States). But in practice, people who quit actually gain nonsmoking friends, she told Reuters Health. (more)

US: Fast-food chain Wendy's to ban chickens with human antibiotics by 2017
4 August 2016 - Wendy's Co, the fifth-largest U.S. fast-food chain by revenue, will quit using chickens raised with antibiotics important to human health by 2017, the company told Reuters on Thursday, 4 August. Fast-food industry leader McDonald's Corp on Monday said it had completed its shift to using only using chickens raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, months ahead of its estimated March 2017 target. (more)

Seoul to limit old diesel vehicles to fight air pollution
3 August 2016 - South Korea's capital of Seoul will limit the number of old diesel vehicles on the roads starting next year, as the country tackles rising air pollution. Seoul aims to bring its air quality to the levels of European peers like London and Paris within a decade. (more)

Plant protein may help offset unhealthy habits
2 August 2016 - People who eat more protein from plants and less from animals may live longer even when they have unhealthy habits like heavy drinking or smoking, a large U.S. study suggests. After accounting for lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking, obesity and physical inactivity, each 3 percent increase in calories from plant protein was associated with a 10 percent lower risk of death during the study period. (more)

US: McDonald's to remove corn syrup from buns, curbs antibiotics
1 August 2016 - McDonald's Corp will replace corn syrup in buns with sugar this month and has removed antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its chicken months ahead of schedule, it said on Monday, moves that are part of its drive to target increasingly health-conscious consumers. McDonald's is reacting to a shift in consumer tastes toward healthier, more natural foods and competing with other restaurants that are overhauling their menus to feature items free of processed ingredients. (more)


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PTSD Relief Now president meets with officials in Washington, DC area
14 August 2016 - PTSD Relief president David Shapiro recently met with a group near Washington, DC to present findings on relief from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experienced by participants learning Transcendental Meditation. The audience included embassy officials, doctors, scientists, and other professionals. Mr Shapiro highlighted several research projects conducted among US veterans and on-site among highly-traumatized Congolese refugees - all experienced dramatically increased well-being after beginning TM. Facts presented showed that no other approach for any psychological disorder comes close to this type of rapid response. Expanding on how TM is the next-generation PTSD relief program, Mr Shapiro said, 'implementing the TM program in at-risk populations, can be considered a powerful strategy to reduce the risk of terrorism.' (more)

The transforming experiences of women in Uganda who learned Transcendental Meditation
11 August 2016 - Brenda Nakalembe, founder of Uganda's United Women's Platform for Empowerment and Development recognized the potential for the Transcendental Meditation technique to help fulfill her mission to empower women. More than 600 women and 200 children have learned TM through the program at UWOPED. At one beginning phase of TM training for 80 UWOPED mothers, Leslee Goldstein, who has many years experience in educational administration and teaching TM, was excited to conduct her PhD research through the Uganda TM women's organization and evaluate the benefits of the TM training. Leslee's daughter Alena added a video component to the project. 'When my mother asked me to be her assistant and document the research project with a short film, I knew I had to say ''yes,''' Alena said. On the project's second phase, filming and evaluating the women's group after three months of practicing TM, Alena said, 'Something that struck me the second trip, was how connected, open and friendly these women had become with each other.' Brenda Nakalembe added, '. . . mothers are experiencing greater emotional stability, less anger, clearer thinking, happiness, and well-being, and they are more motivated and engaged in taking care of themselves and their children. It is quite remarkable, and they report that their families are more harmonious and that they have less conflict with their neighbors.' (more)

How to reduce and manage stress - a key tool for healthy living
5 August 2016 - Managing stress levels is discussed in this week's advice column by The Raj, the premier Ayur-Vedic health spa in the US. To sustain a calm, balanced physiology, there is a need to regulate cortisol, the 'fight or flight' hormone. Studies have found that practitioners of TM have a reduced level of this stress hormone. The article points out, 'The longer people practice TM, the more pronounced is the effect. TM was also found to decrease the time it took for the body return to normal functioning following stressful stimuli.' In fact, 'Researchers concluded that TM gives the body a reprieve from experiencing stress, and as a result, the body is able to respond more normally to stress stimuli of short duration.' A few 'stress-buster' dietary tips conclude the article. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation is helping veterans heal
4 August 2016 - US Veterans Magazine reported on the Warrior PATHH program of Boulder Crest Retreat in Colorado that has harnessed the recuperative powers of Transcendental Meditation to help veterans recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Headed by Dusty Baxley, a certified teacher of TM, the program focuses on the concepts of posttraumatic growth and also includes training and education in a variety of wellness regulation practices centered around mind, body, financial, and spiritual wellness. Bailey offers personal instruction in TM to all Warrior PATHH attendees, who find it helps eliminate symptoms of PTSD, brings them closer to themselves, and can be used anywhere, anytime. 'As a combat veteran myself, I know what it is like to be on both sides of feeling down and filled with anxiety and being able to find peace and calm,' says Baxley. 'Transcendental Meditation is life changing, especially for combat veterans, and I'm grateful that the David Lynch Foundation generously provides us with scholarships.' (more)

Book Review: Dharma Parenting: Understand your Child's Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment
3 August 2016 - Dr Robert Keith Wallace and Dr Frederick Travis, renowned neuroscientists and pioneers in documenting the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, give parents a guided tour of their children's brains in 'Dharma Parenting: Understand your Child's Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment'. Their book combines knowledge from modern science, ancient Ayur-Veda, and their personal experience to show how to unfold the full potential of a child's brain, as well as how to nurture their inherent brilliance and goodness. Through a simple quiz parents can find their child's body type according to Ayur-Veda. In comprehensible language Dharma Parenting offers unique insight into why a child is the way he or she is and reveals how to bring each child into a state of balance. They can grow to live in a state of 'dharma', meaning a way of living that upholds the path of evolution, maintains balance, and supports both prosperity and spiritual freedom. (more)

Wellness, well-being, and Being
10 July 2016 - Writing for health and well-being for Transcendental Meditation for Women Linda Egenes upholds that every part of our mind and body's systems, including the environment, affects every other part. She mentions that it is easier to change our minds than our physiology - that, 'we can have the greatest effect on our health by changing the quality of our minds.' TM, she says is 'a way to become anchored in a stable, infinitely regenerative source of happiness and well-being that does not fade with changing circumstances . . . It's inside us at the very core of our being, within our own consciousness, within our own self. Beyond our deepest emotions, beyond the deepest state of mind, lies the state of pure being, which is our very essence.' (more)

Taking the time for needed rest with Transcendental Meditation
30 June 2016 - Janet Hoffman, executive director of Transcendental Meditation for Women Professionals in the US, offers powerful insights toward the importance of staying rested and utilizing the efficacy of Transcendental Meditation. 'Taking time for the profound rest of TM so that one's mind and body can recoup and refresh,' she says, 'is essential to a healthy, productive life. But health is far more than the absence of disease - it is the realization of one's full potential of mind, body and spirit. Far from it being selfish to take this 'time-out', taking the time to transcend will gradually establish us in a state of peak capacity, infinitely elevating our ability to nourish our family and environment.' Ms Hoffman quotes a career woman and mother of three who said after learning TM, 'I could have stayed in that state forever. And when I came out I felt so light, both in body and mind, and so happy, I felt like I could do everything and be everything with ease, with joy, with fullness of heart.' (more)

PTSD non-profit promotes Transcendental Meditation for relief
28 June 2016 - The Charleston Gazette-Mail of North Carolina in the US featured PTSD Relief Now, the organization that brings Transcendental Meditation to those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Operating primarily in Africa, David Shapiro, a board member of PTSD Relief Now, said, '(TM is) a widely used method for anxiety relief and stress reduction, and PTSD, as an often severe anxiety disorder, can be alleviated by its regular practice.' The article suggested many applications for TM, including dramatic improvement in veterans with PTSD after a short time practising TM. Mr Shapiro mentioned other areas where TM is applied, saying, 'There are more than one million children in 13 countries under the auspices of the Catholic Church who have signed an agreement to learn TM. Part of it is for PTSD, but the other part is the other benefits - students are less stressed, more productive and happier.' (more)

Is Transcendental Meditation the best cure for PTSD in law enforcement?
17 June 2016 - An article in Police One.com recommends Transcendental Meditation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in law enforcement personnel. The author, Megan Wells, points out that TM can be practiced anywhere that is comfortable after the initial guidance in learning the technique . . . 'and its healing properties, according to the professionals, are exceptional.' Ms Wells cites a 2007 study in which TM was provided to Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD. Over three months results showed a significant decrease of symptoms such as alcohol use, high-startle response, emotional numbness, and anxiety. She says that one of the most popular resources for learning TM is the David Lynch Foundation, which brings TM to at-risk individuals. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation helps survivors of domestic violence
15 June 2016 - Rachel Katz writes about her experiences teaching Transcendental Meditation to at-risk women in her work for the David Lynch Foundation. She says, 'I've worked with inmates at Rikers Island, veterans, and women and children in the shelter system . . . Often the women I meet have some resistance to the concept of closing their eyes and spending time alone in their head. After all, that is where painful thoughts and memories lie. . . . But with each meditation, their bodies are able to heal deeply rooted traumas, and their brains begin to function in a healthier, more integrated way.' She adds that much time is spent in her classes laughing -- often from how good it feels to have a sense of freedom from within. She concludes, 'During meditation, students experience both their minds and bodies as peaceful, clear, and blissfully free.' (more)


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Study shows extent of brain damage from Zika infections
23 August 2016 - A report released on Tuesday shows in graphic detail the kind of damage Zika infections can do to the developing brain -- damage that goes well beyond the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, in which the baby's head is smaller than normal. Prior research has shown the Zika virus attacks neural progenitor cells -- a type of stem cell that develops into different types of nerve or brain cells. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, which is a close cousin of dengue and chikungunya and causes mild fever, rash, and red eyes. An estimated 80 percent of people infected have no symptoms, making it difficult for pregnant women to know whether they have been infected. (more)

US: Florida announces Zika case hundreds of miles from Miami
23 August 2016 - Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles (425 km) from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Steve Huard, acting spokesman for Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, said the case involves a woman without a significant travel history, indicating the virus was contracted locally. (more)

Study shows Zika virus also attacks adult brain cells
18 August 2016 - U.S. researchers have found that Zika can attack special populations of brain cells in adult mice in the part of the brain involved in learning and memory, raising new questions about how the virus may be impacting millions of adults who have been infected with the virus. Zika has already been shown to attack fetal brain cells known as neural progenitor cells -- a type of stem cell that gives rise to various kinds of brain cells. The death of these cells is what disrupts brain development and leads to the severe birth defects seen in babies whose mothers were infected with Zika during pregnancy. Adults, whose brains are fully formed, have far fewer and there are some pockets remaining -- including in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory and learning. 'Based on our findings, getting infected with Zika as an adult may not be as innocuous as people think,' said Dr. Joseph Gleeson, an expert in pediatric brain disease at The Rockefeller University in New York, who led the study. (more)

US study: Childhood abuse linked to worse survival odds for adult women
18 August 2016 - Girls who suffer maltreatment and abuse may be less likely to survive into middle age than their peers who don't experience physical or mental torment growing up, a U.S. study suggests. Women who reported physical childhood abuse were 58 percent more likely to die from all causes during the study period, while women who said they were emotionally abused as kids were 22 percent more likely to die. Mitigating factors such as childhood socioeconomic status, adult depression, or personality traits did not explain the association between childhood abuse and greater risk of death in women, the study found. (more)

Ebola after-effects threaten food shortages in West Africa: U.N.
3 August 2016 - Farmers in West Africa still reeling from the impact of Ebola, urgently need help or they could be forced to leave their farms to seek work elsewhere, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said on Wednesday, 3 August. During the epidemic, many farmers in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia were unable to grow or sell their crops because of measures to contain the virus, including travel restrictions, border closures, and quarantines, as well as fear of infection. Although the epidemic has ended officially, experts are concerned about its long-term effects on food production and agriculture in the region. (more)

US: With FDA approval, GM mosquitoes could join Florida's Zika fight
3 August 2016 - Genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes could be let loose in Florida's battle against the Zika virus if U.S. regulators approve them -- and a decision is expected imminently, according to British firm Oxitec that engineers the insects. Modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for possible use in the United States. (more)

Rio's Olympic air: Dirty, deadly, and no cleaner legacy from Games
1 August 2016 - Rio de Janeiro's air is dirtier and deadlier than portrayed by authorities and the Olympics' promised legacy of cleaner winds has not remotely been met, an analysis of government data and Reuters' own testing found. Brazil declared in its official bid for the Olympic Games, which open on Friday, that Rio's air quality was 'within the limits recommended by the World Health Organization.' That was not true when Rio won the right to host the Games in 2009 and it is not true now. Thousands die annually in Rio's metropolitan area of 12 million people because of complications related to the air. People exposed to the pollution have higher risks of lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes, asthma, and other diseases. (more)

Study finds cosmic rays increased heart risks among Apollo astronauts
28 July 2016 - Apollo astronauts who ventured to the moon are at five times greater risk of dying from heart disease than shuttle astronauts, U.S. researchers said on Thursday, citing the dangers of cosmic radiation beyond the Earth's magnetic field. The study by researchers at Florida State University and NASA found that three Apollo astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, or 43 percent of those studied, died from cardiovascular disease, a finding with implications for future human travel beyond Earth. It found that the chief health threat to the Apollo astronauts came from cosmic rays, which are more prevalent and powerful beyond the magnetic bubble that surrounds Earth. (more)

Background noise can make it harder for toddlers to learn words
27 July 2016 - Toddlers who spend a lot of time in a noisy environment may have a harder time learning to speak, a small study suggests. That's because background noise -- especially the kind that comes from voices on the television or radio -- can make it tough for young children to learn new words, said study co-author Brianna McMillan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States. The findings are consistent with other research on language development that has found background noise can inhibit language development, said Renata Filippini, a researcher at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil who wasn't involved in the study. (more)

Australia: How the education system is making kids stressed and sick
16 July 2016 - Thanks in part to an education system now obsessed with a narrow definition of success, a disturbing number of young Australians suffer from depression and anxiety. Her daughter's struggles led Lucy Clark, a journalist with Guardian Australia, to ask questions about what is going so wrong with education in Australia that 26 per cent of children drop out of school, and many others lament losing their adolescence to stress and mental illness. (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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