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Start early for a lifetime of good vision and healthy eyes - US study
21 September 2014 - If your mother told you to eat your carrots so you'd be able to see in the dark, she was right. It turns out that feeding children carrots is just one of a number of things parents can do to promote a lifetime of healthy eyes and good vision. Other things include regular eye exams, and sunglasses or hats to shade kids' eyes, experts say. (more)

Public transport holds key for clean cities, says US study
20 September 2014 - Effective urban transit systems can encourage people out of their cars and provide a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, a report has suggested. It calculated that emissions from urban transportation could be cut by more than half by 2050 and economies save in excess of US $100 trillion. The authors added it would also reduce annual premature deaths by 1.4 million. The report is being published at a UN Habitat III meeting ahead of Ban Ki-Moon's climate summit next week. (more)

Most Canadians have good mental health, feel positive about life: report
19 September 2014 - A new report on the mental health status of Canadians has found that 77 per cent of people aged 15 or older are considered to be psychologically flourishing -- feeling good about life and functioning well. The Statistics Canada report found less than two per cent of Canadians are classified as languishing, meaning they experience low positive emotions and poor functioning, while almost 22 per cent of Canadians are classified as having moderate mental health. (more)

International study: Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution - study
17 September 2014 - Encouraging people to abandon their cars and use public transport or walk or cycle around cities offers the 'least pain, most gain' way to cut air pollution from traffic by 2050, a new international study said on Wednesday. The report, by the University of California and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), proposed governments expand rail and bus transport and ensure cities are safer for pedestrians and cyclists. (more)

US: Big cities take aim at prescription painkillers
16 September 2014 - Some of America's largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets. On Tuesday, health commissioners from Chicago, New York, and Boston came to Washington to lobby Congress and the White House on efforts to combat prescription opioid abuse. Chicago leaders say other cities and counties have expressed interest in joining what they say is a movement similar to the landmark legal action against tobacco companies in the 1990s. (more)

China: Beijing considers strengthening indoor smoking bans
15 September 2014 - The government of China's capital, Beijing, is considering strengthening its ban on indoor smoking as the rest of the country lags behind under the influence of conflicting interests. Next year, business owners in Beijing may be forced to pay a fine if they do not enforce indoor smoking laws. The comprehensive ban means smoking along corridors and inside elevators will also be illegal. (more)

South Africa: Woolworths to reduce number of GM modified products by 50 per cent
15 September 2014 - Retail giant Woolworths has announced plans to reduce the current number of products containing ingredients derived from genetically modified (GM) crop sources in private label foods by 50 per cent over the next year. (more)

Australian study: Stints of standing while working may reduce back pain
13 September 2014 - The evils of too much sitting include body aches, pains and fatigue, but a new study suggests that 30-minute stints of standing at work may relieve aching backs without harming productivity. Australian office workers alternated between sitting and standing every 30 minutes for a week and felt less fatigued and less back pain and lower-leg pain than when they stayed seated the whole day. (more)

Finnish startup Envitems monitors air quality
11 September 2014 - Finnish startup Envitems has launched its first product, a compact device for monitoring urban air quality. The Envitems E6100 measures all the most common pollutants in outdoor air -- nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen monoxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, ozone -- with an option to add particulate detectors. The company's technology can measure to the parts-per-billion level without the steep price that normally comes with that sensitivity. Users can download the measuring data either to Envitems' cloud service or their own database. (more)

Sweden: Bacteria found in honeybee stomachs could be used as alternative to antibiotics, scientists claim
10 September 2014 - Bacteria found in honeybees could be used as an alternative to antibiotics and in the fight against antibiotic-resistant strains of MRSA, scientists have claimed. For millennia, raw unmanufactured honey has been used to treat infections. Scientists believe its effectiveness could lie in a unique formula comprised of 13 types of lactic acid bacteria found in the stomachs of bees. The bacteria, which are no longer active in shop-bought honey, produce a myriad of active anti-microbial compounds. (more)


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African refugee describes healing power of Transcendental Meditation: 'I'm free - I'm a free woman'
18 September 2014 - Sudanese refugee Esperance Ndozi, who suffered greatly from posttraumatic stress (PTS), describes the dramatic positive changes she experienced soon after learning Transcendental Meditation. Her comments appear in a recent article in New Age Journal. (more)

The healing power of Transcendental Meditation
14 September 2014 - The life of Esperance Ndozi, a Sudanese refugee who fled with her children to Uganda, improved dramatically after the African PTSD Relief organization offered her the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation. Esperance suffered terribly from posttraumatic stress (PTS), with flashbacks, persistent fear, depression, and insomnia. 'Ndozi was not alone in the challenges that she faced,' writes Krista Noble in New Age Journal. 'It is estimated that 100 million Africans suffer from PTS.' (more)

Today - Conference call for women: New paradigm for women's health
7 September 2014 - Today, Sunday, 7 September, women are invited to join in a 'virtual global assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. Today's women's conference call features a discussion on the topic of women's health in light of a new paradigm. It is the fourth in a series of six bimonthly telephone conferences in the 2014 10,000 Women Initiative. (more)

Women invited to join conference call series - 7 September: New paradigm for women's health
31 August 2014 - The fourth in a series of six telephone conferences in the 2014 10,000 Women Initiative will be held Sunday, 7 September. All women are invited to join in this bimonthly 'virtual global assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. The next women's conference call will feature a discussion on the topic of women's health in light of a new paradigm. (more)

New MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine offered online - starts this autumn
25 August 2014 - Maharishi University of Management is launching a new Master of Science in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine that will be offered online to health professionals as well as health educators with a background in the health sciences. The three-year, part-time curriculum is oriented towards doctors, nurses, medical students, and health coaches who want to add the burgeoning field of integrative medicine to their practices. The inaugural class of students begins this fall. (more)

Transcendental Meditation transforms lives at Rikers Island Corrections Dept for Women
22 August 2014 - Twenty female inmates, three staff members, and four Transcendental Meditation teachers are transformed after just one week of TM instruction at Rikers Island--the site of a large prison complex in the City of New York Department of Correction. An inmate said, 'Before TM, I was lost, stressed and angry. I kept blaming myself for what my life had become. With meditation, I am much more open to life itself, and I can make it through daily struggles.' (more)

Study: Transcendental Meditation strengthens the immune system
17 August 2014 - Does practising the Transcendental Meditation technique help to keep you healthy? A group of researchers at Infanta Cristina Hospital in Spain have published a study which measures the effect of regular TM practice on the immune system. The researchers measured different subsets of leukocytes and lymphocytes--the cells in the blood which help to fight off viruses and bacteria. The scientists stated in their conclusion that the technique of meditation studied seems to have a significant effect on immune cells. (more)

Media reports feature Transcendental Meditation as antidote to workplace stress
15 August 2014 - Workplace stress has become the 'black plague' of the twenty-first century, according to medical researchers, because modern medicine offers little to actually prevent or cure stress. As a result, there is more and more interest among business professionals in the Transcendental Meditation technique as a nonpharmacological antidote to stress in the workplace. News media have been featuring this trend, as seen in a number of recent press articles. (more)

International Ayurveda Conference to offer optional courses in Transcendental Meditation, Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, aroma therapy - April 2015, Netherlands
13 August 2014 - Organizers of the International Ayurveda Conference, to be hosted by Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands in April 2015, have arranged for several optional courses to be offered for attendees, during the conference or in a special extension following the main conference dates. These include: the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Ayur-Veda Pulse Diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha), and an Introduction to Maharishi Aroma Therapy. (more)

Mind Over DNA: Transforming DNA from the inside out
10 August 2014 - A recent talk by Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a featured video on ConsciousnessTalks--a monthly online series of TED-style talks focusing on the exploration and development of consciousness, presented by leading scientists, artists, and innovative thought-leaders from diverse fields. In 'Mind Over DNA: Transforming DNA from the inside out', Dr. Schneider explains why TIME magazine says that your DNA is not your destiny. Giving a new angle on epigenetics, Dr. Schneider explores how you can develop your consciousness to enrich your genes. (more)


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US: Record amount of retardant used on California fire
20 September 2014 - A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts -- more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone. The retardant is a water-and-fertilizer mix coloured with red dye. But the practice is controversial because of its potential effect on wildlife. Andy Stahl, executive director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, said the intended purpose of retardant was 'an initial attack tool in very remote fires' to buy time for crews to get to the scene and dig fire lines. 'But now we're seeing a dramatic increase in the amount of retardant being dumped because we're not just using it in those remote wilderness areas, but we're using it on every fire, everywhere, and there are more fires,' he said. The US Forest Service used 12 million gallons of retardant nationwide last year, and 60 per cent of it was dumped on California fires, Andy Stahl said. (more)

Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death
17 September 2014 - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by 'perverse incentives' for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday. Though people repeatedly stress a desire to die at home, free from pain, the opposite often happens, the Institute of Medicine found in its 'Dying in America' report. Most people do not document their wishes on end-of-life care and even those who do face a medical system poorly suited to give them the death they want, the authors found. The result is breathing and feeding tubes, powerful drugs, and other treatment that often fails to extend life and can make the final days more unpleasant. Advance directives including living wills have been unpopular and ineffective, the report said. The report praised programs in palliative care, which focuses on treating pain, minimizing side effects, coordinating care among doctors, and ensuring concerns of patients and their families are addressed. This type of care has expanded rapidly in the past several decades and is now found in a majority of US hospitals, but the report said many physicians have no training in it. (more)

India's nuclear nightmare: The village of birth defects
15 September 2014 - Children with birth deformities live on almost every street in Jadugora, a leafy town surrounded by hills and rivers in eastern India, as well as in neighbouring villages. There are young women who have had multiple miscarriages, and men and women who have died of cancer. No one knows why. Now, an Indian court wants to unravel the mystery of what is happening in Jadugora, the hub of India's uranium mining industry since the late 1960s. Uranium is at the core of India's energy ambitions. Demand for electricity in India is increasing rapidly, fuelled by the country's phenomenal population and economic growth. Today, nuclear power provides less than 5 per cent of India's electricity. The aim is to make it 25 per cent by 2050. This month, Australia signed an agreement giving India access to its vast supplies of uranium. But activists say Jadugora is paying the price for India's nuclear dreams. (more)

US: Fracking exposes workers to benzene
12 September 2014 - Oil and natural-gas workers on fracking sites are exposed to potentially unsafe levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a case study by a federal agency. The study, first published at the end of August in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, found that workers on oil and gas sites were most likely to be exposed to the chemical when they opened hatches during a phase of fracking known as 'flowback.' The study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, is preliminary, but it is part of an effort by the institute to understand the health risks of fracking. The technique is being used increasingly to extract oil and gas from shale that's deep underground. Benzene, a chemical that occurs naturally in oil and gasoline, attacks cells that affect blood and bone marrow. It can cause leukemia and anemia. (more)

US: The lead hazard in schools that won't go away
12 September 2014 - Lead has been a popular paint additive for centuries. It speeds up drying and increases durability, as its makers once boasted in their marketing materials. But as a judge ruled in a high-profile case in California last December, lead paint manufacturers spent much of the 1900s deceiving the public with another claim: That their product was safe, even for young children, despite a long history of evidence suggesting otherwise. Ben Franklin wrote of lead's 'mischievous' effects in 1786, and one lead-paint maker admitted in an internal company memo in 1900 that 'any paint is poisonous in proportion to the percentage of lead contained in it'. The science remains clear that anyone can be affected by lead exposure, and that children under the age of 6 face the greatest risk. And as lead exposure is linked to a growing list of health conditions, researchers are finding that it takes less and less lead to put one at risk. Structures built in the early to mid-20th century, during the heyday of lead-based paint, are most worrisome. Yet risks may reside in and around any building constructed (and painted) before 1978, when lead was finally banned from residential paint sold in the United States. France and other industrialized countries beat the US to the regulatory move by decades, but many developing nations are still lagging behind. In fact, researchers recently found that most paint sold in the Asia-Pacific region -- now the world's largest market for paint -- contains large amounts of lead. (more)

9/11 responders with rare cancer denied coverage
11 September 2014 - According to the most recent data from the World Trade Center Health Program, there are nearly 3,000 cases of cancer among firefighters, police officers, contractors and civilians who worked or lived near the site of the attacks. A growing number are being diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, but some -- including Meyers -- are being denied insurance coverage because their cancers were diagnosed too soon after 9/11. The minimum latency period for oropharyngeal cancers -- in other words, the minimum time period required to prove a link between exposure to toxins at ground zero and a diagnosis of that type of cancer -- is four years. (more)

Metal madness: Lead scrambles birds' behaviour, survival skills
10 September 2014 - It's well-known that high levels of lead kill birds. But now it's becoming clear that amounts commonly encountered by waterfowl and raptors can mess up their digestion, brains, hearts, vision and other body processes critical for their survival in the wild. Fledglings exposed to low levels may wander from nests and stumble around, while their parents may be unable to maneuver around power lines or swerve out of oncoming traffic. 'It seems like a silly question to think about a bird's IQ, but it's not, really. If these animals are not perfect mentally, natural selection will pick them off,' said Dr. Mark Pokras, a wildlife veterinarian at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. No one knows how many birds die of lead poisoning and how many more are contaminated with lower doses. But some studies of scavengers such as condors and eagles have suggested that more than 90 per cent have detectable lead in their blood. (more)

Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most US urban streams : study
10 September 2014 - The proportion of urban streams in the United States with potentially worrisome levels of pesticides for aquatic life has surged to 90 per cent, from 2002 to 2011, a two-decade government study said on Thursday. It was 53 per cent in the 1992-2001 decade. Some of the more than 500 million pounds (220 kg) of pesticides used yearly in the United States are concentrated at levels that pose a concern for fish and water-dwelling insects, the US Geological Survey report on pesticides from 1992 to 2011 said. The levels seldom topped human health standards.'We're at the stage of saying, 'OK, these (levels) compared to a more evaluation need to be done,'' said Wesley Stone, a Geological Survey hydrologist and the study's lead author. Stone said the increased use in cities of the insecticides fipronil and dichlorvos was the main reason more urban streams were showing pesticide levels topping EPA benchmarks. (more)

Study: Many US hospitals use too many antibiotics
10 September 2014 - Doctors in many US hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job, a new study released Wednesday suggests. Health officials have sounded alarms that overuse of antibiotics is helping to breed dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to treatment. Much of the attention has been on doctor offices that wrongly prescribe bacteria-targeting antibiotics for illnesses caused by viruses. The new study focuses on a different issue -- when hospital doctors throw more than one antibiotic at a mystery infection. Faced with a feverish and deteriorating patient entering the hospital, doctors will at first prescribe a couple of antibiotics. That happens 'when we're not exactly sure what we're dealing with,' as a bet that at least one of the drugs will help, explained Dr. Barry Fox. He is an expert on antibiotic use at the University of Wisconsin, and was not involved in the study. Once tests are run and the bug is identified, doctors are supposed to drop any unnecessary second antibiotic. But the research found that often doesn't happen. In three-quarters of the 500 hospitals studied, patients were still on more than one intravenous antibiotic after two days. The researchers looked at hospital records for 2008 through 2011. (more)

A high-soy diet may drive breast tumor growth : US study
9 September 2014 - For some women with breast cancer, taking soy protein supplements boosted the expression of tumor genes associated with an increase in tumor cells, in a recent randomized trial. Many women take tremendous amounts of soy thinking it will prevent breast cancer based on epidemiological studies, said lead author Dr. Moshe Shike of Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Some studies of Asian populations have found that as soy intake increased, breast cancer risk decreased, but those studies couldn't prove a beneficial effect of soy -- they could only identify an association, Shike said. The new study, however, looked at women who had already been diagnosed with breast cancer. Soybeans contain phytoestrogens, which can mimic, at least weakly, some effects of the hormone estrogen -- and 'estrogen is no good at any time after breast cancer diagnosis,' said V. Craig Jordan of the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, DC, in a phone interview. Most breast cancers, including all those in the new trial, are estrogen-receptor positive, meaning the tumors may respond to signals from estrogen in the body. (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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