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US: Fairfax County's next school buses could improve kids' health and the environment
14 May 2018 - The yellow diesel-powered school bus has shuttled generations of kids to and from school. But now some school districts are trying out electric, battery-powered buses, and you may see them on roads in our region [Fairfax County] in the not-too-distant future. There are thousands of school buses in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and pretty much all of them run on diesel. ... Casale says replacing all the diesel school buses in the nation with electric buses would be like taking more than a million cars off the road, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. (more)

US: Univ of Maine brings goats to campus to help stressed students
9 May 2018 - The University of Maine has deployed a herd of goats to help students get through a stressful finals season at the end of the semester. There was a line of students waiting this week to get close to the goats. Assistant Director of Student Activities Brittney Smith says goats are popular and all over the internet. (more)

India: Food regulator wants packaged food labels to display if they contain GM ingredients
8 May 2018 - Seeking to introduce GMO labelling for the first time in India, the country's food regulator has proposed all packaged food products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients must clearly state it on their labels. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) also suggests mandatory declaration by packaged food manufacturers about nutritional information such as calories, total fat, trans fat, sugar, and salt per serve on the front of the pack. (more)

Kites: Age-old hobby gives new generation of fans a lift in US
8 May 2018 - When Kay and Larry Day came across a kite shop while vacationing in Wisconsin nearly two decades ago, they decided to buy kites for their grandchildren. On a whim, Larry bought one for himself. Since then, the couple -- particularly Larry -- have been hooked on kite flying. They own dozens of kites, plan vacations around flying them, and organize an annual winter kite-flying festival in their hometown of Clear Lake, Iowa. While the hobby might be unusual, it has a long history as a pastime for adults and children. (more)

Surgeons' skills improve with age
4 May 2018 - Surgeons' skills may improve with age, and male and female surgeons perform equally well, a recent U.S. study finds. There was little difference between mortality among patients of male or female doctors, with one exception. 'Patients treated by female surgeons in their 50s had the lowest mortality across all groups,' Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa [of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles] told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. (more)

Even a little exercise might make us happier
2 May 2018 - Small amounts of exercise could have an outsize effect on happiness. According to a new review of research about good moods and physical activity, people who work out even once a week or for as little as 10 minutes a day tend to be more cheerful than those who never exercise. And any type of exercise may be helpful. (more)

Healthy, smoke-free lifestyle tied to at least an extra decade of life
30 April 2018 - Adults who follow a healthy lifestyle in middle age may extend their lifespan by more than a decade and have a lower risk of dying from cancer or heart disease, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on five habits long linked to a lower risk of developing or dying from variety of chronic medical problems: not smoking, limiting alcohol, exercising, eating well, and maintaining a healthy weight. During more than three decades of follow-up, people who followed all five of these habits were 74 percent less likely to die from all causes, 82 percent less likely to die from heart disease, and 65 percent less likely to die from cancer. (more)

The Philippines to stop using lead paint thanks to Manny Calonzo
23 April 2018 - Just ten years ago, local activist Manny Calonzo decided to test the paint in his home country -- the first person to publicly do so. Calonzo had long been involved in consumer safety, working for Consumers International in Penang, Malaysia, in the late 90s. After he returned to his home country, in 2008, he became president of pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition, a network of more than 150 environmental groups based in Quezon City. (more)

Netherlands: Record numbers stop smoking
20 April 2018 - In 2017 a record 110,000 people in the Netherlands stopped smoking, taking the percentage of adult smokers in the population to 23.1 per cent, according to new figures from national statistics office CBS from the Trimbos addiction clinic. In addition, tens of thousands of people are smoking less, the CBS said. (more)

US: This healthy convenience mart aims to take on 7-Eleven
18 April 2018 - The Goods Mart is a healthy convenience store committed to smarter eating: Every single item is free of artificial colors, sweeteners, and flavors, and without growth hormones or disruptors. Situated in Los Angeles' trendy Silver Lake neighborhood, The Goods Mart attempts to be the easy, less time-invasive alternative to grocery store shopping-albeit with a wellness twist. The newly opened store, which plans to go nationwide in the next year, targets locals looking for organic home essentials. (more)


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Jennifer Lopez' best stress handling technique
22 May 2018 - Recent Longevity cover girl Jennifer Lopez is a powerhouse in every right - being an actress, musical superstar and business mogul. However, the stress of multitasking can get to anyone - regardless of how famous and fabulous you are. In order to prevent feeling overwhelmed as her plate continues to fill up, Jennifer Lopez turns to Transcendental Meditation. This type of meditation has become the most popular form of meditation around the world and for good reason. '20 minutes a day in the morning and at night. It was necessary,' she stated. (more)

Study showing significant reduction of veterans' PTSD symptoms receives wide media coverage
19 May 2018 - A study showing that just one month of practising the Transcendental Meditation technique can significantly improve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) received coverage in scores of publications in the US and Asia. The study, published in Military Medicine, included veterans of the wars in Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. (more)

Australia: Transcendental Meditation effective tool against 'stress epidemic' in the world
16 May 2018 - Oprah sings its praises. Jerry Seinfeld swears by it. So do Nicole Kidman, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness even do it with their kids. It seems everyone in Hollywood is practising Transcendental Meditation - and Bob Roth, who brought the technique to the stars, says Australians need it just as much, The West Australian reports. Roth says eight million people have already benefited from incorporating TM into their lives, but he is still concerned about the 'stress epidemic' gripping the world. He recently released his book Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation to clarify what it is and how it can transform how we respond to stress. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Brain fitness that improves employee well-being and performance - PsychCentral
12 May 2018 - A new article in PsychCentral by Kristi Tackett-Newburg, MA, LIMHP, CPC - doctoral candidate and CEO of a counseling centre in Nebraska, USA - discusses how a company must create a unique and dynamic team to gain a competitive edge and create sustainable advantage in the global market. She describes the prerequisites to peak performance - planning, focus, creativity, short-term memory, decision-making, proactivity, and broad comprehension - and how they occur when the brain is functioning coherently. Research has shown that Transcendental Meditation, significantly more than any other technique, enhances the brain's coherent functioning - and that regular practice can help employees become more alert, focused, creative, less stressed, and resilient. (more)

Uganda: Transcendental Meditation featured at health education camp for women
11 May 2018 - The African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge (AWAGO) recently gave presentations on Transcendental Meditation (TM) at a Health Education Camp for Women in Rukungiri, Uganda. The presentations were given at the invitation of the National Treasurer of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union. Activities included a 1-hour radio talk show about TM, and courses in which 32 women learned the TM technique. There were also health presentations and cancer screening, malaria testing and treatment, and health care for pregnant mothers. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Finding a positive perspective that fosters mental and emotional healing
9 May 2018 - 'There is a subtle but vital shift in perspective that Transcendental Meditation has allowed to flow into my life,' writes a neuropsychologist and mother coming to terms with the progression of a serious illness, who learned the TM technique six months ago. 'I'm much better able to reframe, laugh, and not just react to things. The benefits to my health, in reducing my blood pressure and thereby the stress chemicals needed to maintain it, are an added bonus. Sometimes, it's the subtlest shift that makes the biggest impact. . . . that is what I see as the most wonderful thing about the TM technique. I am still me, just a more relaxed, funnier, and hopefully more enjoyable version of myself: Reb 2.0 - The TM Edition.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A direct, simple, effortless way to redefine ageing as a time of continuing growth
8 May 2018 - 'Why let your age define your self-concept or your lifestyle?' asks Janet Hoffman, national director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. She outlines seven steps toward redefining 'your later years as a time of continuing growth instead of . . . relentless decline.' In addition to finding a purpose, keeping active, and engaging with others socially, she recommends Transcendental Meditation as 'a direct, simple, and effortless way to enhance your enjoyment of life and peace of mind . . . the TM technique slows down the symptoms of ageing. It increases cardiovascular efficiency, vitality, visual acuity, learning ability, memory, and perception of well-being while reducing hypertension, insomnia, reaction time, behavioral rigidity, depression, and cholesterol.' (more)

'Women of Vision' benefit to stream live, 8 May: Join Stella McCartney and other honourees for annual David Lynch Foundation event
5 May 2018 - For the first time, the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) 'Women of Vision' benefit for women and children survivors of domestic violence and assault will stream live on Facebook. The second annual benefit will be held on Tuesday, 8 May, in New York City, with live streaming to begin at 12:45 p.m. [US Eastern Daylight Time]. Fern Mallis, international fashion and design consultant, and acclaimed designer Stella McCartney will be honoured with a 2018 Humanitarian Award for 'their wisdom, conviction, life experience, actions, and resolve' that 'change the lives of our world family for the better.' Two other women will receive a 2018 Courage Award as extraordinary models of resilience and strength. (more)

Katy Perry, Bob Roth address international Vatican conference - 'Unite to Cure: A Global Health Care Initiative' - on Transcendental Meditation
4 May 2018 - On Saturday, 28 April, Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation (DLF), and world-renowned pop music star Katy Perry addressed the world's leading scientists and physicians, patients, ethicists and leaders of faith, government officials and philanthropists on the subject of Transcendental Meditation, at the international 'Unite To Cure: A Global Health Care Initiative' conference at the Vatican. The Cura Foundation's 4th International Conference was designed to 'create an open discussion and help speed cures for patients all over the world'. Roth, an expert on Transcendental Meditation, spoke about DLF's work bringing TM to at-risk youth worldwide. Katy Perry described the many good effects she has experienced in her life from practising Transcendental Meditation since 2010. (more)

Woman's Day: Transcendental Meditation one of ''major life changes'' fitness expert Bob Harper adopts for heart health
2 May 2018 - Fitness expert and Today show health contributor Bob Harper has made major changes to his diet, workouts, and lifestyle in the past year, after suffering a near-fatal heart attack. One important approach the three-time New York Times bestselling author has adopted is taking time each day to focus on inner calmness, through regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. 'Balance in every aspect of my life - especially now - is super important,' he says. 'TM, yoga, and my dogs really help me with managing my stress. I tell people you have to find whatever it is in your life that you can do to turn off the white noise, just for a few minutes. . . . It helps your brain, it helps your body.' (more)


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Disruption of daily rhythms linked to mental health problems
16 May 2018 - People who experience disrupted 24-hour cycles of rest and activity are more likely to have mood disorders, lower levels of happiness and greater feelings of loneliness, research suggests. Writing in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, a team of researchers from Scotland, Ireland, and Sweden report how they carried out the largest study of its kind to date by harnessing data from the UK BioBank, a research endeavour that has collected health information on 500,000 participants, aged between 37 and 73, since 2006. (more)

Teen night owls more prone to emotional and behavioral problems
16 May 2018 - Adolescents who are naturally inclined to stay up late at night are more likely to suffer from insomnia as well as behavioral and emotional problems than their peers who prefer an earlier bedtime, a recent study suggests. Researchers surveyed 4,948 secondary school students in Hong Kong, ages 12 to 18, about their sleep habits and their physical and mental health. ... Night owls were 88 percent more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems than other teens and 25 percent more likely to have poor mental health. (more)

AP-NORC Poll: Young adults in US feel stress of long-term care
15 May 2018 - Most young adults haven't given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. ... Most young adults have little confidence that government safety-net programs will be there for them as they get older, and they're not too sure about their own financial situation, either. Only 16 percent of younger adults are very confident that they'll have the financial resources to deal with their own care needs when they get older. (more)

U.S. kids' exposure to second-hand pot smoke may be rising
14 May 2018 - A growing number of American parents are using marijuana when they still have children living at home, according to a new study that suggests cannabis may be complicating efforts to limit kids' exposure to second-hand smoke. (more)

Eating fast food linked to infertility
9 May 2018 - Women who eat a lot of fast food may take longer to become pregnant and be more likely to experience infertility than their counterparts who rarely if ever eat these types of meals, a recent study suggests. While women who rarely or never ate fast food had an 8 percent risk of infertility, the risk was 16 percent among women who ate fast food at least four times weekly. (more)

It's not just you, we're all living in the United States of Anxiety
8 May 2018 - Feeling more anxious these days? You've got plenty of company. A new survey from the American Psychiatric Association reveals that 39% of Americans feel more anxious now than they did a year ago. That's more than double the 19% of Americans who feel less anxious now than at this time last year. (Another 39% of survey respondents said their anxiety level is about the same, and 3% weren't sure.) (more)

Seventeen deaths reported in Congo as Ebola outbreak confirmed
8 May 2018 - At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday (8 May). It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation, whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in the 1970s, and comes less than a year after its last outbreak which killed eight people. (more)

US study: In veterans, even a mild case of traumatic brain injury is linked to an increased risk of dementia
7 May 2018 - Mild traumatic brain injury may sound like an oxymoron, along the lines of 'jumbo shrimp' or 'random order.' But a new study shows that mild TBIs can have serious consequences for military veterans by raising their risk of dementia. Researchers who examined the medical records of more than 350,000 Americans who served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan found that men and women who experienced at least one mild TBI were more than twice as likely as their uninjured peers to develop dementia after they retired from the military. (more)

Dementia risk linked to some medicines
26 April 2018 - A study links the long-term use of some drugs with a higher risk of dementia. In England, 1.5 to two million people are likely to be taking anticholinergics for depression, Parkinson's, and bladder problems. University of East Anglia researchers found more cases of dementia in patients prescribed larger quantities of particular anticholinergics. ... The research [was] funded by Alzheimer's Society and published in the British Medical Journal ... (more)

Certain common medications tied to 30% higher dementia risk, study finds
25 April 2018 - Many older adults know that long-term use of certain medications can negatively affect cognition and increase one's risk of dementia. But a new study suggests that some classes of anticholinergic drugs -- particularly those used to treat depression, Parkinson's, and urinary incontinence -- carry a higher risk than others. The researchers found that people who used certain types of anticholinergics . . . for a year or more had about a 30% increased risk of developing dementia down the road. (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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