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US greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 per cent since 2005: EPA
17 April 2014 - US greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 per cent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory. The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 per cent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a decrease in energy consumption and fuel switching from coal to natural gas. (more)

US: Vermont steps closer to passing GMO food-labelling law
16 April 2014 - The Vermont Senate passed a bill that would make it the first US state to enact mandatory labelling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause. Vermont's bill, approved 28-2 by the Senate, has already passed the state House of Representatives. It now goes back to the House to see whether members will approve changes made by the Senate. If passed, the law would take effect 1 July 2016. (more)

Imperial Tobacco to shut factories in UK, France
15 April 2014 - Britain's Imperial Tobacco is shutting cigarette factories in England and France. Smoking has declined in many countries because of public bans, an increase in health awareness, and plainer packaging. France's cigarette market has almost halved since 2000. In Britain it has fallen by about 42 per cent. The company is in the process of closing another factory in Cadiz, Spain. (more)

China study says diet and exercise may help prevent diabetes
14 April 2014 - Lifestyle changes made by people at high risk of diabetes appear to reduce their chance of developing the disease over the next two decades, according to a study from China. The lifestyle changes, which included diet modifications and exercise, also helped lower death rates, especially among women. The data are based on the six-year Da Qing Diabetes Prevention Study. (more)

China: Beijing seeks to ban purchase of cigarettes with public funds
11 April 2014 - China's capital Beijing is proposing to ban the use of government money to buy cigarettes, either as gifts or to be provided at official functions, state media said on Friday, in the latest move to try and curtail smoking. The Beijing government rules, currently in the proposal stage, would ban cigarettes being provided or given at any official event, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The rules also seek a ban on promotional sales activities or advertising for cigarettes and a ban on smoking in public places like train stations, hospitals and schools, with fines of up to 200 yuan ($32), the report said. (more)

US: 'Yoga mat chemical' almost out of Subway bread, more people want natural diets
11 April 2014 - Subway says an ingredient dubbed the 'yoga mat chemical' will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient. The blogger who created the Subway petition, Vani Hari of FoodBabe.com, said she targeted Subway because of its healthy food image. More people are looking to stick to diets they feel are natural. The trend has prompted numerous food makers to adjust their recipes. (more)

Rising number of Australian teenagers are choosing not to drink alcohol: study
10 April 2014 - A rising number of Australian teenagers are choosing not to drink alcohol, new research shows. Between 2001 and 2010 the number of teens aged 14 to 17 abstaining from alcohol rose from 33 per cent to more than 50 per cent, the research shows. Study author Dr Michael Livingston from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre says that the trend away from drinking alcohol is widespread and it also reflects similar studies both in Australia and overseas. 'It's really happening across the whole youth culture,' he said. (more)

Wal-Mart and Wild Oats unveil cheaper organic line
10 April 2014 - Low-cost leader Wal-Mart is using its massive size to make organic food items more affordable for its low-income customers. The world's largest retailer said Thursday that it has teamed up with Wild Oats to sell a new line of organic foods, starting this month, that's at least 25 per cent cheaper than the national organic brands it carries and in line with the prices of its branded non-organic alternatives. Wild Oats helped pioneer the organic food trend in the late 1980s but has largely disappeared from store shelves since 2007. The move comes as Wal-Mart and other traditional stores are eagerly trying to stake a bigger claim in the hot organic market as they see shoppers from all different income levels wanting to eat healthier. (more)

Optimism associated with lower risk of heart failure - US study
9 April 2014 - Optimistic older adults who see the glass as half full appear to have a reduced risk of developing heart failure. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Harvard University found that optimism -- an expectation that good things will happen -- among people age 50 and older significantly reduced their risk of heart failure. Compared to the least optimistic people in the study, the most optimistic people had a 73-per cent reduced risk of heart failure over the follow-up period. (more)

Reducing car pollution easier than UN experts thought
9 April 2014 - Reducing pollution from cars has been cheaper and easier than UN experts thought, a draft report says. The UN's climate panel has admitted it underestimated the huge gains in weight and fuel efficiency achieved by car manufacturers. The report displays signs of optimism, noting that the growth in the use of light vans has slowed strongly in rich nations. It says: 'If pricing and other stringent policy options are implemented in all regions, substantial decoupling of transport GHG emissions from GDP growth seems possible.' (more)


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Transcendental Meditation: Evidence-based solution for post-traumatic stress dilemma
14 April 2014 - Over half a million U.S. troops suffer from stress-induced problems like Post-traumatic Stress (PTS). Less than 20 percent receive proper care due to ineffective treatments, insufficient government resources, or fear of stigma, putting military personnel and veterans at greater risk for self-destructive and violent behaviour, write U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. (Ret.) and David Leffler in The Hill, a top US political website, widely read by Washington policymakers. Experts acknowledge that PTS has generally been highly resistant to many conventional approaches. The authors, however, cite 'a highly effective alternative approach. . . . We suggest that more attention be given to the large body of evidence supporting the Transcendental Meditation programme.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management: Online master's degree in health set to begin 1 September
11 April 2014 - The curriculum is in place for a new Master of Science in Maharishi Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine that will be offered online to health professionals by Maharishi University of Management in the USA. The three-year, part-time curriculum will begin with an introduction to the principles of Maharishi Ayurveda health care, followed by eight courses based on the eight organ systems classically described by Maharishi Ayurveda, with correlations to modern medical understanding of health and disease. A final phase of the programme will provide practical clinical practice. (more)

Why doctors need to talk to women about stress
4 April 2014 - As women take on more responsibility in the workplace while continuing as the primary caregiver for their children and, in many cases, their ageing parents as well, stress levels in women are on the rise. Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, who is the author of Ageless Woman: Natural Health and Wisdom After Forty and has a private practice in women's integrative and holistic medicine in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, recommends the Transcendental Meditation technique to alleviate stress, because the research is solid and she has seen it work with her patients. 'The TM technique offers something unique in stress management programmes. It actually changes the way your nervous system processes stress,' Dr Lonsdorf says, noting scientific research findings of significantly reduced baseline cortisol levels with just four months practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Taking a closer look at health benefits of meditation - PsychCentral reports
1 April 2014 - Meditation research has come a long way since the first scientific study on meditation was published in a peer-reviewed journal in 1971, reporting the discovery of a major fourth state of consciousness--the state of restful alertness--experienced during the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. Now there are over 1,000 published studies on various meditation practices, with over 600 studies on the TM technique alone, writes Jeanne Ball in PsychCentral. A recent scientific review, criticized as too narrowly focussed to represent the current state of meditation research, is nevertheless prompting health professionals to 'look more closely at meditation and discover how far the research has actually come in verifying the health benefits and specific effects of different practices'. (more)

Study finds improvement in PTSD in just 10 days with Transcendental Meditation
28 March 2014 - Congolese war refugees who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique showed a significant reduction in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in just 10 days, according to a recent study. 'An earlier study found a similar result after 30 days, but we were surprised to see such a significant reduction with this group after just 10 days,' said study lead author Col. Brian Rees, MD, US Army Reserve Medical Corps. (more)

PTSD treatments: From lobotomies to Transcendental Meditation
27 March 2014 - With more and more US veterans returning from overseas with the life-threatening and under-diagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it's increasingly apparent that the standard treatment isn't doing the trick. As Iowa Public Radio speaker Rick Fredericksen points out in a short but inspiring audio clip, Veterans: Lobotomies to Meditation, we've come along way from the gruesome lobotomies used to 'treat' PTSD after WWII, but there's further to go. The Pentagon is currently performing a 4-year clinical study on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on PTSD, but many veterans aren't waiting for the 2016 results. Among them is Luke Jensen, who recently spoke at a Veterans' Summit after learning the TM technique: 'My mother has her son back, my wife has her husband back, my children have their father back, and I have my life back.' (more)

US: Interview features Maharishi Vastu architects in Vero Beach, Florida
22 March 2014 - A recent article in the Vero Beach Newsweekly, an online newspaper in Vero Beach, Florida, USA, features Navo Builders LLC, 'a design/build company specializing in Vedic and healthy homes in Vero Beach'. Navo Builders have successfully designed and completed four Maharishi Vastu homes in the area and have two more underway. The design/build team of Richard Bialosky, AIA, and David Ederer relate their experiences of working within the system of Maharishi Vastu architecture and what they have seen as the effects of living in a Vastu home. (more)

Maharishi Ayurveda Wellness Educator Training programme offered online
21 March 2014 - Previously available only to health professionals, a new online training programme will teach participants how to create a personalized approach to health and wellness for themselves and others, based on the principles and practice of Maharishi Ayurveda, a comprehensive modern formulation of the world's oldest system of natural healthcare. The 56-hour course is particularly applicable for wellness consultants, fitness trainers, health coaches, social workers, nutritionists, and yoga trainers--as well as people with an interest in health who would like to deepen their knowledge of Ayurveda for their own personal benefit and that of their family. The course is co-sponsored by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, Atlantic Integrative Medicine, Pacific Pearl La Jolla, and the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, in association with Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America. (more)

US: Researcher presents on mind-body-heart connection at top hospitals
24 February 2014 - Interest in research on the health benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique continues to grow, as top teaching hospitals and medical schools in the USA are increasingly inviting Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health at Maharishi University of Management, to present on the connection between mind, body, and heart to doctors as part of their continuing medical education. Dr Schneider is recognized as a national leader in mind-body and integrative medicine as a result of his team's extensive published research, grant support from the National Institutes of Health, and expert consultations to policy makers--including the US Congress, a White House Commission, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and other agencies. (more)

'Meditation to boost morale, performance, and creativity in business': Dr Norman Rosenthal
23 February 2014 - Ever wonder what it would be like to work in a place where everyone was extremely focused, creative, and productive--and not stressed out? In a recent Huffington Post article, Dr Norman Rosenthal discusses how our society can achieve this kind of happy, energetic, creative business environment. Dr Rosenthal is a world-renowned psychiatrist, researcher and best-selling author who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneered the use of light therapy as a treatment during his 20 years at the National Institute of Mental Health. He's written or co-authored over 200 scholarly articles and eight popular books, and has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America and as one of the country's top psychiatrists. (more)


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Flavoured cigars appeal to youth: US study
18 April 2014 - Young people are smoking fewer cigarettes these days, but their cigar use is rising, which may partly be due to the popularity of flavoured cigars, according a new study.'The cigar market is the most heavily flavoured of all tobacco products,' said Cristine D. Delnevo, who led the research. 'For decades, tobacco industry internal documents have highlighted that flavors appeal to youth and young people.' researchers selected the 6,700 survey responders in 2010 and 2011 who reported smoking cigars in the previous month and had noted their usual brand. They found that 8 per cent of men and 2 per cent of women said they had smoked a cigar in the past 30 days, but 11 per cent of people between ages 18 and 25 years old had smoked a cigar -- more than any other age group. Three quarters of cigar smokers reported a usual brand that offers flavoured varieties, according to the results published in the journal Tobacco Control. Flavoured cigars increased from 42 per cent of the cigar market in 2008 to 50 per cent of the cigar market in 2011. 'It is important to remember that youth experiment with multiple tobacco products, not just cigarettes,' Delnevo said. 'In fact, the most recent data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show that rates of current cigarette and cigar use do not differ among adolescent males.' (more)

About 12 million US outpatients misdiagnosed annually: study
17 April 2014 - Roughly 12 million adults who visit US doctors' offices and other outpatient settings, or one in 20, are misdiagnosed every year, a new study has found, and half of those errors could lead to serious harm. The study by a team of Texas-based researchers attempted to estimate how often diagnostic errors occur in outpatient settings such as doctors' offices and clinics, as exact figures don't exist. The team's study will be published this month in the British medical journal BMJ Quality and Safety. Efforts to improve patient safety have largely focused on inpatient hospital care, including programs introduced by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, even though most diagnoses are made in outpatient clinics, the study said. 'It's important to outline the fact that this is a problem,' said Dr Hardeep Singh, the study's lead author and a patient safety researcher at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Centre also in Houston. 'Because of the large number of outpatient visits, this is a huge vulnerability. This is a huge number and we need to do something about it,' he said in an interview with Reuters. (more)

Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth
17 April 2014 - The negative social, physical, and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists. In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is 'persistent and pervasive', with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and poorer cognitive functioning at age 50. 'The effects of bullying are still visible nearly four decades later ... with health, social, and economic consequences lasting well into adulthood,' said Ryu Takizawa, who led the study at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. The study, which adjusted for other factors such as childhood IQ, emotional and behavioural problems and low parental involvement, found people who were frequently bullied in childhood were at an increased risk of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and experiencing suicidal thoughts. Victims of bullying were also more likely to have lower educational levels, less likely to be in a relationship. and more likely to report lower quality of life. Men who had been bullied were also more likely to be unemployed and earn less. (more)

Casual marijuana use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study
16 April 2014 - Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. 'What we're seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with,' said co-senior study author Dr. Hans Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Northwestern University. In particular, the study identified changes to the nucleus accumbens and the nucleus amygdala, regions of the brain that are key to regulating emotion and motivation, in marijuana users who smoke between one and seven joints a week. The researchers found changes to the volume, shape and density of those brain regions. But more studies are needed to determine how those changes may have long-term consequences and whether they can be fixed with abstinence, Beiter said. 'Our hypothesis from this early work is that these changes may be an early sign of what later becomes amotivation, where people aren't focused on their goals,' he said. (more)

Masses of Mercedes thicken Hong Kong air-pollution mess
16 April 2014 - Hong Kong is one of the best places in the world to do business. As long as you don't breathe. Toxic air caused 3,279 premature deaths last year in the city that means 'fragrant harbour' in Chinese, contributing to more than 5.5 million doctor visits in the metropolis of 7.2 million, according to an index developed by the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health. A 35 per cent surge in private-car registrations in the past decade is confounding the policy makers who want cleaner air without the license restrictions and congestion charges imposed by rival financial centres London and Singapore. Even other Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai are trying to clear pollution by curbing vehicles. Hong Kong has the third-most vehicles per kilometre of road -- after Monaco and the United Arab Emirates. Cars dominate major links at peak times even though most people use mass transit, according to a study from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, supported by the environmental group Friends of the Earth. While 90 per cent of residents rely on public transport to commute, buses accounted for no more than 7 per cent of vehicles on Central's Connaught Road at rush hour and 30 per cent in Causeway Bay, the study found. (more)

Air pollution kills 40 people per week in Scotland
12 April 2014 - Air pollution kills ten times more people every year in Scotland than obesity, a new report has claimed. Figures published yesterday estimate that 40 people north of the Border die each week as a result of man-made toxic particles floating in the air. Campaigners said the study has revealed for the first time the full impact of pollution on public health in Scotland. Many deaths were related to cardiovascular and lung diseases. The elderly and those with pre-existing heart and lung problems are most at risk from long-term exposure. The report by Public Health England (PHE) links poor air quality to 2,094 deaths every year across Scotland, with Glasgow suffering the highest number of deaths at 306 annually. Edinburgh, Dundee, and Aberdeen together lose around 360 people prematurely because of the effects of atmospheric pollutants from burning fossil fuels and traffic fumes. (more)

Four years after Gulf of Mexico oil spill, questions on long-term health
11 April 2014 - Thousands of Gulf Coast residents are considering claims under a medical settlement BP reached with cleanup workers and coastal residents who may have been harmed after coming in contact with vast quantities of oil, following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig. The settlement received final approval in February from a federal court. It establishes set amounts of money to cover costs of various ailments for those who can document that they worked the spill and developed related illnesses, such as respiratory problems and skin conditions. It also provides for regular physical examinations every three years for up to 21 years, and it reserves a worker's right to sue BP over conditions that develop down the road, if the worker believes he or she can prove a connection to the spill.

Some 33,000 people are participating in a massive federal study that aims to determine any short or possible long-term health effects related to the spill. 'We know from ... research that's been done on other oil spills, that people one to two years after ... had respiratory symptoms and changes in their lung function, and then after a couple of years people start to return to normal,' said Dr. Dale Sandler, who heads the study overseen by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, an arm of the National Institutes of Health. (more)

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka
10 April 2014 - Facing political opposition and questions about its scientific evidence, Sri Lanka's government has placed on hold its decision to ban the top-selling Monsanto herbicide glyphosate based on the weed killer's alleged role in a deadly epidemic of kidney disease. The delay represents a setback to efforts by some scientists and health officials, primarily in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, to remove the herbicide for its potential link to the mysterious kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers. Monsanto, other agrochemical producers and Sri Lankan officials, including Registrar of Pesticides Anura Wijesekara, have pushed back. For more than two years, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has examined a rare form of kidney disease devastating agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists suspect the malady is caused by a combination of factors including chronic dehydration from hard labour in tropical heat, and exposure to toxins such as pesticides. (more)

Italy: Binge drinking, more than 7 million of people at risk
10 April 2014 - More than seven million people, or 13.2 per cent of Italy's total population over the age of 11, demonstrated behaviour in 2013 that put them at risk of alcohol abuse, the Italian statistical agency Istat said Wednesday. 'In young people, consumption is more frequently occasional, but with a strong risk of binge drinking, while the greater concern for adults and the elderly is excessive daily consumption of alcohol,' said Istat's Emanuela Bologna at Alcohol Prevention Day in Rome, organized by an alcoholism observatory within Italy's National Health Institute. (more)

Taiwan: Stroke risk higher among young adults with insomnia
9 April 2014 - People with insomnia may have a higher risk of stroke than their well-rested peers, a new study shows. The link between insomnia and stroke was especially strong in young adults, who were up to eight times more likely to suffer a stroke if they had insomnia. 'The article raises the question of, are we doctors taking chronic insomnia seriously?' Dr. Demetrius Lopes told Reuters Health. 'It gives us ammunition to promote good sleep hygiene.' He said the research draws attention to the problem of stroke in young adults. Strokes cause more serious long-term disability in the US than any other disease and are the third leading cause of death, according to the National Institutes of Health. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes afflict people over the age of 65, and stroke risk more than doubles each decade after age 55. However, some studies show that stroke incidence is rising among young adults. (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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