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US: Horse riding program teaches sport of kings to at-risk youth (+ AP video)
28 August 2015 - Carmen Sharpe doesn't let her children play outside their home in a dangerous, gritty section of Philadelphia. So her 9-year-old daughter Marisol Jimenez cherishes the periodic escapes she gets through Work to Ride, a nonprofit program that helps at-risk children become equestrians. The children clean stalls, brush horses, shovel hay and droppings, and keep things running at the city's Chamounix Equestrian Center. In exchange, they receive horseback riding lessons and a chance to be on the center's renowned polo team, which became the first African-American squad to win a national interscholastic championship in 2011. Those who compete with the polo teams travel up and down the East Coast, and play at colleges like Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Virginia. (more)

Further drop in percentage of Scots who smoke
27 August 2015 - The number of Scots who smoke has fallen to one in five of the adult population, according to a Scottish government survey. The Scottish Household Survey for 2014 found 20 per cent of adults now smoked. It had been 23 per cent since 2011. The survey's overall findings represent the sharpest year-to-year decline in smoking rates since 1999. (more)

US: Abandoned Chicago railway reborn as commuter corridor
23 August 2015 - On an abandoned Chicago railway line cutting between the treetops, bike commuters zip by walkers and joggers, all traversing a ribbon of concrete undulating through a lush landscape where clattering freight cars once ferried everything from coal to furniture. This relic of the city's industrial past is now a vision of its future. Chicago and cities throughout the country are transforming hulking pieces of obsolete infrastructure into useful -- even inspiring -- amenities. (more)

US: Scientists call for new review of herbicide, cite 'flawed' U.S. regulations
19 August 2015 - U.S. regulators have relied on flawed and outdated research to allow expanded use of an herbicide linked to cancer, and new assessments should be urgently conducted, according to a column published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The column written by Dr. Philip Landrigan, a Harvard-educated pediatrician and epidemiologist who is Dean for Global Health at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and Chuck Benbrook, an adjunct professor at Washington State University's crops and soil science department, argues that GMO foods and herbicides applied to them 'may pose hazards to human health' not previously assessed. (more)

Toronto, Canada hailed again named as most livable city in the world
11 August 2015 - Toronto, Canada has once again been named the world's most livable city. This time, the honour comes courtesy of New York-based Metropolis Magazine, an architecture and design journal that publishes an annual rankings of cities based on things like housing, culture, and walkability. In January, the Economist also named Toronto the best overall city in the world to live. (more)

Spirituality may be tied to better overall health
10 August 2015 - Cancer patients who report more religiousness or spirituality may also experience fewer physical symptoms of cancer and treatment and more social connection, several new papers suggest. Religion and spirituality were associated with better health regardless of specific religion or set of spiritual beliefs. A sense of connection to a being larger than oneself was associated with better physical function and fewer, or less severe, symptoms of cancer or treatment, according to patient reports. (more)

Star Trek-style home elevator could replace stairlifts (+ Reuters video)
3 August 2015 - For people living in a house with more than one storey, stairlifts or home elevators are often a necessity of life as they get older and find it harder to get up and down the stairs. Normal stairlifts have the disadvantage of being a permanent and visible addition to a staircase, while traditional home elevators are bulky and often impractical for most homes. A company in England is hoping their novel design will fill the gap in the market for a new kind of home elevator. Terry Lifts, based in Cheshire, have built a futuristic-looking elevator that can fit into the corner of a room and ascends through a hole in the ceiling with no lift shaft required. (more)

Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows
31 July 2015 - Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, a new study showed on Friday, 31 July. The findings were published in the journal 'Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention'. (more)

US: Beekeeping one honey of a hobby
31 July 2015 - Charity Woodard is an Edwardsville, Illinois resident who took up the hobby of beekeeping about four years ago. She started with two hives and now has 17 hives. Having clearly acquired a wealth of knowledge about bees, Woodard talked about how important honey bees are as pollinators. 'I think what's really threatening all of our pollinators is the loss of habitat,' she said. 'They need fields of clover and alfalfa. They need a lot to forage.' (more)

South Africa: Drug dens turned to veggie gardens
28 July 2015 - Paul Talliard knows just how devastating drug addiction can be. Based on his own experience, Mr Talliard decided to form an NGO known as 'Hands of Honour'. The programme focuses on addressing the challenge of unemployment, drug addiction, and crime. As Paul explains: 'We transform derelict buildings which are havens for drug addicts and criminals into safe, attractive public spaces. It is amazing to see a former drug den acting as a vegetable garden to feed the community.' (more)

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Pakistan Observer: Does meditation have benefits for mind and body?
22 August 2015 - 'I have been researching effects of meditation on health for 30 years and have found it has compelling benefits,' writes the author of a recent article in Pakistan's daily newspaper, the Pakistan Observer. 'Research on Transcendental Meditation (TM), for example, has found reduced blood pressure and insulin resistance (useful for preventing diabetes), slowing of biological aging, and even a 48% reduction in the rates of heart attack, stroke and death. I would consider those to be benefits. And so does the American Heart Association, which last year released a statement saying that decades of research indicates TM lowers blood pressure and may be considered by clinicians as a treatment for high BP.' (more)

The centre of a wheel: Transcendental Meditation in a cancer survivor's life
16 August 2015 - Attorney, author, and wellness advocate Susan Wilking Horan describes the value of Transcendental Meditation throughout her battles with and victory over cancer. Using the analogy of a wheel, Ms Horan says, 'When we do TM, we are visiting that centre--that part of us that resonates in everything else we do--and everything else we are. It is that part of us that vibrates down every spoke--enhancing, resting, healing and enlightening every other part of our life.' She adds, 'Through the many years of my repeated recoveries, it has been TM that has: Enriched me. Energized me. Enabled me. And, allowed me to continue--in spite of my personal challenges--to live a wonderful, productive life.' (more)

My journey through grief with Transcendental Meditation
30 July 2015 - After the devastating news of the death of a loved one, Judy Warren describes how Transcendental Meditation 'allowed my body and spirit to process the intense grief and still somehow continue the daunting task of living'. She had meditated in the past, but found that Transcendental Meditation 'offered consistent results and was portable in my life in traveling business development. The moment I learned to meditate in this way I was calmer, more focused and much more present to my life. . . . TM allowed me to function better, heal faster, and manage the intense PTSD that occurs around a traumatic event.' (more)

UK: Transcendental Meditation - 'More effective than several years of therapy'
24 July 2015 - 'It was like darkness disappearing with the shining of light upon it,' says James Miles, describing the rapid improvement in his emotional health after he started practising Transcendental Meditation. 'Within two months of learning TM I'd quit therapy. Halfway through that last session it became clear to both my therapist and myself: there were no problems to talk about.' He adds, 'I was regular with my 20 minutes Transcendental Meditation, morning and evening. Apart from that I just carried on with life, not trying to do anything differently. My problems with worry, fear, anxiety, confusion, and depression all started to lift.' (more)

Nurses: Using Transcendental Meditation to relieve burnout and reduce stress
22 July 2015 - In response to widespread burnout among nursing staff, Sarasota Memorial Hospital 'decided to pursue a pilot research study evaluating the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on compassion fatigue and resilience among nurses,' says Dr Jen Rheingans, PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC, a research specialist at the hospital. The results were impressive. Nurses who participated in the study found that stress was not only dramatically less on the job, but for many, health and family relationships also took a leap forward. Analysis of results revealed statistically significant improvements in resilience and compassion fatigue, and decreases in secondary trauma. Gloria Rupert, administrative supervisor for 22 years in critical care, relates that since starting TM, she is more focused and resilient - and able to prioritize and manage disruptions to meet the demands of her job. (more)

The journey from being homeless to being home: Transcendental Meditation helps Los Angeles homeless
20 July 2015 - In an urban area with the highest percentage of homeless people in the USA, the David Lynch Foundation has partnered with Gettlove Los Angeles to help end homelessness. Beyond finding resources including shelter and permanent housing, Gettlove partnered with DLF to provide instruction in Transcendental Meditation to at-risk individuals. As Aileen Getty, Founder and Executive Director of Gettlove, says, ''I truly believe that [building and restoring] relationships and communities are the solution to our ills. But more deeply than that, the most valuable thing is to find that place where we go to restore or find our nature; and I believe strongly that TM is a means to that nature.'' (more)

How newborns flourish when mothers practise Transcendental Meditation
13 July 2015 - Research has shown that in newborns of mothers who practised Transcendental Meditation during pregnancy, periods of the 'quiet alert' state of wakefulness, when the infant is visibly content and free from distress, were more than twice as long as those in a matched control group born to non-meditating mothers. Other research done on the results of mothers practising the TM technique during pregnancy showed such benefits as easier birthing and longer sleep patterns in babies. 'This study on pregnancy and neonates gives us a provocative concept and data that hopefully will stimulate more studies' in this field, comments obstetrician and gynecologist Rebecca Beuchert, MD. (more)

UK: Is Transcendental Meditation any good for teenagers? A personal story . . .
7 July 2015 - 'Transcendental Meditation has played a major role in reducing the stress of my daily life,' says 16 year old Ozan Bozkurt, looking back on six months of practising the technique. Ozan describes how TM 'has brought me a greater sense of wellbeing and reassurance into my life that everything will be OK'--while also appreciating 'the greater sense of contentment that it has brought to our family as a whole, bringing us closer together'. Ozan's only regret about TM is not having learned the technique at a younger age. (more)

PTSD in Africa: How to treat an epidemic of severe stress
4 July 2015 - The Voice of America show, Straight Talk Africa, has again hosted a one hour special on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) relief through Transcendental Meditation. At least 100 million Africans are estimated to suffer from PTSD caused by war and violence. Based on recent trials and research the TM technique appears to be one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods available for treatment. 'As a psychologist, I would love to see my patients become asymptomatic in 30 days!' says Dr David F O'Connell, referring to a study with Congolese war refugees who learned TM to reduce symptoms of severe PTSD. David Shapiro, President of African PTSD Relief, says, 'We should pick the most effective approaches available to save money and time, and to help as many people as possible'. (more)

The effect of Transcendental Meditation on reducing alcohol consumption in women
26 June 2015 - Women are at greater risk than men for developing alcohol-related problems, writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the US. Reviewing research showing beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation in reducing alcohol consumption, she also highlights the work of Marty Mann, who 'dedicated her life in recovery to helping everyone--especially women--reduce alcohol dependence for the sake of their well-being, health, family and career. She found Transcendental Meditation to be a strong supportive component of the process.' (more)

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Long working hours tied to stroke risk
27 August 2015 - People who work at least 55 hours a week are significantly more likely to eventually suffer a stroke than people who work 35 to 40 hours a week, a recent study suggests. Previously, the same research team had linked longer working hours with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but only for those in lower socioeconomic groups. 'This was not the case for stroke: the association between long working hours and stroke was similar' at all socioeconomic levels, said lead author Mika Kivimaki of University College London, in an email. The researchers pooled the data from 25 studies in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. As working hours got longer, stoke risk increased, the researchers found. (more)

Second cancers on rise in U.S.
24 August 2015 - Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before. When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the original tumor. About 19 percent of cancers in the United States now are second-or-more cases, a recent study found. In the 1970s, it was only 9 percent. Over that period, the number of first cancers rose 70 percent while the number of second cancers rose 300 percent. (more)

Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops
23 August 2015 - Local doctors [in Hawaii] are in the eye of a storm swirling for the past three years over whether corn that's been genetically modified to resist pesticides is a source of prosperity, as companies claim, or of birth defects and illnesses. The chemical companies that grow the corn in land previously used for sugar refuse to disclose with any precision which chemicals they use, where, and in what amounts, but they insist the pesticides are safe, and most state and local politicians concur. (more)

Early life adversity and later depression for teens
18 August 2015 - Tough experiences before age six, like family instability or abuse, are tied to changes in brain structure and to a higher risk of anxiety or depression, according to a study of mother-son pairs in England. According to the MRI scans, having experienced more types of adversity before age six was tied to lower gray matter volume in an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex, which is involved in emotion, decision-making, and empathy, and higher volume in the precuneus, which is involved with episodic memory. Early adversity was also tied to lower volume in the right superior frontal gyrus of the brain, as were later symptoms of anxiety and depression, the researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. The right superior frontal gyrus may be related to self-awareness. (more)

Teens' e-cigarette use linked with later smoking
18 August 2015 - Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely than others to later smoke conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products, a study at 10 Los Angeles high schools suggests. Despite [some] limitations, the study 'is the strongest evidence to date that e-cigarettes might pose a health hazard by encouraging adolescents to start smoking conventional tobacco products,' said Dr. Nancy Rigotti, director of a tobacco research and treatment center at Massachusetts General Hospital. (more)

US: Traffic deaths up sharply in first 6 months of this year
17 August 2015 - Traffic deaths were up 14 percent nationally in the first six months of this year and injuries were up by a third, according to data gathered by the National Safety Council. And the tally doesn't include two of the historically highest months for traffic deaths, July and August. (more)

China blast zone evacuated over contamination fear; 104 dead
15 August 2015 - New small explosions rocked a disaster zone in the Chinese port of Tianjin on Saturday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination and found several more bodies to bring the death toll to 104 in massive blasts earlier in the week. Two Chinese news outlets reported that the warehouse was storing 700 tons of sodium cyanide -- 70 times more than it should have been holding at one time -- and that authorities were rushing to clean it up. The disaster has raised questions about whether dangerous chemicals were being stored too close to residential compounds, and whether firefighters may have triggered the blasts, possibly because they were unaware the warehouse contained chemicals combustible on contact with water. (more)

Air pollution killing 4,000 in China a day, US study finds
13 August 2015 - Air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for 1 in 6 premature deaths in the world's most populous country, a new study finds. The study released Thursday (13 August) blamed emissions from the burning of coal, both for electricity and heating homes. (more)

Humans may face malnutrition, disease, and death if birds and bees disappear
13 August 2015 - If all the birds, bugs, bees, and other creatures that pollinate our food crops were to disappear from the planet, humans could face a sharp increase in malnutrition, disease, and death in many parts of the world, scientists estimate. Since 2006, U.S. managed honeybee colonies have seen yearly losses of 30 percent, for example, and there's been a 15 percent annual die off in European colonies, the authors note. Over 30 years, significant declines in wild pollinator populations have been documented across North America, Asia, and Europe, with several species going extinct. (more)

Swimmers sickened after Rio race worry about 2016 Olympics
12 August 2015 - Reports of dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria in Rio de Janeiro's waters have raised -- and renewed -- fears that athletes are at risk of getting sick at next summer's Olympics. Americans Kalyn Robinson and Chip Peterson can't help but wonder if a potential lifetime of health problems all goes back to the open water races they swam in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, where the waters are teeming with human waste. As part of its Olympic bid, Brazil promised to build eight treatment facilities to filter out much of the sewage and prevent tons of household trash from flowing into the Guanabara Bay. Only one has been built. (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: 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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