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Interest grows in unusual Egyptian method of mosquito control
17 November 2014 - Plans are progressing to introduce an unusual method of mosquito control which involves sprinkling powdered plant extracts on swampy mosquito nurseries. The Egyptian researchers behind the innovation have set up a company to develop the method and recently signed an agreement with South Sudan's government to implement the technique there. The technique involves adding a derivative of the plant pigment chlorophyll to wetlands infested with the aquatic larvae of mosquitoes. (more)

US: NY prosecutor to fund rape kit testing nationally
12 November 2014 - Evidence from up to 70,000 rape cases nationwide will get long-awaited DNA testing, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr announced Wednesday as he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog that has long troubled authorities, victims, and lawmakers. He announced the plan at a news conference with television show 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' star and survivors' advocate Mariska Hargitay. The initiative is meant to complement some $41 million President Barack Obama has proposed. (more)

India gets minister for yoga and traditional medicine
11 November 2014 - India has set up a ministry to promote alternative therapies such as yoga and traditional ayurveda medicine, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a mission to raise awareness and the appeal of home-grown health treatments. Modi has repeatedly called for greater use of India's health remedies and exercises, part of a push to promote traditional learning. (more)

The sweet side of growing beets
11 November 2014 - A gardening and agriculture writer describes her experience growing beets in the state of New York, US. She says beets started out as a white-rooted wild plant growing along the shores of the Mediterranean. The plant was used by the ancients mostly for medicinal purposes. Sometime between the first century and the 16th century, beets became cultivated, turned red, and began to be enjoyed as a vegetable. (more)

India to set up new drugs regulator for traditional medicines
6 November 2014 - India is seeking to increase sales of its ayurvedic and other traditional therapies in the estimated $100 billion global market for alternative medicine and plans to set up a new quality control regulator, the government said on Thursday. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian health system that includes medicines, meditation, exercise, and dietary guidelines practised by millions on the Indian subcontinent and increasingly in the West. Under the new universal health plan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration aims to offer 30 free traditional medicines to all its citizens, a senior health ministry official told Reuters last week. (more)

India plans to step up safety on world's most dangerous roads
4 November 2014 - India has the world's deadliest roads, the result of a flood of untrained drivers, inadequate law enforcement, badly maintained highways, and cars that fail modern crash tests. Alarmed by the increasing fatalities, the new government has begun a five-year project to cut road deaths by a fifth every year, part of the most ambitious overhaul of highway laws since independence in 1947. (more)

Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit
24 October 2014 - The Scottish government has announced plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas. Under the plans, Scotland's blood alcohol limit would be cut from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood. Draft legislation has been laid before Parliament, and will bring Scotland's legal alcohol limits in line with much of Europe. A public awareness campaign will warn drivers not to drink at all. (more)

Nigeria declared Ebola-free, holds lessons for others
20 October 2014 - Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who diagnosed it, kept him in hospital despite protests from him and his government, and later died from Ebola herself. This year's outbreak of the highly infectious hemorrhagic fever thought to have originated in forest bats is the worst on record. (more)

Nigeria declared Ebola-free; `spectacular success'
20 October 2014 - Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. Monday's announcement came 42 days -- twice the incubation period -- since the last case in Nigeria tested negative. Officials are crediting strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus, and aggressive rehydration of infected patients. Dr Simon Mardel, one of the world's leading experts on viral hemorrhagic fevers, said the number of deaths could be cut in half if infected people were taught to properly hydrate themselves and do not take anti-inflammatory drugs, which can actually harm Ebola victims. Mardel, of Britain's University Hospital of South Manchester, called rehydration a low-tech approach that has been neglected by a medical system focused on groundbreaking research. (more)

India launches index to measure air quality
17 October 2014 - The country's top environment official unveiled a government programme Friday that will eventually measure air quality across India, home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. Over the next five years, the government will begin measuring eight major pollutants that affect respiratory health in cities with populations above 1 million, and then gradually expand the air quality index to the rest of the country, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters. The index will warn residents when pollution levels rise past dangerous levels. (more)


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Five top heart health strategies according to recent research
23 November 2014 - In a recent interview Dr Robert D Brook, a cardiovascular medicine specialist and professor at the University of Michigan said, 'TM stood alone amongst all of the meditation techniques because of the great deal of research and corroborative evidence . . . . it was shown that TM not only lowered blood pressure but also reduced cardiovascular disease itself.' (more)

Moms say: taking time to meditate is good for kids
21 November 2014 - In Transcendental Meditation for Women blog, Linda Egenes responds to a New York Times article The Mommy Problem and offers insights on motherhood and being rested from Sankari Wegman, an esteemed health consultant at The Raj Health Spa in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Mrs Wegman said, 'When you make some quiet time in your schedule to practise Transcendental Meditation, the deep relaxation you get will go a long way to support the rest of the day . . . . you can make the day not only less stressed but a whole lot sweeter.' (more)

For a Blissful Baby: Healthy and happy motherhood with Maharishi Ayur-Veda
15 November 2014 - This popular book for expectant mothers blends the ancient wisdom of Maharishi Ayur-Vedic with findings from modern medical research, emphasizing that the happiness and health of mother and child are inextricably linked. It is of utmost importance to take care of the physical and mental well-being of the mother not only through pregnancy and childbirth, but also during the post-partum period. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation changed this HIV patient's life
10 November 2014 - Michael Rouppet from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation describes the impact the Transcendental Meditation technique had on his overall well-being.
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Nine things I notice when I stop meditating
5 November 2014 - 'Sometimes my conventional instincts overshadow what I know from experience to be true,' says writer Rose Hoffman, 'but I always come back to my regular Transcendental Meditation practice, because without it, I start feeling less awesome.' (more)

Press delete on women's five top health concerns
3 November 2014 - Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation programme for Women Professionals in the United States interviews Amy Ruff, BSN, RN, WOCN, who explained, 'This one simple effortless technique, easy to learn and enjoyable to practise, is something that we can easily add to our lives, not only to help with and prevent daily stresses and challenges, but to enliven the body's inner intelligence to reduce and avert disease. This is how one simple method can affect a wide variety of illnesses. The TM technique is our best preventive strategy for disallowing disease and for fulfilment in all areas of life.' (more)

Transcending HIV / AIDS with meditation
31 October 2014 - The David Lynch Foundation's HIV Initiative has taught the Transcendental Meditation technique to 150 people in the San Francisco area. Propelled by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the HIV / AIDS community and the results of a pioneering research study; Tom Roth, director of TM-HIV Initiative, is now ready to take the next step. The goal for 2017 is to offer Transcendental Meditation to
 10,000 people living with HIV. (more)

New meta-analysis finds reduction in atherosclerosis through Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care
28 October 2014 - Pooled data from two studies indicates that Maharishi Ayur-Veda can help prevent or even reverse atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque on artery walls that can contribute to heart attack and stroke, according to a paper recently published in the Journal of Preventive Cardiology. (more)

Overcoming post-traumatic stress
25 October 2014 - Colonel Brian M. Rees, MD, a physician with over 37 years of commissioned military service, points out the dramatic relief experienced by those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Helping mothers with perinatal anxiety disorder
17 October 2014 - The Seleni Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming mental health and wellness for the women of the world, is partnering with the David Lynch Foundation to launch the 'Perinatal Mental Health Research Award,' a $30,000 grant to study the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique for perinatal anxiety treatment and prevention. (more)


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Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases: WHO
21 November 2014 - An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. 'The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country,' it added. Plague, a bacterial disease, is mainly spread from one rodent to another by fleas. It is 'one of the most deadly infectious diseases' and can kill people within 24 hours. (more)

Six out of 10 Indian men admit violence against wives - UN study
10 November 2014 - Six out of 10 Indian men admit to having perpetrated violence against their wives or partners, with men who experienced discrimination as children or faced financial stresses more likely to be abusive, said a study released on Monday. 'Men who experience economic stress were more likely to have perpetrated violence ever or in the past 12 months.' The highest reports of violence came from Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, said the report, with more than 70 per cent of men in these regions admitting to being abusive towards their wives and partners. The study, which also polled 3,158 women, said more than half -- 52 per cent -- of women said they had experienced some form of violence during their lifetime. The reason less women reported being victims than men reported being violent was a feeling of shame or fear of social stigma, said the report. (more)

Mexican meth increasingly supplanting at-home labs in US
8 November 2014 - America's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. There is no cause to celebrate: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own. Mexican cartels have upped their meth-making. At first, the Mexican meth was aimed mainly at big cities and suburbs. Now the imported drug has even reached rural areas. 'The great news is that meth from Mexico doesn't explode, doesn't burn down your house and your neighbour's home, doesn't contaminate your property, doesn't kill children the way meth labs have done here in the US for decades,' said Jason Grellner, the chief narcotics officer in Franklin County, Missouri. The US Drug Enforcement Administration's website lists thousands of homes contaminated by meth. One only needs to go to the morgue to know that, despite fewer lab busts, the meth problem isn't going away. (more)

Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa
18 October 2014 - Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to contain Ebola when it emerged in West Africa. Now they share the herculean task of trying to end an epidemic that has sickened more than 9,000, killed more than 4,500, seeded cases in Europe and the United States, and is not even close to being controlled. Many of the missteps are detailed in a draft of an internal World Health Organization report obtained by The Associated Press. It shows there was not one pivotal blunder that gave Ebola the upper hand, but a series of them that mounted. (more)

US: 2nd Texas health worker tests positive for Ebola
15 October 2014 - The Ebola crisis in the US took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill. President Barack Obama cancelled a campaign trip to address the outbreak. His decision to nix the trip -- just a few hours before Air Force One was scheduled to depart -- reflected the urgency of the situation amid escalating concerns about the disease. Though it was not clear how the nurse contracted the virus, the case represented just the latest instance in which the disease that has ravaged one of the poorest corners of the earth -- West Africa -- also managed to find weak spots in one of the world's most advanced medical systems. (more)

US: Malpractice laws that favour doctors fail to cut health costs: study
15 October 2014 - For decades, it's been the conventional wisdom that US healthcare costs are high because doctors order expensive tests to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits, but new evidence says that assumption is wrong. The study from the RAND Corporation found that in three states where the laws were rewritten to make it virtually impossible to sue a doctor for mistakes, the cost of care did not go down in hospital emergency departments. (more)

US: Liquid nicotine exposures up sharply among kids
14 October 2014 - US poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked. More than 2,700 people have called poison control this year to report an exposure to liquid nicotine, over half of those cases in children younger than 6, according to national statistics. The number shows a sharp rise from only a few hundred total cases just three years ago. (more)

Ebola deflating hopes for 3 poor African economies
13 October 2014 - Just as their economies had begun to recover from the man-made horror of coups and civil war, the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have been knocked back down by a terrifying force of nature: the Ebola virus. The outbreak has paralyzed economic life. Across the Ebola zone, shops are closed, hotels vacant, flights cancelled, fields untended, investments on hold. (more)

Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say
7 October 2014 - Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, but many of these systems are so error-prone or complex that they require more concentration from drivers rather than less, according to studies released Tuesday. Two of the infotainment systems were rated relatively low for distraction. (more)

US foods labelled 'natural' often contain GMOs, group reports
7 October 2014 - A majority of US packaged foods labelled as 'natural' and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group. Consumers are being misled by the 'natural' label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability. The report comes as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food companies, is pushing the federal government to develop a definition of the term 'natural' on food packaging, and to allow foods containing GMOs to be labelled as natural. (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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