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Exercise 'keeps the mind sharp' in over-50s, study finds
25 April 2017 - Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found. Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and it is thought to play a role in warding off the brain's natural decline as we enter middle age. (more)

GREEN Tool offers evidence-based guidance for school garden success
20 April 2017 - Researchers [in the US] ... have come up with a planning tool that can help ensure school gardens thrive and endure. School gardens have a host of health and educational benefits, from getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables to boosting academic achievement in science, math, and reading, the study team writes in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (more)

On your bike: Cycling to work linked with large health benefits
20 April 2017 - People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely, and governments should do all they can to encourage more active commuting, scientists said on Thursday. (more)

US: On Florida courthouse lawn, yoga instructor is the judge
17 April 2017 - One day a month, [a Florida] judge wears yoga clothes under her black robes, making for an easy transition when she heads to her open-air yoga studio: the big grassy lawn in front of the Duval County Courthouse. There ... County Judge Eleni Derke leads a yoga [asana] class. It's free, open to anyone, though for now it's heavy on those in the legal profession. (more)

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten
7 April 2017 - What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it. The US and Japanese team found that the brain 'doubles up' by simultaneously making two memories of events. One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, they found. It had been thought that all memories start as a short-term memory and are then slowly converted into a long-term one. Two parts of the brain are heavily involved in remembering our personal experiences. The hippocampus is the place for short-term memories while the cortex is home to long-term memories. So the prevailing idea was that memories are formed in the hippocampus and then moved to the cortex where they are 'banked'. ...The results, published in the journal Science, showed that memories were formed simultaneously in the hippocampus and the cortex. (more)

US: San Francisco makes the healthy choice the easy choice
4 April 2017 - In 2015, the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center removed all sugar-sweetened beverages from every store, cafeteria, food truck, and restaurant on its sprawling campuses. And the city of San Francisco is poised to become the first in the U.S. to rid all its hospitals of the drinks that researchers believe feed national epidemics of obesity and diabetes. (more)

US: Support surges for smoking ban in tobacco country
4 April 2017 - More than seven in 10 people in one of the nation's largest tobacco-producing states support a statewide smoking ban in most public places. It's the highest level of support ever recorded in polling by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky since the group first asked the question in 2011. The smoking ban had support in every region of the state and across political lines: 76 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of Republicans, and 72 percent of independents said they supported the ban. Across the country, 27 states plus the District of Columbia have passed workplace smoking bans, with many more local governments also adopting bans. (more)

Norway: Increase in sales of organic food
1 April 2017 - Norwegians last year bought so-called organic foods worth NOK 2.5 billion. This is an increase of 24 percent from 2015. (more)

US: Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending
28 March 2017 - For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state's bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings because of reduced obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Fully 13.6 percent of Twin Cities residents commute by bike, at least once in a while. (more)

A positive outlook may be good for your health
27 March 2017 - There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body. When facing a health crisis, actively cultivating positive emotions can boost the immune system and counter depression. Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control, and healthier blood sugar levels. (more)


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Second International Ayurveda Congress held in London, 1-3 April
24 April 2017 - The Second International Ayurveda Congress, held in London 1-3 April, was organized by the All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi, the International Academy of Ayurved, Pune and the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands. At the Congress, 300 delegates from 55 countries, including research scientists, doctors, and pharmacologists with expertise in Western and Ayurvedic medicine, discussed scientific evidence on preventing disease, promoting longevity and alleviating specific conditions with Ayurveda. The title of the Congress was: ''Ayurveda - The Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-oriented Health Care''. (more)

Scarlett Johansson supports teaching Transcendental Meditation to veterans of war
22 April 2017 - In a video published by the non-profit Operation Warrior Shield, actress Scarlett Johansson highlights the importance of treating veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She also encourages support for the activities of the organization which helps veterans find jobs and housing and heals their invisible wounds of war by teaching them Transcendental Meditation. Johansson relates how her grand-uncle flew missions in WWII in the Pacific with fellow B-52 pilot Jerry Yellin, but did not survive the war. After the war, 'the emotionally difficult circumstances of war deeply affected Jerry,' she says. 'He suffered silently, living with hidden wounds in his mind and soul - until he discovered Transcendental Meditation,' which she describes as 'a powerful force and it allowed Jerry to find peace again'. (more)

Friends and daughters: 'The ever-renewed emotional endurance and compassion that we gain during Transcendental Meditation'
20 April 2017 - Since they were teenagers, Janet Hoffman has shared an 'almost-familial' bond with her long-time friend, also named Janet. Early on, both learned Transcendental Meditation were trained as TM teachers. Now both are caregivers for aged parents. In addition to many benefits of TM in their own lives, the two Janets have appreciated the 'slowing of the ageing process, extra energy, renewed focus and vitality' their parents experienced after learning TM years ago, and the deep rest they continue to enjoy through regular practice. Ms Hoffman, executive director of the TM programme for women professionals in the US, also mentions 'the ever-renewed emotional endurance and compassion that we gain during Transcendental Meditation' - which helps 'carry us gracefully through life's challenges'. (more)

Profile: Transcendental Meditation, the 'missing piece of the recovery puzzle'
18 April 2017 - Having overcome alcohol addiction through the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12 step programme, an engineer in Glasgow, Scotland, found Transcendental Meditation to be the missing element in his recovery - allowing him to finally feel rested, and alleviating the high anxiety churning in his 'racing brain'. 'I would be anxious and fearful about something or someone or some event and I would do my TM practice and come out from it rested and full of energy,' he says. 'My ''great fears'' would have evaporated to the point where I had forgotten about what was giving me so much grief in the first place.' With TM, 'the energy of that anxious catastrophic ''racing brain'' is now channelled into creativity both in my personal and professional life.' (more)

Tom Hanks on why he took up Transcendental Meditation
11 April 2017 - When one of America's favorite film stars, Tom Hanks, mentioned to Jerry Seinfeld about plans to take a year off: 'I have to tell you I'm fatigued. I'm spent, I'm tired. I need to be quiet for a while. I need to rest' -- Seinfeld replied, 'So you're tired? Well why don't you do Transcendental Meditation?' Seinfeld has described how, powered by the TM technique, he starred in, produced and wrote the iconic Seinfeld sitcom for nine years without losing his spark. Recounting the story on a recent podcast, Hanks quipped, 'Now I have answers to that question: ''What else do you do in your spare time?'' Now I can say, ''Actually, I took up that classic version of Transcendental Meditation.'' ' (more)

How to find your calm centre in turbulent times
4 April 2017 - Linda Egenes, who writes about green and healthy living, offers four ways to prevent chronic stress from hijacking good health and happiness. These include walks in nature, channelling energy into constructive action, and unplugging from social media. She also highlights peer-reviewed research showing that Transcendental Meditation is the most effective self-help tool in reducing chronic anxiety and stress. 'Many women who relieve their minds and bodies of stress in their daily TM practice,' Linda writes, 'not only begin to perceive the world as less stressed, but over time they report becoming less reactive to stressful situations . . . . When you feel good, you tend to do the right thing - for yourself and others too.' (more)

UK: 'Ayurveda for Everyone' offers world class speakers and health fair - London, 1-2 April
1 April 2017 - Alongside the Second International Ayurveda Congress, taking place in London this weekend, 'Ayurveda for Everyone', a health fair and full programme of speakers, is being offered to the public. At the Health Fair, experts in Ayurveda, the timeless science of natural medicine, are sharing simple health secrets with the public, such as how to enjoy deep refreshing sleep, banish anxiety and depression, and keep the heart healthy. Exhibitors include leading Ayurvedic institutions and producers of authentic Ayurvedic products and medicines, offering expert advice, sample treatments, and information about health spas, Vedic Architecture, and meditation. (more)

UK: Second International Ayurveda Congress, 1-2 April in London - Minister of AYUSH, Government of India, researchers and scholars from many countries to attend
31 March 2017 - The Second International Ayurveda Congress is being held this weekend in London, with the theme: Ayurveda - the Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-Oriented Health Care. The Congress has drawn more than 80 leading speakers - experts and researchers in the various fields of Ayurveda. The Minister of AYUSH of the Government of India, His Excellency, Minister Shripad Yesso Naik, will honour the Congress by attending. A special Congress extension is planned for 3 April, including sessions on Establishing Ayurveda Globally: strategy and planning with the Ministry of AYUSH and Ayurveda leaders from India and throughout the world; followed by a Global Maharishi Ayurveda Summit, chaired by Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, Patron of the Congress. 'Ayurveda for Everyone', a concurrent health fair and full programme of speakers, is offered for the public. (more)

Transcendental Meditation improves mental clarity, reduces risk factors for memory loss
21 March 2017 - With the many factors that can put women at risk for memory loss, including those that develop in the process of ageing, Janet Hoffman discusses how Transcendental Meditation helps to support memory function. The executive director of the TM programme for women professionals in the USA outlines scientifically proven benefits of regular TM practice, commenting, 'Because of this deep rest and balancing that occur in the body - including healthy changes in the brain, tissues, and hormones - deep stress washes away, in turn improving and balancing mental, physical, and emotional health.' (more)

Elizabeth Vargas on beating alcohol addiction with the help of Transcendental Meditation
19 March 2017 - When award-winning ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas courageously went public in 2013 about her struggles with anxiety induced alcohol addiction, it was a step towards removing the stigma from the issue of women's alcohol addiction and bringing the topic into the spotlight. Since fellow ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos introduced her to Transcendental Meditation, it has become one of the tools and routines that have helped her stay healthy, a vital cornerstone of her recovery. The practice helped her develop what Vargas calls 'the reflective pause'. She says, 'If you can slow down long enough to think clearly, you can start to not only manage that panic, but understand that what you're so terrified of isn't really that terrifying.' (more)


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Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage hearts
26 April 2017 - Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke, scientists said on Wednesday [26 April]. In experiments using harmless ultra-fine particles of gold, the scientists were able for the first time to track how such nanoparticles are breathed in, pass through the lungs and then gain access to the blood. (more)

U.S. House bill would exempt e-cigarettes from tobacco regulations
26 April 2017 - A bill expected this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would weaken a Food and Drug Administration rule governing e-cigarettes and represent a major victory for the $4.4 billion U.S. vaping industry. The bill, from Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California, would reverse the Obama administration's 'Deeming Rule' which deems e-cigarettes to be tobacco products, subject to the same strict regulations governing traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes heat nicotine-laced liquid into vapor but do not contain tobacco. The bill adds momentum to a series of legal and legislative efforts by tobacco and vaping companies to derail the FDA rule, though it is unclear how much support it will garner. (more)

US: Sport-related concussions more common in high school girls
19 April 2017 - In high school sports played by both girls and boys, girls are about 50 percent more likely to get a concussion, according to a recent U.S. study. The may have to do with physical or equipment differences and how often girls and boys report concussions they experience, but the result indicates a need for more research and better prevention strategies, researchers say. (more)

Should pregnant mothers hang up their cell phones?
18 April 2017 - Children whose mothers were frequent cell phone users during pregnancy were more likely than those of less frequent users to be hyperactive, a new study finds. Lead author Laura Birks and her colleagues analyzed data on more than 80,000 mother-child pairs in Denmark, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, and Korea. They found consistent evidence of increasing risk of behavioral problems -- particularly, hyperactivity -- in 5- to 7-year-old children the more their mothers talked on cell phones during pregnancy. (more)

Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say researchers
17 April 2017 - The effect on wellbeing of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship, or the death of a partner, research suggests. Pollution from nitrogen oxides is responsible for tens of thousands of premature deaths across Europe, with the UK suffering a particularly high toll. (more)

Leaning forward during phone use may cause 'text neck'
14 April 2017 - Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report. 'In an X-ray, the neck typically curves backward, and what we're seeing is that the curve is being reversed as people look down at their phones for hours each day,' said study coauthor Dr. Todd Lanman, a spinal neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (more)

More evidence ties insulin resistance to cognitive decline
12 April 2017 - Having reduced sensitivity to insulin may lead to more rapid decline in memory and other mental skills in old age even among people who don't have diabetes, a recent study suggests. So-called insulin resistance, the body's failure to respond normally to the hormone insulin, is a hallmark of diabetes. Diabetes itself -- a disease in which the body can't properly use insulin to convert blood sugar into energy -- has been linked to cognitive decline and dementia, but the exact nature of the connection isn't as clear. (more)

Smithfield makes move on market for pig-human transplants
12 April 2017 - Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, has established a separate bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for transplantation into humans. Smithfield, the $14 billion subsidiary of China's WH Group ... already harvests materials for medical use from the 16 million hogs it slaughters each year. The company owns more than 51 percent of its farms and hopes to sell directly to researchers and health-care companies, which now typically buy from third parties. (more)

Hawaiian health officials issue warning over an outbreak of brain-invading parasites
10 April 2017 - A sharp rise in infections stemming from a parasitic worm that invades the human brain has health officials in the Hawaiian island of Maui worried. Six cases of rat lungworm disease have so far been confirmed in Maui in the last three months, with more episodes currently being investigated. Given the island had only experienced two documented cases of rat lungworm in the decade before this outbreak, the sudden increase is causing concern. According to officials, the parasite has been identified in slugs and snails on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island... But climate change could also be playing a role in helping the parasite survive in new ecosystems. (more)

Australia: Chickens with lead poisoning expose backyard pollution risk
8 April 2017 - Concentration of lead in the air in major cities is now largely below limits of detection. But scientists warn contaminated soil and dust is causing problems in backyards. The soil is proving to be the latest culprit with vets saying they are treating more and more animals, mainly chickens, for lead poisoning. (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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