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For healthier arteries, eat more fruits and vegetables
25 May 2017 - Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease, according to a study of more than 3.6 million individuals in the U.S. Past research has linked fruit and vegetable consumption to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, but there has been little research into the effects of fruits and vegetables on arteries in the legs and arms, Berger's team writes in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. (more)

US: Navy to break ground on solar facility at Mississippi base
23 May 2017 - The U.S. Navy has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar generation facility at a base in Mississippi. It's expected to be complete in 2018 and will feature roughly 51,000 solar panels covering 38 acres. (more)

US: Binge drinking less common among teens today
22 May 2017 - Fewer U.S. adolescents are regularly binge drinking today than a generation ago . . . a new study suggests. Just 2.6 percent of 13-year-olds were frequent binge drinkers between 2007 and 2015, down from 5 percent between 1991 and 1998, researchers report in Pediatrics. (more)

US: Why Congress should make organic agriculture a national priority
20 May 2017 - Organic crop and farm bill discussions wait for no man. Even as U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue gets settled into his new role, Congress is talking about agriculture policy and listening to stakeholders. A key emerging theme is that many food producers and rural communities are struggling. At a transitional moment such as this, it's important to remember that organic agriculture leads to more profitable farms and job creation. A recent study from Pennsylvania State University shows that when there is a density of organic operations, annual median household income increases by more than $2,000 and county-level unemployment goes down. (more)

Morning daylight exposure tied to a good night's sleep
18 May 2017 - Workers who are exposed to sunlight or bright indoor lights during the morning hours sleep better at night and tend to feel less depressed and stressed than those who don't get much morning light, according to a recent study. Exposure to more light during the day and less light at night is critical for healthy sleep patterns because it helps to calibrate the body's internal 'circadian' clock, the study team writes in the journal Sleep Health. (more)

Another health benefit from eating tree nuts is found - study
17 May 2017 - Colon cancer survivors who ate at least two ounces (57 grams) of tree nuts a week -- roughly 48 almonds or 36 cashews -- were significantly less likely to have their cancer return or to die from their cancer than those who did not eat nuts, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, 17 May. The finding by Dr. Temidayo Fadelu of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and colleagues is the latest to suggest a health benefit from nut consumption. (more)

US: Low-budget Chevy Bolt EV dealer ad normalizes electric cars
12 May 2017 - Ah, local car-dealer ads on television. You've likely seen them, usually during the local ad minute on national shows, often late at night or in the cheaper slots. They're mostly formulaic, but each one mixes several elements for its own unique blend of attention-grabbing pitch. ...We're delighted to see that even the Chevy Bolt EV electric car is now the subject of a low-budget local dealer ad that has almost all of these elements. That gives the Bolt EV a weird kind of mainstream cred that detailed discussions of cost-per-mile, carbon footprint, or even polar bears just can't offer. .... [Ourisman Chevrolet of Rockland, Maryland] sells more than 1,000 Chevrolets a year and, more importantly, has been the top-selling dealer in its zone for the two generations of the Volt plug-in hybrid. ... Ourisman Chevy has also delivered 22 Bolt EVs since the first one arrived in February. ... we're encouraged by the normality of treating the Bolt EV just like any other car. (more)

Another reason bedtime matters for preschoolers
10 May 2017 - Little kids who have a consistent bedtime routine and limited screen time may get better at regulating their emotions, a recent study suggests. That could be one reason they have a lower risk of childhood obesity than peers with erratic schedules who watch lots of television, the authors say. (more)

Powerhouse: The startup making solar the most accessible energy in the world
30 April 2017 - It started with a crowdfunding startup, an investment from Prince [the musician], and the idea to help new solar companies tackle business challenges that can be hard to overcome on their own. Now, four years later, the idea has morphed into a group called Powerhouse, and notably, in a world flush with tech startups, it's one of the only incubators out there focused on launching and growing solar companies. (more)

How did a copy of U.S. Declaration of Independence get to southern England?
27 April 2017 - British experts will carry out tests to try to determine how a rare copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence found its way to an archive in southern England. The handwritten manuscript, only the second such parchment in existence, had been stored for more than 60 years in a strong-room among miles of documents in the West Sussex Record Office, until its significance was revealed by Harvard University researchers, Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff. (more)


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David Lynch, the film director who harnesses the transformative power of Transcendental Meditation
26 May 2017 - 'True happiness is not out there. True happiness lies within' - before he learned Transcendental Meditation, renowned filmmaker David Lynch had heard these words but didn't know 'how to get there'. Learning TM in 1973, he says, 'Down within I went. It was so beautiful, so profoundly beautiful. I said, ''Where has this experience been?'' ' Lynch has more to say about the bliss of transcending: 'It's a field that is so beautiful, so powerful, it's eternal, it's immortal, it's immutable, it's infinite, it's unbounded.' As one who works in the intensely competitive Hollywood film industry, he explores how the TM technique reduces stress, and how it enriches the creative process: 'There are billions of ideas and you find the ones you love. We start transcending, that conduit widens out, and you start enjoying things and love the doing. . . . You look around and everything looks better. People don't look like enemies, they look like friends. Things that used to stress you, don't stress you so much.' (more)

'Is Transcendental Meditation for everyone?' - Dr Norman Rosenthal reflects on his book, Super Mind
25 May 2017 - Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., noted psychiatrist and author of the bestselling Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation, describes the 'mind boggling' spectrum of people enjoying the benefits of TM: from celebrities and business leaders, to veterans suffering from PTSD and the homeless. In a recent essay marking the book's publication in paperback, he writes, 'Highly successful people may be just as stressed in their own way as those who struggle with the ordinary problems of daily life. It turns out that TM is an extremely effective method for decreasing stress, as evidenced by numerous studies showing that it is associated with reduced blood pressure and anxiety.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management student thrives on environmental activism and social change
23 May 2017 - Sara Kille was working as a preschool teacher in California when she discovered actor Jim Carrey's Maharishi University of Management (MUM) commencement speech on Facebook. Sara was planning to study environmentalism and sustainability, and Carrey's speech deeply resonated with her. She became curious about MUM, and enrolled as a sustainable living major in 2015. Sara's passion lies in environmental activism and social change, and she managed to tailor her education to match her needs. In addition to taking classes in global sustainability, creating social change, and climate science and solutions, she completed a six-week internship with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation helped me cope with my PTSD
21 May 2017 - Geri Hirsch found relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through Transcendental Meditation when she could not seem to recover from 'the most stressful, traumatic, unstable state of my life' following her young husband's heart attack. 'I had PTSD, and I needed help.' After one of her husband's friends gave him the course to learn TM as a get-well gift, she said, 'he was meditating daily, and I could feel his calmness.' After learning TM herself she said, 'Besides helping with my PTSD, I feel a general sense of calm thanks to my practice. It's also left me extremely energized, which was an added bonus I wasn't necessarily aware of. I absolutely love it and highly recommend trying it if you don't already.' (more)

New study: Group meditation practice helps reverse drug-related death rate in US
20 May 2017 - In recent years, drug-related deaths have become a national public health crisis in the US, fueled by a surge in rates of unintentional drug overdoses from prescription painkillers and anxiety drugs. These fatalities surpassed motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009 and reached 47,000 a year nationwide as of 2015. Now Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy research scientists Michael Dillbeck, PhD, and Kenneth Cavanaugh, PhD, have proposed a solution that may slow or reverse this alarming trend. In new research published in the social science journal Sage Open, they report that during the years 2007-2010, when the size of a large US group practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme reached a threshold predicted to affect national trends, the rate of drug-related deaths dropped by 30.4% relative to the baseline average 2002-2006. (more)

Secrets to a longer, healthier life: How modern scientific discoveries and ancient holistic traditions can reverse ageing
18 May 2017 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, presents 'a new science of ageing that integrates the discoveries of modern science with those of an ancient health science - Maharishi AyurVeda, a holistic approach to ageing that enhances the mind and body from deep within, using the wisdom of the body's inner intelligence'. Dr Schneider is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. His research has been supported by US$25 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. He cites many studies, including those demonstrating that 'older individuals who practise Transcendental Meditation show lower rates of mortality - they live significantly longer with better physical and mental health than control subjects who do not meditate. . . . Simply put, stress speeds ageing. And effective stress reduction slows it down.' (more)

TM for Women offers free e-book - excerpts from bestselling The TM Book
16 May 2017 - In the spirit of honouring women, and in continuing celebration of Mother's Day, TM for Women is offering a complimentary e-book - excerpts from the bestselling TM Book. 'As mothers, we do well by our families when we take care of ourselves,' said Vanessa Vidal, U.S. National Director of TM for Women. 'When we practise self-care, of which the TM technique is an example, we arm ourselves with energy, happiness, inner strength, focus and peace. And these qualities allow us to do the best job possible when taking care of our children and families.' (more)

Maharishi School grad posted at US Embassy in Liberia
15 May 2017 - Colette 'Coco' Clark, a 2011 graduate of Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, has recently been hired by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. Her first posting will be at the U.S. embassy in Liberia, beginning in June. Ms. Clark received a Bachelor of Science in foreign service, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2015 and a Master of Arts in security studies the following year, also from Georgetown. She is proficient in Arabic and has worked for the past two years at the U.S. Department of Justice on legal negotiations between the U.S. government and Middle Eastern countries. (more)

A mother's greatest gift
14 May 2017 - Author Linda Egenes tells the beautiful story of her parents' lives and how her mother found happiness in any situation. When both parents developed dementia, Linda took on major responsibility for managing their home and their care. 'At this point', she says, 'I was incredibly grateful for my daily practice of Transcendental Meditation. . . . as I sank into the soft, blissful state of my own pure awareness each morning and evening, my body let go of the stresses of the day and my mind let go of the worries. When I came out of meditation, I felt fresh, rested. Suddenly solutions would appear.' She also enjoyed meditating with her mother. As circumstances progressed, Linda realized that her mother was making the choice to be happy every single day. 'Through her joy and gratitude, she turned darkness into light. Ever my teacher, she also became my hero.' (more)

Don Arney inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame: TM allows me to mine the 'kernels of innovation'
13 May 2017 - One of 15 extraordinary innovators inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (US) last week is Don Arney, inventor of the aerial fire-fighting 'Bambi Bucket', now used in over 110 countries. Suspended from a helicopter, the lightweight, collapsible bucket delivers huge quantities of water in a concentrated column. It was used to cool Japan's Fukushima nuclear site after the 2011 tsunami. Describing the creative process of this invention, Arney credited his long Transcendental Meditation practice, twice a day since 1970, which allows him to mine the 'nuggets of information' and 'kernels of innovation' that bubble up from deeper levels of the mind. In his NIHF acceptance speech in Washington, DC, he also paid tribute to his long-time business partner Mark McCooey, who transformed Arney's invention into an iconic product used around the world, saving forests, homes and lives. (more)


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U.S. Alzheimer's deaths jump 54 percent
25 May 2017 - U.S. deaths from Alzheimer's disease rose by more than 50 percent from 1999 to 2014, and rates are expected to continue to rise, reflecting the nation's aging population and increasing life expectancy, American researchers said on Thursday [25 May]. There is no cure for Alzheimer's, a fatal brain disease that slowly robs its victims of the ability to think and care for themselves. Meanwhile, the number of people with Alzheimer's who died at home increased to 24.9 percent in 2014, from 13.9 percent in 1999, researchers reported in the CDC's weekly report on death and disease. The sharp increase in Alzheimer's deaths coupled with the rising number of people with Alzheimer's dying at home have likely added to the burden on family members and others struggling to care for their stricken family members, they said. (more)

Insomnia and sleep apnea rates are high and rising in the U.S. military
15 May 2017 - Insomnia cases have quadrupled, and sleep apnea cases have increased five-fold in the U.S. military over a decade, according to a recent study. Rates of these two sleep disorders among service members are now about double those seen in the general U.S. population, the study team writes in the Journal of Sleep Research. (more)

Chicago police department struggles with officer suicide
4 May 2017 - The Chicago Police Department's suicide rate ... stands 60 percent higher than the national average according to a recent U.S. Department of Justice report. The pressure on Chicago's police officers has intensified as the city has dealt with a surge in murders and increased scrutiny around tactics . . . In 2016, the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 60 percent to over 760, more than New York and Los Angeles combined. There were more than 4,300 shooting victims in the city last year, according to police. ... 'Chicago is a war zone,' said Alexa James, the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Chicago. 'They (officers) are seeing the worst day of everybody's life every day.' (more)

Disability can linger years after mild wartime brain injuries
1 May 2017 - Military service members who sustain concussions in combat may experience worsening symptoms for several years after their injuries, particularly if they have psychiatric problems, a small U.S. study suggests. About one in five U.S. service members deployed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered a head injury, researchers note in JAMA Neurology. Most of them endured mild uncomplicated brain injuries or concussions. . . . With concussions, combat veterans were more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression, anxiety, and sleep difficulties. ... 'In short, there is nothing 'mild' about these injuries,' lead study author Christine Mac Donald of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle said by email. (more)

U.S. House bill would exempt e-cigarettes from tobacco regulations
25 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)

Arctic seas called 'dead end' for plastic floating from U.S., Europe
19 April 2017 - The Arctic is a dead end for floating plastic waste dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off Europe and the United States and swept north by ocean currents to a polar graveyard, scientists said on Wednesday. of plastic found east of Greenland and in the Barents Sea off Norway and Russia were far higher than expected for the sparsely populated regions, according to the report showing how man-made pollution extends even to remote parts of the globe. (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)

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)

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