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How his grandmother's hummus recipe is providing relief to refugee children
15 February 2019 - Ever since he can remember, Anthony Brahimsha would visit his extended family in Aleppo, Syria, at least once a year. In 2012 Brahimsha, who was a New York-based investment banker at the time, began traveling to southern Turkey along the Syrian border ... After he returned home from a trip in 2014, Brahimsha made a decision: he would start a company that would support efforts to help [improve the health of] refugee children. And that company would sell a food that was close to his own heart -- hummus. (more)

Researchers discover how sleep helps the body fight germs
13 February 2019 - It looks like your mother was right: when you've got a cold, sleep may be the best medicine. German researchers have discovered one way sleep improves the body's ability to fight off a cold. Sleep, it seems, strengthens the potency of certain immune cells by improving their chances of attaching to-and eventually destroying-cells infected with viruses. (more)

Nice doctors really do make a difference
22 January 2019 - Connecting with patients doesn't just make them think someone cares. It can make a difference for health outcomes. Research in the psychology department at Stanford University found that having a doctor who is warm and reassuring has a positive impact on health outcomes, which goes to show that physicians' words may be more powerful than we realize. (more)

German farmers call for climate-friendly agriculture and healthy food.
19 January 2019 - Thousands of farmers from across Germany and their supporters have protested at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate, calling for climate-friendly agriculture and healthy food. Organizers say 170 tractors drove in from farms around the country to join 35,000 other protesters for the Saturday (19 January) demonstration ... The protest was called to coincide with the German capital's 'Green Week' agricultural fair. (more)

Milan, Italy: The grey city is going green
10 January 2019 - Milan, the city of Italian fashion and the economic capital of the country, is going green. Local authorities have announced plans to plant 3 million trees by 2030, believing that the increase in greenery will have a positive effect on the quality of air, and consequently on the health of the people. According to Italian media, the city's authorities are planning to create 20 new urban parks, to extend the already existing ones, and to make the most out of discarded areas like an abandoned freight railway network which will be turned into seven parks. Trees will also be planted in more than 2,000 schoolyards and in private gardens, parking lots will be reconverted into parks, and greenery will be also planted on flat rooftops, with 10 million square meters already fit for the project. (more)

China: Anti-pollution effort pays off along Yangtze
7 January 2019 - Zhang Liangcai used to be a fisherman on Taihu Lake in the 1990s, but now he works as a lake cleaner since the city government of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, started to restore the lake's ecology in 2002. The environmental campaign accelerated in response to a water crisis in Wuxi caused by pollution in 2007, and a 'river chiefs' system was established in which government officials are assigned to protect waterways in their area. 'Now the water is much cleaner, and more birds rest here during the winter migration in recent years,' said Zhang. (more)

Norway's electric cars zip to new record: almost a third of all sales
2 January 2019 - Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new world record as the country strives to end sales of fossil-fueled vehicles by 2025. In a bid to cut carbon emissions and air pollution, Norway exempts battery-driven cars from most taxes and offers benefits such as free parking and charging points to hasten a shift from diesel and petrol engines. (more)

Scotland's first low-emission zone launched in Glasgow
31 December 2018 - Scotland's first low-emission zone (LEZ) is being introduced in Glasgow. The first phase of the LEZ will set emission standards which must be met by 20 per cent of buses which pass through the city centre. It means local bus services must comply with European emissions standards. Phase two, applying to all vehicles entering the zone, is to be implemented in December 2022. Transport Secretary Michael Matheson described the development as as a 'milestone moment' and said the government was committed to introducing low emission zones into Scotland's four biggest cities by 2020. (more)

Five reasons to feel hopeful about the oceans in 2019
30 December 2018 - Five good reasons to be optimistic about the world's oceans in 2019: There are unknown ocean habitats waiting to be found; More of the ocean is protected from human activity; There are new species to be discovered; Coral reefs may be more resilient than we think; and, some fisheries are recovering. Plus, considered extinct nearly a decade ago, the world's rarest bird, the Madagascar Pochard, has been released into the wild. (more)

Norway: Oslo aims to limit cars in city centre
30 December 2018 - Horns blaring, tires screeching and miles of traffic -- these are the hallmarks of busy cities the world over. But that is changing in Europe as some urban areas take steps to regulate and reduce the number of cars as they aim to improve both the environment and quality of life. Oslo is perhaps the furthest ahead with plans to restrict private cars within a half-mile radius of its city centre. It expects to eliminate all 700 of its on-street parking spaces by the end of the year and is slowly closing streets across that area to traffic. 'It's a paradigm shift from planning the city for cars to planning for people,' Oslo's Vice Mayor for Urban Development Hanna Marcussen said. (more)


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Namibia: In 2019 recharge your body and mind effortlessly - with Transcendental Meditation
5 February 2019 - In the Namibia Economist (Africa), Roxie de Voss discusses how 'every December we make new resolutions and are determined to become a healthier, a better, more centred, stress-free, and relaxed person' - but often we fall back into old routines and habits. She recommends Transcendental Meditation as 'a different a way of recharging the body and mind in a way that is easy, effortless and has been proven effective through numerous medical studies. . . . TM has been proven to reduce anxiety, stress and even has demonstrative health benefits, including cardiovascular health. This is certainly something that we can and all should embrace in 2019.' (more)

Is being anxious the new you? Transcendental Meditation inoculates against chronic stress and anxiety
15 December 2018 - If you find your anxiety is easily triggered, there are simple steps you can take to make sure anxiety doesn't define you, writes Vanessa Vidal, national director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in the USA. In TM practice both mind and body settle down to a state of deep relaxation, the body and brain become more balanced and damage from stress begins to be eliminated, she explains. Scientific research indicates that the TM programme reduces stress hormone levels and anxiety, and improves blood pressure, insomnia, and drug and alcohol abuse. 'After a woman takes the TM course, she finds that her life improves spontaneously, naturally, and is redefined in terms of happiness instead of anxiety. . . . Transcendental Meditation can play an enormous role in inoculating our society against the many problems that grow out of chronic stress and anxiety.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps veterans with PTSD
22 November 2018 - Transcendental Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the US Department of Defence. The study involving 200 veterans was recently published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. Evidence for meditation 'allows us to put more options on the table' with confidence they work, said the study's senior author, a Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist in San Diego. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A 'timeout' for oneself to reduce emotional stress, increase happiness
12 November 2018 - Neither suppressing emotions nor 'telling someone off' really helps in handling emotional stress - and both create negative effects for oneself and others, says health writer Linda Egenes. She describes a completely different solution: Transcendental Meditation, which 'releases the tensions that may have built up during the day, including the emotional stressors'. Over time 'you can feel your baseline for stress changing - you're just not as reactive as you were before.' Research has shown that TM reduces stress hormones and anxiety, and increases neurochemicals associated with happiness and fulfilment. She quotes Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme: 'Fill the mind with that great happiness which knows no end, let the mind be saturated with absolute bliss, and then the undertaking of any action, whatever it may be, will be performed in all joyfulness.' (more)

India: The Economic Times - 'Invest in rest'
7 November 2018 - 'Keeping the brain well rested and, thus, alive, creative, and capable is imperative to maintain the growing pace of multifaceted progress in human life,' writes Aditi Shrivastava in The Economic Times (India). ' ''The human brain is the best blessing of the Creator,'' Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, once said in a lecture.' Ms Shrivastava goes on to explain, 'There is scientific evidence to prove that the rest that we get in 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation is even deeper than deep sleep. TM is a simple and effective meditation technique to calm the mind by giving it rest, gain mental peace, harmonise brain function and get it ready for more action.' (more)

Why Transcendental Meditation is better than a power nap
28 October 2018 - 'What do you do to re-charge during the day? Many women have asked if the TM technique is any different than taking time out for a nap,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. 'Transcendental Meditation, unique among meditation programmes for its simplicity, effortlessness, and scientifically validated benefits, increases brain orderliness, enhances brain functioning, and increases intelligence, focus and creativity - all this while providing exceptionally deep rest to the body that reduces stress and fatigue. . . . Though the body gets rest in a nap, the mind can't enjoy the experience - in Transcendental Meditation, though profoundly resting, the mind enjoys awareness of inner calm, collectedness, clarity and charm.' (more)

Medical students learn meditation to counter stress, promote physician wellness: Catholic Health World reports
24 October 2018 - The Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, USA, is believed to be the first major medical school in the country to offer Transcendental Meditation, or TM, as an elective course. Since 2014, the class has been offered to help medical students manage stress. Dr Gregory Gruener, vice dean for education and a neurology professor at Stritch, counts the TM training as a success. 'A significant chunk of the students, about a third of each class, sign up for it, and almost 300 have enrolled since it started. . . . You have to embrace wellness and you have to find the time to take control of your own life,' Dr Gruener said. 'Once you begin TM, that gets easier.' (more)

Italy: Wellness leaders look to evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique at Global Wellness Summit
20 October 2018 - Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation CEO, best-selling author, and veteran teacher of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, was a keynote speaker at the recent 2018 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in Italy, the world's leading conference on this topic. Citing the 'dangerously escalating crisis of stress-related disorders' including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, he said, 'We desperately need to include into everyone's tool box more practical, evidence-based approaches' such as TM, that improve mental wellness and behaviour. Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO, said, 'There's so much momentum for TM right now because of the rising need for what this tangible skill can accomplish: stress reduction, mental focus, and greater resilience. . . . it's the quickest way to reduce stress that I've ever experienced.' (more)

Why am I so anxious? Dr Norman Rosenthal talks about anxiety in women and how TM helps prevent it
16 October 2018 - World-renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and best-selling author Norman E Rosenthal discusses many factors that contribute to increased anxiety in women. Describing his experience treating anxiety in his own practice, he cites research on the Transcendental Meditation technique showing reduced blood pressure and improvement on other physiological measures demonstrating TM's role in 'buffering your response to stress'. He recommends TM to his patients, including many women who have noted its benefits in promoting 'more clear-headedness . . . . things go easier, they don't hassle as much, and they're not upset as easily or anxious as readily.' (more)

How Transcendental Meditation gives me mental clarity like nothing else
9 October 2018 - After Tara Gardner moved from London to Chicago - 'forging a new career as a freelance editor with a bazillion deadlines', and seeking 'a break from the cranial quicksand of daily life' - she tried diets and various meditation techniques, and finally discovered a video of filmmaker David Lynch talking about Transcendental Meditation. After learning TM, she found 'the fog lifting, the clarity coming through, and my thoughts becoming more ordered. The daily juggling act began to feel smoother and more efficient.' (more)


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US: More young adults binge-drinking well into their 20s
15 February 2019 - More young men and women [in the U.S.] are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths, and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say. (more)

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says
14 February 2019 - Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world's most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says. Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated existing studies into the chemical -- found in weed killers including Monsanto's popular Roundup -- and concluded that it significantly increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the immune system. (more)

Precious antibiotics still being used to boost animal growth: OIE
14 February 2019 - Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday (14 February) (more)

Teen cannabis use linked to higher risk of adolescent depression
13 February 2019 - Teenagers who use cannabis have a higher risk of developing depression and suicidal thoughts as young adults and should be made aware of those risks by parents and doctors, scientists said on Wednesday (13 February). About 7 percent of cases of adolescent depression could be averted if cannabis use was eliminated, according to an analysis of data on mental illness among young people in the United States, Britain, and Canada who used cannabis in their teens. (more)

Turn it down! Millennials' music habit puts their hearing at risk: U.N.
13 February 2019 - A generation of music-lovers are damaging their hearing with audio players that do not limit dangerously high noise levels, the U.N. health agency said on Tuesday (12 February). Already 466 million people worldwide have debilitating hearing loss, up from 360 million in 2010 and the figure is expected to nearly double to 900 million, or one in every 10 people by 2050, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. (more)

Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo as crisis worsens
12 February 2019 - Nearly 100 children have died since the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo started last year -- and the crisis is gathering pace, with the number of new cases doubling last month, according to charity Save the Children. Ebola -- which causes fever, severe headache, and in some cases hemorrhaging -- kills about half of those infected on average, though the latest outbreak has a fatality rate of around 60 percent. (more)

Desperate Mongolians send children into countryside to escape choking winter smog
4 February 2019 - Mongolia has extended school winter holidays in the world's coldest capital and many families have sent children to live with relatives in the vast, windswept grasslands to escape choking smog and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. The temperature is expected to drop to minus 32 degrees Celsius (minus 26F) in Ulaanbaatar on Monday night, as residents burn coal and trash to try to keep warm and concentrations of smog particles known as PM2.5 routinely exceed 500 mg per cubic meter, 50 times the level considered safe by the WHO. (more)

US: Teen e-cigarette use linked to eventual smoking
1 February 2019 - Among teens, using e-cigarettes may raise the risk of progressing to cigarette smoking, a new U.S. study suggests. Overall, adolescents who used e-cigarettes before trying any other tobacco products were more than four times as likely to be smoking traditional cigarettes within a couple of years compared to those who had never tried any type of vaping device or non-cigarette tobacco products, the study team reports in JAMA Network Open. (more)

Thailand: Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns
30 January 2019 - More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, were shut for the rest of the week Wednesday (30 January) due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution. Pollution levels also rose elsewhere in Thailand, bringing a heavy haze to Chiang Mai and other northern areas well ahead of the annual 'smoky season' that normally begins in late February, when farmers burn agricultural waste and dry weather allows airborne particles to accumulate. (more)

More screen time for toddlers is tied to poorer development a few years later, study says
28 January 2019 - Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday (28 January), found a direct association between screen time at ages 2 and 3 and development at 3 and 5. (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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