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Superagers' youthful brains offer clues to keeping sharp (+AP video)
23 February 2018 - It's pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these 'superagers' to uncover their secret. (more)

For clean drinking water in Kenya, just add sunshine (and a can)
22 February 2018 - On a sunny afternoon in Western Kenya, Eunice Shigali filled a 10 liter jerrycan with water, then unfolded it like a suitcase and placed it in the sun. After a few hours, a green smiley face appeared on the side of the black container, telling her the water was clean and hot, and ready to cook ugali, a staple dish made of maize flour. (more)

US: North Dakota culinary students partner with local schools
22 February 2018 - Several culinary arts students from the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) worked with cafeteria staff at Breckenridge High School in Minnesota on a dish served to the high school's students recently. The culinary students and the high school's kitchen staff hosted the tasty training featuring a unique blend of roasted vegetables, packed with flavor and nutrients but free of salt. NDSCS culinary instructor Kyle Armitage said this was his first experience with the Chefs Move to Schools program. (more)

South Africa's new leader winning fans with morning exercise
21 February 2018 - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa is winning some fans with his habit of early-morning jogs and walks in which he chats and takes selfies with the public. The 65-year-old president told onlookers that the exercise is a positive way to start the day and he encouraged South Africans to do the same. Start with short walks and increase the distance and 'in no time you won't even feel it,' he says. (more)

Popular push for Austrian smoking ban gathers pace
20 February 2018 - More than 200,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, campaign organizers said . . . Under the current system, parliament must hold a debate on any issue that draws 100,000 signatures. The rush to sign has been so great that there have been queues at local government offices and the Interior Ministry's computer system that manages online signatures has frequently collapsed. (more)

Togo charity wins award for improving access to safe drinking water
19 February 2018 - An African charity that improved access to drinking water and sanitation and reduced the chance of cholera deaths in a village in Togo was on Monday (19 February) awarded the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize. The award is granted every three years for outstanding grassroots projects to solve water issues in developing nations. (more)

UK air pollutants continue decline
15 February 2018 - Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12 per cent from 2012 to 2016, according to UK government figures. Environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries (trucks). The reduction is thought to have been propelled by tightening restrictions. The one emission going in the wrong direction is ammonia from farming. (more)

US: Generation Z will demand more organic, better-for-you and globally-inspired food and beverage, Acosta says
15 February 2018 - For the first time, Generation Z is emerging as an influencer in grocery spending and early indications suggests that they will favor more organic, healthy products as well as authentic and multicultural offerings, according to new research from Acosta. (more)

How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets
13 February 2018 - Copenhagen consistently sits at the very top of the UN's happiness index and is one of the star performers in the Healthy Cities initiative of the World Health Organization. It is a model for how healthy cities might be created across the world. Promoting health in everyday life is first, says the city's plan, 'by making it attractive to cycle, by serving nutritious lunches in our institutions, or by enabling educational institutions to offer quit-smoking programmes. Healthy thriving people are ... more likely to complete an education and find employment. In other words, health enables us to live the life we want.' (more)

Millions in China journey home for Lunar New Year
13 February 2018 - Millions in China were boarding trains, planes, and automobiles Wednesday (14 February)as the Lunar New Year travel rush, the world's largest seasonal human migration, reached its climax. China's most important festival falls on Friday and people were traveling to either return to their hometowns or flock to vacation destinations. (more)


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Strength in Stillness: Bob Roth talks about his new book, the rise of meditation in our culture, and the future of TM
20 February 2018 - Strength is one of the many important benefits of practising the Transcendental Meditation technique, said Bob Roth in a recent interview about his new book, Strength in Stillness. 'But the strength that comes from TM is not based on something external, but rather something internal - the field of silence, or stillness, that lies within everyone. The subtitle, The Power of Transcendental Meditation, is how to access that inner stillness.' A TM teacher for 45 years, Roth is CEO of the David Lynch Foundation. (more)

February is American Heart Month: Transcendental Meditation reduces cardiovascular disease factors
18 February 2018 - This month, TM for Women is highlighting the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique in promoting heart health. Measures to reduce the risk factors for heart disease are recommended by the American Heart Association, which states that 80 per cent of cardiac events may be prevented with lifestyle changes. Research shows that the TM programme reduces tobacco use, stress, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Learning the TM technique is a simple step with a wide range of health benefits that result from regular twice-daily practice. TM for Women encourages women everywhere to let Heart Health Month be the impetus to supporting your future well-being. (more)

Advice to Moms: 'Add Transcendental Meditation to your family's routine - life will become easier, softer, more stable, and sweeter'
11 February 2018 - 'Moms cannot afford to ignore their own needs while taking care of children, work and home. Most kids are sensitive to their mother's stress and reportedly experience higher stress themselves as a result,' writes Janet Hoffman, National Director of Transcendental Meditation for Women Professionals in the USA. She recommends something 'helpful to motherhood, child-rearing, patience, endurance, [and] stress reduction: Learn Transcendental Meditation.' Published scientific research has verified TM benefits that are 'strengthening for a parent, such as decreased anxiety, fatigue, depression, insomnia and hypertension along with increased stamina, resilience, and happiness.' From pregnancy through their children's teen years, when mothers 'add Transcendental Meditation to your family's routine, life will become easier, softer, more stable, and sweeter'. (more)

Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation - 6 Feb. book launch on Facebook Live!
3 February 2018 - Join Jerry Seinfeld and Hugh Jackman for a Facebook Live event celebrating the publication of the life-transforming new book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation by long-time meditation teacher Bob Roth. Jerry, Hugh, and Bob will reveal what the Transcendental Meditation technique means to them, and how this tool can change your life. Strength in Stillness will be available 6 February at book stores everywhere. (more)

UK: Everton boss Sam Allardyce reveals how Transcendental Meditation cured his touchline rage
28 January 2018 - Sam Allardyce has revealed how the Transcendental Meditation technique cured him of his touchline rage and turned him into a functioning manager at the highest level. The Daily Mail reports that the Everton [Football Club in Liverpool] boss is preparing for his 1,000th game as a manager in English football (soccer) . . . . After beginning his coaching career as player-manager at Irish side Limerick in 1991, Allardyce has managed Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, Sunderland, England and Crystal Palace. (more)

New hope for Alzheimer's prevention: TM, the brain, and Dr. Dale Bredesen's remarkable discovery
26 January 2018 - After health writer Linda Egenes's parents were both diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she and her sister devoted themselves to 'making their last years as comfortable and full of love as possible'. Now she explores whether her 40-year practice of Transcendental Meditation - which research has found enhances the functioning of the pre-frontal cortex, improves memory, and reduces stress - could help overcome the genetics indicating a high risk of inheriting Alzheimer's. Egenes describes a treatment protocol developed by Dale Bredesen, MD, internationally renowned Alzheimer's researcher, UCLA professor of neurology, and author of the New York Times bestseller, The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline. Dr. Bredesen now recommends TM as an integral part of the protocol - which is not only having surprising results in reversing Alzheimer's symptoms, but is 'turning our current understanding of this dread disease on its head'. (more)

Washington Post salutes WW II captain Jerry Yellin - a founder of Operation Warrior Wellness
22 January 2018 - The Washington Post recently featured a tribute to Jerry Yellin, a fighter pilot and captain in the 78th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Forces based in the Pacific, who flew the last combat mission of World War II in August 1945. Years later Mr Yellin, whose military honours included the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal, spoke forthrightly about the war's costs, including the mental anguish over memories of combat. In 1975, he found solace through Transcendental Meditation, and soon began speaking to other veterans who struggled to adapt to civilian life. In 2010 he co-founded Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation that helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) learn TM. (more)

Transcendental Meditation shown to ease Veterans' PTSD - Psych Central reports
20 January 2018 - A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Military Medicine found that US military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder found significant relief from their symptoms as a result of practising Transcendental Meditation. Psych Central reports that the reduction was so great after one month that 80% of the participants were no longer considered to have a disorder. 'It's remarkable that after just one month we would see such a pronounced decrease in symptoms,' said lead author Robert Herron, PhD. 'The importance of this study is that it shows that veterans are able to help themselves. The veterans involved were pleased that they were able to do this on their own, and no doubt the VA hospitals appreciate that there are therapeutic approaches that can be undertaken without the costly intensive care of a therapist that treatment typically entails.' (more)

Ringing in the New Year with silence
18 January 2018 - Oscar Wilde once wrote that 'good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.' A different perspective comes from Janet Hoffman, executive director of Transcendental Meditation for Women Professionals in the US: 'There is an account and it belongs to all of us and it is abundant; even more - it is bottomless. . . . We can fulfil every resolution made for 2018 by regular withdrawals from this bank.' The 'bank', she explains, is the field of Being or pure consciousness at the most fundamental level of the mind - an infinite resource of energy, intelligence, creativity, and organizing power. By regularly settling down to experience this most silent level through the effortless Transcendental Meditation technique, mind and body gain deep rest, release stress and fatigue, and come out refreshed, 'energetic, and dynamic - capable of fulfilling our resolutions'. (more)

Mind over Ageing: 10 Steps to living a longer, healthier, happier life
16 January 2018 - 'Health and ageing are due to interconnections among our mind, body, and environment,' says Robert Schneider, MD, FACC. This is a core principle of Maharishi AyurVeda, the ancient science of natural health care revived by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme. Dr Schneider, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, in Iowa, USA, explains that the science of longevity in traditional Ayurveda is known as Rasayana or rejuvenation. To help mitigate the stresses of daily life and optimize successful ageing, Dr Schneider has distilled 10 Behavioural Rasayanas from the classical texts of Ayurveda, also showing how modern medical science confirms these ancient principles. He is currently writing his second book, Super Aging, from which this article series is selected. (more)


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Global microwave foods market to reach $136.3 billion by 2023
23 February 2018 - According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Microwavable Foods Market by Product and Packaging Technology: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-23, the global microwavable foods market was valued at $100.98 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $136.305 billion by 2023 . . . Microwavable foods are convenience food that require minimal preparation time and are cooked using the conventional microwave oven. Increased participation of women in workforce and changes in family dynamics have increased the dependency on readymade microwavable foods. Other factors ... (more)

Using household cleaning products can be as bad as smoking a pack a day (+ positive FortuneLive video)
23 February 2018 - A 20-year longitudinal study conducted by scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway has found that using cleaning products can be as harmful as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. (more)

Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'
15 February 2018 - A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. The results, in the British Medical Journal, showed that if the proportion of ultra-processed food in the diet increased by 10 per cent, then the number of cancers detected increased by 12 per cent. The researchers concluded: 'These results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades.' But they said the findings need to 'be confirmed by other large-scale' studies and research was needed to establish what could be behind the link. (more)

Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms may damage your brain's ability learn
8 February 2018 - If you spend too much time in dimly lit rooms, you may be altering your brain's structure and damaging your ability to remember and learn, according to the findings of an intriguing new study. The research, conducted by scientists from Michigan State University, is the first to show that changes in environmental light can lead to structural differences in the brain. It is estimated that both Brits and Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors on average. The researchers say a lack of bright light led to reductions in a substance which helps maintain healthy connections in the hippocampus and other regions of the brain. (more)

U.S. child mortality rates remain higher than in other wealthy nations
8 February 2018 - Even though infant and child mortality rates in wealthy nations have been steadily declining for decades, American children are still more likely to die than kids in other affluent countries, a U.S. study suggests. Back in the early 1960s, infant and child mortality rates were similar for the U.S. and 19 other countries with comparable levels of economic development. ... By the first decade of this century, the risk of death for infants was 76 percent higher in the U.S., and for children aged 1 to 19 the risk of death was 57 percent higher. Persistently high poverty rates, poor educational outcomes, and a relatively weak social safety net have contributed to the U.S. having worse infant and child mortality rates than any of these other nations, researchers write in Health Affairs. (more)

'Ultra-processed' products now half of all UK family food purchases
7 February 2018 - Half of all the food bought by families in the UK is now 'ultra-processed', made in a factory with industrial ingredients and additives invented by food technologists and bearing little resemblance to the fruit, vegetables, meat, or fish used to cook a fresh meal at home. The study of 19 European countries is published this month in a special issue of the journal Public Health Nutrition. It shows that UK families buy more ultra-processed food than any others in Europe, amounting to 50.7 per cent of the diet. Germany comes second, on 46.2 per cent and then Ireland on 45.9 per cent. (more)

Plastics chemical poisoning 86 per cent of teenagers
7 February 2018 - Experts are calling for the BPA content of packaging to be clearly labelled, after a new study showed that 86 per cent of teenagers had the harmful chemical compound in their bodies. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of certain types of plastic, and can be found in some water bottles, till receipts, the inside of cans and bottle tops, as well as highly processed foods. The chemical is known to disrupt the endocrine system, which controls how hormones are released into the body via several glands. ... It has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and liver enzyme abnormalities. There is a higher risk of ingesting BPAs if products are exposed to high temperatures, or reused, for instance in the case of plastic bottles. (more)

US: Common drug for PTSD doesn't stem nightmares, sleep problems in veterans
7 February 2018 - The blood pressure drug prazosin, widely prescribed to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has failed to show it can reduce distressing dreams or improve sleep quality in a trial of 304 military veterans at 13 Veterans Affairs medical centers. After 10 weeks of therapy with the generic drug ... recipients had no significant reduction in recurrent nightmares or easier sleep compared to veterans receiving placebo. Experts in PTSD familiar with the research have been shocked by the findings . . . An estimated 5 percent to 10 percent of the U.S. population has PTSD, with much higher rates among veterans and active-duty soldiers. (more)

Up to one in 10 U.S. children may have fetal alcohol disorders
6 February 2018 - As many as one in 10 U.S. children may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, far more than previously thought, a new study of first graders suggests. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is an umbrella term for a range of physical, psychological, behavioral, and cognitive problems that can develop in children whose mothers drink during pregnancy. The most severe form, fetal alcohol syndrome, can cause stunted growth, learning disabilities, bone and joint deformities, heart defects, and hyperactivity. (more)

India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds
1 February 2018 - Chickens raised in India for food have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine, in practices that could have repercussions throughout the world. Hundreds of tonnes of an 'antibiotic of last resort' -- only used in the most extreme cases of sickness -- are shipped to India each year to be used, without medical supervision, on animals that may not require the drugs but are being dosed with them nevertheless to promote the growth of healthy animals. (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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