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Netherlands: Record numbers stop smoking
23 April 2018 - In 2017 a record 110,000 people in the Netherlands stopped smoking, taking the percentage of adult smokers in the population to 23.1 per cent, according to new figures from national statistics office CBS from the Trimbos addiction clinic. In addition, tens of thousands of people are smoking less, the CBS said. (more)

US: This healthy convenience mart aims to take on 7-Eleven
18 April 2018 - The Goods Mart is a healthy convenience store committed to smarter eating: Every single item is free of artificial colors, sweeteners, and flavors, and without growth hormones or disruptors. Situated in Los Angeles' trendy Silver Lake neighborhood, The Goods Mart attempts to be the easy, less time-invasive alternative to grocery store shopping-albeit with a wellness twist. The newly opened store, which plans to go nationwide in the next year, targets locals looking for organic home essentials. (more)

Cargo-shipping regulators have struck a historic deal to clean up the industry
17 April 2018 - Cargo-shipping regulators have struck a historic deal to set their dirty fuel-burning industry on a low-carbon course. On Friday, the International Maritime Organization agreed for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping. The nonbinding deal marks a critical shift for the sector -- which, until last week, was the only major industry without a comprehensive climate plan. (more)

India's Prime Minister Modi to unveil new Ayurveda network during UK visit
13 April 2018 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join Prince Charles at the inauguration of a new Ayurveda centre of excellence during his visit to the UK next week. Modi will visit the United Kingdom from April 17-20 for a bilateral visit as well as to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). A plaque for the new centre will be unveiled in London to mark the launch of a new network to coordinate evidence-based research on yoga and Ayurveda, according to sources close to the India-UK bilateral visit. (more)

Hope trundles into remote hamlets on India's hospital train
12 April 2018 - Lifeline Express, a seven-coach train converted into a rolling hospital . . . has crisscrossed India for 27 years to treat people . . . living in areas with scarce healthcare. Lifeline Express has treated about 1.2 million people since its launch in 1991 by the non-profit Impact India Foundation, said chief operating officer and doctor Rajnish Gourh. (more)

New brain memory cells develop well into old age
9 April 2018 - Well into our 70s, we continue to develop new cells in an area of the brain responsible for new memories and exploration of new environments, scientists report. 'These new brain cells sustain our abilities to make new memories, learn, and cope with the environment, and they are important for emotional responses,' Dr. Maura Boldrini from Columbia University in New York City told Reuters Health by email. 'These neurons might be important in humans for our abilities to transmit complex information to future generations and to sustain our emotionally guided behavior, as well as for integrating complex memories and information.' (more)

Busy bees turn Afghan schoolgirl into an entrepreneur
7 April 2018 - In war-torn Afghanistan, honey is regarded as a traditional cure-all but for one schoolgirl, the sticky commodity has also created sweet opportunities to work and own a business in a country where few women do so. Three years ago, Frozan, now 19-years-old, obtained a small loan, bought two beehives and learned about apiculture from Hand in Hand International, a non-governmental organization that focuses on poverty. (more)

Humans produce new brain cells throughout their lives, say researchers
5 April 2018 - Humans continue to produce new neurons in a part of their brain involved in learning, memory and emotion throughout adulthood, scientists have revealed, countering previous theories that production stopped after adolescence. Many new neurons are produced in the hippocampus in babies, but it has been a matter of hot debate whether this continues into adulthood -- and if so, whether this rate drops with age as seen in mice and nonhuman primates. Now [a] group of scientists have published research ... revealing the new neurons are produced in this brain region in human adults and does not drop off with age. (more)

Gardening's benefits jibe with today's emphasis on wellness
3 April 2018 - Modern gardening isn't just about growing plants -- it's part of a movement toward personal and family wellness that includes everything from diet and exercise to a clean and livable environment. 'A lot of things are going on with wellness as it applies to our food culture,' said Helen Lundell, a senior consultant with The Hartman Group Inc., a company in Bellevue, Washington, that studies consumer, food and beverage trends. 'The essential theme is that consumers are moving toward natural foods. First and foremost is the absence of pesticides and chemicals used in production.' (more)

After a coal plant closed, children's health improved
2 April 2018 - Coal-burning power plants emit air pollution that harms people's health. So, when a plant in Tongliang, China, was scheduled to close in 2004, researchers wondered how the change in air quality would affect the health of children born in the surrounding city. Frederica Perera is the director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health. She studied two groups of children from Tongliang: one born two years before the power plant closed, and one born a year after the closure. The findings were significant. (more)

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David Lynch Foundation CEO to present at 'Unite to Cure' - global health conference at the Vatican, 28 April
23 April 2018 - The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) will participate in 'Unite To Cure: A Global Health Care Initiative' - a groundbreaking international event at the Vatican this weekend designed to create an open dialogue and help speed cures for patients all over the world. Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation CEO, will speak on Saturday, 28 April, about DLF's work bringing Transcendental Meditation to at-risk youth worldwide. The full title of the Cura Foundation's Fourth International Vatican Conference is: Unite to Cure: How Science, Technology, and 21st Century Medicine Will Impact Culture and Society. Cura Foundation President Dr. Robin Smith said the conference is 'a ''Davos'' for health care'. (more)

Africa: New research shows Transcendental Meditation empowers disadvantaged Ugandan mothers
22 April 2018 - A study published 18 April in Health Care for Women International shows how the Transcendental Meditation technique can empower women's lives, using measures of self-efficacy, perceived stress, and mental and physical quality of life. The practice was shown to help single, disadvantaged, illiterate mothers in Uganda deal with high levels of physical and psychological stress in their daily lives while improving their health, well-being, and ability to support themselves and their children. A top leader in the Uganda Ministry of Health said the findings are extremely important in showing how this simple meditation technique can provide a platform for impoverished mothers to help themselves. (more)

Watch today: 'The Dr Oz Show' features Bob Roth on Transcendental Meditation
19 April 2018 - Today the popular American television show 'The Dr Oz Show' features Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation. Dr Oz talks with Roth about the science and benefits of Transcendental Meditation, myths and misconceptions of different types of meditation - and Roth's new bestselling book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Is Transcendental Meditation the same as mindfulness?
17 April 2018 - With the value of meditation becoming widely recognized, researchers are finding that different techniques engage the mind in different ways, producing different effects on mind, body and behaviour. The Transcendental Meditation technique is unlike other forms of meditation, involving no concentration, mindfulness, or contemplation, writes Amy Ruff, director of TM for Nurses in the USA. It's a completely different process - 'an automatic self-transcending meditation technique that allows the mind to go beyond thought, beyond the meditation process itself.' Research has found that TM produces deeper rest than other practices, is more effective for reducing hypertension, anxiety and depression, and is the only meditation known to create widespread brainwave coherence and an increase in brain integration. 'Being naturally mindful in daily life - more in the moment, more aware, more alert - is something that happens spontaneously as a result of the TM practice,' Ruff says. (more)

Scotland: Transcendental Meditation for caregivers - 'The dynamic in the family has changed'
14 April 2018 - Caring for elderly relatives can be exhausting. Leaving the Scottish Civil Service to take care of his mother left Owen feeling tired and stressed. 'As a carer, Transcendental Meditation seemed like a good fit. It would help deal with the stress of the caring combined with the isolation.' He had tried other forms of meditation which required a bit of effort. 'TM was surprisingly easy,' he said. 'I was able to do it right away and I felt the benefits almost immediately. . . . When I meditate I feel calm and restful but not sleepy. [Afterward] I feel very refreshed and more alert and focused.' During the day Owen feels more aware and understanding of his mother's needs, and that his increased calm has had a relaxing and reassuring effect on both of his parents: 'The dynamic in the family has changed.' (more)

Raising healthy, resilient and self-driven children
10 April 2018 - 'How often do you come across something that will give your children the gift of being able to take a step back, to de-stress and find calm amidst the chaos of life? This is why having my kids learn the Transcendental Meditation technique has been so rewarding for me,' said Mira Daniels, mother of two boys and business owner. Daniels shared her experience with TM as a tool for enhancing the lives of both parents and children - prompted by the publication of the bestseller The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, by Bill Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson. The authors' many insights include the recommendation to meditate and encourage children to do the same. 'This meditation practice is something that I know will be so vital for them in every phase of their lives,' Daniels said. (more)

Maria Shriver on her new book, I've Been Thinking . . . Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life
9 April 2018 - As a prominent, high-profile woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In her new book, I've Been Thinking . . . Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life, the award-winning journalist, author and mother of four shares her reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life. LI Herald reports that, continuing her illustrious family's tradition of service, Shriver is 'learning to do these things from a place of newfound inner peace. . . . ''I offer the tools,'' she says, ''. . . to stay above the noise, and find that sanctuary. I can't tell someone to do Transcendental Meditation (which she practices), but I can tell them how it works for me.'' ' (more)

WATCH TODAY - 2 April: Ellen DeGeneres talks TM with Bob Roth, author of Strength in Stillness
2 April 2018 - Why does Ellen DeGeneres practise the Transcendental Meditation technique? She explains why today on her show. Ellen and author Bob Roth discuss the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique and Bob's new bestseller Strength in Stillness. Ellen has been practising TM for over seven years. She and Bob have a great time together and share some wonderful experiences. (Their conversation airs during the final 15 minutes of the show.) (more)

4th International Ayurveda Congress announced: September 2018, Leiden, Netherlands
24 March 2018 - Inspired by an epic 17th century Dutch treatise on medicinal plants of South India, called Hortus Malabaricus - the 4th International Ayurveda Congress in Leiden, Netherlands, will connect India, The Netherlands, and Europe through their rich botanical heritage, while also presenting the therapeutic potential of plants and natural approaches to health in Ayurveda and traditional European remedies. The scientific approach of Ayurveda as a prevention-oriented healthcare system will also be presented. Conference organizers are: International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation and Maharishi European Research University, Netherlands, and All India Ayurvedic Congress and International Academy of Ayurveda in India. 'On the foundation of scientific research, we are rebuilding the 340-year-old golden bridge of herbal medicines linking India with Europe,' organizers said. (more)

Live like it's Spring: Renew yourself with Transcendental Meditation
21 March 2018 - 'The same force of nature that causes the awakening of seeds into new growth . . . also inspires our hearts to leap outside their confining winter-boundaries,' writes Janet Hoffman. The executive director of Transcendental Meditation for Women Professionals in the US says that TM 'effortlessly refreshes your mind, body, emotions and spirit' - a way to revitalise at any time of year. During TM practice the mind settles to a state of deep silence, bringing profound relaxation, reduced anxiety, stress and fatigue, and renewed vigor. 'Emotions are balanced and life can begin anew - fresher, lighter and happier. . . . Every one of us has the potential to bloom in creativity, joy and love. The seeds of all our future bliss are within us now.' (more)

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The world is sending tons of illegal, electronic waste to Nigeria
19 April 2018 - Thousands of tons of pollution-filled e-waste are shipped illegally to Nigeria each year, and most of it is coming from Europe, according to a recent study. The study, led by the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Africa and United Nations University, is alarming because many of the most common discarded electronics contain toxic metals and other compounds -- such as mercury, lead, cadmium, flame retardants, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) -- that can harm people and the environment. (more)

Flesh-eating ulcer 'epidemic' hits parts of Australia. Scientists don't have answers.
17 April 2018 - The spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in parts of Australia is being described as a 'rapidly worsening epidemic' and, to make matters worse, researchers say they don't know exactly where it comes from or how it is transmitted. (more)

Sitting at desk all day may damage brain and raise dementia risk, study suggests
12 April 2018 - Sitting at a desk all day or spending hours watching television may damage the brain in a way which is known to increase the risk of dementia, a new study suggests. While researchers have known for some time that sedentary behaviour is bad for physical health, raising the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and early death, it is the first study to show it could also influence mental wellbeing. The research was published in the journal Plos One. (more)

Northern China ozone pollution getting worse: study
11 April 2018 - Concentrations of hazardous ground-level ozone have worsened in northern China despite country-wide efforts to tackle air pollution, according to a study published by Peking University on Tuesday (10 April). Also known as 'sunburn for the lungs', ozone is caused by the interaction of sunlight with nitrogen oxides and the vast amounts of uncontrolled volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by burning fossil fuels. Traffic congestion is a major cause. (more)

Concussion in 20s could increase the risk of dementia by 60 per cent, Lancet study finds
10 April 2018 - Suffering concussion or other brain injuries In your 20s could increase the risk of dementia by more than 60 per cent, a major study suggests. The new study by the Washington School of Medicine (in Seattle) tracked adults for almost four decades. The research on almost 3 million adults, published in the Lancet Psychiatry, follows increasing debate about the long-term consequences of blows to the head suffered in football and boxing. (more)

Heavily used herbicide tied to shorter pregnancies
2 April 2018 - More than 90 percent of pregnant women in a small Indiana study had glyphosate in their urine, and higher concentrations were associated with earlier deliveries. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the most heavily used herbicide in the United States and worldwide, the study team writes in the journal Environmental Health. (more)

Here's a new reason why eating out might be bad for your health
29 March 2018 - Dining out frequently is known to increase one's intake of unhealthy sugars and fats. But a new study suggests that there's another reason to eat at home more often: phthalates. Phthalates are potentially harmful chemicals found in hundreds of consumer products, including perfumes, hair sprays, shampoos, and the plastics used in food processing and packaging. The study, published Wednesday (29 March) in the journal Environment International, found that the phthalate levels of participants who had eaten at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets in the previous day were 35% higher than those who reported eating food purchased at the grocery store. (more)

E-cigarettes tied to less smoking cessation
22 March 2018 - Smokers who also use e-cigarettes may be half as likely to give up tobacco as smokers who never vape at all, a European study suggests. Even when smokers only occasionally experimented with vaping, they were about 67 percent less likely to become ex-smokers, the study found. 'This is important because e-cigarettes are widely promoted as a smoking cessation tool,' said senior author Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. (more)

U.S. infant mortality high even for full-term babies
21 March 2018 - Infant mortality rates for full-term babies vary across the U.S., but all states are worse than many European countries, a new study suggests. Across the U.S., infant mortality rates for full-term babies were 50 percent to 200 percent higher than in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, the study found. (more)

Plastic particles found in bottled water
15 March 2018 - Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic. In the largest investigation of its kind, 250 bottles bought in nine different countries were examined. Research led by journalism organization Orb Media discovered an average of 10 plastic particles per litre, each larger than the width of a human hair. The tests were conducted at the State University of New York at Fredonia (United States). (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: 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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