Wellness Wednesdays – 7/11/18


Nutrition as Disease Prevention

by Rohit Dixit, MD, of Pentucket Medical Associates

We all know that we need food to live, but what foods are the best for our health — not just in the day-to-day sense, but in preventing diseases over the long term?

The most effective preventive measures related to diet appear to be those for diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease and liver disease. Here’s just a brief list of the types of foods being studied for these preventive benefits:

– polyphenols and anthocyanins (berries, beans, cocoa, wine, coffee and tea)
– lycopene (tomatoes, watermelons and guava)
– L-arginine (certain beans and nuts)
– monounsaturated fatty acids (almonds, walnuts, olive oil, cocoa and avocados)
– green leafy vegetables (spinach and kale)
– dietary fibers (especially insoluble types: oats, lentils, beans and certain fruits/vegetables)

More than just an association, there are plausible mechanisms by which these foods can reduce damage to the lining of your blood vessels, prevent damage to the body’s cells due to oxidation and more. So when you’re making your grocery list, you might want to make it a point to consciously include some of the above for your family!



Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center Chosen to Help Startups Eliminate Influenza and Sepsis

The federal agency tasked with solving critical health threats to Americans has chosen the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a collaboration of the UMass Lowell and Worcester campuses that helps biotech and medical-device startups bridge the gap between idea and market, as one of only eight business incubators in the nation to help startups develop means of eradicating influenza and sepsis.

An estimated 35.6 million cases of the flu are reported and claim the lives of 56,000 people each year, while sepsis results in 250,000 deaths annually, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Over the next five years, M2D2 will receive $500,000 from BARDA to assist startups at its incubators in Lowell and Worcester, which provide access to world-class research expertise and facilities. Two startups already working with M2D2 in Lowell to combat the flu and cure sepsis – Versatope Therapeutics and ExThera Medical Corp. – plan to join the new network.

Versatope Therapeutics, headquartered at M2D2’s incubator at UMass Lowell, is developing a universal vaccine that would combat various types of influenza. ExThera Medical Corp., led by a UMass Lowell graduate, is working on a new sepsis cure.



Those with Heart Failure Benefit from High-Protein Diets

A new study out of the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure has shown that people suffering from heart failure live longer if they consume more protein, according to the European Society of Cardiology. The natural difficulty that older people have with building muscle mass can be partially overcome with higher protein intake, the ESC reports, but most older adults counterintuitively eat less protein than their younger counterparts — even though they could really use the extra protein more!



July 11

Sangha Yoga Collective and Bija Yoga will hold their next free Yoga in the Park session from 6 to 7 p.m. at Boarding House Park. Each week, the yoga studios will be joined by a different local organization doing good for Lowell, giving participants the ability to learn about them and offer financial support if they so choose. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com

July 14

The Enterprise Bank Boot Scootin’ Boogie 5K & Brewfest will be held at the Londonderry Athletic Field Complex from 6 to 10 p.m. After you run the 5K, you’ll be able to wind down with a country concert, 40-foot bonfire and drinks from some of your favorite breweries. Londonderry, N.H. | MillenniumRunning.com

July 14 & 15

Fratello’s of Nashua will hold Yoga with Mimosas on July 14 and 15 starting at 10:30 a.m. This gentle yoga class, led by Andrew French, will be followed by lunch with a complimentary mimosa. Nashua, N.H. | Call (603) 889-2022 to register

July 28

Pizzastock II, a community-wide youth music festival, will hold its second annual event at MacGregor Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature a daylong series of independent youth bands from the region, along with an open discussion and information on mental health and suicide prevention. Derry, N.H. Pizzastock.org



Groundwork Lawrence Farmers Market
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, times & locations vary
See GroundworkLawrence.org for full calendar!

Manchester, N.H.
Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Victory Park

Burlington, Mass.
Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Grand View Farm

Haverhill, Mass.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
51 Merrimack St.

Newburyport, Mass.
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tannery Marketplace

North Andover, Mass.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Intersection of First St. and Main St.

Salem, N.H.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14 Main St.

The Farm Market @ Mill No. 5, Lowell
Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
250 Jackson St.

Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Times & locations vary
See MillCityGrows.org for full calendar!


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