Wellness Wednesday – 3/11/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Older Adults Who Drink Tea Are Less Likely To Be Depressed
Depression is common among older adults, with 7% of those over the age of 60 years reporting “major depressive disorder.”
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, a study by researchers from the National University of Singapore and Fudan University in Shanghai found a statistically significant link between regular tea drinking and lower levels of depression in seniors.
Research shows that tea and some of its ingredients — catechin, theanine, and caffeine — can produce positive effects on mood, cognitive ability, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and mortality.
To read more, visit MedicalNewsToday.com’s article here.
The Source of Peanut Allergies
An article by Inverse.com reports that scientists have discovered an allergy factory in a surprising place: the human gut.
A study recently published in Science points to the gut as the home of these allergy-causing antibodies, which offers insight into the mechanisms that drive their existence. The research was conducted on people with peanut allergies, but the findings could be game-changing for the estimated one in 10 adults with food allergies. Down the line, guided by this information, researchers may be able to hijack this production line and stop allergic reactions in their tracks.
You can read all about it at Inverse.com, here.
Mustaches May Guard Against Sun’s Rays
Not just a masculine addition to one’s appearance, mustaches, according to a new study, can also guard against lip cancer.
WebMD.com recently reported that researchers from the University of Kentucky Health System determined that years of mustache-wearing ultimately translates into a 16 times lower risk for developing actinic keratosis, an early sign of skin cancer, on their lower lip. The finding held up even after accounting for other risk factors, such as family history of skin cancer, a personal history of sunburns, a smoking habit, and/or age.
To read more about the study, visit WebMD.com‘s article here.
3rd Annual ‘Dream Builders’ Gala & Auction
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell will host the 13th Annual “Dream Builders” gala and auction
at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 6 to 10 p.m.
Lowell, Mass. | Build2020.GiveSmart.com
Billerica Garden Club’s 90th Anniversary
Billerica Garden Club’s 90th Anniversary presents Spring Fling with floral designer Christina of Platinum Posies.
Billerica, Mass. | GCFM.org
Annual Thomas G. Kelakos Community Spirit Award
Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell honors Kathy and Scott Plath for their many contributions to the Lowell community.
Lowell, Mass. | LowellKiwanis.org