Wellness Wednesday – 10/14/20
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
State Sen. Diana DiZoglio Advocating for Methuen Youth and Community Center
Last night, State Sen. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) joined a group of Methuen students and met with the Methuen School Committee to advocate for a new Youth and Community Center.
Members of the school committee considered a proposal to utilize the former Pleasant Valley School building on Pleasant Valley Street as a location for a Methuen Youth and Community Center.
“We as community leaders need to step up and support our future generation of leaders’ call to action, not only for the youth who are currently advocating, but for their children and their children’s children,” said DiZoglio of her proposal. “The actions we take now could positively impact countless young people for generations to come.”
DiZoglio is also planning to walk across the Commonwealth to raise money for the Youth Innovation Program. This program is designed to prepare students for life beyond school.
DiZoglio aims to raise $1000 per mile, amounting to $166,000. Along the walk, which begins this Friday, she will be joined by community leaders, residents, students, volunteers and sponsors. She has been assisted in the route planning by Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College, and William Shuttleworth, an Air Force veteran and Newburyport resident who completed a 109-day walk across the United States in 2019. You can learn more by clicking here or donate here.
Middlesex CC Hosts Health and Biotech Virtual Pathway Open House
Middlesex Community College will host a trio of virtual Pathway Open Houses throughout the fall semester. The first Pathway Open House will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 and cover the Health and Biotechnology programs at Middlesex. Students can learn what MCC and these specific programs offer from the beginning — diving into the specifics of the college, academic majors and all the resources that may be of interest to prospective students.
Over Zoom, attendees will learn about the admissions process, speak with financial aid counselors, meet with MCC faculty members, hear about campus offerings and learn about transfer options. Those who participate will also have the opportunity to explore career paths and learn about career-focused degrees and certificates, career development courses and customized training for businesses.
For more information or to RSVP for MCC’s Pathways Open Houses on Zoom, visit here or email Admissions@Middlesex.Mass.edu.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Why The Hidden World of Fungi is Essential to Life on Earth
They are eating rock, making soil, digesting pollutants, nourishing and killing plants, surviving in space, inducing visions, producing food, making medicines, manipulating animal behavior, and influencing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. Despite the vastness of their ecological contributions, fungi have received only a small fraction of the attention they deserve. The best estimate suggests that there are between 2.2m and 3.8m species of fungi on the Earth – as many as 10 times the estimated number of plant species — meaning that, at most, a mere 8% of all fungal species have been described, according to The Guardian.
Many of the most dramatic events on Earth have been a result of fungal activity. In fact, plants only made it out of the water around 500m years ago because of their collaboration with fungi, which served as their root systems for tens of million years. Today, more than 90% of plants depend on symbiotic fungi, which weave themselves between plant cells in an intimate brocade, supply plants with crucial nutrients and defend them from disease.
As of now, most environmental legislation and international assemblies refer to the conservation of flora (plants) and fauna (animals). Adding a third “F”, funga, to the list would write this neglected kingdom of life into conservation and agricultural policy frameworks, and unlock crucial funding for mycological research, surveys and educational programs.
One Dose Of CBD Increases Blood Flow To The Brain
Just a single dose of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive compound of cannabis, temporarily increases blood flow to certain regions of the brain. This observation has the potential to explain some of the much-hyped therapeutic effects of CBD for people with PTSD, anxiety and other mental health problems, reports IFLScience.com
Scientists at University College London (UCL) gave 15 healthy young people 600mg of oral CBD or a placebo on different occasions. The researchers then used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to see how the drugs changed blood oxygen levels in their brains.
Researchers found that a single dose of CBD significantly increased blood flow to the hippocampus, a brain structure that plays a role in emotions, learning, and memory. They also noted increased blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, an area in the orbitofrontal cortex that’s used to process social behavior and decision-making.
“Cannabidiol is one of the main constituents of cannabis and is gaining interest for its therapeutic potential. There is evidence that CBD may help reduce symptoms of psychosis and anxiety. There is some evidence to suggest that CBD may improve memory function,” explained Dr. Michael Bloomfield, lead study author from UCL Psychiatry.