WNC Wellness review

NC Senate Bill 31 amended & passed

"Lawmakers approved an amendment, supported by Glazier, specifying that the felony penalty will not apply to midwives, naturopaths, homeopaths, or any other alternative practitioners. It will only apply to someone impersonating a medical doctor." — [WRAL]

Whooping cough still spreading in Asheville area

"There have been five reported cases of the disease in Buncombe County so far this year, including two in March and one last week." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Study: Meditation a powerful tool against pain

"Meditation can deliver powerful pain-relieving effects to the brain with even just 80 minutes' training for a beginner in an exercise called focused attention, a study released Tuesday found." — [AFP]

Henderson County sixth-graders can get free shots this month

"Henderson County Public Schools, in conjunction with school nurses from the county Department of Public Health, will offer free Tdap shots at the county's four middle schools this month. " — [BlueRidgeNow.com]

Our VOICE sponsors “In His Own Words: Male Survivors Speak Out”

“Our VOICE, Inc. will host an encore viewing of the Oprah Show’s ‘Male Survivors Stand Together’ which highlights the experiences of male survivors of sexual abuse. The free event, entitled In His Own Words: Male Survivors Speak Out will take place on Thursday, April 28, from to 9 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville.” — [mountainx.com] 

Study: Elevated levels of sodium weaken body's response to stress

"New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that elevated levels of sodium blunt the body's natural responses to stress by inhibiting stress hormones that would otherwise be activated in stressful situations.” — [Science Daily]

Thursday: Park Ridge to host free sinus info event

“a special free presentation discussing the causes of sinus discomfort and possible treatment options. " — [ParkRidgeHealth.com]

US Army using battlefield acupuncture as an alternative to drug therapy

According to the website, allthingshealing, the U.S. Army “the US Army is using battlefield acupuncture as an alternative to drug therapy for troops in Afghanistan” — [allthingshealing.com]

Medical marijuana bill considered by General Assembly

“HB 577 (the Medical Cannabis Act) passed its first reading at the North Carolina General Assembly; [the bill has gone to the]  Rules, Calendar and Operations [committee]. Primary sponsor, Patsy Keever, Democrat of Buncombe County; co-sponsor, Susan Firsher, Democrat of Buncombe County.” — [mountainx.com]

Subaru teams up with Dining Out for Life events

“Subaru dealers are teaming up with their local Dining Out for Life beneficiary to make this annual event a nationwide success. …Dining Out for Life is an annual one-day fundraiser held on April 28th in nearly sixty cities across North America, when more than 3,500 restaurants will donate a generous percentage of each check to their local AIDS service organization.” — [mountainx.com]

— Send your health-and-wellness news to mxhealth@mountainx.com or news@mountainx.com, or call News Editor Margaret Williams at 251-1333, ext. 152.

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