WNC Wellness review: Xpress launches wellness review in print; Lake Powhatan closed

• Feature: A matter of health – An invitation from Mountain Xpress to explore wellness in WNC:

This week, we’re launching the print version of the column. We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing what wellness topics you’d like to see in this monthly section.” – [Jacquelyn Dobrinska, Mountain Xpress] 

• YWCA Wellness Open House Today (8/30):

The YWCA of Asheville will host a Wellness Open House and Neighborhood Appreciation Day on Monday August 30th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave. […] There will be free chair massages, reiki, eye screenings, a preview of latest styles of eyeware, snacks, giveaways and more.” – [MX Blogwire] 

• Lake Powhatan closed to swimming and fishing after 3 cases of crypto diagnosed:

The Centers for Disease Control recommended that Lake Powhatan be temporarily closed to prevent the spread of cryptosporidium (crypto), according to a Buncombe County Health Department notice on Friday, Aug. 28. Three cases of Crypto have been reported to the Buncombe County Department of Health and a fourth case is suspected. Each affected person reported being in the lake in August.” – [Mountain Xpress]

• Park Ridge Health to present Prostate Cancer Lunch & Learn September 1:

In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Park Ridge Health is pleased to present a free Lunch & Learn program to discuss Prostate Cancer on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at noon at Laurel Park Medical Center.” – [WHKP]

Mission begins photo ID for late-night visitors:

Beginning the night of Friday, August 27, Mission Hospital in Asheville will add photos to the identification badges given to visitors who are in the hospital between 9 pm and 5 am.” – [Mission Health website] 

• New Cancer Center in Western North Carolina named in honor of SECU members:

State Employees’ Credit Union members were honored at a “Topping Off Ceremony” in Asheville for their extraordinary gift to the region’s new Cancer Center. SECU members’ $5 million gift, via the SECU Foundation, will assist in the construction of the newly named SECU Cancer Center at Mission Hospital.” – [CUinsight]

• Southeastern Sports Medicine relocating next door:

Southeastern Sports Medicine, a service of Park Ridge Health, has moved to a new location. Those who are familiar with the former Southeastern location, 7 Turtle Creek Dr. in Asheville, will easily find the new location – 21 Turtle Creek Dr. – located right next door.” – [WHKP]

• A protein killer could treat all cancers, and possibly all illnesses:

Since last April, 19 cancer patients whose liver tumors hadn’t responded to chemotherapy have taken an experimental drug. Within weeks of the first dose, it appeared to work, by preventing tumors from making proteins they need to survive. The results are preliminary yet encouraging. With a slight redesign, the drug might work for hundreds of diseases, fulfilling the promise that wonder cures like stem cells and gene therapy have failed to deliver.” – [PopSci]

• Dark side of healthy antioxidants:

Health benefits from polyphenol antioxidants—substances found in many fruits and vegetables—may come at a serious cost for some people. Eating certain polyphenols decreases the amount of iron the body absorbs, which can increase the risk of developing an iron deficiency.” – [PENN State via Futurity.org]

• Infographic: Sizing Up the iPad for Healthcare:

Form factor plus access to thousands of medical apps (more than 300 medical apps developed specifically for the iPad) has helped Apple’s newest device gain a small foothold in healthcare.” – [MobileHealthNews]

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