WILMINGTON, MA — Greg Bendel is one of the six candidates competing for two 3-year Selectmen seats in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below are Bendel’s Closing Argument; his Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple; links to his supporters’ letters to the editor; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video) and the Town Crier (written); and more.Closing ArgumentDear Fellow Residents:For the past three years I have had the honor of serving the residents of Wilmington as a member of the Board of Selectmen and I would like the opportunity to continue volunteering as a member of the board for the next three years. I grew up in Wilmington and have been the beneficiary of a lot of the wonderful things Wilmington has to offer. As an adult I have made it a point to give back to the community I love in any way that I can. I want to continue to represent residents in the same positive and respectful way that I always have. I am proud of the things that we have done over the past three years, but we still have much more to do. I recognize that like most communities in Massachusetts we have challenges that lie ahead, and we all know what they are. I want to be part of the solution to these challenges and I know that working together we can do more.When I first ran for Selectman, Andrea and I had no children. Two years later we are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Charlotte and Grace. They have given me a new perspective and have reaffirmed and even elevated, my commitment in working to ensure that Wilmington remains a great place to live, work, and raise a familyIt is an honor to serve the residents of Wilmington on the Board of Selectmen and it is a role I take very seriously. I take great pride in the way that I conduct myself and I like to believe that I lead by example. I am always willing to listen to others and never look to tear anyone down regardless if we differ in opinion. I have always been polite and treated others with respect, values that my parents instilled in me at a young age.I have been incredibly lucky to have the support of so many of my friends and neighbors. I can’t tell you how much your encouragement has inspired me over the past few years. Families have welcomed me into their homes, invited me to speak at different events and even held a rally on my behalf. I am thankful for everyone who has reached out to me via the phone and email and grateful for the two hundred homes and businesses who have requested to put a sign on their lawn. I really appreciate all the people who have stood out in the cold and held signs, despite the recent wet weather.Like most things in life, I know that very little gets done working alone. I believe that I have proven to be a team player and I look forward to continue working with others to get things done and keep the town moving forward in a positive direction. Our residents deserve nothing less. I humbly request you consider me for one of your two votes for a three-year term on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen this coming Saturday, April 27th. For more information about my candidacy and to find out where I stand on the major selectmen issues, please visit gregbendel.com.Thank you,Greg BendelOn The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Do I believe Wilmington is headed in the right direction? Yes, I do. Wilmington is a great place to live and we are fortunate to be able to offer something for everyone who lives here. Like many communities we do have challenges that we face. But, I believe that with the combination of a good Town Administration, countless volunteers and residents who are engaged in local government, we are prepared to face these challenges head on. First and for most Wilmington is a safe place for us to live thanks to the brave men and woman of our police and fire departments who work tirelessly day and night to keep us safe.For years Wilmington has taken a very fiscally conservative approach to budgeting which has resulted in a consistently strong bond rating, a healthy reserve in our rainy day accounts and we continue to be a great position when it comes to borrowing. Unlike most of the surrounding towns we have been able to offer many services to residents without additional fees such as free all day kindergarten, no fees for trash and recycling, no school transportation fees, no athletic user fees, top notch veteran, DPW and senior services in addition to a strong public school system.The current challenges we face are clear and I believe we have a plan to confront each one going forward. There are many areas in which we can improve on, and by working together and continuing to take proactive approaches to challenges, I’m confidant that we will keep moving forward successfully.Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).One of the best things about Wilmington is that everyone does their part to get involved and volunteer their time in one way or another. I grew up in Wilmington and have been the beneficiary of a lot of the wonderful things Wilmington has to offer. As an adult I have made it a point to give back to the community I love in anyway I can. In addition to my full time job as a teacher and a coach at Shawsheen Tech, I am a proud member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. I was proud to work with the Local Heroes organization for may years packaging gifts for our brave troops stationed around the world. In 2011 I volunteered for the Wilmington 4.0 Committee with the goal of bringing a new Wilmington High School to town. I am an active member of the Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association’s Alumni Committee. I volunteered for the Wilmington Housing Authority from 2011-2016 and served as the board’s chairman from 2014-2016. During that time I worked with others to oversee Wilmington’s state run affordable housing, which is mostly located at Demming Way.In 2016 I was elected to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen where I have volunteered since. In my time as a Selectmen, I was proud to be a small part of the Wilmington Public School’s 2018 Superintendent Search Screening Committee and I was recently appointed to the town’s new Economic Development Committee which aims to promote Wilmington as a great place to operate a business. Over the years, I have volunteered for many local organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, the Wilmington Rotary Club, the Wilmington Relay for Life and the Brady Foundation to name a few. My wife and I take great pride in attending as many of the major events in town and helping out in anyway we can. As new parents, I look forward to volunteering in new ways like in the schools and in youth sports, just as my parents did before me.Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?Over the past year I have heard arguments for and against this particular project. I listened carefully to different points of view, and watched all of the Board of Appeals meetings very closely to stay informed. It is important to note that as the appointing authority of the Board of Appeals, any lobbying of the Board of Appeals members by a Selectman could undermine the Board of Appeals’ decision. It could also put the Town at risk of a lawsuit by the applicant.In general, I support the right of any proposed business that wants to come to Wilmington to go through the Town’s regulatory process. In the case of the proposed detox facility, the regulatory process included a review by numerous Town departments and public hearings before the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals, so that residents could give their input or voice concerns, and of course give the applicant the chance to state their case. The application for 362 Middlesex Ave was ultimately denied by the Board of Appeals and as their appointing authority, I support their decision. To those residents who disagree with my approach, and to those who agree, I would say the same thing. If the Board’s decision is challenged by the applicant, I will defend the Board of Appeals decision in consultation with counsel.In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?On August 13th 2018, I was proud to vote for the signing of a proclamation to declare September 2018 “Revive Civility Month” in the Town of Wilmington. We live in an time where we need more civility in our country. If re-elected I will continue to do my part by being a positive role model for others. It is an honor to serve the residents of Wilmington on the Board of Selectmen and it is a role I take very seriously. I take great pride in the way that I conduct myself and I like to believe that I lead by example. I am always willing to listen to others and never look to tear anyone down regardless if we differ in opinion. I have always been polite and treated others with respect, values that my parents instilled in me at a young age. I have and will continue to encourage others to exercise civility so that we can work together to keep moving Wilmington forward.What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?I believe that Wilmington’s next two future municipal building projects should be the construction of a North Wilmington Fire Sub Station and the construction of a new Buzzell Senior Center. A North Wilmington Sub Station is vital to the safety of the residents who live in that area. Specifically for those residents who live north of the train tracks, decreased response times could be the difference between life and death. Our Senior Center is bursting at the seams, and currently space is very limited. Built in 1935 as the Buzzell School, the current building is only 8,308 square feet in size and does not have room for all of the robust programs we currently offer and the facility lacks adequate parking. As our population gets older, participation at the Senior Center is growing rapidly and we have outgrown our current Senior Center. I believe we need to create the new and larger Senior Center that our senior population deserves. If I had a very close third choice, it would be the construction of a new Wildwood Elementary School. Built in 1955, it is the oldest of all of our schools, and our students will someday need to a new elementary school. This issue will need to be addressed in the very near future as well. I recognize that these projects will cost money, but they are crucial to our town’s future and we are fortunate that Wilmington has done a good job of preparing for capital improvement projects like these by putting money away in reserve accounts. These reserve accounts will allow us to take on a major project like one of these with very little or perhaps no added costs to residents.Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant (https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/2019_atm_warrant.pdf) that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? There are many important articles on this year’s Town Meeting Warrant. I encourage all residents to attend our annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 5th which will be held in the Joanne Benton Auditorium located within Wilmington High School. The Town Manger has determined that the proposed land in Article #46 is not surplus land and therefore should not be sold. I look forwarded to hearing more about the other petitioned articles from residents and having the opportunity to ask questions to the petitioners. I look forward to hearing the recommendations from the Finance Committee and the Planning Board on the petitioned articles as well. The article which I would encourage voters to support is our annual town budget which is Article #5. It is crucial that our town budget is passed so that we can continue to fund all of the services we provide to residents. Funding for our Police & Fire Departments, our School Department, DPW and all of our Human Services Departments depend on passage of Article #5.If you are elected, what are at least three big things that you hope to accomplish during your 3 years on the board? How would you accomplish these things?If re-elected the first thing I would do is maintain the level of civility that I have displayed since day one in office. Residents elected me to make tough decisions, sometimes decisions that some will disagree with. Those residents deserve to be treated with the same respect, regardless if we differ in opinion. I take great pride in knowing that I have always treated people with respect and I believe I have been a positive role model for others. I will continue to do what I believe is best for all of the people of our town, listen to residents feedback and make informed decisions, just as I have for the past three years. Like most things in life, I know that very little gets done working alone. I have proven to be a team player and I look forward to continue working with others to get things done and keep the town moving forward in a positive direction. Our residents deserve nothing less.I would continue to be a strong advocate for conservative budgeting. Massachusetts is an expensive place to live and Wilmington is no different. What makes us different is that we budget conservatively, spend wisely and save for the future. I want us to continue these things so that we can keep providing excellent services to the residents at no additional costs. Unlike most surrounding towns we do not pay fees for all day kindergarten, trash pickup, transportation to school and participation in athletics, just to name a few. Our residents get top notch services from our Elderly Services Department, Veteran Services Department, Recreation Department as well as our Library. The DPW does a great job of plowing our streets and keeping all of our parks clean in addition to so much more. Here in Wilmington we are fortunate to have the finest Police and Fire Departments around that keep us safe each and every day. I want to help maintain all of these high level services. Additionally, our savings in reserve accounts will position us to take on a large capital improvement project such as a North Wilmington Sub Fire Station, a new Wildwood Elementary School or a new Senior Center with little or no additional impact on residents. We have positioned our selves well to tackle whatever project the residents see fit to start planning for next.I plan to continue to be an advocate for upcoming infrastructure projects in our town. I voted to support three major infrastructure projects that will help with traffic issues and make some of our main roads more attractive to new businesses. The entire stretch of Rt. 38 from the Rt. 62 bridge to the Woburn line is being redone, the Butters Row Bridge is scheduled to be redone, and the intersection of Woburn Street and Lowell Street is scheduled to be redone, all in the next five years. Each of these projects are being paid for largely with state and federal money. I will continue to advocate for improving our roads and creating ways for residents who live on unaccepted ways to have thee opportunity to have their roads improved too. I will continue to support efforts to improve conditions at our North Wilmington Train Station. These are all examples of concerns that I have heard from residents over the past few years and I plan to continue addressing residents concerns going forward. I plan on accomplishing these things by working together with other elected officials, town employees and residents.If you would like to find out more about my candidacy please visit gregbendel.com.What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?As a school teacher myself, I know that grades are not given, they are earned. Like all of us, myself included, there is always room for improvement. I know for a fact that our Town Manager puts in very long hours everyday and sometimes on weekends too. I would give our manager high praise for his work ethic and conservative budgeting. During our last negotiations with the manager I believe we came to a another conservative agreement which also includes a performance evaluation tool that the town never had before. Admittedly, the manager and I have had some disagreements over certain issues, but they have always been civil and we have always treated each other with respect. I have seen first hand that being the Town Manager is not an easy job and requires juggling many balls at once. I have also learned that the manger has an unbelievable staff that work with him behind the scenes everyday. The people who work in Town Hall and for our town departments are very hard working people who are extremely dedicated to our town. Without their help, the manager would not achieve the same successes he does now. Running a town requires a total team effort and the manager is just one part of that team. I believe the team of people we the residents have assembled are working very hard on our behalf, I support them, and they deserve high marks.If you would like to find out more about my candidacy, please visit gregbendel.com.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past two months.)Letters To The Editor/EndorsementsSelectman Jonathan Eaton Endorses O’Mahony, Bendel & Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Greg Bendel For SelectmanFormer Selectman Lou Cimaglia Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectman Mike Newhouse Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectman Mike Champoux Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenFormer Selectman Ed Loud Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenWilmington Good Guy, Former Selectman Scott Garrant Endorses Bendel For SelectmanShawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses Bendel For SelectmanSchool Committee Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenSchool Committee Member Steve Bjork Endorses Bendel, Caira & O’Mahony For SelectmenFinance Committee Member Marianne Gallezzo Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenWilmington Firefighters Union Endorses Selectman Greg BendelWilmington Living Legend Jack Cushing Endorses Bendel & CairaDeb Smith Endorses Greg Bendel For SelectmanIf You Do The Homework, You’ll See That Bendel & Caira Are The Clear ChoicesA Vote For Bendel & Caira Is A Vote For Integrity, Hope & OptimismBendel & Caira Are Serving For The Right Reasons, Care About ALL ResidentsCaira & Bendel Have Displayed Integrity, Professionalism & AccountabilityBendel & Caira Are Trustworthy & Keep Their Campaign PromisesBendel Has A Proven Commitment To Helping SeniorsBendel is The Clear Choice, Dedicates His Life To ServiceBendel Impresses New Resident With His LeadershipResident Backs Bendel For Selectman, Praises His Efforts To Fix Unaccepted WaysWatch The DebateWatch The Debate at WCTV.org Wilmington Apple’s Debate CoverageTown Crier’s Debate CoverageLowell Sun’s Debate CoverageCandidate Conversation with WCTVSelectman Greg Bendel Discusses His Re-Election Campaign With WCTVWilmington Town Crier Candidate ProfileBendel seeks reelection to Board of SelectmenCampaign Announcement/OtherSelectman Greg Bendel To Run For Re-ElectionGreg Bendel Holds Successful Campaign Rally With Positive MessageCandidate’s Website & Social MediaWebsiteFacebookTwitterLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. 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The confirmation hearings of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, began with Senate Judiciary Republicans praising his qualifications and legal philosophy.“His grasp on the separation of powers — including judicial independence –enlivens his body of work,” committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said of the federal appeals court judge during his opening remarks on Monday.Democrats, however, wanted to talk about the man they believed should have been sitting there instead: former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, who was denied a hearing by Senate Republicans during an election year. Garland and Gorsuch were nominated to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away suddenly in February 2016.“I am deeply disappointed that it is under these circumstances that we begin these hearings,” said Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.She went on to say that Democrats would give Gorsuch a courtesy that Senate Republicans did not give Garland: a fair hearing.“Our job is to determine whether Judge Gorsuch is a reasonable mainstream conservative or is he not,” Feinstein continued. She then outlined her concerns with some of Gorsuch’s past writings that hinted he opposed Roe v. Wade, calling the case a “super precedent” that legalized abortion and gave women a right to privacy.The outset of the first day of testimony underscored that the hearings would remain sharply divided along party lines, with each senator accusing the opposing side of political posturing.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, argued that the Senate owes a president discretion in picking his judicial nominees and pointed out that Gorsuch had received the highest rating possible from the American Bar Association, the “gold standard” in vetting judicial nominees.Hatch blasted Democrats for wanting Gorsuch to outline how he would vote on certain cases, saying that to them, “judicial independence requires he be beholden to them and [their] political agenda” on issues like abortion.Other Republicans argued that Gorsuch should be judged on his own merits, legal writings and decisions — not compared to the man who nominated him.Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said, “The nominee before us today is not President Trump,” nor is he Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or Judge Garland.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joked that he was certainly no fan of Trump during the campaign and made the case that Republicans didn’t blockade Gorsuch’s nomination to allow Trump to make a nomination because most of them didn’t believe Trump would win last November.“If you believe this has been a great plan to get a Trump nominee on the court, then you had to believe Trump was going to win to begin with,” said Graham.The South Carolina Republican pointed out that he had voted to confirm President Obama’s two Supreme Court nominees, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, because they were qualified for the bench and not because he agreed with their politics. Graham urged his Democratic colleagues to give Gorsuch the same deference.“I’m dying to hear someone over there tell me why [Gorsuch] is not qualified to be sitting here,” Graham said.Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed in his comments that Gorsuch’s nomination carried with it a “super legitimacy” because Trump made the Supreme Court vacancy a major campaign issue.Still, Democrats devoted many of their opening statements to push back against the so-called Republican obstructionism that they believe caused Scalia’s seat to remain vacant for more than a year.“The Judiciary Committee once stood against a court-packing scheme that would have eroded judicial independence. That was a proud moment. Now, Republicans on this committee are guilty of their own ‘court un-packing scheme,’ ” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. “The blockade of Chief Judge Merrick Garland was never grounded in principle or precedent.”Gorsuch will give his own opening statement Monday afternoon, and answer committee members’ questions on Tuesday.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Tasos Katopodis /AFP/Getty ImagesNeil Gorsuch takes part in a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing as US President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Monday
That’s according to Dr. Spencer Greene, director of medical toxicology at Baylor College of Medicine, which is hosting its seventh-annual Houston Venom Conference next week (April 30).The conference teaches health care providers how to treat things like snake bites, spider bites, jellyfish stings, and scorpion stings. And it aims to correct some of the misinformation that’s out there — even among the medical community.In the audio above, Dr. Greene joins guest host Ernie Manouse to talk about the conference and to set the record straight on what you should do if you get stung or bitten. PixabayThere’s a lot of conventional wisdom out there about what you should do if you or someone you know is bitten by a snake or stung by an insect or jellyfish. But a lot of it’s wrong. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /11:16 Listen
If you’re not a fan of keeping the Xbox One controller with you on the couch when watching TV, but don’t want to shout at your television to change the channel, Microsoft has announced the Xbox One Media Remote to help you out.A separate remote control for a console that can be almost entirely controlled with a wave of the hand or a spoken word may not seem like a necessary item, but there’s plenty of users out there who disagree. The Xbox One didn’t offer a remote control at launch, despite being positioned as the all-in-one entertainment console that you can plug your cable box into. The setup really demands a universal remote of sorts, and soon it appears you’ll be able to buy one.The remote is expected to give the user control over volume and a dedicated One Guide button that gives you channel control as long as you are in a country that supports it.The controller is backlit and motion sensitive, so as soon as you pick it up the keys will start to glow. You’ve got basic media control functions that will apply to all of the video apps for the console, as well as the menu buttons seen on the Xbox One controller. It’s pretty much exactly what you would expect from an Xbox One media remote, complete with a design that matches the standard Xbox controller.As soon as the controller is available in stores and online, you’ll be able to add it to your Xbox One arsenal for $25. It basically puts everything you would normally do with your voice into a package that is significantly smaller than the Xbox One controller. And if you kick or drop it off the sofa, it’s not going to accidentally change the channel, or worse, get damaged like the standard controller could.
The Excellentia Equitation Center, New Delhi presented the sixth edition of The Equestrian Series, from December 12-14, sponsored by the Ashok Piramal Group. The series is a unique extravaganza of the Olympic sport of Equestrian (show-jumping and dressage), bringing together riders from all spheres and age groups. In addition, it offered the finest display of a lifestyle sport with the perfect environment created by the combination of the horse, the rider and a true and healthy competition spirit. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Teams from top civilian riding establishments went up against the top riders from army units such as The Presidents Bodyguard, the 61st Cavalry, which are two of the only horse mounted military regiments in the world, as well as teams from various paramilitary establishments. The event was not only the best in the sport present, but also newer and younger participants with events for children from all age groups. The Excellentia Horse Show offered the perfect ambience for a lovely day out on the field with a sport as royal and unique, associated with horses. The event had more than 200 entries with over 100 horses taking part with two days of action packed equestrian competition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixExcellentia Equitation Centre is a professional riding school, providing the finest training in horseback riding, the sport of Equestrian (comprising of Show-Jumping, Dressage and Eventing) as well as Polo. Situated in an area of 5 acres in Vasant Kunj, rite in the centre of the city, it clearly is the most centrally located and easily accessible riding establishment in the capital. Set up with the background of professional riders who have been competing at the national and international level for many years.
Kolkata: Italy is seeking Indian mechanical engineering students for their fast growing automobile Industry, especially in Lombardy. This was announced by Prof. Gianpiero Mastinu, Secretary General cum Cluster Manager of Lombardy Mobility Cluster at the sidelines of the Bengal Global Business Summit on Friday.”We are in the process of visiting IITs here in India and we hope to see students from India who will choose Italy as their destination for higher learning,” Mastinu said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe is a full-time professor of Ground Vehicle Engineering at the department of mechanical engineering, who was a part of the 28-member delegation that visited the BGBS, thanks to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Italy in September last year, with an aim to push for developing relationship from province to province. “We have an excellent institute – Politecnico Milano 1863, which is number one in Italy and ranked 17th among 4,000 similar universities in the world. There are about 42,000 students and it’s a centre of high standards that invites application from final year students of mechanical engineering from India,” he maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs a follow-up of BGBS, the Lombardy Mobility Cluster will consider the many projects in connection with which they can collaborate with the state government in areas like logistics, intelligent transport systems, etc. Fabrizio Sala, Deputy Chief Minister of Lombardy region, said that they can work with Bengal in the area of green technology. “We want to promote research innovation together with Bengal. We have a National Research centre in Lombardy. We feel research has to be initiated as a joint effort to benefit both sides. We have found that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is very decisive and a very active person,” he said, adding that research in life science, smart cities and aerospace can be taken up.
Besides spicing up your food, chilli, it seems, also has some medicinal value. New research suggests the compound responsible for chilli’s heat could help slow the spread of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. Most cancer-related deaths occur when cancer spreads to distant sites, a process called metastasis. “Lung cancer and other cancers commonly metastasise to secondary locations like the brain, liver or bone, making them difficult to treat,” said one of the study authors Jamie Friedman from Marshall University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our study suggests the natural compound capsaicin from chilli peppers could represent a novel therapy to combat metastasis in lung cancer patients,” said Friedman, a doctoral candidate who performed the research in the laboratory of Piyali Dasgupta at Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine. In experiments involving three lines of cultured human non-small cell lung cancer cells, researchers observed capsaicin inhibited invasion, the first step of the metastatic process. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey also found mice with metastatic cancer that consumed capsaicin showed smaller areas of metastatic cancer cells in the lung compared with mice not receiving the treatment. The findings were presented during the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting being held from April 6-9 in Orlando, Florida. Additional experiments revealed capsaicin suppresses lung cancer metastasis by inhibiting activation of the protein Src. This protein plays a role in the signalling that controls cellular processes like proliferation, differentiation, motility and adhesion. “We hope one day capsaicin can be used in combination with other chemotherapeutics to treat a variety of lung cancers.”