About dianeatwood

Hello! I'm Diane Atwood. For many years, I was the health reporter on WCSH6. Now I write Catching Health with Diane Atwood. I love what I do and hope you will too. If you've got a health topic you think I should write about or a health event you'd like to submit, just let me know!

Inspired to be a teacher in a children’s hospital

When Abby Snyder learned that The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital needed a teacher, she jumped at the opportunity. Five years later, she still loves her job.

By | May 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Scallops pan-seared with chilled corn cream, smoked potatoes, and north country bacon, compliments of Tiqa

Wondering what to do with that pound of scallops? Bo Byrne, executive chef at Tiqa, in Portland, Maine, shares a delish pan-seared scallop recipe from Spain.

By | May 4th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Throat scratchy? Sneezing? Is it a cold or do you have an allergy?

With spring comes allergies for some people. Allergy symptoms are often similar to cold symptoms. How can you tell the difference? Catching Health has the answer.

By | May 3rd, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

The latest in vein treatments — from spider to varicose to deep vein thrombosis

Vein disease is one of the most common health problems in the United States. Learn about the latest treatments in this podcast with Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen.

By | May 2nd, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

Pan Seared Salmon with Citrus Beurre Blanc, compliments of Fuel

Here's a delicious recipe for seared salmon from the popular French restaurant Fuel. It's also wicked good for you!

By | April 27th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

What’s more dangerous, tanning sprays or tanning beds?

Tanning beds are risky, but what about tanning sprays? Pathologist Dr. Katy Linskey gives us the answer.

By | April 26th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Dread growing old? It’s time to get a move on!

Feeling old? Not as strong or agile or flexible as you once were? Take it from me and a couple of experts, get a move on and you'll feel a whole lot better.

By | April 25th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Cultivating your life force energy by practicing Qigong

How does the thought of less stress and more vitality sound to you? If you're yearning for both, you might want to learn the ancient Chinese practice of Qigong.

By | April 24th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

A recipe for Build-Your-Own Stir Fry Bowls

As they try to be healthier, more people are eating plant-based meals. Build-Your-Own Stir Fry Bowls are fun for the whole family to make, especially the kids.

By | April 20th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

How will I get enough protein and other questions about going vegan

Thinking about switching to a plant-based diet? Avery Yale Kamila has some tips for you. She's a freelance food writer and the mom of a healthy vegan toddler.

By | April 19th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Suffer from an irritable bowel? Learn how a low FODMAP diet may bring you relief

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, you'll want to hear what registered dietitian Patsy Catsos has to say about a low FODMAP way of eating. It could change your life.

By | April 18th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

The best exercises for people with painful arthritis

Because their joints feel stiff and they hurt, many people with arthritis stop being active, when regular exercise might help them feel better.

By | April 14th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|2 Comments

A recipe for Portuguese Baked Eggs, compliments of Kismet

Looking for something new and delicious to eat? Try this brunch recipe from Kismet, a lovely little restaurant in Montpelier, Vermont.

By | April 13th, 2017|Recipes|2 Comments

Do mindfulness and meditation really help?

Any of these sound like you? Stressed. In pain. Have a chronic illness. Can't sleep. Worried about the future. How mindfulness and meditation might help.

By | April 12th, 2017|Q & A|2 Comments

Swimming my way outside of my discomfort zone. Getting in shape keeps getting better and better

After three months of working with personal trainer Andy Wight, I went swimming recently and discovered yet another benefit of my hard work. Endurance.

By | April 11th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|3 Comments

Are these veins a problem? When you should ask your doctor

If the veins in your legs are causing you a problem, there are minimally invasive treatments available that can bring relief and sometimes prevent further problems.

By | April 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The rise of “auto-obituaries” in the age of the selfie and how to write your own

Traditionally, a person's obituary is written after their death by a family member or close friend. In the age of selfies and social media, more and more people are writing their own selfie or auto-obits.

By | April 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to cook and eat an artichoke. You’ll thank me for this!

If you never had an artichoke, you're missing out. Here's everything you need to know about this delicious, healthy vegetable.

By | April 6th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Which exercise is better for you – running on a treadmill or running outside?

If you prefer running or walking on a treadmill, will you get the same workout as being outside? The answer from an exercise expert.

By | April 5th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|4 Comments

What you need to know to make sure children with disabilities are never left out

Sadly, kids with disabilities are often excluded from activities that other kids are doing. Listen to how the National Inclusion Project is making a difference.

By | April 4th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

What is palliative care? Is it the same as hospice?

When you have a terminal illness, it can feel as if your life is out of control. Pamela Tapley discovered that with palliative care it's possible to regain some of that control.

By | April 3rd, 2017|Blog|5 Comments

A recipe for spring pasta from The Brunswick Tavern

Spring has arrived but you'd never know it here in Maine. We still have snow. This recipe for spring pasta from The Brunswick Tavern should inspire some hope.

By | March 30th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Pushing some weight around. You’ll be grateful for the inspiration

This week in my discomfort zone, I'm pushing my limits as I lift and push a lot of weight. Come along for the workout. Maybe you'll be inspired to push some limits, too.

By | March 28th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Tips on eating when you’re undergoing cancer treatment

Poor nutrition can impact a cancer patient's treatment and their body’s ability to heal. The Cancer Community Center helps people overcome obstacles to eating.

By | March 25th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

What all women need to know about gynecologic cancers

When my friend Jan found out she had fallopian tube cancer, she was shocked. It happens to many women with GYN cancer. They can be difficult to detect early on.

By | March 24th, 2017|Blog|12 Comments

Easy ways to add a healthy new vegetable — seaweed — to your diet

Why add seaweed to your diet? It's loaded with nutrients. And don't turn up your nose if you've never tried it! Check out these great tips and recipes.

By | March 23rd, 2017|Recipes|2 Comments

Why does my heel hurt when I get up in the morning?

If you want to wear flip flops or stilettos or slippers, fine. But don't climb any mountains or your feet, especially your heels, will be crying out in pain.

By | March 22nd, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Why we procrastinate and how to stop right now

It's our emotions, not lack of time management skills, that make us procrastinate says Dr. Timothy Pychyl. If you need some help, listen to this podcast now.

By | March 21st, 2017|Podcast|2 Comments

How to let your elderly parents know you’re worried about their safety

Practical advice on having difficult conversations with elderly parents about issues regarding care and safety.

By | March 20th, 2017|Blog|2 Comments

Who says baby food can’t be delicious and healthy?

Trying to make healthy food choices for your baby? So are my daughter and son-in-law. See how they're doing and try out one of their favorite baby food recipes.

By | March 16th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

What's your breakfast routine? Grab something on the run? Sit down to a hearty meal? Skip it altogether? Some people say it's the most important meal of the day. We asked a nutrition expert.

By | March 15th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments