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I’m Not Your Mother, But …

November 21st, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
A wellness tip from Catching Health with Diane Atwood with a little help from Charlotte. Read the Rest »

Bath Salts: What are they and why are they so dangerous?

November 20th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
  In Maine news this week there was a sad and disturbing story about a teenager arrested on charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, he was found naked in one of two homes he allegedly broke into. This is not a blog post about the teenager, but about the hallucinogenic drugs police believe he MAY have been on that night — bath salts. I confess I don't know anything about bath salts except that they are a synthetic so-called designer drug and they are dangerous. I decided to learn more and share it with you. Read the Rest »
Sharon and Diane on the Morning Report

Why Sleep is Important: Catching Health on the Morning Report

November 18th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

What goes on in our brains while we sleep? Housekeeping, for one thing. Sharon and I talk about the latest sleep research, sleep disorders and insomnia. She also tells me what time she has to get up to do the Morning Report. It's wicked early!

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Can’t Sleep? Avoid These Foods

November 16th, 2014 | Nom Nom

It's coffee that will rob me of sleep. Even a cup at one in the afternoon can pack a wallop of caffeine. I learned my lesson the hard way. Read the Rest »
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Prediabetes: See It as an Opportunity

November 13th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

If you've been diagnosed with prediabetes, it means your blood sugar is higher than it should be, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. It's not inevitable that you'll eventually develop diabetes, but it increases your risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of the adults in this country have prediabetes. Most of them have no idea.

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Colonel Burton Curtis

Celebrating Our Veterans and a 100th Birthday

November 11th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

Burton Curtis turned 100 years old November 11, 2014 — Veterans Day. A World War II veteran, he says he joined the United States Air Force because his country was in trouble and he needed to do something. What he did was became a glider pilot who carried out dangerous missions during the war. He went on to serve 30 years in the Air Force, retiring as Colonel Burton Curtis. Read the Rest »
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Got Insomnia? Eight Tips to Help You Get the Sleep You Need

November 10th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
100, 99, 98, 97 ... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... and let's start counting those sheep all over again. Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You're not alone. Most of us have experienced occasional insomnia but for some people, lack of sleep is a chronic issue. Read the Rest »
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A Cookie Full of Rye

November 6th, 2014 | Nom Nom

See that chocolate cookie in the picture? It was delicious! If I hadn't been told, I never would have guessed it was made with rye flour. All I tasted was the chocolate.

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As She Lay Dying, the Choir Sang — A Lesson in Spiritual Care

October 30th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
On September 27, David Emery celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary without his beloved wife Judy — a sad, but joyful day. It may be hard for some people to understand how there can be joy when you are mourning the loss of someone you love deeply. David's joy comes from the wonderful memories of a long and fulfilling marriage and also from the firm belief that he and Judy will be together again some day. Read the Rest »
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Where Whole Grain and Gluten-Free Meet

October 29th, 2014 | Nom Nom
Guest post by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Lots of folks are more tuned in to whole grains these days, and one would think that those who follow a gluten-free lifestyle would naturally favor whole grains as well. After all, there are plenty of whole grains that don’t contain gluten. But the fact is, lots of people who eat gluten-free are not eating their share of whole grains. Read the Rest »
Sharon Rose Vaznis and Diane Atwood on the Morning Report

Flu Season: Catching Health on the Morning Report

October 28th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

Sharon and I talk about flu shots and other vaccinations recommended for adults.


Six Numbers You Should Know and Why

October 27th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

If you're like most people, you keep track of a lot of numbers — important numbers — not to mention passwords. I'll apologize up front because I'm going to tell you about some more numbers you should know. They're important because they tell you something about the state of your health.

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Crystal Goodwin with medications

Mast Cell Disease: When Your Immune System Becomes the Enemy

October 22nd, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

Three years ago, Crystal Goodwin, who just turned 30, lived a fairly normal life. She had a fulltime job and enjoyed hanging out with friends, working out at the gym and going on trips with her sister. A rare disorder called mast cell activation syndrome changed Crystal's life almost overnight. Read the Rest »
Barry Atwood getting a flu shot

Did You Know? Adults Need Their Shots, Too!

October 20th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Are you up to date on your shots?  Oh, you thought those were only for kids. They're not, and a lot of adults haven't had the shots they need to keep them from getting and spreading certain diseases.

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Ebola: Maine Medical Center Separates Fact From Fiction

October 16th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
In an effort to help staff separate fact from fiction, this afternoon Maine Medical Center's Communications and Marketing department sent out its first MMC Daily Briefing on Ebola and Infection Prevention. Read the Rest »
Mark Bushey

How Medical Marijuana is Helping Mark Bushey Cope with ALS

October 14th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

In November 2013, Mark Bushey was diagnosed with ALS, the horrible disease that prompted so many of us to do the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for ALS research. To help him cope with various ALS symptoms, Mark recently started using medical marijuana. Read the Rest »
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World Thrombosis Day

October 13th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Guest post by Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen You may not be familiar with the word “thrombosis,” but you’ve probably heard the term “blood clot.” Thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the artery or vein and can cause the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). Read the Rest »
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Don’t Miss Out! October Health Events in Maine

October 10th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

Find out about health events in Maine and/or submit your own event to the Catching Health Calendar.

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DCIS. What Is It? Watch Catching Health on the Morning Report

October 8th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Sharing my DCIS story with Sharon Rose Vaznis and reminding women to get their mammograms.
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What Makes a Healthy Maine Street?

October 8th, 2014 | Gotta Use It, Nom Nom
Everywhere you look, people are trying to move more, eat better, lose weight, get rid of stress ... they're tired of feeling tired and overwhelmed and just plain unhealthy. Trouble is, when you're going it alone, like many people do, it can become too much of a challenge and next thing you know you're back where you started. Read the Rest »
Diane with nurses Lauren and Elizabeth

I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

October 6th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

I'm religious about getting my annual mammogram. That's because I have a history of fibrocystic disease and in my 20s had a fibroadenoma (benign tumor) removed from my right breast. Every year, I worry that something not so benign will show up and every year I sigh with relief when I get a letter saying everything is normal. Not this year. Instead, I got a phone call from the Mammography Department at Mercy Hospital. The radiologist wanted me to come back for additional views. My heart sank.

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Do You Ever Worry About Contaminants in Your Drinking Water?

October 6th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, personal care products, flame retardants, detergents and new types of herbicides and pesticides. What do these items have in common? They're all emerging contaminants that have been detected at trace levels in drinking water.  Read the Rest »


Health Events in Maine October 5 to October 12

October 3rd, 2014 | Catching Health Stories


PROTECTING OUR WELL WATER York Public Library 15 Long Sands Road York, Maine Read the Rest »
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Where to Get Your Health Questions Answered

September 30th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
I've been doing research for an upcoming blog post and was feeling frustrated because I couldn't find what I needed. I decided to turn to the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center for assistance. Read the Rest »
Fran Paris getting her blood pressure checked at Fall Prevention Screening

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

September 26th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Fran Paris, who is 79, has a balance problem and tries to keep herself steady so that she doesn't fall. When she noticed that Woodford's Congregational Church was offering a Fall Risk Screening Event to help people learn more about their risks, she hightailed it over there. Read the Rest »

Health Events in Maine September 27 to October 1

September 26th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories



Pineland Farms 15 Farm View Drive New Gloucester, Maine 7:00 am to 2:30 pm Fight Back Festival is a family-friendly biking, running and walking event held each year at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Read the Rest »
Ana and Beverly say goodbye

Ana and Beverly: Letting Go

September 24th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

When my mother moved into her new studio apartment at the memory care facility, she could have brought along her cat Ana. Ana was a half-grown kitten when my sister Mary brought her home from the local shelter earlier this year. It was love at first sight for all three of them. Read the Rest »

Apples from Mullis Orchards

A Map of Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

September 20th, 2014 | Nom Nom

If you plan to go apple picking in Maine and like to "see" where you're headed, I've created an interactive map to help lead the way. Read the Rest »