Diane's mother

How to stay cool and safe when the sun’s baking down

July 29th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When the rest of us are sweating because of the heat, my 88 year old mother may insist on wearing a sweater. As far back as I remember, she's often chilly when others are not. Thankfully, she's not one for lingering too long under a hot sun because elderly people are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy This Week?

July 27th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
I got to stroll through Treworgy Garden in Gorham Sunday morning. The grass was wet, but I wore my trusty rubber boots. Thank you, Linda Faatz, for being a gracious hostess. Your hard work in the garden shows at every turn. I even discovered some delicious just ripe blueberries! Read the Rest »
Kathy and Sara

A Maine woman who helped write the ADA celebrates its 25th anniversary

July 27th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 25 years ago, a woman from Maine was there to bear witness to the historic event. She even had a front row seat. That's because Kathy McInnis Misenor, who is now 56, was one of the bill's authors. Read the Rest »
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Picking blueberries: On the Morning Report

July 22nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
I did a little blueberry picking at Orchard Ridge Farm in Gorham (Maine) this week and then baked a delish blueberry cake. Nothing's too good for the Morning Report team! I also shared some blueberry wisdom that was passed on to me by blueberry experts. In my opinion, it was a lucky day for Cindy Williams, who was filling in for Sharon Vaznis. Read the Rest »
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Bladder infections: The older you get, the more you need to pay attention

July 20th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
As we get older, unfortunately, we become more susceptible to infections. That’s because, with age, the immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy This Week?

July 19th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
I followed through on something. That's what brought me joy this week. Read the Rest »
Alexander's Wild Maine Blueberries in Greenfield

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

July 16th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
If you're looking for a farm that will let you pick your own blueberries, you're in luck because there are several in Maine. Read the Rest »
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Preventing Deadly Medical Errors: On the Morning Report

July 15th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Too many people die or suffer serious consequences because of medical errors and hospital-acquired infections. On the Morning Report, Sharon Vaznis and I talk about things we all can do to lower the risk. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy This Week?

July 12th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!

[Tweet "When you look for joy, it will find you."] Read the Rest »

Painting by Rabih

Seeing color and perspective through the eyes of a blind man

July 9th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
The route to college was a circuitous one for Rabih Dow. Literally. In order to catch a bus to Boston College, he had to circumvent a couple of city blocks rather than simply walk straight ahead and cross one street. That's because Rabih is totally blind and in order to cross that one street safely, he had to go to the nearest intersection with a traffic signal. The white dots on the painting above, which was done by Rabih, represent the tip of his cane as he makes his way up the sidewalk, across the street and down the other side to the bus stop. Read the Rest »
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What brought you joy this week?

July 5th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!

Here's what I believe:

[Tweet "If you look for joy, it will find you."] Read the Rest »

Pat Jordan and Julie Marchese

Tri for a Cure: How it really began

July 1st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
If it weren’t for Pat Jordan, who passed away in May, there would be no Tri for a Cure (an annual women's triathlon in Maine.) It was Pat who lovingly pointed that out to her daughter Julie Jordan Marchese, who founded the Tri eight years ago. “When she reminded me,” Julie chuckles, “I said Mum, you’re right!“  Read the Rest »
Morning Report

Does your family know your final wishes? On the Morning Report

June 29th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
If you could no longer speak for yourself, would the people who love you know your final wishes? If they did, could you count on them to carry them out? Sharon and I talk about how to start the conversation — on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
John McCleary

10 important tips for preventing deadly medical errors and infections

June 24th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
John McCleary died at the age of 83. He lived a nice long life, you might say. Maybe, but John's life was still unexpectedly cut short. Not by an accident or a heart attack or cancer. By an infection. That he picked up as a patient in the hospital. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy Today?

June 24th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Today is the fifth installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. Read the Rest »
Diane's mother

What Brought You Joy Today?

June 22nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Today is the fourth installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy Today?

June 19th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Today is the third installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. If you missed the previous posts, about a month ago, I was inspired to share a picture of a lilac tree and asked my followers what brought them joy that day. People responded! Day 30 is tomorrow, but I’ve decided to continue sharing and asking “What brought you joy today?” here on the Catching Health blog. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy Today?

June 18th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!

Today is the second installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog post, about a month ago, I was inspired to share a picture of a lilac tree and asked my followers what brought them joy that day. People responded!

I decided to keep doing it for the next 30 days and now I've decided to continue sharing and asking "What brought you joy today?" here on the Catching Health blog.

I'm beginning by sharing the Facebook posts and responses from the past month.

I hope you'll be inspired to share you own moments of joy. It can be contagious! Read the Rest »
Diane and her Dad a few years back

Some difficult but important advice about planning ahead — now

June 18th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
If you could no longer speak for yourself, would the people who love you know your final wishes? If they did, could you count on them to carry them out? Have you even thought about what your wishes might be? Read the Rest »
Lake Champlain

What Brought You Joy Today?

June 17th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
The sight and scent of lilacs in my backyard last for such a short time but bring me immense joy. We have a lilac bush that we bought years ago as a tiny plant from the McLaughlin Garden in South Paris, Maine. The flowers are pink and this year, they were in abundance. A month ago, I took a picture, which I shared on the Catching Health Facebook page. I also decided that for the next 30 days I would continue sharing pictures of things that brought me joy. Read the Rest »
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Delicious, healthy strawberries: On the Morning Report

June 16th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

Freshly picked strawberries. Wicked good! Sharon and I talk about their health benefits and share some advice on the Morning Report. I also ask viewers for a little help with the Catching Health list of where you can pick strawberries in Maine. Read the Rest »

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Why composting will make you feel good about yourself and the world

June 15th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When Saco Middle School started composting this past March, it went from 10 garbage bags a lunch period to just one. Students in the school's ecology club feel pretty pleased with the accomplishment because they understand why composting is a good thing to do. Read the Rest »
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An artist’s take on the frightening unfamilar world of cancer treatments

June 11th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

Have you ever used the word rad? (Slang for cool or awesome.)

Rad actually stands for radiation absorbed dose. It's a term used to define a unit of energy that is absorbed from radiation — like when someone is having radiation therapy treatments to kill cancer cells.

Maine artist Sally Loughridge knows all too well what a rad is — she endured six weeks and a half weeks of radiation therapy to kill off any lingering cancer cells in her breast.  Read the Rest »

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Where to Pick Strawberries in Maine

June 8th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

Is there anything else quite as delicious as a handful of freshly picked strawberries? Check out the Catching Health list of farms across Maine that let you pick your own strawberries. If a farm has a website or Facebook page, I included a link. Otherwise, you might want to call ahead to make sure it’s open for picking.

Wherever possible, I have included information about a farm's use of pesticides.

If you want to add a farm or additional information to the list or notice something that needs to be corrected, please let me know. I'll tell you how at the end of the post.

[Tweet "Where to pick strawberries in Maine"]

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Carolyn Preston

Harvard Pilgrim offers employees a quick and easy way to EatRight

June 4th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When Carolyn Preston goes grocery shopping, she tries to make healthy choices for her family. A handy little app on her smartphone makes it a lot easier. With it, she can scan the barcode of a food item and get all kinds of useful information. First and foremost, its nutritional score on a scale of one to 100 with one being the least healthy and 100 the most. Read the Rest »
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Men and skin cancer: On the Morning Report

June 3rd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
According to a recent survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation, men over age 50 are twice as likely as women to die from malignant melanoma. On the Morning Report, Sharon Vaznis and I share some important information about protection and prevention — for men and women. Read the Rest »
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Do ticks make you paranoid? You’re not the only one

June 2nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
A few years ago, Clayton Douglass went to his local quick care clinic to have a rash under his arm checked out. The doctor didn't know what it was and prescribed a cream, which didn't work. The rash spread. Read the Rest »
Lacy and Vanessa having some fun

Every day Vanessa Child battles a deadly monster that is never satisfied

May 28th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
The monster Vanessa fights every day lives inside her brain. It tells her that she's hungry — starving even — whether she just ate a snack or a three-course meal. Read the Rest »
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Men, follow this simple advice. It could save your life

May 25th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

Guest post by retired dermatologist J. Michael Taylor, MD, MPH

According to a recent survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation, men over age 50 are twice as likely as women to die from malignant melanoma. This difference increases with age.

Men are also much more likely to develop the more common, but less threatening, basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Read the Rest »

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Out of the mouths of babes. What it’s like to have a disability

May 22nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
For what seemed like an eternity, but was barely a minute, Shannon Grady's third graders at Small School in South Portland had to pair up and stare at each other. There was a little a lot of fidgeting and giggling and glancing around. Read the Rest »
Diane's grandmother

Strokes kill people we love. You need to know the risks

May 19th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Thirty years ago, my beloved grandmother — her name was Joanna Tenney, but we called her Nanny — had a massive stroke and died a few days later. She had congestive heart failure and had been under treatment in the hospital for about a week when she had the stroke. I didn’t know it at the time, but congestive heart failure is a risk factor for stroke.  Read the Rest »