Man with oxygen meter on his finger

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

April 15th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home.

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Chicken with white beans

A taste of the Mediterranean: Chicken with white beans

April 11th, 2014 | Nom Nom
This recipe is not one I would ordinarily make, but now that I have, I would definitely do it again. It was easy to prepare and ready to serve in no time. I thought it was delicious. Read the Rest »
Diane having endoscopy

When should you be concerned about heartburn?

April 7th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
If you were to ask me if I ever have heartburn, a week ago I would have answered no. It turns out I was quite wrong. Read the Rest »
Elderly couple

Why won’t my aging parents let me help them?

April 7th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

By Kate Fallon, a licensed clinical professional counselor at Ageless Journeys. She also teaches the Savvy Caregiver program at Southern Maine Agency on Aging.

Have you had moments of frustration, wanting to help your aging parents in some way only to find they refuse you? It can be very frustrating to meet with resistance. You likely find yourself experiencing a great deal of ambivalence — strong, conflicting feelings that can be unsettling. Read the Rest »
Blood test

Should your child be screened for high cholesterol?

April 4th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended routine cholesterol screening of children between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21 since 2011.They issued the recommendation and additional guidelines after reviewing more than 1,000 published documents on heart disease and how it relates to children and adolescents.

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Salmon and asparagus

A Taste of the Mediterrean: Baked Salmon and Roasted Asparagus

April 1st, 2014 | Nom Nom
It took me half my life to appreciate the taste of salmon. You need to understand. I grew up eating only one kind of fish: haddock (usually fried). Read the Rest »
Doctor with otoscope

A Straightforward, No Nonsense Guide to Ultimate Health

March 31st, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Guest post by Lauren Breau, L.Ac, acupuncturist at Wildwood Community Acupuncture 

So, an acupuncturist walks into a bar ... Actually, just kidding. This acupuncturist isn’t walking into any bar, seeing as I’m on my 3rd day of Zithromax for a nasty cold that turned into a sinus infection and sent me running into the arms of biomedicine.  Read the Rest »
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Catching Health on the WCSH6 Morning Report

March 30th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
In case you missed it ... last week on the WCSH6 Morning Report Sharon and I discussed John Nappi and  his personal message about the importance of colororectal cancer screening. We also talked about the distinction between a screening and a diagnostic colonoscopy and how it might affect insurance coverage. And, I announced that I'm going to try following a Mediterranean diet and will share recipes and things I learn along the way. Happy to be back on the air! So many welcoming messages from viewers. Warms my heart.

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

March 27th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet.

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Couple in a cafe in Greece

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Why it’s good for your health

March 24th, 2014 | Nom Nom
Spring has arrived in Maine! Wait a minute, snow is still on the ground. The thermometer is hovering around the freezing mark. I have not seen one green shoot of anything in my yard. I don't care. I'm still going to celebrate spring — by embarking on a delicious Mediterranean adventure. You're invited to join me. Read the Rest »
Woman clutching her belly.

Insurance coverage for a colonoscopy: Be sure to read the fine print

March 24th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Two weeks ago on the WCSH6 Morning Report, I talked about the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer and shared some information about insurance coverage for screening tests: Read the Rest »
Woman exercising

Feeling too grumpy or stressed out to exercise? Think again!

March 19th, 2014 | Gotta Use It

A little exercise can go a long way in reducing stress and making you feel good, along with its many other health benefits — improving/maintaining physical fitness, preventing disease and treating symptoms.  Read the Rest »
Ann Murray Paige

A Tribute to Ann Murray Paige

March 17th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
When Ann and I were fellow reporters at WCSH6 back in the 1990s, she was young and beautiful — full of fun and spunk. And when she died yesterday, on Sunday, March 16, 2014, she was young and beautiful — full of fun and spunk. Read the Rest »
John Nappi

Why John Nappi Wants People to Just Say Yes!

March 16th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
John Nappi wants to shout, "Just Say Yes!" from the rooftops. He wants to see the words plastered on tee shirts and bumper sticker and posters. He wants people to ask, "Say yes to what?" Read the Rest »
Barry picking blueberries

Broad-Spectrum Advice About Skin Cancer

March 13th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
My husband Barry loves being out in the sun. Here's a picture of him picking blueberries on a sweltering hot day last summer. Unfortunately, skin cancer runs in his family. Over the years, he has had several lesions removed, frozen, or burned off. He's lucky because, so far, all have been either precancerous areas called actinic keratoses or basal cell carcinomas, which are easily treated. He has all the risk factors. Read the Rest »
Rocking Chair

You Get and You Give at the Cancer Community Center

March 12th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
I was at a meeting recently at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland and happened to notice two women painting brightly colored designs on a child's rocking chair. Curious, I poked my head through the door to get a closer look. Read the Rest »
Family shopping for food

Celebrate the Taste of Eating Right

March 12th, 2014 | Nom Nom

Sometimes when you're shopping for food or cooking a meal, don't you wish you had a nutrition expert by your side to help you make healthy choices? If so, you're in luck, because we're going to have a host of nutrition experts on hand to help us make healthy decisions and healthy meals that taste delicious.

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Diane Atwood with Sharon Vaznis and Lee Nelson

Catching Health with Diane Atwood is on TV!

March 11th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

I'm excited to announce that I was on the WCSH6 WLBZ2 Morning Report today and will be returning every other Tuesday at about 6:45 am. It was so great to be back on the air again and to see many familiar faces. For those of you who don't know, I was the health reporter on WCSH6 for more than 20 years. I left in 2002, so it's been a few years, but after the first few seconds, I felt right at home! Read the Rest »

Chuck and Jo-Ellen Kelley

Thanks to Love and a Conscientious Doctor Chuck Kelley Caught His Colon Cancer Early

March 10th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

When Chuck and Jo-Ellen Kelley were married 23 years ago, she told him that since she went for yearly medical checkups, she expected him to do the same. "After all," she says, "we promised that we'd grow old together and take care of each other."

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Brain Injury Voices

Brain Injury Voices Wins a National Award. It’s a Big, Big Deal.

March 3rd, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Congratulations to Brain Injury Voices for being one of four hospital volunteer programs in the United States to win the prestigious HAVE Award (Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence). The national award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and will be presented on May 5 in Washington, DC during the AHA national conference. Read the Rest »
Cardinal on frozen branch

An Important Reminder About Cold Weather and Carbon Monoxide

February 28th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

The warmest it's supposed to get in my neck of the woods this coming week is 30°F. Not even above freezing! Cold weather like this increases the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning because people are more apt to use space heaters for extra warmth. Read the Rest »
Becky after her blood test

How My Sister Manages Her Fear of Needles

February 25th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
My sister Becky has always been afraid of needles. When she was little and needed a shot, she might make it through the procedure, but would faint half way to the car. The incident that probably put her over the edge happened when she was about 10 and needed a tooth filled. Read the Rest »
Elizabeth Burd with yoga participant

How Yoga Helps People with Parkinson’s Disease

February 23rd, 2014 | Gotta Use It
Elizabeth Burd is a Parkinson's Superstar. Seriously. During Parkinson's Awareness month in 2012, the National Parkinson's Foundation honored people from around the country, including Elizabeth, who make a difference in the Parkinson's community. Read the Rest »
Elderly woman and daughter

What Can Happen When Adult Children Care for Their Elderly Parents

February 21st, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
This is the first of a series of guest posts by Kate Fallon, a licensed clinical professional counselor in Portland. For the past 10 years Kate has been associated with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, providing support and education to people who are caring for an elderly parent or friend. She recently opened a private practice — Ageless Journeys — in Portland. Read the Rest »
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New Stroke Prevention Guidelines for Women

February 18th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
For the first time ever, there are now guidelines for preventing strokes in women. A stroke, which is also known as a brain attack, happens when blood suddenly stops flowing to the brain. The most common reason why is because a clot has formed inside a blood vessel. About 20 percent of the time, a stroke occurs because an artery bursts and bleeds into the brain. Read the Rest »
Dog licking its chops

Leftover Chocolates and Other Things Dogs Shouldn’t Eat

February 17th, 2014 | Nom Nom
Some dogs (and people) will eat whatever gets put in front of them. I had heard that you should never ever feed a dog chocolate, but I wasn't sure why. I happened to be thinking about post Valentine's Day chocolate sales and for some reason began wondering about the dog connection. I did a little research to find out why chocolate was bad for them and discovered more things that might also be harmful. Read the Rest »
Community Acupuncture

Why Community Acupuncture is Bomb Diggity

February 13th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Guest post by Lauren Breau, L.Ac., acupuncturist at Wildwood Community Acupuncture

Before I tell you all about community acupuncture and convince you that you should come in and give it a whirl, I have a couple of quick questions for you.

How many times have you struggled with a health issue that needed treatment, but put it off because you couldn’t afford the cost of care? How many times have you heard this story from other people?  Read the Rest »
Stacked stones on a green natural background Pond 5

When Your Spirits Need Lifting, Turn to Your Friends

February 12th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

I've been in a funk lately.

Maybe I'm tired of winter. Maybe I've got a few too many things on my plate. Maybe I need a vacation.

Probably all of the above.

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People eating buffet at party

Hosting a Super Bowl Party? How Not to Make Your Guests Sick!

January 31st, 2014 | Nom Nom
The Super Bowl. The most important game of the season and supposedly the most watched annual television program in the United States. Some people think Super Bowl Sunday should be declared a national holiday. As for the amount of food people eat while watching the game — it's a lot! Read the Rest »
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