Woman and grandson

How to handle an ache in your hip that becomes a pain in the neck

April 23rd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
It happens at least a few times a week. When it does it can take Dee's breath away. You might think I'm talking about her sweet grandson's laugh or her husband's smile from across the room. Happily, those things occur quite frequently and yes, they do take her breath away, but this other thing — well, it's not much fun. In fact, it hurts quite a bit. Read the Rest »
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You don’t want to miss the Cabin Fever Art Show at the Maine Jewish Museum

April 12th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
The next time you are at the top of India Street in Portland where it hits Congress Street, look for the Maine Jewish Museum. It's set back from the street behind a black wrought iron fence, nestled between Angela Adams on the left and a parking lot on the right. The museum is a hidden gem and so are the art exhibits inside. Read the Rest »
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Sprout Film Festival: Celebrate Every Person’s Unique Possibility

April 10th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Guest post by Sue Murphy, BS, Adult Program Senior Program Director, Spurwink

Films by, for and about people with developmental and intellectual disabilities — including autism — increase knowledge and understanding. Read the Rest »

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7 Easy Ways to Honor the Earth Every Day

April 8th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
When I was growing up, my father was always trying to save energy and money. We were a big family and used a lot of electricity, heat and water. He would constantly scold me and my siblings for leaving on the lights, taking too long in the shower or using up all the hot water. To this day, when I turn off the lights in my own house, I think of my father. It's a simple thing, turning off lights when you don't need them, but if we all thought to do it, our actions could have a huge impact, not only on our wallets, but also on the environment. Read the Rest »
Brain injury support group members

Wise advice on how to craft a new life after a brain injury

April 3rd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
A split second. That's all it took for life to change for every single person in this picture. Carole Starr, for instance. She's smack dab in the middle, wearing a blue top. Carole suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was in a car accident 15 years ago. At the time, she was a teacher and a classical musician, but after her accident, Carole's life revolved solely around healing — her body and her brain. Read the Rest »
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Adolescence: Not just about hormones. Blame it on the brain

March 30th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
  Did you know?  It takes a minimum of 25 years to build a basic brain. And we all play a role in shaping the adolescent brain. Read the Rest »
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Cancer diagnosis? 12 bold questions you need to be asking

March 26th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
When you first hear the news that you have cancer, it's like being punched in the gut. Your brain is instantaneously filled with a million questions, but you're so dumbfounded that, even if they made sense, you couldn't get them out. The best you can do is ask, "I have cancer? Are you sure?" Read the Rest »
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How to get a good night’s sleep and why it’s important

March 23rd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Do you find that the older you get, the more trouble you have sleeping? You're not alone. Insomnia is a fairly common problem at any age, but even more so once you hit 60. It's estimated that half the people in the United States who are 60 and older either have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. Read the Rest »

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How to relieve that killer hangover

March 18th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
I'm guessing that a few people are hung over today after celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Do you have a tried and true hangover cure? Read the Rest »
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Brain Injury: Seeing a Different View

March 16th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
In a split second, Martha Davoli's view of the world shifted, figuratively and literally. It happened on March 1, 2012, seconds after she parked her car, got out and took just a few steps. "I didn’t realize there was ice under about an inch of snow," she described to me in a quiet voice. "My feet flew out from under me and I fell and the back of my head hit the pavement, the ice, really hard." She lay on the ground for a minute, then pulled herself up and walked a short distance. "All of a sudden," she describes, "I had a huge headache and felt a little dizzy and nauseous." Read the Rest »
Steak on the grill

For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

March 13th, 2015 | Nom Nom
This guest post was written by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD, Courtesy of Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Have some time for a little reading? The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its 500+ page report recently, and while some of you might think it’s a snooze-fest (and no, I didn’t read the entire thing page-by-page either), it has big implications for the health status of Americans. Why?  Read the Rest »
Woman clutching heart

Valuable heart attack advice that could save your life

March 11th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
A friend of mine ended up in the emergency room this past weekend. She was walking in the woods behind her home — something she does nearly every day —when she felt a squeezing pain in her chest. She didn't think she was having a heart attack, but the pain wouldn't go away and she was scared to death that it was a warning sign.  Read the Rest »
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How one family battles its life-threatening destiny

March 6th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Sixty years ago, at the tender age of 29, Audrey Wade died of "abdominal" cancer. Read the Rest »
K Page

Dealing with cancer? You need to watch this

March 4th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
If you're dealing with cancer, your primary focus should be on getting better. It's not always easy, especially if you're worrying about things like how you'll get to and from treatments, pay your bills or take care of your house and family. Today on the Morning Report, we talk about how Karen Page and the Maine Cancer Resource Connection can lend a helping hand. Read the Rest »
Wallet in back pocket

A Hard-Learned Lesson about Shingles

February 26th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy. Read the Rest »
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Preventing Hypothermia: Catching Health on the Morning Report

February 23rd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
With below zero temperatures in Maine, it's important to be on the lookout for signs of hypothermia. Sharon and I shared some lifesaving advice on the News Center Morning Report. Read the Rest »
Alvah and his mother Martha

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

February 22nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
I was recently invited to tour the Stewart Center in Falmouth — an adult day center for people living with dementia. It's in the former Lunt School on the grounds of OceanView, a large retirement community that also includes the recently opened Legacy Memory Care residence.  Read the Rest »
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Allergic to Everything: Catching Health on the Morning Report

February 17th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Imagine suddenly become allergic to all sorts of things — smells, soap, dust — everything. That's what happened to 30-year-old Crystal Goodwin. A little over three years ago she started having severe allergic reactions about every two to three weeks. I shared her story on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
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Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

February 16th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center and was its first ever. For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Rest »
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Don’t Ever Shovel Snow Like My Husband Does!

February 11th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
My husband is no spring chicken. Come to think of it, neither am I. And yet, you'll find us both outside after every single snow storm shoveling and snow blowing.  Read the Rest »
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Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

February 9th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
If you've ever been in an accident, you probably felt shocked, shaky, afraid, angry and/or guilty. Common stress reactions to most traumatic situations.  Read the Rest »
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What’s the Fuss About Measles?

February 6th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
The last major outbreak of measles in the United States was 1989 - 1991. Dr. Dora Anne Mills, former head of the Maine CDC, remembers it well.  Read the Rest »
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Important Advice About Hypothermia

February 2nd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Shivering is one of those amazing things our bodies do to keep us operating at top speed. It's as if we had an internal thermostat. Too hot, we sweat in order to cool off. Too cold, we shiver to stay warm.  Read the Rest »
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Cervical Cancer and HPV: Prevention is Possible

January 30th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
  Guest post by Chelsea Ginn, FNP-BC Cervical cancer is caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Not only is it one of the few types of cancer for which the cause is known, but it’s also one of only two types of cancer that can be prevented with a vaccine. Read the Rest »
Woman clutching her belly.

Tummy Troubles? Avoid These Common Digestive Health Mistakes

January 29th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Guest post by Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Most people experience uncomfortable, but transient digestive symptoms at some point or another, and while it might not be something we want to chat about with others, it’s a good idea to remind ourselves of what we can do — and shouldn’t do — when it comes to our digestive health.  Read the Rest »
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The Trouble with Blue Light: Catching Health on the Morning Report

January 28th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

The trouble with blue light is that it can interfere big time with our sleep. If you're in the dark about blue light, watch this video of Sharon and I talking about the issue on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »

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Blizzards and the Blues: Winter in New England

January 26th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
In the midst of winter — during a week in which three snow storms, one a possible blizzard, are predicted — [Tweet "do you long for spring? "] Read the Rest »
Mary Irace and Deb Bergeron

100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine

January 26th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
I joined a fabulous group of women recently — 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine. The concept behind the group is fairly straightforward. Four times a year, we meet and each of us writes a $50 check to a local charity or non-profit. (One we have voted on). Read the Rest »
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A Healthy Winter Diet to Nourish the Body

January 22nd, 2015 | Nom Nom
Guest post by Kath Bartlett, LAc. Chinese dietary principles stress the importance of eating according to the seasons, as well as our individual constitution. During the warm months of the year, we eat cooling foods; during the cooler months, we eat warming foods. Here are some tips for a beneficial diet for the winter season. Read the Rest »
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Turn Off the Blue Lights and Get a Good Night’s Sleep

January 19th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
I used to have a terrible time with insomnia. Used to — I have to knock on wood — don't want to unleash the demons. I could get to sleep just fine, but would be wide awake a few hours later and could not get back to sleep. Read the Rest »