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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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You’re Never Too Old to Quit Smoking

January 15th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Back in the mid-60s, more than 40 percent of the adult population in this country smoked cigarettes. Forty years later, it's down to 18 percent. That's great news considering all we know about the downside of smoking. Read the Rest »
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Frostbite Tips: Catching Health on the Morning Report

January 13th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Temperatures are dipping again here in Maine. If you're going outside, it's important to bundle up and protect yourself against frostbite. Make sure to watch Catching Health with Diane Atwood on the Morning Report — Sharon Vaznis and I talk about preventing, recognizing and treating frostbite. Read the Rest »
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Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress in the Workplace

January 12th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
The workplace, all by itself, causes a lot of people a lot of stress. In fact, in the United States, work is at the top of the list of things that stress us out. But sometimes, it's what may have happened outside of work that adds to the stress people feel at work — especially if someone witnessed or was involved in a traumatic event. Read the Rest »
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A Child with Autism: Counting the blessings

January 8th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Johnny Somma, who's now 4 ½, was born a month early. Six pounds, 13 ounces of perfection. Great color boasts his mother and an Apgar score of 9.9. Read the Rest »
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Frostbite: What You Need to Know

January 5th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Bitterly cold — that’s what the weather report says — danger of frostbite. Did you know that if you have frostbite, your skin freezes and ice crystals form inside your cells? Did you also know that no matter what you might have seen in old movies, rubbing or massaging frostbitten skin only makes things worse? Read the Rest »
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Acupuncture for Weight Loss

January 2nd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Is your New Year's resolution to lose weight? Year after year, weight loss is the top New Year's resolution, so you're not alone. In her guest post, licensed acupuncturist Meret Bainbridge explains the role that acupuncture can play in helping people lose their extra pounds. Read the Rest »
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New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers

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

Do you know what the #1 New Year's resolution is? If you guessed lose weight, you are correct!

Here are the most popular New Year's resolutions, according to Read the Rest »

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Healthy Holiday Tips: Catching Health on the Morning Report

December 24th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Making healthy choices can be a challenge during the holidays — you may be tempted by all the party food, can't find time to exercise, keep adding more items to your already too long to-do list, stress because you have to cook for the entire extended family or struggle with seasonal depression. I asked several health experts (and a few regular folks) for some holiday healthy tips, which Sharon Vaznis and I talked about on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
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Six Tips for a Healthy Holiday Mouth

December 19th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Whoever thinks about maintaining a healthy mouth over the holidays? I mean, aren't you already brushing and flossing like you should? But then, there are lots of treats begging to be eaten this time of year — like chocolates and cookies and cakes and candy canes. Oh my, the damage they can do to our teeth! Read the Rest »

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Healthy Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

December 17th, 2014 | Nom Nom
Guest post by Jenny Babino, RD, LD. Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The holidays are upon us, bringing much-anticipated celebrations and bountiful amounts of tempting food. Staying healthy during the holiday season helps keep you happy as the New Year rolls in. We’ve got a few tips for you to keep in mind as you celebrate: Read the Rest »
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Thyroid Problems: Catching Health on the Morning Report

December 16th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
If you have a lump on your thyroid, what are the chances it's cancer? Sharon and I talk about the odds on the Morning Report.

Don’t Know One Wheelchair From Another and You Need to Buy One For Your Elderly Parent?

December 14th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Now and again, I write about my mother, who is 88 and lives in a memory care facility. The picture is of my sister Becky, my mother and me at a Thanksgiving luncheon. My seven siblings and I have helped care for her for the past four years and before his death in 2009, helped our father as his health and strength declined. Read the Rest »

Wreaths for Hope

December 12th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Finally got a wreath on our front door. It's from Wreaths for Hope and it's in the shape of a cancer awareness ribbon. The wreath was a gift from a friend who knew about my recent diagnosis of DCIS — stage 0 breast cancer. Hence, the pink ribbon. Read the Rest »
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Reducing the Risk of Flu is Worth a Shot

December 11th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Guest post by Dr. Jane Ho, pediatrician in Westbrook and clinical adviser to the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program. As a parent of three teen boys and a local pediatrician, it concerns me that many people fail to get an annual flu vaccine. Over the course of my 20 years in practice, I’ve seen plenty of previously healthy patients succumb to influenza. And I’ve even had to comfort scared parents, wishing they had done more to try to prevent their child’s illness in the first place.  Read the Rest »
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If You Have a Thyroid Nodule Does it Mean Cancer?

December 4th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
My friend Lee had a scare last year. She thought she might have thyroid cancer. It all began when she had a CT scan for something else and it showed a nodule or lump on her thyroid. Read the Rest »
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Find out If You’re at Risk for Osteoporosis

December 3rd, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
If you've hit 50 and you're a woman, chances are your bones have lost some strength over the years. Most people’s bones are as dense as they’ll ever be between the ages of 18 to 25. By the time you reach 35, density begins to gradually decrease until menopause. After menopause, bone loss happens more rapidly — as much as 20 percent in five to seven years. Read the Rest »
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Bath Salts: Catching Health on the Morning Report

December 2nd, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

What are bath salts and why are they so dangerous? Sharon and I talk about them on the Morning Report.

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SeeingME: Profiles of Resilience

November 26th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Take a moment and look at this portrait. Try to come up with a story about the woman. I'll give you a few prompts. Her name is Aimee. She's 41 and the mother of three daughters. Read the Rest »
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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 »
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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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Ups and Downs of Too Much Sugar

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

What too much sugar can do

When we eat, the body breaks down sugar and starches from our food into glucose — the body’s energy source — and insulin carries it to our cells. If you eat too much sugar, it can make your body demand more insulin, which can lead to a build up of sugar in your blood. A higher than normal blood sugar level could increase your risk of eventually developing diabetes. Read the Rest »