Guest post by Amy Baker Joyce, MS, RD, LD, CNSC. Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and who doesn’t love that dollop of cranberry sweetness next to their turkey, right? Cranberries and cranberry products, like juice, jelly, and sauce, are very popular and very common in the United States, particularly at this time of year. Unfortunately, a pesky infection is also very common. Read the Rest »
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What's wrong with a little turkey? It's the skin and the gravy that might be coating it that could make your dog sick. They contain too much fat. Read the Rest »
Talking to your children about sexual assault might not be an easy conversation for a lot of parents. It may not even occur to some if their child is still young. When should you say something? How do you find the right words to avoid scaring them or leaving them bewildered and confused? Maybe that's exactly how you're feeling. Read the Rest »
Do you have trouble fitting exercise into your life? Join the club. Sometimes, everything else comes first. And yet, being active can be key to feeling young and healthy. I know that. You know that. And so do the three gentlemen I met in the Fit to Live exercise group at the South Portland Recreation Center. All in shape, all active, all in their 90s. Read the Rest »
Most people assume that all lung cancers are caused by smoking. Period. Given that active smoking is responsible for an estimated 85 percent of lung cancer cases, it seems like a fair assumption. But when I asked Deb Violette, who was diagnosed with lung cancer 17 years ago if she'd been a smoker, I could tell she was slightly annoyed. Read the Rest »
On November 8, 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a German physicist, discovered what we know as the x-ray. The first image he took was of his wife’s hand and wedding ring. By the following year, x-rays were being used in health care settings to see bone fractures and damage from gunshot wounds. Read the Rest »
I try to be active, but I've noticed lately that I'm not as quick or as flexible as I used to be. Balance can also be an issue. Sometimes, it's downright scary. Like when I dashed across the street the other day and thought for a second I was going to pitch forward onto the pavement. Then there's getting out of the car. It used to take one fluid movement. Now, it probably looks as if a robot is emerging. Read the Rest »
There was a time when the neighborhood kids did not get Halloween candy from the Atwood family. Instead, we handed out granola bars because we thought it was a healthier choice. We weren't the favorite house in the neighborhood. Fran Evans down the road beat out everyone. She made cupcakes from scratch and put each child from the neighborhood's name on top. My daughters still remember those cupcakes with great fondness. Read the Rest »
Any of these describe you?
- Your back hurts
- You injured your rotator cuff and had shoulder surgery.
- Someone rear-ended you and now you can't move your neck.
- You've had a mastectomy and your arm is swollen.
- You had your knee replaced.
- You're trying to live a healthy lifestyle
- Every time you have sex, it hurts.
Guest post by Tony Payne, VP Business Development, Clark Insurance. Many of the most frequent and costly insurance claims for businesses are winter-related accidents. With cold weather approaching, property owners need to take steps now to avoid injuries as well as property and liability claims. Here are several hazards to avoid and things you can do to control your risks now and through the dark days of winter. Read the Rest »
Would you know what to do if someone collapsed right in front of you and went into cardiac arrest? On the Morning Report, Sharon Vaznis and I talk about some of the steps that could save a person's life. Read the Rest »
Sara Juli is not afraid to tackle personal issues in a public forum. She's a dance artist who has been creating and performing solo work since 2000. She has danced about fear and shame and anger. In 2006, she offered audiences her life savings — $5000 — in The Money Conversation. In 2008, after losing her father to cancer, she addressed the taboo topic of death in her piece Death. And now, the topic is tense vaginas. Her tense vagina. The title of her upcoming dance theater performance is Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis. Read the Rest »
"I was driving along a state highway heading home on a summer afternoon. I dozed and drifted onto the gravel shoulder toward a drop-off onto someone’s lawn. The bang of my right side mirror striking a mailbox woke me up. I swerved left and skidded back into the road. Safe this time, but frightened."Read the Rest »
March 5, 2007. A day Joe Gould will never forget. It started out like any other day. He went to work and at lunchtime headed to the YMCA in Augusta for his daily workout. Here's what happened: Read the Rest »
Guest post by Cindy Asbjornsen, DO, FACPh Happy World Thrombosis Day! Today, October 13th, healthcare professionals, scientists, and regular folks around the world are spreading the word about how to identify and prevent thromboses, more commonly known as blood clots. Read the Rest »
Konnie Stinson is one of those people who just try to push through it when they're hurt or don't feel well. That's what she did back in 2013 when she had a host of unusual symptoms. Nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, headaches and exhaustion. "All symptoms you might have if you're tired or work out too hard or are busy or have low blood sugar," she says. "I just kept trying to explain them away." Read the Rest »
Did you ever get a gut feeling about something and then brush it aside? It can turn out to be something important so we should probably pay attention. The doctor told Warren Gilman his problems walking were probably due to a back injury, but his wife had a gut feeling it might be Parkinson's disease. She was right. Sharon Rose Vasniz and I talk about gut feelings and early signs of Parkinson's disease on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
Worried because you're not young anymore and you've started forgetting more things than you used to? Why you left the room? Where you put your glasses? Whether you turned off the iron? A name? An appointment? Read the Rest »
Guest post by Jenny Babino, RDN, LD, courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As our home-grown tomatoes enjoy their last few weeks on the vine, we thought it would be a good time to remind you that tomatoes are highly nutritious and should be part of your diet year ‘round — no matter whether you prefer them fresh or in one of their many canned forms. Read the Rest »
This summer, my 86-year-old neighbor Warren Gilman found out that he has Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects how a person moves. The most common first sign of Parkinson's is a tremor, but Warren's hands are as steady as they ever were. His sharp-eyed wife Emma noticed some other worrisome signs, though. Read the Rest »
For twenty years, Angela Weymouth watched her brother struggle with opiate addiction. She and her husband, Michael Seymour, own Maine Hatha Yoga on Dartmouth Street in Portland. Since they first opened in 2002, they've known that people with substance abuse issues take their yoga classes. But only recently did some share their personal stories. Read the Rest »
When Daniel's dad tells him his sister Kate has cancer, he doesn't understand. She doesn't look sick. "Will she be better by Saturday for the parade?" he asks. Read the Rest »
Guest post by Kath Bartlett, LAc, licensed acupuncturist and Board Certified in Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM Everyone wants to be happy and avoid suffering and pain. Our body’s nervous system hardwires us to pursue this attainment. So when anxiety, depression, stress or insomnia affect us, we understandably seek relief from our afflictions. Read the Rest »
As a longtime health reporter and former x-ray tech, I've been in lots of operating rooms and have witnessed more surgical procedures than I can count. I've seen people's brains, hearts, stomachs, intestines, gall bladders, kidneys, joints, muscles and bones. Read the Rest »
You ran like a gazelle when you were younger, but it's been years and now, you often feel clunky and stiff. Why, even getting in and out of the car or up from your chair is a challenge. Read the Rest »
How important are your friends? Would you travel to the ends of the Earth for any of them? I suspect that best friends Fran Houston and Marty Baker would, although their friendship got off to a rocky start. They met four years ago on a mutual friend's Facebook page. The friend, who was despondent, wrote that she "Didn't want to do this anymore." Read the Rest »
Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I've put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late summer/early fall afternoon. Read the Rest »