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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
Johnny Somma

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 USA.gov: 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.
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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 »
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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 »