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If you're like most people, you keep track of a lot of numbers — important numbers — not to mention passwords. I'll apologize up front because I'm going to tell you about some more numbers you should know. They're important because they tell you something about the state of your health.
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I'm religious about getting my annual mammogram. That's because I have a history of fibrocystic disease and in my 20s had a fibroadenoma (benign tumor) removed from my right breast. Every year, I worry that something not so benign will show up and every year I sigh with relief when I get a letter saying everything is normal. Not this year. Instead, I got a phone call from the Mammography Department at Mercy Hospital. The radiologist wanted me to come back for additional views. My heart sank.
Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, personal care products, flame retardants, detergents and new types of herbicides and pesticides. What do these items have in common? They're all emerging contaminants that have detected at trace levels in drinking water. Read the Rest »
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27
FIGHT BACK FESTIVALPineland Farms 15 Farm View Drive New Gloucester, Maine 7:00 am to 2:30 pm Fight Back Festival is a family-friendly biking, running and walking event held each year at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Read the Rest »
When my mother moved into her new studio apartment at the memory care facility, she could have brought along her cat Ana. Ana was a half-grown kitten when my sister Mary brought her home from the local shelter earlier this year. It was love at first sight for all three of them. Read the Rest »
Dementia changes how people experience and interact with the world around them. The way a person with dementia uses words often leaves family members and caregivers unsure how to respond. After years of being able to communicate interactively, and exchange information clearly, as dementia progresses this flow suddenly shifts. Initially, it may be an occasional loss of words, or confusion of words. Eventually, there is no give and take at all, leaving communication a one-way street. Read the Rest »