Little girl eating chocolate

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 »

Source: Pond5

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 »
Morning Report Thyroid

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 »
flu shot

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 »
Thyroid nodules don't always mean cancer

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 »
woman with dumbell

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 »
Screenshot from Morning Report

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.

Read the Rest »

Aimee LeBlance beside her portrait

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 »
Picture of cat stretching. Message: Stop what you're doing and stretch. It will feel soooo good.

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 »
Sharon and Diane on the Morning Report

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!

Read the Rest »

Hot Chili peppers

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 »
Spoons with sugar

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 »
Colonel Burton Curtis

Celebrating Our Veterans and a 100th Birthday

November 11th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

Burton Curtis turned 100 years old November 11, 2014 — Veterans Day. A World War II veteran, he says he joined the United States Air Force because his country was in trouble and he needed to do something. What he did was became a glider pilot who carried out dangerous missions during the war. He went on to serve 30 years in the Air Force, retiring as Colonel Burton Curtis. Read the Rest »
Man counting sheep

Got Insomnia? Eight Tips to Help You Get the Sleep You Need

November 10th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
100, 99, 98, 97 ... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... and let's start counting those sheep all over again. Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You're not alone. Most of us have experienced occasional insomnia but for some people, lack of sleep is a chronic issue. Read the Rest »
Plateful of rye sweets

A Cookie Full of Rye

November 6th, 2014 | Nom Nom

See that chocolate cookie in the picture? It was delicious! If I hadn't been told, I never would have guessed it was made with rye flour. All I tasted was the chocolate.

Read the Rest »

Choir at Gosnell House

As She Lay Dying, the Choir Sang — A Lesson in Spiritual Care

October 30th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
On September 27, David Emery celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary without his beloved wife Judy — a sad, but joyful day. It may be hard for some people to understand how there can be joy when you are mourning the loss of someone you love deeply. David's joy comes from the wonderful memories of a long and fulfilling marriage and also from the firm belief that he and Judy will be together again some day. Read the Rest »
Gluten free symbol

Where Whole Grain and Gluten-Free Meet

October 29th, 2014 | Nom Nom
Guest post by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Lots of folks are more tuned in to whole grains these days, and one would think that those who follow a gluten-free lifestyle would naturally favor whole grains as well. After all, there are plenty of whole grains that don’t contain gluten. But the fact is, lots of people who eat gluten-free are not eating their share of whole grains. Read the Rest »
Sharon Rose Vaznis and Diane Atwood on the Morning Report

Flu Season: Catching Health on the Morning Report

October 28th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

Sharon and I talk about flu shots and other vaccinations recommended for adults.


Six Numbers You Should Know and Why

October 27th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

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.

Read the Rest »

Crystal Goodwin with medications

Mast Cell Disease: When Your Immune System Becomes the Enemy

October 22nd, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

Three years ago, Crystal Goodwin, who just turned 30, lived a fairly normal life. She had a fulltime job and enjoyed hanging out with friends, working out at the gym and going on trips with her sister. A rare disorder called mast cell activation syndrome changed Crystal's life almost overnight. Read the Rest »
Barry Atwood getting a flu shot

Did You Know? Adults Need Their Shots, Too!

October 20th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Are you up to date on your shots?  Oh, you thought those were only for kids. They're not, and a lot of adults haven't had the shots they need to keep them from getting and spreading certain diseases.

Read the Rest »

Daily Briefing logo

Ebola: Maine Medical Center Separates Fact From Fiction

October 16th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
In an effort to help staff separate fact from fiction, this afternoon Maine Medical Center's Communications and Marketing department sent out its first MMC Daily Briefing on Ebola and Infection Prevention. Read the Rest »
Mark Bushey

How Medical Marijuana is Helping Mark Bushey Cope with ALS

October 14th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

In November 2013, Mark Bushey was diagnosed with ALS, the horrible disease that prompted so many of us to do the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for ALS research. To help him cope with various ALS symptoms, Mark recently started using medical marijuana. Read the Rest »
Vascular system

World Thrombosis Day

October 13th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Guest post by Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen You may not be familiar with the word “thrombosis,” but you’ve probably heard the term “blood clot.” Thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the artery or vein and can cause the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). Read the Rest »
Girl brushing teeth

Don’t Miss Out! October Health Events in Maine

October 10th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

Find out about health events in Maine and/or submit your own event to the Catching Health Calendar.

Read the Rest »