Lacy and Vanessa having some fun

Every day Vanessa Child battles a deadly monster that is never satisfied

May 28th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
The monster Vanessa fights every day lives inside her brain. It tells her that she's hungry — starving even — whether she just ate a snack or a three-course meal. Read the Rest »
Men's legs in sun

Men, follow this simple advice. It could save your life

May 25th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Guest post by retired dermatologist J. Michael Taylor, MD, MPH

According to a recent survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation, men over age 50 are twice as likely as women to die from malignant melanoma. This difference increases with age.

Men are also much more likely to develop the more common, but less threatening, basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Read the Rest »

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Out of the mouths of babes. What it’s like to have a disability

May 22nd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
For what seemed like an eternity, but was barely a minute, Shannon Grady's third graders at Small School in South Portland had to pair up and stare at each other. There was a little a lot of fidgeting and giggling and glancing around. Read the Rest »
Diane's grandmother

Strokes kill people we love. You need to know the risks

May 19th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Thirty years ago, my beloved grandmother — her name was Joanna Tenney, but we called her Nanny — had a massive stroke and died a few days later. She had congestive heart failure and had been under treatment in the hospital for about a week when she had the stroke. I didn’t know it at the time, but congestive heart failure is a risk factor for stroke.  Read the Rest »
Woman in hammock

Want a good excuse to nap? Here’s all you need to know

May 17th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Now that the sun is out, so is my hammock. Fortunately, my boss (me) thinks napping is ok — healthy even. A 20-minute power nap swinging under a blue sky between the birch trees. Doesn't that sound heavenly? Check out this infographic from Patio Productions to see what kind of nap might fit into your day. You'll be joining the company of geniuses! (Einstein, not Diane.)  Read the Rest »
Michelle Spencer

A lifetime of headaches became one woman’s worst nightmare

May 15th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
For nearly 30 years — ever since she was about 10 years old — Michelle Spencer endured headaches. Migraines said doctors.  Read the Rest »
Diane and Sharon on the Morning Report

Understanding the cost of your healthcare: On the Morning Report

May 12th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
I recently wrote a blog post encouraging you to ask your doctor how much tests and procedures will cost. Sharon Rose Vaznis and I continued the conversation on the Morning Report with a look at the often confusing pricing structure. Retail price versus negotiated price. What's that all about? Watch the video. Read the Rest »
Julia Clukey on luge

How to be a champion like Julia Clukey (No need to ride a luge)

May 8th, 2015 | Gotta Use It
Imagine that you have trudged to the top of your favorite sliding hill. You take a deep breath and down you fly — sitting or stretched out on your belly. Your choice. Read the Rest »
Medical bill

How to ask your doctor how much it will cost. Why it’s important

May 6th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Last year, my family had some unexpected medical expenses. The bills began to add up after I had my annual mammogram. Because there were some suspicious looking calcifications, I was called back for additional views. Next, I had a stereotactic biopsy, which was positive for DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ or stage zero breast cancer). After consulting with a breast surgeon and getting a second opinion, I opted for a lumpectomy. About an hour before the procedure, I had to go the radiology department for a wire localization so the surgeon would know exactly where to operate. The total cost of all those procedures was just under $16,000. Read the Rest »
Wiper not feeling well

Protect your pets against Lyme Disease: On the Morning Report

May 5th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Happily, little Wiper is doing better. His brush with Lyme Disease serves as reminder to protect our pets against deer ticks. Sharon and I pass along some important Lyme Disease prevention tips on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
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Alzheimer’s: Amazingly, it can be something to sing about

May 1st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
You wouldn't think that Alzheimer's or any form of dementia was something to sing about. I'm not talking about the effect music can have on someone with dementia, which I happened to witness just the other day at the memory care facility where my mother lives. (I arrived in the middle of a concert — a man playing his guitar and singing old, familiar songs. Several of the residents were singing along and tapping their feet. One woman was practically jumping out of her chair with the urge to dance. I'd never seen her act so lively before.) But that's not what I mean. I'm talking about a musical composition that tries to tell the story of Alzheimer's. There really is one. It was written in 2008 by composer Robert S. Cohen.  Read the Rest »

Thanks to his vet back home in Maine, a sweet little dog is on the mend

April 27th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Hi, I'm Wiper!

What's all the fuss?

The fuss is that a few weeks ago sweet little Wiper (yes, that's his name) was so sick his humans (their names are Russ and Donna) thought he might be dying. First, his legs kept going out from under him and then one morning, they found him stretched out on their bed rigid and glassy-eyed. His heart was beating, but he wouldn't respond to anything they said or did. They thought he'd had a stroke. Terrified, they scooped him up in a blanket and drove straight to the nearest veterinary clinic. Read the Rest »
Woman and grandson

How to handle an ache in your hip that becomes a pain in the neck

April 23rd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
It happens at least a few times a week. When it does it can take Dee's breath away. You might think I'm talking about her sweet grandson's laugh or her husband's smile from across the room. Happily, those things occur quite frequently and yes, they do take her breath away, but this other thing — well, it's not much fun. In fact, it hurts quite a bit. Read the Rest »
Cabin Fever Art Show

You don’t want to miss the Cabin Fever Art Show at the Maine Jewish Museum

April 12th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
The next time you are at the top of India Street in Portland where it hits Congress Street, look for the Maine Jewish Museum. It's set back from the street behind a black wrought iron fence, nestled between Angela Adams on the left and a parking lot on the right. The museum is a hidden gem and so are the art exhibits inside. Read the Rest »
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Sprout Film Festival: Celebrate Every Person’s Unique Possibility

April 10th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Guest post by Sue Murphy, BS, Adult Program Senior Program Director, Spurwink

Films by, for and about people with developmental and intellectual disabilities — including autism — increase knowledge and understanding. Read the Rest »

Glowing light bulbs

7 Easy Ways to Honor the Earth Every Day

April 8th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
When I was growing up, my father was always trying to save energy and money. We were a big family and used a lot of electricity, heat and water. He would constantly scold me and my siblings for leaving on the lights, taking too long in the shower or using up all the hot water. To this day, when I turn off the lights in my own house, I think of my father. It's a simple thing, turning off lights when you don't need them, but if we all thought to do it, our actions could have a huge impact, not only on our wallets, but also on the environment. Read the Rest »
Brain injury support group members

Wise advice on how to craft a new life after a brain injury

April 3rd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
A split second. That's all it took for life to change for every single person in this picture. Carole Starr, for instance. She's smack dab in the middle, wearing a blue top. Carole suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was in a car accident 15 years ago. At the time, she was a teacher and a classical musician, but after her accident, Carole's life revolved solely around healing — her body and her brain. Read the Rest »
Brain image

Adolescence: Not just about hormones. Blame it on the brain

March 30th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
  Did you know?  It takes a minimum of 25 years to build a basic brain. And we all play a role in shaping the adolescent brain. Read the Rest »
Source: Deb Nelson

Cancer diagnosis? 12 bold questions you need to be asking

March 26th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
When you first hear the news that you have cancer, it's like being punched in the gut. Your brain is instantaneously filled with a million questions, but you're so dumbfounded that, even if they made sense, you couldn't get them out. The best you can do is ask, "I have cancer? Are you sure?" Read the Rest »
Sleeping cat on sleeping lady's lap

How to get a good night’s sleep and why it’s important

March 23rd, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Do you find that the older you get, the more trouble you have sleeping? You're not alone. Insomnia is a fairly common problem at any age, but even more so once you hit 60. It's estimated that half the people in the United States who are 60 and older either have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. Read the Rest »


How to relieve that killer hangover

March 18th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
I'm guessing that a few people are hung over today after celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Do you have a tried and true hangover cure? Read the Rest »
Martha tracking test

Brain Injury: Seeing a Different View

March 16th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
In a split second, Martha Davoli's view of the world shifted, figuratively and literally. It happened on March 1, 2012, seconds after she parked her car, got out and took just a few steps. "I didn’t realize there was ice under about an inch of snow," she described to me in a quiet voice. "My feet flew out from under me and I fell and the back of my head hit the pavement, the ice, really hard." She lay on the ground for a minute, then pulled herself up and walked a short distance. "All of a sudden," she describes, "I had a huge headache and felt a little dizzy and nauseous." Read the Rest »
Steak on the grill

For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

March 13th, 2015 | Nom Nom
This guest post was written by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD, Courtesy of Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Have some time for a little reading? The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its 500+ page report recently, and while some of you might think it’s a snooze-fest (and no, I didn’t read the entire thing page-by-page either), it has big implications for the health status of Americans. Why?  Read the Rest »
Woman clutching heart

Valuable heart attack advice that could save your life

March 11th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
A friend of mine ended up in the emergency room this past weekend. She was walking in the woods behind her home — something she does nearly every day —when she felt a squeezing pain in her chest. She didn't think she was having a heart attack, but the pain wouldn't go away and she was scared to death that it was a warning sign.  Read the Rest »
Picture of Audrey Wade

How one family battles its life-threatening destiny

March 6th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Sixty years ago, at the tender age of 29, Audrey Wade died of "abdominal" cancer. Read the Rest »
K Page

Dealing with cancer? You need to watch this

March 4th, 2015 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
If you're dealing with cancer, your primary focus should be on getting better. It's not always easy, especially if you're worrying about things like how you'll get to and from treatments, pay your bills or take care of your house and family. Today on the Morning Report, we talk about how Karen Page and the Maine Cancer Resource Connection can lend a helping hand. Read the Rest »
Wallet in back pocket

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 »
Alvah and his mother Martha

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 »
Morning Report:Crystal Goodwin

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 »