On the Morning Report today we talked about Ellen Munson, a woman I profiled in the late 80s when I was Newscenter's health reporter. Ellen had a kidney transplant in 1986 and needed a second one 18 years later. You can read the details of her story here on the Catching Health Blog or watch this video from the Morning Report.
Ellen Munson got her first donated kidney in 1986. Her own kidneys had been destroyed, presumably by a serious infection called polynephritis, and she had been on dialysis for five years. Every day, Ellen was grateful to the family who had lost a beloved child and chose to donate her kidney to a stranger. She had hoped the transplant would last forever, but knew it would not. Read the Rest »
Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home.Read the Rest »
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended routine cholesterol screening of children between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21 since 2011.They issued the recommendation and additional guidelines after reviewing more than 1,000 published documents on heart disease and how it relates to children and adolescents.Read the Rest »
Guest post by Lauren Breau, L.Ac, acupuncturist at Wildwood Community AcupunctureRead the Rest »
If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet.
Sometimes when you're shopping for food or cooking a meal, don't you wish you had a nutrition expert by your side to help you make healthy choices? If so, you're in luck, because we're going to have a host of nutrition experts on hand to help us make healthy decisions and healthy meals that taste delicious.Read the Rest »
I'm excited to announce that I was on the WCSH6 WLBZ2 Morning Report today and will be returning every other Tuesday at about 6:45 am. It was so great to be back on the air again and to see many familiar faces. For those of you who don't know, I was the health reporter on WCSH6 for more than 20 years. I left in 2002, so it's been a few years, but after the first few seconds, I felt right at home! Read the Rest »
When Chuck and Jo-Ellen Kelley were married 23 years ago, she told him that since she went for yearly medical checkups, she expected him to do the same. "After all," she says, "we promised that we'd grow old together and take care of each other."Read the Rest »