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Liam Thomas

The difference a rescue dog could make in the life of a little boy with diabetes

May 24th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
What four-year-old wouldn't want a dog? Liam Thomas is hoping to get one. A dog he can run and play and cuddle up with. A dog he can trust. With his life. Read the Rest »
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Is the 7-minute workout the best exercise?

May 23rd, 2016 | Gotta Use It
Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch,YMCA of Southern Maine. Americans follow the news. We know we need more exercise. We know that Americans suffer from obesity, heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, joint degeneration, and broken bones from falling. We know that all these physical problems can largely be prevented and even often cured with regular, consistent exercise pursued over a lifetime. Read the Rest »
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Avocado and roasted asparagus salad — perfect springtime meal

May 19th, 2016 | Nom Nom
It's asparagus season and thanks to my husband Barry, this wonderful vegetable grows right in our backyard. I'm sure I've never had any quite as delicious as when he cooks it fresh from the garden. Here are two easy ways to cook asparagus. Read the Rest »
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Why an extremity MRI won’t make you feel closed in. On the Morning Report

May 18th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
When Noah Nelson hurt his wrist playing college football he had an MRI to see if a bone was broken. One was — a tiny bone called the scaphoid. Normally, when you have an MRI you have to lie still inside a big magnetic tube. But Noah only had to stick his arm in the machine. It's called an extremity MRI and that's what Sharon Vaznis and I talked about recently on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
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Some important information about thyroid cancer

May 17th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Thyroid trouble? As we age, the risk of our thyroid not working properly increases. I know, yet another thing. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ in the neck, just above your collar bone and below your voice box. If you're a man, it's not your Adam's apple, it's just below it. The thyroid's job is to produce hormones that regulate how the body uses and stores energy. It can be under- or overactive. It can develop lumps or nodules. Or it could become cancerous. Read the Rest »
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Avita. What my mother now calls home

May 15th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...

My mother has lived at Avita of Stroudwater, a memory care facility, for nearly two years. Like any one of us, she wanted to stay in her own home. Even after my father died. And it was a big house — two stories, plus an attic and a basement.

When we asked how she was doing, she'd always tell us she was fine. Those of us who lived nearby made more frequent visits, spent the night, checked in by phone.  Read the Rest »
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What can poison your pets and what to do if it happens

May 13th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
I read a sad story this week. Two dogs were accidentally killed in Lincoln, Maine when they ate some bread sprinkled with a chemical called Lannate. It appears that a local farmer may have been trying to get rid of some crows and his neighbor's dogs got into the bread. Read the Rest »
Rebecca Vincelette

Diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 33 and now reaching out to other young women

May 12th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Five years ago, Rebecca Vincelette discovered something unusual in her right breast. It was Father's Day weekend. She was 33 years old. "I was in the shower and I was doing a breast exam, "she told me over the phone recently. "The tissue felt thicker and more dense. It didn't feel like a lump, but it felt like something was wrong." What followed was an appointment with her doctor and a cascade of medical tests and procedures — mammogram, ultrasounds, biopsies. Each one brought Rebecca closer to a diagnosis no woman wants to get. One that is unusual for someone so young, but by no means impossible. Read the Rest »
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MRIs make you feel claustrophobic? An extremity MRI won’t

This post is sponsored by Spectrum Medical Group

Last fall, Bowdoin College football quarterback Noah Nelson injured his wrist during a game. He's in the white uniform. Number 18. It was around half-time in a game against Bates.

The picture above was taken at the moment he probably got hurt. Look closely and you can see his left wrist being bent backwards. It's called an overextension injury. He may have been hurt, but it also looks as if Noah kept a firm grip on that football in his right hand! Read the Rest »


Benefits of massage for people who are elderly or have dementia

I've long believed that if we could all start each day with a good back and shoulder massage the world would be a more peaceful place. Not only does massage help relieve stress and tension, it's being used more and more as a complement to traditional medical treatments. For example, in some cancer centers, volunteer massage therapists give soothing massages to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Read the Rest »
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Eat these three foods if you want to burn fat in a healthy way

May 6th, 2016 | Nom Nom
Guest post by Jennifer McGregor If you’re like many Americans trying to lose weight, your 2016 probably got started with a bang as you tackled your New Year’s weight loss goals with ferocity, forsaking all bread and vowing to hit the gym no less than a dozen times a week. But now, as summer looms, your efforts have likely long since ground to a screeching halt. The good news is that burning off any excess pounds you’ve gained in recent months doesn’t have to feel like walking across hot coals. In fact, if you incorporate these three foods into your diet, you can literally shed pounds without even trying. Read the Rest »
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A Taste of the Mediterranean: Greek salad and pita pizzas with homemade hummus

May 5th, 2016 | Nom Nom
Trying to eat healthier foods? One delicious option is to eat a Mediterranean diet. In this guest post, registered dietitian Kitty Broihier explains what a Mediterranean diet is and why it gets such high praise from the medical community. At the end of the post, I'll share a couple of recipes that are easy to make and oh, so tasty. Read the Rest »
Nyamuon Nguany

Why this woman has no room in her life for hatred, although some might not blame her

Nyamuon Nguany has a story to tell. When she told it to me, I felt anger and deep sadness. And hatred. Emotions that she knows well. But she also knows that her life is too important to waste it on hatred. That she has a larger purpose. "I feel that nothing happens by mistake," she says. "We can take every bad thing that happens to us and create some sort of message out of it. The most selfish thing that we could do with our healing is to keep it to ourselves." Read the Rest »

Leo Glaude

What can happen to your life when you suddenly become a caregiver

Eleven years ago, at the age of 56, Leo Glaude had a stroke. It happened at work. His coworkers found him outside leaning against a tree. They called 911 and then called his wife Beverly. She rushed to the hospital and the moment she saw her husband, she knew what happened. “His mouth was drooping on one side,” she says, “and he was trying to say something to me and I didn’t understand a word. I knew then that he’d had a stroke.” Read the Rest »
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Using spinal decompression to treat low back pain

April 29th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Back pain, especially low back pain. One of THE major reasons people miss work or become disabled. Men and women alike. Read the Rest »
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16 things to know if you love someone with autism

April 28th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...

Guest post by Eric Campbell, MS, BCBA, Senior Program Director for Education at Spurwink.

Having a family member with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can create unanticipated challenges in many facets of life. Once a rare disorder, the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that one in every 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with ASD. Read the Rest »

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How to begin a conversation about dying and why you should. On the Morning Report

April 26th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Talking about death and dying isn't easy, but it could be one of the most important conversations you'll ever have. On the Morning Report, Sharon Rose Vaznis and I shared some helpful tips on how to get started. We also discussed an upcoming conference and a series of community forums about end-of-life conversations. They're all sponsored by Hospice of Southern Maine. Read the Rest »
Driving Miss Norma

Why we need to talk about what we want at the end of life

Have you heard about Norma, the 90-year-old woman who was diagnosed with uterine cancer last year? She got the news the day her husband Leo was admitted to a hospice facility. And two days after he died, Norma, her son Tim and daughter-in-law Ramie listened as her doctor laid out her treatment options. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. According to Ramie, Norma's response was, “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.” And so, she did. Read the Rest »

Rutabaga recipe: Roasted root vegetables and portobello mushrooms

April 21st, 2016 | Nom Nom

How many of you have eaten a rutabaga? C'mon, raise your hands. "I have! I have!"

I didn't even realize I'd eaten one until the other day. I was doing research for this post and asked my husband if he'd ever tried one. He said yes and so have you. What? I have? When? Read the Rest »

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How to keep your baby safe when you’re driving

April 20th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
My daughter and her husband are expecting their first baby this summer. Near the top of the list of things they'll need is a good car seat. One that's safe. Read the Rest »
Henry VIII

You don’t have to be a king to suffer from gout

April 20th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
The other day a friend asked me about gout. Someone she knew was recently diagnosed and she was curious about what caused it. "Isn't that a disease of kings?" she asked me. Well, gout did plague at least one famous king — Henry VIII. Read the Rest »
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Organ donation: One man’s legacy of sharing his life with others

April 19th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Guest post from Memorial Hospital, North Conway, New Hampshire When Dawn Stone stands atop Mt. Chocorua this summer surrounded by family and friends to scatter her son Tyler’s ashes, she’ll be comforted by the knowledge that a part of him lives on in many people she doesn’t even know. Read the Rest »
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Kendra’s solutions for feeling “hangry”, cranky, and overwhelmed

April 13th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Guest post by Kendra Wheeler, Kendra Wheeler, health coach, certified personal trainer, & the owner of fitGOALS Training. In our busy world, you have to make time for the things that are important to you, including yourself. If you make yourself a priority, your world will magically change for the better. Actually, it's not magic. It's logic. Read the Rest »
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Loving someone with dementia: On the Morning Report

April 12th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Do you love someone with dementia? It can be challenging sometimes. My mother has Alzheimer's disease, a major cause of dementia. I recently shared some important things on the Morning Report that I've learned along the way. Read the Rest »
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Do not do this before you exercise!

April 11th, 2016 | Gotta Use It
Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine.
  • Do you like to exercise really hard in the gym?
  • Are you training for a marathon, 10k race or triathlon?
  • Would you like to relieve the pain of the strenuous workouts?
  • Do you take ibuprofen before your workouts and before your races?
Read the Rest »

Soy and breast cancer. Friend or Foe?

You may have seen some conflicting health news about soy and breast cancer.

  • You shouldn't eat soy if you're at risk for breast cancer
  • Soy can protect you against breast cancer

What should you do if you have breast cancer or are at risk for developing it?  Is it ok to eat soy products? Read the Rest »

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In the event of … save your family a hassle. Use The LastingMatters Organizer

April 6th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
It's one thing to know how you would want to be treated at the end of your life; who should be notified of your death; whether you wish to be buried or cremated; what kind of funeral or memorial service you'd like. It's another to let your family and/or loved ones in on the details. Read the Rest »
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Innovations in cancer treatment: Biology is destiny

April 5th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...

The challenge of treating cancer

Cancer. Such a formidable word. The big C, as some people call it. Finding a cure for cancer has been difficult — more so even than finding one for HIV, says medical oncologist Dr. Peter Rubin. "People spent the time to figure out what was driving HIV,"  he says. "Unfortunately, cancers are tremendously more complicated than HIV." Finding a cure for cancer is such a challenge because not all cancers are the same. What drives one cancer to grow and spread does not necessarily drive another. Read the Rest »
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The latest research on why we lose bone as we age and what we can do about it

April 4th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Did you know that every ten years our entire skeleton changes? It's called remodeling. Bone breaks down or dissolves and new bone forms in its place. As you get older, keeping the bones strong and healthy requires a balance that is difficult to achieve. Read the Rest »
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Why we could all probably use a good health care advocate in our corner

April 1st, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Yes, we could all probably use a health care advocate at some point in our lives. Two years ago, I got a phone call from the mammography center after I'd gone in for my yearly mammogram. The scheduler told me the radiologist wanted me to come back for some additional x-rays. Magnified views so he could take a closer look. A closer look at what, I blurted as my heart began to race and my brain screamed into overdrive. Read the Rest »
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Food fight! Food fight! And the happy winner is …

March 31st, 2016 | Nom Nom
Ever been in a food fight? I was in one the other day. Picture this. Plates of warm potato salad. Cups of curried squash soup. Tiny tarts topped with blueberries. Portobello mushrooms filled with stuffing. Now imagine a roomful of people flinging all that food (and lots more) at each other. Read the Rest »