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.

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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 »
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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 »
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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.

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DCIS. What Is It? Watch Catching Health on the Morning Report

October 8th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Sharing my DCIS story with Sharon Rose Vaznis and reminding women to get their mammograms.
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What Makes a Healthy Maine Street?

October 8th, 2014 | Gotta Use It, Nom Nom
Everywhere you look, people are trying to move more, eat better, lose weight, get rid of stress ... they're tired of feeling tired and overwhelmed and just plain unhealthy. Trouble is, when you're going it alone, like many people do, it can become too much of a challenge and next thing you know you're back where you started. Read the Rest »
Diane with nurses Lauren and Elizabeth

I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

October 6th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

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.

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Do You Ever Worry About Contaminants in Your Drinking Water?

October 6th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

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 »


Health Events in Maine October 5 to October 12

October 3rd, 2014 | Catching Health Stories


PROTECTING OUR WELL WATER York Public Library 15 Long Sands Road York, Maine Read the Rest »
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Where to Get Your Health Questions Answered

September 30th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
I've been doing research for an upcoming blog post and was feeling frustrated because I couldn't find what I needed. I decided to turn to the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center for assistance. Read the Rest »
Fran Paris getting her blood pressure checked at Fall Prevention Screening

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

September 26th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Fran Paris, who is 79, has a balance problem and tries to keep herself steady so that she doesn't fall. When she noticed that Woodford's Congregational Church was offering a Fall Risk Screening Event to help people learn more about their risks, she hightailed it over there. Read the Rest »

Health Events in Maine September 27 to October 1

September 26th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories



Pineland 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 »
Ana and Beverly say goodbye

Ana and Beverly: Letting Go

September 24th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

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 »

Apples from Mullis Orchards

A Map of Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

September 20th, 2014 | Nom Nom

If you plan to go apple picking in Maine and like to "see" where you're headed, I've created an interactive map to help lead the way. Read the Rest »

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Never Too Old to Get Mono

September 17th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Not too long ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with mononucleosis (mono). When I hear that someone has mono, I think teenager. My friend may be so in spirit, but in reality she is a grandmother.

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

September 15th, 2014 | Nom Nom

Have you looked at your food bill lately?  Let's face it: food prices are not going down. Whether you buy food at a local market, grocery store or your favorite "super center," planning a healthy meal for one or a family while keeping to a budget is challenging. While we all have preferences, keeping an open mind and varying our diets makes affording nutritious food easier. You might even surprise yourself by trying something out of ordinary that is absolutely delicious, easy to prepare and cost-effective. Read the Rest »
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I Don’t Know What to Say to Mom

September 11th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

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 »

Diane and Sharon

Stress Relief: Catching Health on the Morning Report

September 9th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Relieving some stress with Sharon on the Morning Report.
Apples from Mullis Orchards

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

September 8th, 2014 | Nom Nom
Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I've put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late summer/early fall afternoon. Read the Rest »
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Overwhelmed? Add a Time Out to Your Schedule

September 7th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

You're overwhelmed and I'm suggesting that you add one more thing to the list? Why?! Because if you don't schedule a time out, my guess it that you will never take one. And your health — physical and mental — is likely to suffer.  Read the Rest »


The Doctor Will See You Now — On Your Smart Phone

September 5th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Telemedicine — using electronic communications to exchange medical information — is not a new idea. Just a few months ago, I wrote about a home care agency in Maine that uses telemedicine to help elderly clients stay home longer. According to the American Telemedicine Association, the use of telemedicine started more than forty years ago with hospitals trying to extend care to patients in remote areas. It spread rapidly and, as it says on the association's website, is "now becoming integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, home health agencies, private physician offices as well as consumer’s homes and workplaces." Read the Rest »
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My Mother’s Bookcase

September 4th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
This post originally appeared in another blog I write about my adventures as a non-traditional college student pursuing a fine arts degree at the University of Southern Maine. The name of the blog is mylatestart or my late start. My daughter noticed that is also reads as my latest art. How clever is that? Can't take credit though, it was pure serendipity! Because my mother is the main character in this post and I've written about her having Alzheimer's disease on the Catching Health blog before, I thought it was fitting to share this story. Read the Rest »
Morning Report August 26, 2014

Calling All Volunteers: Catching Health on the Morning Report:

August 27th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Yesterday on the Morning Report with Jackie Ward, I shared some fun and easy ways to help support two great organizations in Maine.

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Diagnosed with Cancer? Them’s Fighting Words.

August 25th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Back in 2005, Chris Kuhn and his colleague and friend Dave Langdon were trying to come up with a name for a celebratory lobster bake and bike ride they planned to host. They settled on Not Dead Yet, straight out of one of Chris's favorite movies, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

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