Konnie Stinson

Diagnosed with a rare cancer she’d never heard of before

October 12th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Konnie Stinson is one of those people who just try to push through it when they're hurt or don't feel well. That's what she did back in 2013 when she had a host of unusual symptoms. Nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, headaches and exhaustion. "All symptoms you might have if you're tired or work out too hard or are busy or have low blood sugar," she says. "I just kept trying to explain them away." Read the Rest »
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Top 10 breast cancer myths

October 8th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Ever since I was a young woman, I've been hyper-aware of my breasts. Not because there's anything special or unique about them, but because when I was in my twenties, I discovered a lump. Read the Rest »
Sharon Vaznis and Diane Atwood

Recognizing Parkinson’s disease: On the Morning Report

October 7th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Did you ever get a gut feeling about something and then brush it aside? It can turn out to be something important so we should probably pay attention. The doctor told Warren Gilman his problems walking were probably due to a back injury, but his wife had a gut feeling it might be Parkinson's disease. She was right. Sharon Rose Vasniz and I talk about gut feelings and early signs of Parkinson's disease on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
Taking the SAGE

Forgetting things? Take this test to see if you need to worry about Alzheimer’s

October 5th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Worried because you're not young anymore and you've started forgetting more things than you used to? Why you left the room? Where you put your glasses? Whether you turned off the iron? A name? An appointment? Read the Rest »

Tomato. Tomahto. Either way, they offer more than sweet succulence

September 30th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Nom Nom
Guest post by Jenny Babino, RDN, LD, courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As our home-grown tomatoes enjoy their last few weeks on the vine, we thought it would be a good time to remind you that tomatoes are highly nutritious and should be part of your diet year ‘round — no matter whether you prefer them fresh or in one of their many canned forms. Read the Rest »
Warren Gilman

How to recognize the signs of Parkinson’s disease

September 28th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
This summer, my 86-year-old neighbor Warren Gilman found out that he has Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects how a person moves. The most common first sign of Parkinson's is a tremor, but Warren's hands are as steady as they ever were. His sharp-eyed wife Emma noticed some other worrisome signs, though. Read the Rest »
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Does yoga have the power to save an addict’s life? Absolutely, say these people

September 23rd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
For twenty years, Angela Weymouth watched her brother struggle with opiate addiction. She and her husband, Michael Seymour, own Maine Hatha Yoga on Dartmouth Street in Portland. Since they first opened in 2002, they've known that people with substance abuse issues take their yoga classes. But only recently did some share their personal stories. Read the Rest »
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Never too old to get mono: On the Morning Report

September 22nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Mononucleosis is an infection we usually associate with teenagers, but people of all ages — even baby boomers — can get mono. Sharon Vaznis and I talk about symptoms and treatment on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
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When a child has cancer, what happens to the other children in the family?

September 21st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When Daniel's dad tells him his sister Kate has cancer, he doesn't understand. She doesn't look sick. "Will she be better by Saturday for the parade?" he asks. Read the Rest »
Kath Bartlett

Treating depression, anxiety and insomnia with Chinese medicine

September 17th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Guest post by Kath Bartlett, LAc, licensed acupuncturist and Board Certified in Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM Everyone wants to be happy and avoid suffering and pain. Our body’s nervous system hardwires us to pursue this attainment. So when anxiety, depression, stress or insomnia affect us, we understandably seek relief from our afflictions. Read the Rest »
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Body Worlds: Education? Entertainment? Spectacular? Ghastly? It’s up to you to decide

September 10th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
As a longtime health reporter and former x-ray tech, I've been in lots  of operating rooms and have witnessed more surgical procedures than I can count. I've seen people's brains, hearts, stomachs, intestines, gall bladders, kidneys, joints, muscles and bones. Read the Rest »
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You can’t run like you used to, but you may still be able to run!

September 9th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
You ran like a gazelle when you were younger, but it's been years and now, you often feel clunky and stiff. Why, even getting in and out of the car or up from your chair is a challenge. Read the Rest »
Marty and Fran

How to be a friend — a best friend — to someone with a mental illness

September 6th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
How important are your friends? Would you travel to the ends of the Earth for any of them? I suspect that best friends Fran Houston and Marty Baker would, although their friendship got off to a rocky start. They met four years ago on a mutual friend's Facebook page. The friend, who was despondent, wrote that she "Didn't want to do this anymore." Read the Rest »
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Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

September 3rd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, 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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What a recent DCIS study does and doesn’t tell us : On the Morning Report

September 1st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

Every year, 60,000 women in this country are diagnosed with DCIS or stage 0 breast cancer.

In a recently published study, researchers analyzed the medical data of 100,000 women with DCIS to see what happened to them 10 and 20 years after they were diagnosed.  Sharon Vaznis and I discuss their findings on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »

High heels

The shoes fit, but are they safe to wear at “my age?”

August 30th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
  A while ago, I was browsing in the shoe section at TJ Maxx when a friend spotted me and came over to say hello. But before she offered a loving greeting, she exclaimed, "OMG, you're NOT going to get those are you?" Read the Rest »
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Lost your appetite? It could be your age!

August 26th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Nom Nom
Eating nutritious meals is important no matter what stage of life you're in. In fact, the older we get, the more important the quality of our diet becomes. That's because as we age, getting adequate amounts of certain nutrients from our food becomes more difficult and the need for calories decreases. In addition, our bodies simply don't absorb some nutrients as well as they used to. Read the Rest »
Diane with nurses Lauren and Elizabeth

Stage 0 Breast Cancer (DCIS). Does it need to be treated?

August 21st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
I am one of 60,000 women in the United States diagnosed every year with Stage 0 breast cancer. At that stage, the cancerous cells are confined to the insides of a milk duct and are not considered dangerous. The question is, what are the chances the cells will break through the walls of the duct and invade other tissues? Currently, there is no foolproof way to predict. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy This Week?

August 21st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Our two-week stay upta camp is over, which is not such a joyful thing. But we had a great time with mostly beautiful weather and some amazing light shows at sunset. I love sitting on the dock and watching the sun go down. Read the Rest »
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Quick guide to heat stroke and heat exhaustion: On the Morning Report

August 19th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
In this neck of the woods, we're usually worrying about frostbite and hypothermia. But lately, we've been havin' a heat wave, so I shared some tips about heat-related illnesses on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
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I stand corrected about Kalamata olives!

August 17th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Nom Nom

Little green olives stuffed with pimento. Growing up, that's the only olive I ever knew. Years later I had the good fortune to travel throughout Greece, beginning with a stop in Corfu. My friends and I toured the island on rented motorbikes and stopped at a hillside café — really just someone's backyard. We were served a plate filled with chunks of cucumber and different kinds of olives. They were definitely not my mother's olives — not to mention that they were accompanied by glasses of ouzo!

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Upta camp

What Brought You Joy?

August 12th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
We're upta camp. So peaceful. When you're upta camp on vacation, there's joy in almost every minute. From sitting on the porch with a good book to kayaking for hours to going to the movies on a rainy afternoon. Read the Rest »
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How to keep your brain fit

August 9th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

We lift weights, jog, swim, participate in marathons and triathlons — all kinds of ways to exercise our bodies and keep them strong and healthy. But what do we do to keep our brains physically fit? The daily crossword puzzle? It's not enough. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy Last Week?

August 4th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Who'd ever think a new vacuum cleaner could bring such joy! Can anybody relate? Read the Rest »
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Painful sunburn? Look in your kitchen for quick relief

August 3rd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

My best advice? Don't get a sunburn

If you didn't follow my best advice and are now suffering from a mild to moderate sunburn, relief could be as close as your kitchen. Try one of these home remedies. Read the Rest »

Diane's mother

How to stay cool and safe when the sun’s baking down

July 29th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When the rest of us are sweating because of the heat, my 88 year old mother may insist on wearing a sweater. As far back as I remember, she's often chilly when others are not. Thankfully, she's not one for lingering too long under a hot sun because elderly people are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Read the Rest »

What Brought You Joy This Week?

July 27th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
I got to stroll through Treworgy Garden in Gorham Sunday morning. The grass was wet, but I wore my trusty rubber boots. Thank you, Linda Faatz, for being a gracious hostess. Your hard work in the garden shows at every turn. I even discovered some delicious just ripe blueberries! Read the Rest »
Kathy and Sara

A Maine woman who helped write the ADA celebrates its 25th anniversary

July 27th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 25 years ago, a woman from Maine was there to bear witness to the historic event. She even had a front row seat. That's because Kathy McInnis Misenor, who is now 56, was one of the bill's authors. Read the Rest »
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Picking blueberries: On the Morning Report

July 22nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Nom Nom
I did a little blueberry picking at Orchard Ridge Farm in Gorham (Maine) this week and then baked a delish blueberry cake. Nothing's too good for the Morning Report team! I also shared some blueberry wisdom that was passed on to me by blueberry experts. In my opinion, it was a lucky day for Cindy Williams, who was filling in for Sharon Vaznis. Read the Rest »
Woman with thermometer

Bladder infections: The older you get, the more you need to pay attention

July 20th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
As we get older, unfortunately, we become more susceptible to infections. That’s because, with age, the immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy This Week?

July 19th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
I followed through on something. That's what brought me joy this week. Read the Rest »