How Jen Boggs managed to rock her 2016 New Year’s resolution

Still looking for some New Year's resolution ideas and inspiration? Stop right now and read what Jen Boggs accomplished in 2016. High five, Jen!

By | January 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

From me to you

However and whenever you celebrate the holiday season, I hope yours is filled with joy and love.

By | December 23rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Six ways to boost your metabolism when cold weather cuts into your exercise routine

Have you ever used winter as an excuse not to exercise? John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator for YMCA of Southern Maine, offers some tips on how you can stay warm and still burn some calories.

By | December 16th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Frostbite: What You Need to Know

Bitterly cold — that’s what the weather report says — danger of frostbite. Catching Health shares some frostbite dos and don'ts.

By | December 15th, 2016|Blog|6 Comments

The difference between grieving and suffering

The holidays can be especially difficult for people who have lost someone dear — no matter how it happened. If you're having a hard time, I hope this helps.

By | December 12th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Busting six myths about adopting a foster child in Maine

Right now, 100 children in foster care in Maine hope to be adopted by loving families. Think you're not up to it? A bit of myth busting may change your mind.

By | December 9th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

How electroacupuncture helps relieve some of the most common PTSD symptoms

Turning flashbacks into memories you can choose to think of or not. That's the goal of a treatment that uses electroacupuncture to help people recover from PTSD.

By | December 6th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Six tips for a healthy holiday mouth

All those goodies that get eaten over the holidays aren't so great for your teeth. Check out these healthy dental tips.

By | December 5th, 2016|Blog|7 Comments

It is a cold or the flu and why does it matter?

If you're lucky, whether you have a cold or the flu, you'll recover with no problems. Sometimes, though, the flu can cause serious complications.

By | December 2nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Some tips on keeping your brain (and memory) in top shape

Getting old and possibly losing your memories is a frightening thought. I'm encouraged by research that shows our brains may be more resilient than we think.

By | November 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The story of a mother and her young son and their fight against Lyme Disease

Miles Zelasko was probably born with Lyme Disease. He wasn't diagnosed until he was six, soon after his mother Celeste was diagnosed. This is their story.

By | November 22nd, 2016|Blog|4 Comments

Integrated care: One insurance company’s perspective on managing diabetes

Diabetes is a growing problem. In this guest post, an insurance company says an integrated approach to managing diabetes will improve outcomes and lower costs.

By | November 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Checking off your holiday gift list? Check out this 10 Worst Toys list first

World Against Toys Causing Harm just released its 2016 "10 Worst Toys" list. One item is a cuddly elephant pillow and another a doll that plays peek-a-boo. Hazardous? Yes. Find out why.

By | November 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Earl’s 5K for MSA raises more than $8000 for research into this rare disease

The first annual Earl's 5K for MSA drew a big crowd and raised a lot of money for multiple system atrophy (MSA). What's that? Read more on the Catching Health blog.

By | November 14th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

Mumps making the rounds on college campuses in Maine and New Hampshire

Why are college students at risk for mumps? How is it spread? What are the symptoms? I provide some answers on the WCSH6 Morning Report.

By | November 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A Maine woman leads the way in raising money for lung cancer and setting the record straight about its causes

Most people assume that all lung cancers are caused by smoking. Period. There's more to the story than tobacco.

By | November 7th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

MaineHealth gets a national award for its commitment to serve healthy (and tasty) meals to patients and employees

MaineHealth made a commitment to offer healthier food options. It just got a national award for its efforts from the Partnership for a Healthier America.

By | November 4th, 2016|Blog, Recipes|0 Comments

How to welcome the unwelcome thoughts that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep

Everyone I know has trouble sleeping every now and again. Read how guided meditation and art therapy can work together to help you get a good night's sleep.

By | October 31st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Trick or treat and a Halloween candy confession. Maybe you’ve done it, too.

There was a time when the neighborhood kids didn't get Halloween candy from the Atwood's. We handed out granola bars instead. But that's not my confession.

By | October 31st, 2016|Blog|5 Comments

How physical therapy can help people suffering the after effects of a concussion

Bobby Cochrane is a physical therapist who works with people who have post-concussion syndrome. Find out how physical therapy can help someone with a concussion.

By | October 28th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

How the tiny zebrafish helped a Bar Harbor scientist get us one step closer to effective treatments for a painful nerve disorder — peripheral neuropathy

About 20 million people in the U.S. have peripheral neuropathy. Sandra Rieger, PhD., a scientist at the MDI Biological Laboratory, recently discovered where and how it begins.

By | October 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Tips from parents on how to stay healthy with a new baby in the house

When you're pregnant, you try to be as healthy as possible for your baby's sake. After the baby is born, staying healthy can be a challenge. Some tips from new parents.

By | October 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Health experts say no to the nasal spray flu vaccine this year but kids still need a flu shot

Public health experts no longer recommend a common nasal spray flu vaccine for children because it's not effective. If you're worried that your child hates shots so you'll skip a flu shot this year, read this.

By | October 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Who to call when you need an answer to a burning health question

Looking for another good source of credible health information? Want to have a live chat with a health educator? Try the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center.

By | October 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How art therapy helps relieve some of the pain and suffering of a life altering illness

An expressive arts therapist helps people grieve by creating art. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she used her art therapy tools to help herself.

By | October 14th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Expert answers to your top questions about breast cancer

Three common questions breast cancer specialist Dr. Tracey Weisberg gets from her patients. She shares the answers on the Catching Health blog.

By | October 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A new study says birth control pills may make you depressed. That’s not news to many women

A new study says birth control may cause depression. Many women say, ok, we already knew that. Read what's important about the study.

By | October 6th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A lifetime of headaches became this woman’s worst nightmare

For nearly 30 years — ever since she was about 10 years old — Michelle Spencer endured headaches. Migraines said doctors. What it was almost killed her.

By | October 4th, 2016|Blog|17 Comments

What do all the dates on food packages mean?

Not sure what the expiration or "use by" date means on food packages? Get an expert explanation from registered dietitian Kitty Broihier.

By | September 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The art of offering comfort to someone who is grieving

In our culture, we're taught to cheer people up. It's not the same as giving comfort. Learn some tips on the art of comforting from an expert on grieving.

By | September 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A tribute to my mother Beverley Swett

My mother died last week. Tuesday, September 6 at 5:16 in the morning. I was there, hand resting on her chest. I needed to feel her last breath, her final heartbeat. Three of my sisters and one of my nieces were also there, holding her hands and gently running their fingers through her hair, which she always loved. […]

By | September 13th, 2016|Blog|21 Comments