How Risa Card turned having brain cancer into something positive

This is the story of how one woman turned the darkest time of her life — when she was being treated for a malignant brain tumor — into something positive. She was supported and inspired by someone special and now she is the one who is supporting and inspiring others.

By | June 18th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Shingles and the new shingles vaccine

A new two-shot shingles vaccine was recently approved for people 50 and older. Catching Health has an overview of shingles and some information about the new vaccine, which is called Shingrix.

By | June 4th, 2018|Health News|3 Comments

The truth about gout

More than 8 million people in the United States have gout. Learn what it is as we separate fact from fiction and hear one man's story about dealing with this painful disease.

By | May 29th, 2018|Health News|4 Comments

Nurses needed: A brief history of nursing in Maine

While at its core, the practice of nursing continues to be caring for people, the profession has undergone many changes over time. We take a brief look at the history of nursing in Maine in the final segment of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report.

By | May 14th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Nurses needed: Showing our gratitude

In celebration of National Nurses Week and of the dedication that most nurses show each and every day, we're sharing some love. Read stories of nurses who made a difference in someone's life – in part six of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report. Has a nurse made a difference in YOUR life?

By | May 11th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Nurses needed: Public health nursing in Maine

Public health nurses have been traveling the state of Maine since 1920, trying to keep people healthy and prevent diseases. They still do, but in far fewer numbers and under challenging circumstances. We look at the current state of Maine's Public Health Nursing Program in part 6 of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health Special Report.

By | May 9th, 2018|Health News|5 Comments

Nurses needed: In the community

Nursing care is moving from inside the hospital to outside in the community. What kind of work are nurses doing if they're not at the bedside? How are they being trained? You'll find some answers in Nurses Needed: In the community, part 4 of a Catching Health special report on nursing in Maine.

By | May 7th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Nurses needed: Are you man enough?

Historically, men played a major role in caring for the sick. Their numbers dwindled in the late 19th century as people began to see nursing as "women's work." Today, we're seeing a slow, but steady increase in the numbers of men who become nurses. We hear from several Maine nurses about their chosen profession. Nurses who happen to be men, in part 3 of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report.

By | May 4th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Nurses needed: Maine takes action

As Maine faces a critical shortage of nurses, nursing schools and healthcare facilities are already coming up with possible solutions. We take a look at some of them in part two of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report.

By | May 2nd, 2018|Health News|4 Comments

Nurses needed: Why there is a critical shortage in Maine

Why does someone choose to become a nurse? The most common answer is to provide care to another human being. Compassionate care. In this seven-part series on nursing in Maine, we explore the challenges and rewards of being a nurse. At the moment, the nation and especially Maine faces a critical shortage of nurses. We look at why in part one of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report.

By | April 30th, 2018|Health News|8 Comments

Did you know? Reading is good for your health

Calling all book lovers. It's time to celebrate all the benefits of reading. Just looking at a picture of a Grampie reading to his granddaughter can make you feel better. Find out how and where you can join the party and why reading is so good for you.

By | April 23rd, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

How the secrets held by salamanders may benefit human beings

Did you know that a salamander can regenerate nearly every part of its body — without any scars? Why can't humans? A Maine scientist is working hard to uncover the salamander's secrets. Find out what he's learned so far.

By | April 9th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Are you at risk of type 2 diabetes?

By 2050, as estimated one in three Americans will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Today is Diabetes Alert Day. The American Diabetes Association has a short test to see if you are at risk.

By | March 27th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

What to do when you don’t think it’s safe for your parent to be driving

It's obvious that your parent is no longer safe on the road, but you freeze when it comes to having the conversation. Read this and you'll understand how important it is to act.

By | March 13th, 2018|Health News|4 Comments

From patient to caregiver: Dave Whitten’s medical cannabis story

As lawmakers figure out how to handle Maine's medical cannabis program alongside the newer recreational use program, people like Dave Whitten remain in limbo.

By | March 5th, 2018|Health News|3 Comments

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

Learn how Classical Five-Element Acupuncture connects with nature to restore a person's balance and promote healing of the mind, body, and spirit.

By | February 19th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

How to write a one sentence love letter

Nothing says l love you like something you made yourself. We've got some handmade inspiration for you. They're simple ideas but packed with love.

By | February 13th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

A step closer to finding an effective treatment for diabetic nerve damage

Millions of diabetics develop painful peripheral neuropathy. Discoveries by a scientist at MDI Biological Lab in Bar Harbor may lead to new treatments.

By | February 12th, 2018|Health News|3 Comments

When do you need to worry about hypothermia?

Hypothermia: When the core body temperature is below 95°F. It happens if the body loses heat faster than it can be produced. Read these important tips.

By | February 5th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

Insomnia? Don’t eat or drink these before bed

What's wrong with a little coffee in the afternoon? For me, it can mean being wide awake at 3 am. Here are some other things not to eat or drink before bed.

By | January 30th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

A little friendly advice for lifting your spirits

It's easy to get in a funk in the middle of winter. I got a little advice from my friends to help me climb out of mine.

By | January 22nd, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Simple exercises for lymphatic drainage and a healthy immune system

With so many colds going around, I think everyone's immune system needs a boost. Dr. Shawn Higgins gives us some advice on how we can do that.

By | January 17th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

How to protect your pets in cold weather

You may think your pets aren't bothered by the cold, but there are some subtle signs you shouldn't ignore. Learn how to keep them safe in freezing weather.

By | January 6th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

How to enjoy the holidays by practicing civility

Dreading the holidays? Your family isn't on the same page politically and you know dinner will end in a shouting match? Learn how to set the table for civility.

By | December 20th, 2017|Health News|0 Comments

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House: 10 years of having a profound impact on how people die

Ten years ago, Hospice of Southern Maine opened the doors to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House — a look back ...

By | December 11th, 2017|Health News|4 Comments

The connection between your diet and your longevity

Restrict what you eat and you may add years to your life. Healthy years. With the help of Maine researcher Dr. Aric Rogers, we learn how that's possible.

By | December 6th, 2017|Health News|0 Comments

How to keep our beloved pets safe during the holidays

Love your pets? Of course you do! That's why you should check out this list of tips for keeping them safe during the holidays.

By | November 29th, 2017|Health News|0 Comments

Important advice on using your generator safely

No power? If you're planning to use a generator, space heater or something similar, make sure to read these important safety tips.

By | October 31st, 2017|Health News|0 Comments

Why Erick Schadler spent his summer researching ticks

Most people try to avoid ticks when they're outside. Erick Schadler went looking for them. The St. Joseph's College senior spent his summer doing tick research.

By | October 24th, 2017|Health News|0 Comments

How the loathsome fruit fly is contributing to important wound healing research

To most of us, fruit flies are obnoxious. To Dr. Vicki Losick, a Maine researcher, they may pave the way towards new wound healing treatments for humans.

By | October 16th, 2017|Health News|0 Comments

Lipstick Angels added color and beauty to the Dempsey Challenge

There's nothing quite as soothing as a bit of pampering. That's what was happening at the Dempsey Challenge, compliments of Lipstick Angels & Jillian Dempsey.

By | October 10th, 2017|Health News|2 Comments