About dianeatwood

Hello! I'm Diane Atwood. For many years, I was the health reporter on WCSH6. Now I write Catching Health with Diane Atwood. I love what I do and hope you will too. If you've got a health topic you think I should write about let me know!

Conversations About Aging: Peesh, 76

Peesh wants to move and Paul wants to stay right where they are. How is this couple, who are now in their 70s, handling this conundrum? We talked about it and more in this episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.

By | April 22nd, 2019|Podcast|0 Comments

Building a new kidney from skin cells

Imagine taking cells from a person's skin and using them to build a new kidney. That's what's happening at MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Someday, the process could save people's lives.

By | April 19th, 2019|Health News|0 Comments

The environment and its link to cancer rates in Maine

The environment you live and work in can either enhance your health or put you at risk of certain diseases, such as cancer. Learn the facts about two cancers that have been linked to environmental factors in Maine.

By | April 10th, 2019|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Jack, 74

During a serious episode of depression that landed him in the hospital two years ago, Jack found out just out important friends can be. Good medicine and good friends made all the difference. We talk about that and a lot more in Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.

By | April 8th, 2019|Podcast|2 Comments

So … you’ve never exercised before

Come on now, winter is over. No more excuses for not exercising. And if you've never ever exercised before, you can't use that for an excuse, either. We've got some tips for you.

By | April 6th, 2019|Fitness|0 Comments

Recipes for your senses

Sights and tastes to behold. Sharing some highlights from a recent vacation with friends.

By | April 4th, 2019|Nosh & Nutrition|2 Comments

Did you know? Adults need their shots, too!

My dad had shingles and ended up with unrelenting nerve pain. That's why I didn't hesitate to get the new shingles vaccine. Neither did my husband. It's not the only vaccine recommended for adults. We've got the whole list for you.

By | April 1st, 2019|Health News|0 Comments

Heart problems made her afraid until she got up and started moving

When Kelly David was diagnosed with two life-threatening heart conditions, she became afraid and depressed. It took a while but she finally decided being afraid was no way to live. When you read her story, you'll not only cheer her on, you might also be motivated to start moving, too.

By | March 29th, 2019|Fitness|0 Comments

Updating colorectal cancer screening guidelines and insurance coverage

A Bill in the Maine legislature would update insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings. The updates are in line with new guidelines from the American Cancer Society. Get details about both on Catching Health.

By | March 27th, 2019|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Emma, 86

Emma celebrated her 86th birthday in early March. The month before marked the first anniversary of her husband Warren's death. We talk about the beginning and the end of their long life together in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.

By | March 25th, 2019|Podcast|0 Comments

How to open and eat an avocado

Avocados are so good for you. Did you know that? Find out why and also get some tips on choosing and opening an avocado. Oh, and did I mention recipes, too?

By | March 21st, 2019|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

How do we spring into spring?

Spring's not far away, I promise! But right now, there's dirty snow, patches of ice and mud, mud, mud on those warmer days that make us happy. Don't let all that keep you from getting out. Here's some inspiration.

By | March 15th, 2019|Fitness|0 Comments

Women. What’s your retirement story?

Take it slowly. Don't overcommit. Words of wisdom from women around the country who are sharing their retirement stories for a new book. Read all about it and get ready to tell YOUR story.

By | March 13th, 2019|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Wayne, 64

Wayne, who’s only 64, confronted some unexpected challenges during a recent job hunt. We talk about that and so much more on Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.

By | March 11th, 2019|Podcast|0 Comments

Contemplating while you exercise is good for your body and your mind

The winter months can be a difficult time for outdoor exercise, and many people lose their motivation. We're here to offer some thoughtful advice.

By | March 8th, 2019|Fitness|0 Comments

A recipe for Popeye’s Mac and Cheese compliments of Wayside Food Programs

Wayside Food Programs provides delicious healthy food to Maine people in need. They shared a favorite comfort food recipe — mac and cheese with a healthy twist.

By | March 7th, 2019|Nosh & Nutrition|1 Comment

You no longer have cancer. What now?

Thanks to some incredible research and new treatments, more people with cancer are being cured or living much longer. A new program at the Dempsey Center has been designed to answer a question that many of these people are now asking — what now?

By | March 6th, 2019|Health News|1 Comment

Understanding the world of rare diseases

Consider this: It takes an average of eight years for someone with a rare disease to get a diagnosis. Many adults have endured symptoms for decades before finding out what's wrong with them. Even with a diagnosis, their challenges may not be over. The world of rare diseases is often complicated and misunderstood.

By | February 28th, 2019|Health News|4 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Leona, 92

Conversations About Aging is a podcast about .... aging. I am traveling the state of Maine talking to people 60+ about their perspectives on growing older. Leona, who is 92, lives in the largest city — Portland. There's plenty to do there but one major challenge makes it difficult for her to get around. It's not her age.

By | February 25th, 2019|Podcast|0 Comments

Here, let me help you out of that chair

If you ever find yourself having trouble getting up out of a chair (or know someone else who does) you'll want to read these helpful tips.

By | February 24th, 2019|Fitness|0 Comments

Dana’s near death experience

A trip to the ER that Dana Scammon thought would be a quick one turned into an intense fight for her life. She suffered some significant losses in the 45 days she spent in the hospital. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she's grateful for what she gained.

By | February 21st, 2019|Health News|1 Comment

A fitness win-win

Liz wanted to get in shape but didn't want to go to the gym. Peggy wants to have a career as a personal trainer. Read how they're helping each other out.

By | February 15th, 2019|Fitness|0 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wondering what to give your sweetie or yourself for Valentine's Day? (I'm a big believer in giving yourself presents.) Make your gift a little more special by making it yourself. Here are two ideas.

By | February 14th, 2019|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Donato Tramuto

Conversations About Aging is an exciting new Catching Health podcast series. This first episode explains the why behind the series and includes an interview with the man who inspired me to embark on this adventure. Let's get the conversation started!

By | February 11th, 2019|Podcast|0 Comments

She had a childhood plagued by ear infections. The diagnosis was a rare genetic disorder called Turner syndrome

Brooke Caron was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with Turner syndrome. By sharing her story, she hopes other families will become aware of the signs and symptoms and know where to turn for help.

By | February 4th, 2019|Health News|10 Comments

The right way to walk

Did you know? There is a right way to walk. Learn how and get some easy, helpful exercises from physical therapist Jason Adour.

By | February 3rd, 2019|Fitness|1 Comment

The meaning of H.O.P.E.

For the past 32 years, a group called H.O.P.E. has brought just that to many people in Maine. Founder Ken Hamilton is now in his 80s but still eager and willing to continue offering his guidance.

By | January 28th, 2019|Health News|2 Comments

How to break a fall instead of a bone

Icy surfaces everywhere. That's winter here in New England. If you worry about falling, here's some expert advice.

By | January 25th, 2019|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

It’s winter but you don’t have to miss out on the goodness of fresh vegetables

Yes, winter is here and if you're craving some fresh vegetables, read what registered dietitian Dave Seddon has to offer.

By | January 24th, 2019|Nosh & Nutrition|2 Comments

Men. PSA screening or not?

Confused about PSA tests? A few years ago, men were told they didn't need routine screenings because the risks outweighed the benefits. Now, there's a new recommendation. Here are the facts.

By | January 21st, 2019|Expert Advice, Health News|3 Comments

Staying Comfortably Home thanks to Bath Housing Authority

You're getting older and you want to live as long as possible — forever — in your own home. Only it's no longer safe. Read how a program in Bath, Maine is helping some people by modifying their homes for free.

By | January 14th, 2019|Health News|4 Comments