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!

Important tips on making your pool a safe place to swim

At last, summer is nearly here in New England. The kids will soon be out of school and pool covers will be coming off. You might be anxious to dive right in, but first, read these important safety tips.

By | June 6th, 2018|Expert Advice|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

Andy’s insomnia stretch

I think everyone has insomnia from time to time. Strength coach Andy Wight takes a break from exercising to show us a move designed to help you relax and hopefully, get a good night's sleep.

By | June 1st, 2018|Fitness|0 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

Let’s go for a romp with some baby goats

Looking for something to do that will get you and the family outdoors and moving and make you feel happy and relaxed? Join me for a romp with some baby goats.

By | May 25th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Opioid addiction and reversing an overdose with Narcan

Narcan, a medication that can reverse a drug overdose, has become a familiar name in Maine. A bill making it available to everyone was recently vetoed by Governor Paul LePage, only to be overridden a few days later by state lawmakers. In this Catching Health podcast, addiction specialist Dr. Mark Publicker explains how Narcan works and when it can be used.

By | May 22nd, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

Being an amputee doesn’t mean you can’t ride a bike

Just five months ago, Terri Anthoine lost both of her legs in an accident. It hasn't stopped her from living life to the fullest. She and several other amputees recently attended an adaptive cycling clinic and took a few out for a spin. It was exhilarating.

By | May 18th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

With love from Mary: A recipe for black bean salad

A stroll through a beautiful old park in Florida, a little history, and a delicious picnic lunch prepared by my sister Mary. You've got to try her recipe for black bean salad — perfect for YOUR picnic.

By | May 17th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 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

Put on some roller skates and celebrate all the good things in life!

Roller skating is something I've always loved, but I haven't done it lately. Thanks to Jen Boggs, I feel this urge to strap on some skates (and my protective gear). It's fun and the good news is it's also a healthy thing to do.

By | April 27th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

10 things often taught in health class that could trigger an eating disorder

In any kind of health class, you should learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. But if you're at risk of developing an eating disorder, what you hear in class could be a problem. Here are 10 things to know.

By | April 26th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 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

Over 60? More important than ever to get some exercise!

If you think being over 65 gives you license to slow down, think again. Staying active keeps you young, happy and healthy. If you don't believe me, read what these people say about regular exercise.

By | April 20th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Dare to try something different — Manhattan Sea Vegetable Chowder

You've heard of Manhattan Seafood Chowder before, right? How about Manhattan Sea Vegetable Chowder? Don't even know what a sea vegetable is? Check out this blog post to find out and get the recipe.

By | April 19th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

How and why people are trying to revive civility in America

Finding it difficult these days to even agree to disagree? According to a national poll on civility in America, 75% of respondents agree that incivility has risen to crisis levels. In this Catching Health podcast, we learn about some major efforts to revive civility in America.

By | April 16th, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

Before you start doing all those outside chores, heed this advice

Here in New England, most of the snow has melted and spring flowers are blossoming. But if your yard looks like mine, there's a lot of raking and pickup to do. Maybe you should read this first.

By | April 14th, 2018|Fitness|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

Why you should walk before you run this time of year

Got spring fever? And the urge to dash outside and go for a run? Hold your hamstrings a minute and read what my strength coach has to say about that.

By | April 7th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

The MIND diet. 10 foods that COULD be good for your brain

Want to show your brain some love? (Not to mention the rest of your body.) Research is starting to show that what you eat may play a role in increasing or decreasing your risk of Alzheimer's Disease. The MIND diet offers some suggestions.

By | April 6th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|2 Comments

Things you should know about eating disorders

When it comes to eating disorders, size and weight aren't necessarily what's most important. The Eating Disorders Association of Maine is trying to dispel some of the myths surrounding eating disorders by providing education and other resources.

By | April 2nd, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

Strengthen your core with these two exercises

Strength coach Andy Wight demonstrates two exercises that will help strengthen your core. A strong core helps you do everything better and safer — from bending over to running a race.

By | March 30th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Don’t want a colonoscopy? There are other ways to screen for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. If you over 50, you KNOW you should be screened. If you've put off getting a colonoscopy, you need to read this.

By | March 28th, 2018|Expert Advice|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

Five reasons why some aches and pains won’t go away

Got some chronic aches and pains? We've got some expert advice on what might be the underlying cause and how to turn things around.

By | March 23rd, 2018|Fitness|3 Comments

How to make a vegan peanut butter cup pie with a toddler

A fun tutorial on making a vegan peanut butter cup pie with the help of a toddler. Plus some insights into raising a vegan child.

By | March 22nd, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments