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 also produce and host Conversations About Aging, which is a Catching Health podcast. I love what I do and hope you will too.

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|Conversations About Aging 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|Conversations About Aging 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|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

You just started working out. When can you expect to see some results?

A few weeks have passed since you started working out. All you feel is sore and you want to quit. Here's why you shouldn't give up!

By | January 11th, 2019|Fitness|2 Comments

Curling. It’s all the rage and you can join the club, too

You don't have to be an Olympian to enjoy a game of curling. In fact, you'll find curling clubs in many places, even right here in Maine. Let's start playing!

By | January 10th, 2019|Fitness|0 Comments

Keeva, a service dog for Martina

Martina Baker was a typical teenager when she suddenly broke out in hives. It was the beginning of a difficult journey that took two years to unravel and continues to this day. Thanks to her service dog Keeva, she now has more than a new companion at her side.

By | January 9th, 2019|Health News|3 Comments

Finding a cure for age-related macular degeneration

The exact cause of age-related macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of blindness, is unknown. A Maine scientist was recently awarded funding for research that may provide some answers and bring hope to millions of people around the world.

By | January 7th, 2019|Health News|0 Comments

Winter running safety tips

Running in the dead of winter isn't easy but it can be done. Before you head out, take a minute to read these important safety tips.

By | January 4th, 2019|Fitness|0 Comments

Staying positive while dealing with a rare autoimmune disease

People with rare diseases sometimes look completely normal on the outside. That's what it's like for Dawn DeBois. She's helping to create more awareness by sharing her story.

By | January 3rd, 2019|Health News|0 Comments

Desperate to end your obsession with food?

Whether you overeat or undereat, if you are obsessed with food, you may be a food addict. Learn what that means and how one solution has helped many people finally recover.

By | January 2nd, 2019|Health News|2 Comments

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

The countdown to 2019 has begun. If you're interested in making any resolutions, we've got some inspiration.

By | December 31st, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Endive with Green Pea Hummus

Looking for an easy holiday appetizer recipe? Here's a good one from chef Annie Mahle.

By | December 24th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

Why are my muscles sore after I exercise?

Do you ever wonder why our muscles hurt after a workout? Andy has the answer.

By | December 21st, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Lemon Poached Salmon with Horseradish and Caper Aioli

Serve your friends and family something extra special for the holidays. Chef Annie Mahle offers up a recipe for poached salmon and some cooking tips.

By | December 20th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

Free weights versus weight machines

Thinking about working out? Which should you choose — free weights or weight machines?

By | December 15th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

The gift of a sacred pause

The next time you find yourself caught up in the chaos of daily life, find a moment for a sacred pause. Good advice, but what does that mean? Find out on Catching Health.

By | December 13th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Healing from trauma with EMDR

Our brains are naturally wired toward healing. Sometimes, when a trauma occurs, this natural process is disrupted and healing is blocked. Learned how a technique known as EMDR has helped some people.

By | December 12th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Discovering my father

This is a story retold on the anniversary of my father's death. It's about love, lessons, and grieving.

By | December 10th, 2018|Health News|3 Comments

What it means to move naturally

Some people get plenty of exercise just doing what they need to do. But the majority of people these days are apt to lead rather sedentary lives. Learning how to take advantage of moving naturally could make all the difference.

By | December 4th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Make it a fun and safe holiday season for your kids and grandkids

It's a wonderful time of the year, especially for kids. To make sure they have fun and stay safe, here are a few holiday safety tips.

By | November 30th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments