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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Did you know? There is a right way to walk. Learn how and get some easy, helpful exercises from physical therapist Jason Adour.
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.
Icy surfaces everywhere. That's winter here in New England. If you worry about falling, here's some expert advice.
Yes, winter is here and if you're craving some fresh vegetables, read what registered dietitian Dave Seddon has to offer.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The countdown to 2019 has begun. If you're interested in making any resolutions, we've got some inspiration.
Looking for an easy holiday appetizer recipe? Here's a good one from chef Annie Mahle.
Do you ever wonder why our muscles hurt after a workout? Andy has the answer.
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.
Thinking about working out? Which should you choose — free weights or weight machines?
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.
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.
This is a story retold on the anniversary of my father's death. It's about love, lessons, and grieving.
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.
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.