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!

Staying positive with ALS: An update on George Smith

More than a year has passed since well-known Maine sportsman and columnist George Smith found out he had ALS. As the disease progresses, it takes things away from him, but his sense of humor and optimistic nature remain steadfast.

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

What it means to recover after exercise and how to do it

Sore after you exercise? A little light activity may help you recover. Learn the difference between good and bad sore and what it means to recover.

By | August 10th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Lisa loves her yellow beans and Jan prefers green

A quick trip to the local Farmers' Market and I came away with some great green and yellow bean lessons and recipes.

By | August 9th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

If you pee when you sneeze or exert yourself, your hips may be partly to blame

Two physical therapists at the University of New England believe that weak pelvic floor and hip muscles both contribute to a common form of incontinence in women. They've designed a study and are looking for participants. Read more ...

By | August 3rd, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Charlotte’s thread and how it almost cut her kitty life short

Cats love to play with string and thread, but did you know they can be deadly? I know because my cat Charlotte nearly used up all nine lives at once, thanks to a piece of thread. Read what happened.

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

Dancing, Zumba, and hoola hoops — all good!

What do dancing, Zumba, and hoola hoops have in common? They all get you moving, which is something we need to do as often as possible. Here is some inspiration

By | July 20th, 2018|Fitness|3 Comments

Enjoying Maine’s fabulous produce — safely

Concern about chemicals used in farming has many folks opting for organic produce, which can be helpful, but isn’t the end to the story

By | July 18th, 2018|Expert Advice, Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

Tips on how to take good care of your back

Did you know that when your back hurts, it's trying to tell you something? Learn to understand the language of your spine and maybe your days of dealing with back pain will come to an end.

By | July 16th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Where you can pick blueberries in Maine

If you want to go blueberry picking in Maine this summer, you're in luck! Check out the 2018 Catching Health list of where you can pick blueberries in Maine.

By | July 7th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|14 Comments

Warning: Too much time in the heat can make you sick (pets, too)

We love the sun, but too much can make you (and your pets) sick. Stay cool and learn about heat-related illnesses, their symptoms and what to do if someone has any of them.

By | July 4th, 2018|Health News|5 Comments

Coping with hot steamy weather and bad air quality

As the temperature rises here in Maine, so does the level of ozone. High levels can make it harder to breathe. The best advice is to take it easy and stay cool. You can also sign up for EnviroFlash so you'll know when the air quality may be bad. Learn more from Catching Health.

By | July 3rd, 2018|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Improve your mood with regular exercise

Feeling low? I think we all do from time to time. Research shows that exercise may help — whether you're doing aerobic or resistance training.

By | June 29th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Getting in touch with the emotional demands of Alzheimer’s by channeling Jackson Pollock

Alzheimer's disease is usually an emotional roller coaster not only for the person who has it but also for family and friends. While you can't let go of the disease, people can learn to let go of their emotions. One way is by expressing themselves through art.

By | June 26th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Indulging ourselves at The Buxton Common

Buxton, Maine is ... well, kind of out in the sticks. But thanks to Max Brody, it now boasts a great new restaurant called The Buxton Common. I predict it will bring lots of people together and that's a healthy thing to do.

By | June 21st, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

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

Lessons on preventing Medicare fraud

Some lessons are learned the hard way. Don't let Medicare fraud be one of them. To help arm you with some useful information, I did a little research on how to be vigilant.

By | June 13th, 2018|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Where you can pick strawberries in Maine

What's more delicious than freshly picked strawberries? Here's the 2018 Catching Health list of where you can pick strawberries in Maine.

By | June 13th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|23 Comments

So many different kinds of yoga — which is best for you?

Look up yoga and you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the different types. Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and more. Yoga instructor Lauren Keiser put together a short tutorial on some of the most popular classes.

By | June 9th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

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