What you may not know about the flu

Did we learn any lessons from last year's flu season? Why did fewer people choose to get a flu shot? How would you know if you have the flu? We have some answers from one of Maine's top infectious disease specialists

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

An Important Reminder About Cold Weather and Carbon Monoxide

Got carbon monoxide monitors in your house? Fresh batteries? Winter's on its way and that means the heat will be on. Make sure you're not putting yourself at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

By | October 22nd, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

Oh, my aching thumb

For a while, the cause of my aching thumb was a mystery. Fortunately, I figured it out and also, how to make it feel better.

By | October 19th, 2018|Health News|7 Comments

Stress and Memory Loss

Research shows that too much stress may affect memory. What happens and what can you do to reduce stress? Find out in this Catching Health blog post.

By | October 14th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Why 16 weeks of paid parental leave made sense to a Portland, Maine law firm

A Portland law firm recently expanded its parental leave benefits to be more inclusive and more flexible and to provide more time off (with pay) for new parents. It now has what it considers an extremely progressive policy.

By | October 2nd, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Learning about leukemia the hardest way

Sometimes, it only takes seconds for life to change dramatically. That is all it took for the Cochrane family. A day that began like any other ended in a nightmare and has not been the same since.

By | September 28th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Don’t ignore a slightly high calcium level. It could mean hyperparathyroidism

For years, Luanne Cameron knew her calcium ran slightly high. Only recently did she find out it was a sign that she had a problem with her parathyroid glands. She shares her story so that others won't go through what she had to.

By | August 27th, 2018|Health News|4 Comments

Loneliness among elderly people who live in rural areas

Loneliness is a huge issue for many people, including elderly people. Imagine living in a rural area where access to resources and human contact may be limited. A recent summit focused on the problem and possible solutions.

By | August 20th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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|9 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

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

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

What to do when you don’t think it’s safe for your parent to be driving

It's obvious that your parent is no longer safe on the road, but you freeze when it comes to having the conversation. Read this and you'll understand how important it is to act.

By | March 13th, 2018|Health News|4 Comments

From patient to caregiver: Dave Whitten’s medical cannabis story

As lawmakers figure out how to handle Maine's medical cannabis program alongside the newer recreational use program, people like Dave Whitten remain in limbo.

By | March 5th, 2018|Health News|3 Comments

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

Learn how Classical Five-Element Acupuncture connects with nature to restore a person's balance and promote healing of the mind, body, and spirit.

By | February 19th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

How to write a one sentence love letter

Nothing says l love you like something you made yourself. We've got some handmade inspiration for you. They're simple ideas but packed with love.

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

A step closer to finding an effective treatment for diabetic nerve damage

Millions of diabetics develop painful peripheral neuropathy. Discoveries by a scientist at MDI Biological Lab in Bar Harbor may lead to new treatments.

By | February 12th, 2018|Health News|3 Comments

When do you need to worry about hypothermia?

Hypothermia: When the core body temperature is below 95°F. It happens if the body loses heat faster than it can be produced. Read these important tips.

By | February 5th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments