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.
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.
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.
What if this new year, instead of making a resolution, you actually make a lasting change in your life? Learn how.
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.
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.
Are you consuming more sugar than you realize and increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes and other health issues?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.