You no longer have cancer. What now?

Thanks to some incredible research and new treatments, more people with cancer are being cured or living much longer. A new program at the Dempsey Center has been designed to answer a question that many of these people are now asking — what now?

By | March 6th, 2019|Health News|1 Comment

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

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

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 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

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|Expert Advice, 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

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

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

How to make your new year’s resolution happen – or not

What if this new year, instead of making a resolution, you actually make a lasting change in your life? Learn how.

By | December 19th, 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

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

Too much sugar and type 2 diabetes

Are you consuming more sugar than you realize and increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes and other health issues?

By | November 26th, 2018|Health News|1 Comment

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