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.
The countdown to 2019 has begun. If you're interested in making any resolutions, we've got some inspiration.
What if this new year, instead of making a resolution, you actually make a lasting change in your life? Learn how.
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.
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?
Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude for all that we have. To enjoy a feast of food and loved ones. BUT too much food, too much family, and too little activity can make us feel just the opposite. Here's some expert advice for surviving the day and the rest of the holidays.
As we age, our bones become less dense. For some people, it's not a problem. For others, especially women, it can lead to osteoporosis or brittle bones. Here are some things you should know about your risk.
Taking your kids trick or treating for Halloween? Here are some important tips to help them have a healthy, safe, and enjoyable time.
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
Can't say no? It's high time to start — before you risk getting sick. Catching Health has some expert advice on how to make room for yourself in your daily schedule.
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.
The stereotype of someone with sleep apnea is a middle-aged obese man. Those two factors certainly increase the risk, but sleep apnea can occur in anyone, at any age. The American Sleep Apnea Association recently conducted a survey that helps increase our understanding of the many challenges associated with sleep apnea, which is far more common than you may realize.
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.
Have you ever wanted to say something to someone who is grieving but don't? You can't find the right words so you say nothing. In the final segment of Living with Grief, we get some loving words of advice from several people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
The definition of grief is deep sorrow, but not all people feel it when a significant person in their life dies. They may feel relief, sadness about what never was, shame, anger, guilt, or nothing at all. In part four of Living with Grief, we talk about such feelings and what is called disenfranchised grief.
John and Gloria Tewhey had been together close to 60 years when she was diagnosed with leukemia. The end of this month marks the first anniversary of her death. It's been a difficult year for the whole family. John shares their story in Part Three of Living with Grief.
Jackie Conn's husband Tim died February 18, 2018, after suffering a massive stroke. They were always there for each other. Now she often feels as if she's drifting. I don't even know who I am anymore, she told me. Jackie shares her story in part two of Living with Grief.
Grief is a natural response to loss and yet how we react can feel anything but normal. We worry that we're doing it wrong, taking too long, crying too much, feeling too numb. As we'll find out in Part One of a special series on Living with Grief, there is no right or wrong way to grieve.
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.
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