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

Overwhelmed? Add a timeout to your schedule

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.

By | October 29th, 2018|Health News|1 Comment

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

What you may not know about sleep apnea

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.

By | October 3rd, 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

Living with grief: What to say to someone who is grieving

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.

By | September 27th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Living with grief: Disenfranchised grief

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.

By | September 20th, 2018|Health News|3 Comments

Living with grief: John Tewhey’s story

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.

By | September 12th, 2018|Health News|11 Comments

Living with grief: Jackie Conn’s story

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.

By | September 10th, 2018|Health News|4 Comments

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.

By | September 6th, 2018|Health News|5 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

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|Health News, Nosh & Nutrition|0 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|Health News|0 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

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|Health News|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|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