5 Step Plan to End Emotional Eating

on July 28, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
Emotional eating can be a among the more challenging weight-related behaviors to change. Many of us never learned coping skills. We feel a strong emotion, it can be either negative or positive emotions – and we use food to try to get away from the discomfort or to intensify the pleasure. …

Why You Shouldn’t Use Hydrogen Peroxide on a Cut

on July 28, 2014, at 6:28 a.m.
If one of the first things you do when you cut yourself is flood the wound with hydrogen peroxide, STOP! I know you think the bubbling action is awesome and proof that it’s doing what it was meant to do — killing all the bad stuff. Well, here’s what wound …

An important few moments in time

on July 27, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
It’s one of those ultra crazy ER days with all the beds full, waiting room restless, and the hallway filling up as well. A rescue call comes in over the “bat phone” for an elderly gentleman needing assistance with depression and suicidal ideation. Where can I put him to keep …

Prescription tracking at 10: Maine police, doctors, lawmakers disagree on more stringent monitoring, even as drug abuse picture improves

By Jackie Farwell on July 27, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
Part 2 of a 2-part series Brent Gallant will never forget the moment that launched his 15 years of prescription drug addiction. “I remember the first day I took a Vicodin, to a tee,” says the 44-year-old lobsterman from Brunswick. It was nearly two decades ago. Gallant worked for a …

Maine’s Best Weapon Against Drug Abuse is COMMUNITY

on July 26, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
Jackie Farwell’s recent article thoroughly explains why prescription monitoring efforts are worthwhile. This strategy prevents substance abusers and addicts from having their destruction systemically enabled. In a small number of cases, it leads to the unveiling of addiction and in an even smaller percentage of cases, to engaging in treatment. …

Is Obesity a Disease? AMA Says Yes… and So Does AHA

on July 26, 2014, at 7:10 a.m.
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease.  It was an action that asked doctors and insurance companies to put more emphasis on the health condition in order to minimize its effects.    The AMA made the decision that obesity is a disease at …
From the community
Chief Nursing Officer Charleen Ryan and Dr. Rodney Sparks

Down East Community Hospital receives $25,000 grant

Bangor Daily News on July 25, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine –  The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation awarded $25,000 to Down East Community Hospital for medical equipment.  These funds came in as a result of a grant request for Emergency Department equipment. “The Emergency Department will purchase equipment that will support building our future and will support the excellent care …

Prescription tracking at 10: Why it still has much to prove, but could be Maine’s best weapon against drug abuse

By Jackie Farwell on July 25, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Part 1 of a 2-part series Anne Perry offered her longtime patient a choice. The patient was prescribed painkillers for chronic pain. She also complained of anxiety and asked for benzodiazepines, an addictive class of medications that includes Xanax and Valium, which opiate abusers often take to enhance their high. …

Long absence of veteran data from prescription monitoring program to end

By Jackie Farwell on July 25, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
In 2004, Maine’s prescription monitoring program was launched in response to drug abuse taking hold in the state’s rural counties. Kurt Johnston, then a staff pharmacist at the VA Maine Health Care System in Togus, saw an opportunity to address the growing problem of opiate addiction among patients. He and …

The basics of Maine’s prescription monitoring program

By Jackie Farwell on July 25, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
Maine’s prescription monitoring program was implemented in July 2004, after the passage of establishing legislation in 2003. How it works Registered users can look up their patients online by name and birth date. Pharmacies, both in and out of state, submit data weekly, and are expected to begin updating the …

If it’s the worst headache of your life and it’s sudden, it may be a brain aneurysm

on July 25, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.
Amy Paquette was doing an exercise video with a friend when all of a sudden she felt dizzy and nauseous, had blurred vision and a headache — a bad, bad headache. After a night of agony, she went to the emergency room. “They said I was just dizzy and sent …
From the community

Freshstart smoking cessation program at Pen Bay

Bangor Daily News on July 25, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Picker Family Resource Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport For more information: 207-596-8950 ROCKPORT, Maine — …
From the community
TAMC rheumatologist Dr. John Assini, is collecting data to help study people with, and treatments for, rheumatic conditions. Earlier this month, Dr. Assini began asking patients at the Rheumatology Clinic at TAMC to volunteer to take part in this vital study.

County patients take part in study that has nationwide significance

By TAMC Communication and Development on July 25, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
Aroostook County – Residents in the region who suffer from a rheumatic disease such as arthritis, gout, osteoporosis or hundreds of other conditions may now have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their friends or neighbors who may suffer from similar disorders in the future. John …
Daavid Swift (left) and Patty Blankenship, who share a set of kidneys after Blankenship donated one of hers to Swift last summer, train together on a recent weekend at Cape Elizabeth High School in preparation for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race on Aug. 2.

Donor, recipient in lifesaving kidney transplant to run together in Beach to Beacon race

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on July 25, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Last August, when Patty Blankenship ran the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, Daavid Swift watched from the sidelines. But after a lifesaving kidney transplant brought them together forever, the two will run the race side by side at this year’s race on Aug. 2. …
From the community
PCHC Receives Donation of Medical Supplies from Henry Schein Cares

PCHC Expands Access to Care With Donation From Henry Schein Cares

By Katherine Thomas on July 25, 2014, at 10:23 a.m.
Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is excited to have received contributions of various medical supplies under a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Global Product Donation Program. Through this program, Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical …
From the community
Members of the TAMC Team recently donated a “goodie” box to support troops in Afghanistan.  Participating in the project were, from left:  Michelle Boucher, compliance officer; Courtney Lovely, manager; Susan Forbes, RN, patient safety officer; Maureen Jordan, administrative support; Pam McClung, core measures specialist; and Sheila Bragdon, infection prevention tech.

TAMC workers send care package to troops, challenge others to take up the cause

By TAMC Communication and Development on July 25, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
Aroostook County – What started as a personal desire to honor a parent has grown, with the help of coworkers, to a new mission on a broader scale. “I wanted to find a way to pay tribute to my father on Memorial Day,” said Pam McClung, whose late father served …

Nearly half the obese youth in America don’t know they’re obese

on July 25, 2014, at 8:15 a.m.
And that’s good news! Ideally none of the obese youth in America would know they’re obese. I’m not advocating childhood obesity. I’m advocating a happy childhood. I was a chubby child and I knew it. I felt inferior because of my size so I avoided activities with my peers. I …

Obamacare: getting married could change Medicaid status

on July 24, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
I am 68 and on Medicare and Medicaid.  I have many health issues.   My girlfriend and I are thinking about marriage.  Just living together is not an option.     She is 69 years old. I am concerned that I don’t want to have my wife paying my medical bills. Can I …

Maine to receive $1.8M in health insurance rebates

By Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
Health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama’s health care law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. The law, often called Obamacare, requires insurance companies to refund customers when they spend less than 80 …
From the community
Seaport Community Health Center's New Facility

Seaport Community Health Center Open House July 31st!

By Katherine Thomas on July 24, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
Belfast, Maine – Seaport Community Health Center (SCHC), a practice of Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC), invites the public to join them for a Community Open House at their NEW and expanded location at 53 Schoodic Drive, Belfast, on Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Event Details What: …
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