The Truth About Carbs and Belly Fat

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
Before you read this blog, test yourself on your carb knowledge. How Evil are Carbs? Surprised? If you thought that carbs made you fat, you’re right and you’re wrong. Calories you don’t need for energy as fuel for body processes in the amounts that you consume them make you fat. …
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Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) is sole prescriber of Vivitrol for alcohol, drug abuse in Kennebec County

By Courtney Yeager on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA – The number of people looking for opiate abuse treatment in Maine has more than doubled over the past 10 years, according to the Maine Office of Substance Abuse. About 4,800 Mainers sought help for their opiate addictions in 2013, suggesting that many people want to quit using drugs …
Hannah Semler, gleaning coordinator for Healthy Acadia, picks kale at Pat and Mike's Garden, a small farm in Ellsworth.

Gleaning program puts garden surplus on tables, helps fight food insecurity in Hancock County

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine – The sun sets at the Beech Hill Farm as Hannah Semler carries the last crate of vegetables to her van. The summer squash, cucumbers, parsley and chard she carries may have been destined for the compost. Instead, it will help feed those in need in Hancock …
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New Chief Nursing Information Officer and Interim Chief Medical Information Officer

By Karen Cashman on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
Brewer, Maine – (August 21, 2014) – EMHS is pleased to announce the establishment of a chief medical information officer (CMIO) and chief nursing information officer (CNIO). Both positions will report directly to EMHS’ senior vice president and chief medical officer, Robert Thompson, MD. Nationwide these role are becoming increasingly …
Kevin Brantly, (right) who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, stands with his wife, Amber, during a Thursday press conference at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

U.S. aid workers who survived Ebola leave Atlanta hospital

By Rich McKay, Reuters on Aug. 21, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
ATLANTA — Appearing thin but smiling, a Texas doctor who weeks ago entered an Atlanta hospital in a full-body biohazard suit to be treated for Ebola said Thursday he was “thrilled to be alive” as doctors declared him virus-free and safe for release. Dr. Kent Brantly’s release came two days …
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Fields Pond Lunchtime Yoga

By Holly Twining on Aug. 21, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, Maine For more information: 2079892591; Come to the nature center to stretch, energize and relax. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous views from the windows. Beginners welcome. Wednesdays, September 3 – November …
Michael Noonan

How prescription drugs interfere with the body’s internal chemistry

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
An interesting fact about prescription medications: Many work by chemically interfering with body functions. These drugs are designed to be similar to a chemical messenger in the body, which causes a step in some process, say, inflammation, or the contraction of a muscle, or the production of energy or proteins. …
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Larch Hanson of Maine Seaweed, LLC., harvesting kelp by hand in Gouldsboro Bay.

Seaweed talk and video in Rockland

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: The Dancing Elephant, 16 School St., Rockland For more information: 207-323-5101 ROCKLAND, Maine — Larch Hanson with present a talk and video titled “Seaweeds for Food, Medicine and Fertilizer” 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School …
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Ed Morin of Market Surveys of America presents an award for Best Hearing Aid Center in the Bangor Area to Warren Center Audiologists Nicole Duncan, AuD, CCC-A and Lisa Mages-Haskins, AuD, CCC-A

Warren Center Named Area’s Best Hearing Aid Center

By Katherine Thomas on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is pleased to announce that the Warren Center has been voted the Best Hearing Aid Center in the Bangor Area by consumers. According to Market Surveys of America, an independent survey company, the center provides the best service when it comes to hearing aids. This …

The First Time I Thought I was Fat!

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
I was a pretty big baby at birth with plenty of rolls of baby fat all over. I didn’t notice. I didn’t care. I was born with a healthy appetite. I loved my grub. My father liked to tell me I was reading by 9 months. Apparently I could spot …
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Advocates decry LePage rule change that could kick 12,000 off food stamps

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 20, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposed rule change by Gov. Paul LePage that could see about 12,000 food stamp recipients lose eligibility for the program on Jan. 1 was decried by advocacy groups Tuesday during a public hearing held by the Department of Health and Human Services. Representatives from soup kitchens …

York board rejects appeal to shut down marijuana growing operation

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
YORK, Maine — Over the objections of numerous abutters and residents who voiced concerns about increased traffic, safety and their quality of life, the York Appeals Board on Wednesday upheld a July 9 decision allowing a medical marijuana facility to continue operations. Neighbors of the medical marijuana facility at 17 …
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Talk on Chinese medicine in Westbrook

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St., Westbrook For more information: 854-0676 WESTBROOK, Maine – Kath Bartlett of Bartlett Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine will present a talk on traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbs, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the …
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Sylvia Ross Home offers rent assistance program

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine – The Sylvia Ross Home, an assisted living facility located at Ross Manor, now offers financial assistance to eligible residents through the Sylvia Ross Legacy Program. The program is designed to help community seniors who currently do not meet the qualifications for low income housing. Eligibility for the program is based …
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Bereavement support group in Bangor

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Bereavement Support Group will meet 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of each month, in the Cascade Room at the Riverside Inn, 495 State Street, attached to EMMC. For more information, contact Sandra Levesque at 973-6604. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit …

I Hate the Diet Industry!

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
I hate the diet industry! I hate the diet industry and I know that some of you are reading this and saying, “then why are you the general manager of a diet company?” The company I manage is not a diet company. It’s a commercial weight loss service. And I think some …

End-of-summer safe eating

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11 a.m.
The countdown to fall may have arrived, but there is still plenty of time left to enjoy eating, cooking and playing outside. Here are some simple tips and strategies for handling and storing food so the fun can keep going on both before and after your picnic, barbecue, or camping …
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Consider the Conversation – Advance Care Planning – free screening

By Pen Bay Healthcare on Aug. 20, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Jackson Memorial Library, 71 Main Street, Tenants Harbor, ME-Maine For more information: 207-390-4524; Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice will present a free screening of “Consider the Conversation,” a documentary film about advance care planning at the Jackson Memorial Library …
The Klenowski family of Bucksport walks every year to raise money for ALS research. This year, Heidi Klenowski will be participating is an Ice Bucket Challenge at Carriers in Bucksport.

Bucksport family uses experience, Ice Bucket Challenge popularity to raise ALS awareness

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 20, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.
While the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has spawned video after video of folks being doused with icy water and also raised money for research while encouraging people to learn more about the disease, for one family in Bucksport, this progressive neurodegenerative disease is all-too-familiar. But the Klenowski family of Bucksport …

Homeless person should get medicines for free

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
I saw a homeless older man today and his sign said he needed money for the co-pay on his diabetes medicine.  I thought how terrible it was that he had health insurance, but still could not afford the medicines he needs.  Why are plans set up this way?  It seems …
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