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Medical conditions can affect seniors’ ability to withstand heat

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on July 05, 2012, at 9:10 a.m.
We’ve had some staggering temps already this year and undoubtedly more will be on the way. It’s time to be proactive about the heat. Seems every heat wave has people scrambling for fans and air conditioners. If you don’t have a cooling mechanism, think about getting one as soon as …
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Chief technologist Jane Peasley and Dr. James Sears, director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Neurology Associates of Eastern Maine, watch the monitors in the center's observation room.

Sleep disorders can affect lifestyle

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on May 31, 2012, at 10:47 a.m.
It should be the most regenerative of times. No, not the weekend, but the six or more hours a day that we sleep. But for 40 million adults, it’s not that simple. At least that many people suffer from lack of adequate quality sleep, resulting in impaired cognitive abilities, reflexes, …
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In September 2003, Hunter Burke (left) was diagnosed with atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS), an extremely rare disease. He died in May 2008 from complications that arose during an attempted kidney-liver transplant at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. Ten months later, his younger brother Skyler (right) was also diagnosed with an active case of aHUS. He has been treated with the experimental drug Soliris; Skyler is supposedly the third aHUS patient in the world to be treated with with Soliris, and currently his lab tests show no sign of disease activity.

New drug benefits Maine boy suffering from rare disease

By Elizabeth Webster on May 11, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.
Linda Burke recalls exactly when her family’s idyllic life came to a screeching halt: Sept. 30, 2003. Burke and her husband, Brad, were parents to 10-month-old Hunter and were enjoying life with their new son. That fateful day, the Cape Elizabeth couple brought Hunter to Maine Medical Center in Portland …
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Dr. Guy Nuki is the regional medical director for the Brunswick-based BlueWater Emergency Partners, which recently contracted with Calais Regional Hospital to staff the hospital’s Emergency Department with skilled emergency physicians.

Skilled emergency physicians at Calais hospital are involved in the community

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on May 11, 2012, at 3:11 p.m.
CALAIS — A partnership between Calais Regional Hospital and BlueWater Emergency Partners has paid extensive dividends for patients visiting the hospital’s Emergency Department. Last year, the hospital and BlueWater established a partnership to staff the CRH Emergency Department with skilled emergency physicians. “BlueWater committed to joining the CRH family in …
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Among the Maine non-profits with which Bar Harbor Trust Services has worked is the Maine Coast Healthcare Foundation, which raises funds to support the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.

Bar Harbor Trust Services assists non-profits with planned giving

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on May 11, 2012, at 3:07 p.m.
Bar Harbor Trust Services helps Maine non-profits attract planned gifts. “Fundraising is becoming critical for non-profit organizations,” said Joe Pratt, Managing Director and Trust Officer at Bar Harbor Trust Services. “The tough economy has made it even more important for charities to find new ways to attract donor support. Most …
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From her office in Belfast, speech language pathologist Erica Ricker works with a man suffering from Parkinson’s symptoms. Her patient is at his home in Southwest Harbor.

Waldo County General Hospital speech department ears major accreditation

By Waldo County General Hospital on May 11, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.
The speech pathology department at Waldo County General Hospital has received Training Program Accreditation from the American Telemedicine Association — and is only the fourth institution in the United States to receive that accreditation. But there is one big difference between the other three institutions and WCGH’s speech pathology department: …
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In late April, Marie Arnberg, L.Ac., works with a patient at Arnberg’s DownEast Community Acupuncture, a community clinic on Verona Island.

Acupuncture is a holistic medical treatment

By E. Marie Arnberg, L.Ac and Lea Elliott, L.Ac on May 10, 2012, at 4:16 p.m.
What is acupuncture and how could it help you? An increasing number of Americans looking for alternatives to conventional medicine and/or pharmaceuticals are turning to this ancient Chinese practice. A 2009 study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which is part of the National Institute of Health, …
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Spencer Pelkey will graduate from the University of Maine School of Nursing this month. Also an Army ROTC cadet, he was commissioned an Army second lieutenant on May 4. He wants to become an ICU nurse in the Army.

UMaine nursing students take the classroom into the real world

By Debra Bell, Custom Publications Writer on May 10, 2012, at 4:11 p.m.
Students from all disciplines are expected to take their classroom lessons into the real world — but none more so than nursing students. That’s why prospective nurses choose the University of Maine’s School of Nursing. In fact, UMaine has a trifecta effect that is setting its nursing program apart. Educators …
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With the guidance of experienced faculty members, students enrolled in the Husson University School of Pharmacy learn about the many aspects of pharmacology.

Husson School of Pharmacy offers the right prescription for an education

By Debra L. Bell, Custom Publications Writer on May 10, 2012, at 3:55 p.m.
Think being a pharmacist is “just counting pills”? Think again, because today’s pharmacist is an advisor and a caregiver who helps patients learn about the medicine they are taking. In addition, students in Husson University’s School of Pharmacy know that they are entrusted with a sacred oath: To be a …
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Gerald Rosenberg (left) and Craige Williamson in the lobby of Maine Coast Hand & Shoulder. The doctors are sub-specialists in a narrow field, but managed to connect in Ellsworth at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, and have been serving Mainers from across Eastern and Northern Maine who might otherwise have gone to Portland or Boston for specialized hand and shoulder treatments.

Hand and shoulder patients benefit from MCMH’s pair of sub-specialists

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Custom Publications Writer on May 10, 2012, at 3:51 p.m.
What are the odds of two orthopedic surgeons who are sub-specialists in hand and shoulder — a sub-specialty not common around here — finding themselves as partners in a community hospital on the Maine coast? Apparently, 100 percent. After a meeting born of a suggestion on a hiking trail, Dr. …
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Health-care leaders prepare for the challenges and reforms that await the industry.

Health care symposium at Saint Joseph’s College to draw national experts

By Alana Conn and Charmaine Daniels on May 10, 2012, at 3:46 p.m.
More than 20 of the nation’s pre-eminent health care experts will invigorate the Saint Joseph’s College’s Fifth Annual Health Care Symposium in July. The program, titled “Health Care’s Future: Realizing the Promise” in celebration of the college’s Centennial anniversary, will cover topics ranging from health-care reform and ethics to traumatic …
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Proton-beam therapy is new weapon in fight against prostate cancer

By Robert Langreth on May 10, 2012, at 3:30 p.m.
Imagine a prostate cancer therapy that has almost no side effects. Hospitals say it exists, and they’re vying to be among the first to offer it. Too bad the treatment may not work as well as advertised and could boost America’s already spiraling health-care costs. The technology uses narrowly focused …
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May is American Stroke Awareness Month

By Brenda Vitali on May 10, 2012, at 3:27 p.m.
According to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, about 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, which means that a stroke occurs every 40 seconds on average. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes, and an estimated 185,000 people who …
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A common stone: Gallstones

By Debra L. Bell, Custom Publications Writer on May 10, 2012, at 3:25 p.m.
Not all stones are worth keeping. Especially if they’re gallstones. When you hear the word “gallstone,” you probably think it is a problem only senior citizens deal with. But gallstones can afflict anyone regardless of age. And no matter who you are, a gallstone attack is painful. When I was …
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Radon testing standards for apartments focus of state mandate

By Debra Bell, Custom Publications Writer on May 10, 2012, at 3:23 p.m.
If you rent an apartment in Maine or if you’re a landlord take note: The state of Maine is requiring that all buildings must be tested for radon. “More people die from lung cancer caused by radon than drunk driving accidents,” said Reese Perkins, owner of Perkin’s Home Inspections in …
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