Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

By Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 9:39 p.m.
CONAKRY — Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday. “The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. …

Health Events in Maine Sept 20 to Sept 27

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20 Maine Adaptive/NEVI Fest Bike Ride Pineland Farms New Gloucester, Maine All day Enjoy routes for all levels. Routes include 10, 25 & 60 mile rides. Adaptive ride and demo will be available! Donations are always welcome! For more information ... Eastern Trail Loop & Lunch Ride Start …
Larry Crimi (foreground) of Scranton, Pennsylvania, a conservation law enforcement major at Unity College, raises a locally grown organic pumpkin to the sky at the Common Ground Country Fair in this 2011 file photo.

All hail the Common Ground Country Fair

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 18, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — From low-impact forestry to Scottish Highland cattle to contra dancing, the 38th annual Common Ground Country Fair is a celebration of Maine’s rural and agricultural traditions. Tens of thousands are expected to gather this weekend on 50 lush acres in Unity for the three-day fair that captures …
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Veteran pediatrician Dr. Bob Holmberg and Maine Quality Counts Program Manager Nan Simpson

Evidence-Based Developmental Screening a Valuable Tool to Identify At-Risk Kids

By lee umphrey on Sept. 18, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
Harrington Family Health Center is planning to integrate screening for developmental and autism spectrum disorders into the routine care of all of their pediatric patients. Early and routine, evidence-based developmental screening of children can be a valuable tool for health care providers to identify youngsters at risk for these disorders, …
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Eastern Maine Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group

By Christine Landes on Sept. 18, 2014, at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Eastern Maine Crohn's and Colitis Support Group St Joseph Hospital, Broadway, Bangor, Me For more information: 207-691-3132 The Eastern Maine Crohn’s and Colitis Support …
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Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow: Falls Prevention Day Programs & Activities

By Marianne Pinkham on Sept. 18, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine For more information: 207-563-1363; The reality is, falls are relatively common among older adults. The good news is, most falls and injuries resulting from falls can be prevented. The …
Dr. Michael Noonan

Wellness: Healing the patient instead of attacking disease

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
Whenever we get sick or have a health problem, our first instinct is to attack the disease. We do surgery to cut out the parts of our bodies that are diseased; we take drugs to lower blood pressure, stop inflammation and pain, and kill bacteria; toxic chemicals and radiation are …
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Our Health Film & Discussion Series: Call Me Crazy

By Judith Kelsh on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Frontier Cinema+Cafe, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine For more information: The Our Health Film & Discussion Series continues on October 7 with a focus on mental health in the community. Offered jointly by Mid Coast Hospital and Access Health, …
Dr. Philip Caper

The troubling way we pay hospitals in Maine and throughout the US

By Dr. Philip Caper on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
A study published in the current issue of Health Affairs found that hospitals in the U.S. spend about twice as much per capita on administration as the seven other countries studied. If spending on administrative costs were reduced to the average level of spending in the other countries, we could …
"The best part of the day is when my son comes to visit," said Lindsey Lafferty of O'Fallon, Mo., whose son Oscar, 3, kisses his yet-to-be born sisters on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Doctors placed Lafferty on bed rest 8 weeks ago when she 22 weeks pregnant, due to a thinning cervix. To the right is Lafferty's mother Denise Tiemeyer.

Changing guidelines: Does bed rest help or hurt a pregnancy?

By Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — When Lindsey Lafferty was 22 weeks pregnant with triplets, her body showed signs that it was preparing for delivery, so her doctor prescribed one of the most common interventions used to prevent preterm birth: bed rest. For most of the past eight weeks, seven of which …
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Embracing Life after Cancer

By Judith Kelsh on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: …

Eat This, Don’t Eat That to Lose Weight

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
I think most people who want to lose weight would love to know what to eat and what not to eat. If we could find a reliable list of stuff to eat to lose weight, and we happened to like eating that stuff, weight loss would be so much easier. …

Vital Signs: More Mainers lack health insurance

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
The share of Mainers without health insurance rose from 2012 to 2013, making the state one of just two nationally to record an increase, new U.S. Census data show. Experts debated the reasons for the increase, but one analyst said the state’s decision to limit MaineCare eligibility may have contributed. …
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The Maine Beehive is having its 2nd open house!

By Antje Roitzsch on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Location: The Maine Beehive, 243 Commercial St. , Rockport, Maine For more information: 207-236-3111; The Maine Beehive (243 Commercial Street, Rockport), is launching it’s second open house Friday, October 3rd from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Free 15 minute consultations …
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Event organizers for the upcoming Take Flight event coming to the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle on October 4 gather in front of the Coca Cola building in the Skyway Industrial Park near the Northern Maine Regional Airport with the 1,000 empty bottles that will be used for a most unique prize draw.  Five lucky event attendees will win a round trip ticket from Presque Isle to Boston courtesy of PenAir as a result of the PenAir and Coca-Cola Great Bottle Dive.  
Helping to coordinate the event are (left to right) Theresa Fowler, executive director of the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce; Scott Wardwell, director of the Northern Maine Regional Airport; Tony Phillips, general manager of Coca Cola in northern Maine; Ellen Nickerson, manager for PenAir in Presque Isle; and Benjamin Everett, supervisor for TAMC Crown Emergency Care.

Take Flight event returns to Northern Maine Regional Airport on October 4th with even more attractions and activity

By TAMC Communication and Development on Sept. 18, 2014, at 7:35 a.m.
Aroostook County – Excitement is building for the return of an event that drew more than 3,000 people to the Northern Maine Regional Airport last fall. Take Flight – a free activity that is part air show, part community festival, part recognition of the economic development benefit the airport brings …
A billboard from the Marijuana Policy Project urging adults to "consume responsibly" in states where marijuana is legal is seen in a handout picture taken in Denver, Colorado and released to Reuters Sept. 17, 2014. The Washington, D.C.-based MPP unveiled a billboard which shows a distressed woman sitting in a gloomy hotel room, alongside the slogan: "Don't let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow."

‘Start low, go slow’: Pro-pot activists launch ‘Consume Responsibly’ campaign

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 6:41 p.m.
DENVER — Taking a cheeky jab at a New York Times columnist who had a bad experience with marijuana-infused candy on a visit to Colorado, pro-pot activists launched a campaign urging adults to “consume responsibly” in states where the drug is legal. The Marijuana Policy Project, the largest U.S. pot …
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the website in New York in this October 2013 photo illustration.

Premiums for Obamacare plans in Maine dip or remain flat for 2015

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
Mainers who buy insurance through can expect to pay less or the same amount on average each month for benefits taking effect next year, according to filings with the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Health advocates applauded the news but urged consumers to reassess their options in the second year …
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Tim Doak, facilities engineer at TAMC, and Randy Bacon, manager of imaging services at the hospital, watch while the old MRI unit is removed through an opening that was cut in the wall to accommodate the move.  The equipment was removed earlier this summer to make way for a new Magnetom Espree MRI scanner.

TAMC’s new state-of-the-art MRI Scanner provides greater patient comfort and enhanced technology

By TAMC Communication and Development on Sept. 17, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
Aroostook County – A newly installed state-of-the-art MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine at TAMC will provide County patients with the latest in imaging technology close to home. The new unit, which provides improved image quality for the more than 2,200 MRI scans performed annually at The County’s largest medical center, …
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Silver Age Yoga

By judy horten on Sept. 17, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
Holly Twining will teach chair yoga; considered helpful for insomnia, lower back pain, high blood pressure, anxiety and exhaustion. Everyone welcome. 12 sessions, October 22 through November 26. Free. Register at the Orono Public Library: 866-2556. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →

Are You a Healthy Eater or a Smart Eater? Take the Quiz!

on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
It’s no secret that the way you eat affects both your weight and your health. It also affects your mood. Food is meant to be pleasure, but the weight management process can take all the pleasure out of eating. There are two ways to eat to support both weight management …
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