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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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Connor Junkins, who participated in the age 11-12 division of the REDY…Set…Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon a year ago, gets sprayed by water cannons as he makes his way to the finish line.

Calling all kids: REDY…Set…Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon set for UMPI September 7

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 20, 2014, at 8:14 a.m.
Aroostook County – Anticipation is building for the 2014 REDY…Set…Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon as the on-line registration site is live for the third annual event aimed at getting kids to be more active. The youth triathlon, a collaboration of TAMC, Aroostook County Action Program’s (ACAP) Healthy Aroostook, and the University …
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Austin Company Leads Medicaid Fraud Crackdown

By Ava Watson on Aug. 20, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
  AUSTIN (KXAN) — Medicaid fraud is a multibillion dollar scam and a new computer system hopes to help spot the crooks. Texas pays out $28 billion a year to some 4.8 million people, according to Kaiser. The state picks up one-fourth of the tab, and the feds pay the …

Report: Climate change threatens outdoor recreation, Mainers’ health

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 19, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Climate change has exacerbated populations of ticks, mosquitoes and other pests that threaten health and outdoor recreation, according to a national report released in Portland on Tuesday. Shorter winters and warmer summers have allowed problematic bugs — along with poison ivy and jellyfish — to grow in …

How to avoid tick and mosquito bites

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 19, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
Maine CDC recommends the following preventive measures to protect against tick-borne illnesses: 1. Wear light-colored clothing so it’s easier to spot ticks; wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. 2. Use insect repellent with DEET on your skin and apply permethrin, a common insecticide, to your clothes. …
Christy Daggett is a policy analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

Maine props up ‘two Americas’ with no Medicaid expansion

By Christy Daggett on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
The Affordable Care Act, as originally passed, holds tremendous promise to decrease health care costs and increase insurance coverage rates across rural states like Maine. But federal court opinions and repeated vetoes of Medicaid expansion are putting all that into jeopardy. Already, data is pointing to widening disparities between the …
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Battle of the Bands to support children’s healthcare

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor For more information: 973-5055; BANGOR, Maine — The third annual Acadia Hospital Foundation Battle of the Bands will be held 7-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main …

Anger Management: When You’re Afraid to be Angry

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
Many of us were taught unhealthy beliefs and attitudes about anger. It’s a healthy emotion, but we tend to treat it as though it’s inherently unmanageable. This explains why we have so many anger management programs. The greatest downfall of which are that they are generally developed only for those …
Marijuana Policy Project holds a press conference before advocates turn in 1,521 signatures seeking a legalization referendum at City Hall in South Portland on last month. The referendum will go to South Portland voters in November.

South Portland voters to decide fate of marijuana legalization ordinance

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Voters in South Portland will get to decide the fate of a marijuana legalization ordinance there this November, supporters of the measure announced Monday night. The Marijuana Policy Project and its backers are hoping to get similar legalization questions on the ballots in York and Lewiston, …

My body, 4 weeks after giving birth

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
This post actually was meant to be the three-week post. It lived in a scratch notebook for a week and I didn’t get a chance to start working on it until today. So here is my three-week picture. I’ve been about the same weight for the last two weeks, 172- …
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MaineHealth launches online learning center

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – MaineHealth, a nonprofit system of healthcare providers serving southern, central and western Maine, has launched, am online resource to help healthcare consumers find reliable and accurate health information. The website was designed to make it easier for Mainers to be actively involved in their own health, or to …

How NOT to Lose Weight

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
Here is a short list of 5 things you don’t want to do if you want to successfully lose weight. DON’T: 1) Have unrealistic expectations. Weight loss takes time. When you give it all the time it takes you can lose weight and be a lighter and maybe healthier version …
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Women’s Support Group

By Bev Wilson on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
BANGOR- Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance support groups for women affected by partner abuse. Day and evening groups; child care activities. For details call Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance at 1-800-863-9909. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →

Obamacare: Entrepreneurs and consultants get coverage, but not in Africa

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
I’m a young adult and recent graduate from college. Post graduation, I took a consultancy job in Africa until May of next year. I’m curious how consultants and entrepreneurs go about health insurance as it is certainly not offered by your line of work. Should I go the international insurance …

Holistic nursing care

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 7:47 a.m.
A category 2 abdominal pain patient was brought into room 5 from the waiting room of my ER…She was an early 20 something who happened to be 17 weeks pregnant…she was complaining of diffuse belly pain, fever and nausea that had escalated over 48 hours. I watched the tech wheel …
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