Health

 
Dr. Sylvana Atallah (right) a physician at Eastern Maine Medical Center, listens to Stephen Cust's heart in the hospital's cardiac wing.

How to save Americans money on cardiac care

By Peter R. Orszag, Bloomberg on July 26, 2016, at 4:20 p.m.
The most promising and practical path forward is to set up a cascading array of “bundled payments” — that is, all-inclusive reimbursement for specific episodes of care.
Inn Along the Way organizers (from left) Barbara Burt, Sherry Flint and Suzy Hallett tour their property in Damariscotta, where they hope to develop a "pocket neighborhood" of small, handicapped accessible homes, Jan. 7, 2016. The property includes 31 acres and a farmhouse with a barn.

Effort to convert historic Maine farm to elder housing imperiled

By Maia Zewert, Lincoln County News on July 26, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
The Damariscotta Board of Selectmen upheld its decision to deny Inn Along the Way tax-exempt status for a portion of its 31-acre property.
SOONER OR LIGHTER

Guest blog: Having a fit over clothing fit

on July 26, 2016, at 6:27 a.m.
I’m delighted to have a guest author today! David Jester, author of the BDN blog, To New England…and Beyond, and firefighterwithapen, shares a frustration that anybody whose body isn’t a clothing industry standard shape and size, and who has tried to find clothing that looks good and fits well, understands. Men’s big …
HOW DO YOU LIVE WITH DYING?

Leaving Your Loved Ones Behind

on July 26, 2016, at 4:02 a.m.
My dog Dodger, the one I complain about, the one I pretend not to love, is a rescue dog. He was found abandoned in the woods by a local police department. When I met him he was in an old barn in a crate. It took just a minute, love …
SOONER OR LIGHTER

5 weight loss exercise tips when it’s hot

on July 25, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
Most people have heard the weight loss formula. If you haven’t, here it is: eat less + move more = weight loss The summer brings some challenges to putting this formula into action, especially when the weather gets hot. These tips help keep you active and on track but more …
A mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, Mexico, March 8, 2016.

CDC issues updated guidance for Zika testing in pregnant women

By Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post on July 25, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women who may have been exposed to the Zika virus to be tested for up to 14 days after their symptoms begin — a longer period than the agency previously recommended.
SOONER OR LIGHTER

5 foods you should never eat at a fair

on July 25, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
It’s agricultural fair season in Maine! It’s a Maine tradition that should never be missed! There’s so much to see and do at the fairs. 2016 Schedule of Maine Fairs And so much to eat! Traditional faire at the fair includes the fatty favorites: Funnel Cakes! French Fries! Sausage Sandwiches …
The ceremonial ground breaking of the DECH Emergency Department expansion took place on July 20. Pictured left to right - Medical Staff President, Dr. Aziz Massaad, DECH President and CEO, Dennis Welsh, Machias Savings Bank President, Larry Barker, R.H. Foster Energy President, Bob Foster, DECH Board Chair, David Whitney, Nickerson O’Day President, Karl Ward, State Representative, Will Tuell, Staff Representative for Congressman Poloquin, Brandi Leathers, Staff Representative for Senator Collins, Justin Davis, President & CEO of DiGiorgio Associates, John Weaver.

DECH Campaign Reaches 1 Million on Ground Breaking Day

By Julie Hixson on July 25, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
Machias – Down East Community Hospital’s Capital Campaign began in January of 2016. The hospital received a $4,000,000 USDA loan and then set out to raise $1.5 million with a capital campaign. On Wednesday, July 20, community and staff came out to be part of the historic ground breaking ceremony …
CATCHING HEALTH

Warning: Too much time in the heat can make you sick (pets, too)

on July 25, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
We love the sun, but too much can make you (and your pets) sick. Stay cool and learn about heat-related illnesses, their symptoms and what to do.
#HEALTHYREGION

‘We need to show that it is possible': Young Maine man shares story of recovery

on July 25, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
Ryan’s personal story isn’t about how he got lost in the depths of opioid use disorder but an honest account of his challenges and triumphs in treatment and recovery, the support of his family, the love for his daughter, and his focus on getting an education and starting a new job.
CREATIVE HEALTH

Authentic Movement

on July 25, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
When I was in graduate school for music therapy we were required to see a therapist of our own, and it was recommended to see a creative arts therapist of some kind. While I was interning at a hospital, I began weekly visits with a dance therapist in upper Manhattan. …
RECOVERY ROCKS

Lessons in love, relationships, attitude and gratitude

on July 25, 2016, at 7:40 a.m.
I had the pleasure of meeting two truly remarkable people this evening. My wife, future daughter in law and I were having dinner at Fiddleheads (seriously the best restaurant in Maine). A charming gentleman at the next table struck up a conversation with us. I’d noticed him earlier, relishing a …

Bad habits, like unwanted plants, need to be weeded out to sow health

By Barbara Quinn, The Monterey County Herald (TNS) on July 24, 2016, at 10:57 a.m.
With each positive choice — one stray weed at a time — we make room for habits that produce strong and vibrant lives.
GYM CLASS DROPOUT

Motivation: How to Demolish Your Opponents and Crush your Goals

on July 24, 2016, at 9:16 a.m.
Are your opponents trying to take you down? (Psst: yes, they are, whether you know it or not.) Do you have a battle strategy, so you can ensure victory against them (and, more importantly, victory for yourself)? Here’s the truth: There’s always going to be something that’s going to try to trip …

Shamanism

By Ken Gross on July 23, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME For more information: 207-236-3440; librarycamden.org/event/shamanism-august-8/ Presentation by Susan Bakaley Marshall and Chris Marshall, hosted by Destination Wellness Midcoast Maine. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →

Alaska top court strikes down law requiring parental notice for abortions

By Eric M. Johnson, Reuters on July 23, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
The 4-1 decision marks a long-awaited victory for Planned Parenthood and other abortion-rights advocates in Alaska who argued the 2010 law violates the privacy of pregnant teens.
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What to do when you’re hangry

on July 23, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
The Maine meteorologists have been talking a lot about the “Triple Hs” lately and why wouldn’t they? It’s summer and H•H•H goes with the territory. I’m talking about Hot, Hazy, and Humid, of course, but there’s a fourth H they never mention. Hangry! Dealing with weather described as the triple …
SLOWER TRAFFIC

Wanted: A Better Way to Get From Bangor to Bar Harbor

on July 22, 2016, at 5:58 p.m.
At just after five in the morning, a bus pulls into the park-and-ride lot at the intersection of Odlin Road and Interstate 395 on the outskirts of Bangor. About a dozen people emerge from their cars and board the bus. The driver seems to recognize them all – they are …
Nurses with The Aroostook Medical Center began a two-day strike Friday morning, holding a sidewalk rally near the hospital's entrance in Presque Isle.

Presque Isle hospital remains open as nurses strike

By Anthony Brino on July 22, 2016, at 5:34 p.m.
After a 10-day notice, TAMC nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association began the strike at 6:45 a.m. Friday.
A check for $80,000 recently was presented to LifeFlight Maine from the estate of Darold Trainor.

St. Agatha resident leaves $80,000 of his estate to LifeFlight of Maine

on July 22, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
ST. AGATHA, Maine — Despite never needing the service, Darold Trainor, from Long Lake in St Agatha, left much of his estate to LifeFlight, Maine’s critical care air ambulance. His close friend and personal representative, Norma Michaud, presented a check for $80,000 to the crew of LifeFlight during a recent trip to Eastern …