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Medical marijuana concentrates can help patients, advocates say

By Gabor Degre on Dec. 26, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
Medical marijuana patient advocates say that when concentrates are consumed through special devices, patients are able to experience the desired effect without smoking marijuana.
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Kids go for a few minute run at Eagle Lake Elementary School.

Exercise is fun at Eagle Lake Elementary School

on Dec. 26, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
By Eagle Lake Elementary School EAGLE LAKE- Encouraging healthy, fun activities for kids at Eagle Lake Elementary School is all in a day’s work for Laure Roy, recently-named lead teacher at the elementary school. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, just before the students’ Thanksgiving break, she facilitated a 15-minute lap run/jog/walk …
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Secrets that Kept Me Fat!

on Dec. 26, 2014, at 6:54 a.m.
I never felt any shame for how much I weighed. I never allowed the looks, laughs, or rude comments I received from people to bother me. I was okay with me, and if some fool was going to judge me by my dress size or chin rolls, I couldn’t care …
After being diagnosed with cancer and told she had little time left, Dana Deighton decided to fight, trusting her research and her instincts.

Cancer patient with mysterious symptoms refuses to take no for an answer

By Sandra G. Boodman, Special To The Washington Post on Dec. 25, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
Sitting in a Washington coffee shop, Dana Deighton looks fit, a stylish gold pin affixed to her black wool cape. After shipping her three children off to school, she had taken a brisk three-mile walk before heading downtown to her job as a marketing director at National Geographic Expeditions. Observing …
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Dr. Michael Noonan

Does chronic back pain begin in the teen years?

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Dec. 25, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Most people assume that teens do not have back or neck problems, or if they do, they are just sore from an injury or overuse. But when I ask an adult patient with chronic back pain when they first started having problems, it is not unusual for them to tell …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

A Christmas Gift For Everybody Who Struggles with their Weight

on Dec. 25, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
If you are fat, overweight, obese, pleasantly plump, chubby or whatever word you prefer to describe yourself and you struggle to get slimmer, the best Christmas gifts you can get are the ones you can only give to yourself. Give yourself the gifts of: Self Love Self Acceptance Self Care and …
Paige Lento, 9, right, is pictured with her younger sister Chloe Lento, 7, of Easton, in a Christmas card shot in mid-December at their home. Paige was born with Jeune syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the way a child’s cartilage and bones develop, and underwent a 12-hour surgery last year to transplant her with a new liver and kidneys.

A year after organ transplants, Easton girl, 9, ‘feels healthy enough to be a kid’

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 25, 2014, at 8 a.m.
For Pete and Kristina Lento and their two daughters, 9-year-old Paige and 7-year-old Chloe, it has been a year of firsts for the entire family. It was the first year that Paige Lento, who was born with Jeune syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the way …
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Blogging & Baring Your Soul

on Dec. 24, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
The Universe has a great sense of humor. Facebook is currently offering a cheesy app that allows users to highlight moments of 2014. I tried it out and found that once I got into it, I could not find my way out. Everything froze up. Examining the past does that …
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Crockpot Cooking Club

By judy horten on Dec. 24, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Inn at Dirigo Pines, Dirigo Retirement Community, 9 Alumni Dr., Orono, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; GatewaySeniorsWithoutWalls.org Two cooks prepare crockpot dishes to taste. Recipes are discussed. Join us in the Garden Room(ask receptionist for directions). Free. Sponsor: Gateway Seniors. …
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Cooking and Tasting Demonstration: Soups

By judy horten on Dec. 24, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Inn at Dirigo Pines, Dirigo Pines Retirement Community, 9 Alumni Dr., Orono, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; GatewaySeniorsWithoutWalls.org Delicious soups are the focus: carrot and cock-a-leekie are on the menu along with one other that has not been identified. Meet …
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Walking Group

By judy horten on Dec. 24, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Location: Norma Nobles’s home, 1036 Maine St., Veazie, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; GatewaySeniorsWithoutWalls.org Walk bright and …
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Chair Yoga With Holly Twining

By judy horten on Dec. 24, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Location: Om Land Yoga, 19 Mill St., Orono, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; GatewaySeniorsWithoutWalls.org Join a group …
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Chair Yoga

By judy horten on Dec. 24, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Full Circle Yoga Studio, 78 Stillwater Ave., Oronno, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; GatewaySeniorsWithoutWalls.org The yoga …
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Obamacare: Alternative medicine is ‘covered’

on Dec. 24, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
Why hasn’t anyone thought of a health insurance plan to cover alternative medicine?  An insurance that goes outside the current health system, a separate insurance for people looking for these complementary and alternative medicine treatments? Other Path Seeker Dear Other Path Seeker, Your current health insurance may cover it already.  …
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Healthy Holiday Tips: Catching Health on the Morning Report

on Dec. 24, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
Making healthy choices can be a challenge during the holidays — you may be tempted by all the party food, can’t find time to exercise, keep adding more items to your already too long to-do list, stress because you have to cook for the entire extended family or struggle with seasonal depression. I …
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Why you didn’t lose weight in 2014

on Dec. 24, 2014, at 6:18 a.m.
You started the year determined to get to a reasonable and healthy weight. You weren’t looking to weigh what you weighed when you were 18. You just wanted to get to a weight that reduced your risk of all of the scary weight-related illnesses. You were determined! You watched Dr. …

FDA eases ban on blood donations from gay men

By Reuters on Dec. 23, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.
Gay men will be able to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday, under a proposal that will be introduced early next year to end a ban that has been in place since 1983. Scientific evidence shows the move …
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Chair Yoga

By fieldspond on Dec. 23, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Location: Om Land Yoga, 19 Mill Street, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-299-0082; omlandyoga.com Chair Yoga adapts …
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The Rev. Paul H. Dumais

Bishop Deeley announces priest assignment

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
By Dave Guthro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland LEWISTON, Maine — Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced a priest assignment, coverage adjustment, and retirement in Lewiston. The Rev. Paul H. Dumais has been appointed as chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, and St. Mary’s Residence, all located in Lewiston, …
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Vaccination vindicated, Maine doctors proclaim

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
The Maine Medical Association dusted off a copy of its journal from January 1914  to reflect upon as the year winds down. What issues captivated Maine doctors a century ago? Syphilis, typhoid, perhaps a looming war among the world’s great powers?   Actually, their concerns are strikingly familiar. The more …
 
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