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Tummy troubles? Avoid these common digestive health mistakes

on Jan. 29, 2015, at 7 a.m.
Guest post by Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Most people experience uncomfortable, but transient digestive symptoms at some point or another, and while it might not be something we want to chat about with others, it’s a good idea to remind ourselves …
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this Oct. 2, 2013, photo illustration.

Study: Obamacare insurers discriminate against AIDS patients

By Sharon Begley, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:25 p.m.
NEW YORK — Some insurers selling policies under the Affordable Care Act may be structuring drug coverage in a way that dissuades people with HIV-AIDS from becoming their customers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Affordable Care Act outlawed discrimination based …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

How Are You Affected by Celebrity Weights and Measurements?

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 3:42 p.m.
I picked up Star Quick & Easy Weight Loss Guide at the supermarket because Jessica Simpson, the retired Weight Watchers spokeswoman was on the cover. What I saw inside had me shaking my head and saying, “Oh my goodness, this can’t be for real!” Pictured inside was Heidi Klum looking fit and trim …
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Mercy Gastroenterology welcomes Dr. McCrann

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Mercy Gastroenterology, led by Dr. Christopher Kleeman, is proud to announce that Dr. Catherine H. McCrann has joined the practice. Dr. McCrann comes to Mercy from Central Maine Gastroenterology in Lewiston where she specialized in general gastroenterology with special interest in women’s health, inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune …
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The Trouble with Blue Light: Catching Health on the Morning Report

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 1:11 p.m.
The trouble with blue light is that it can interfere big time with our sleep. If you’re in the dark about blue light, watch this video of Sharon and I talking about the issue on the Morning Report.
AFTER THE COUCH (blog)

An update on my first two weeks of half-marathon training

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 8:06 p.m.
After I did that 8-mile run on New Year’s Day, I signed up for that half marathon in April. And then the universe reached out and said, “girl, oh no you better don’t,” and threw up a few hurdles.
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EMMC services to resume normal hours on Jan. 28

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 3:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — All of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s outpatient services, including EMMC Cancer Care, EMMC Family Medicine offices, specialty care practices, and all services at the Union and State street campuses will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday, Jan. 28, according to an announcement from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. EMMC …
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Capitol Dental Care 2nd Annual Poster Contest 2015

Capitol Dental Care 2nd Annual Poster Contest: ‘Brave Smiles’

By Cecelia Conroy on Jan. 27, 2015, at 1:47 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Capitol Dental Care, 278 State Street, Augusta, Maine For more information: 207-622-9215; capitoldentalme.com Augusta, ME – Capitol Dental Care understands that good oral health habits are formed early. This February, Capitol Dental …
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Complete Dentistry 2nd Annual Poster Contest 2015

Complete Dentistry 2nd Annual Poster Contest: ‘Brave Smiles’

By Cecelia Conroy on Jan. 27, 2015, at 1:46 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Complete Dentistry, 7 Thompson Street, Wilton, Maine For more information: 207-645-4994; completedentistrymaine.com Wilton, ME – Complete Dentistry understands that good oral health habits are formed early. This February, Complete Dentistry celebrates National …
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Let it Snow! “Thanks for the Calorie Burn, Mother Nature!”

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 11:16 a.m.
Weight loss is, among many things, knowing how to turn around a negative situation and make it positive. It’s an indisputable fact that if you want to lose weight you’re going to have to lose some calories – somewhere, somehow – you’re going to have to eat fewer calories. There …
HEALTH UNSURANCE (blog)

Uninsured in the U.S. – options to consider

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 11 a.m.
What does it feel like to be uninsured in the United States? Wondering Dear Wondering, ome uninsured people barely notice that they do not have health insurance. They do not worry about needing medical care, or they figure that some government program, or a payment plan with the doctor or …
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TAMC announces December 2014 Births

By TAMC Communication and Development on Jan. 27, 2015, at 9 a.m.
Aroostook County – TAMC welcomed the following “Special Deliveries” born at A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle during the month of December 2014. Blaine A Girl, Scarlett Grace Clair, born December 12, to Maura Delong and Stephen Clair of Blaine. Maternal Grandparents are Charles and Donna Delong on Westfield. …
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World Cancer Day to be marked in The County by TAMC, ACAP/Healthy Aroostook and DOC

By TAMC Communication and Development on Jan. 27, 2015, at 8:56 a.m.
Aroostook County – Having a mammogram at TAMC on Wednesday, February 4 pays in more ways than one as the medical center, in partnership with the Aroostook County Action Program’s (ACAP) Healthy Aroostook project and Daigle Oil Company, mark World Cancer Day by providing CITGO gas cards to those who …
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Blizzards and the Blues: Winter in New England

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 7 a.m.
In the midst of winter — during a week in which three snow storms, one a possible blizzard, are predicted — do you long for spring?  As I write this, it’s a cold, but beautiful day. The sun is shining and the sky is mostly blue with wispy strands of clouds. …
CATCHING HEALTH (blog)

Blizzards and the Blues: Winter in New England

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 7 a.m.
[Tweet “Think Spring!”] In the midst of winter — during a week in which three snow storms, one a possible blizzard, are predicted — do you long for spring?  As I write this, it’s a cold, but beautiful day. The sun is shining and the sky is mostly blue with wispy …

Post-Ebola plan sought to avert ‘double disaster’ in West Africa

By Magdalena Mis, Reuters on Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
LONDON — The three West African countries worst hit by Ebola risk a “double disaster” unless a multimillion-dollar plan is put in place to help their economies recover, Oxfam said on Tuesday. In Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, people were struggling to make ends meet, having seen their incomes plummet, …
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Understanding and Managing Neck Pain & Text Neck, FREE CLINIC

By Brewer Physical Therapy on Jan. 26, 2015, at 5:08 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Brewer Physical Therapy and Spine Clinic, 51 Main Rd, Holden, Maine For more information: 207-989-4122; brewerphysicaltherapy.com Come join us at Brewer Physical Therapy & Spine Clinic, on Wednesday February 18th at 6pm, for our first FREE CLINIC of the New …
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VA Maine Healthcare System closed Jan. 27 

on Jan. 26, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
TOGUS, Maine — Due to the major winter storm, VA Maine HCS outpatient clinics and non-critical services will be closed Jan. 27 due to the snowstorm, but will be open for normal operations on Wednesday, Jan. 28.  The closure includes the Togus VA Medical Center as well as all of the Maine Community-Based …
Ongoing construction at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

Shovels, stat! How Maine hospitals prepare for a snowstorm

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 26, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
Doctors, nurses and other hospital workers don’t get snow days. As a potentially record-breaking blizzard bore down Monday on Maine, the state’s medical centers stocked up on life-saving supplies, arranged hotel rooms for staff facing long hours and touched base with their plow truck drivers. Joel Farley, head of emergency …
A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City in this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo.

Portland eyes adding e-cigarettes, hookahs to school tobacco use ban

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Jan. 26, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
The Portland school board began updating its policies Jan. 20 by holding first readings of proposed new rules on service animals and tobacco use in schools. The policies are scheduled to be voted on at the Feb. 3 meeting. The policy prohibiting tobacco use now includes electronic …
 
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