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“Consider the Conversation” to be shown at Waldo County General Hospital Thursday

By Toni Mailloux on April 16, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
On Thursday, April 17, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., “Consider the Conversation,” a documentary on end-of-life issues will be shown at the Education Center at the Hospital. Following the film, there will be a question and answer time led by Dr. Deborah Peabody, who is the medical advisor for …

Easter eating and staying on track!

on April 16, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
Easter is coming. The candies are shaped like eggs. Their normally brown wrappers have been transformed into flower-covered, beautiful pastels! They look even more tempting and delicious than normal. Jelly beans are in bowls everywhere you look. It easy to scoop up a few and eat them without so much …

Obamacare: Options for New York City young single professional

on April 16, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
What is the cheapest health care plan for a twenty-something professional in New York City?  Broadway Bound Dear Broadway Bound, Cheapest depends upon what your income is.  If you are single and earn less than $15,282, then you would qualify for Medicaid in New York.  (New York is “expanding” Medicaid …
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New Technology Quickly Connects EMMC Patients with Interpreter Services

By emmc on April 16, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.
(Bangor, Maine) – Last year, Eastern Maine Medical Center connected more than 500 patients with a free interpreter service, breaking down language barriers to ensure that patients and care providers were able to effectively communicate. In healthcare, every minute counts and a new service at EMMC uses technology to connect …

Study: Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters on April 15, 2014, at 10:23 p.m.
Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, …
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Moody’s affirms EMHS bond rating; downgrades outlook

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
BREWER,  Maine – Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed the Baa1 rating for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, but also revised its outlook for the system from stable to negative. The Baa1 long-term rating is for the $143.9 million series 2013 bonds issued by the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority for …
Katie Solman (left) and her mother, Kristi Solman, both of Bangor, say Katie has experienced fewer epileptic seizures since she began taking medical marijuana in September. The Solmans joined other patients, parents and activists on Tuesday to call on President Barack Obama to remove medical marijuana from the list of scheduled drugs.

Maine patients, parents, activists call on Obama to remove medical marijuana from list of scheduled drugs

By Beth Brogan on April 15, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — Three times each day, 19-year-old Katie Solman of Bangor adds drops of a medical marijuana tincture into a cup of juice or tea and swallows it. Sometimes, she lets a lozenge dissolve in her mouth instead, in order to obtain the effects of the medical marijuana she …
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Tonya Houde

Tonya Houde joins Mercy Hospital as Director of Business Development

By Broadreach Public Relations on April 15, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Mercy Hospital is pleased to announce Tonya Houde as the new Director of Business Development. In this role, Houde will develop programs, services and processes addressing needs and demands of the community. With the addition of Houde, the hospital will continue to expand its fully integrated model, with …

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

on April 15, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. According to the CDC, approximately 5.1 million people in the United States …

Autopsy: The Ultimate Warrior died of heart disease

By Reuters on April 15, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most celebrated names in U.S. professional wrestling, died of natural causes attributed to heart disease, an Arizona coroner’s office said on Tuesday. An autopsy on the 54-year-old wrestler, whose given name was James Hellwig, confirmed his cause of death was “atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” according …
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Get Yourself Tested campaign in Portland area

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – This month marks the sixth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign, a national campaign designed to promote sexual health and address the disproportionately high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, among young people under 25. The campaign is a collaborative effort of the American College Health …
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Students to receive free eye exams and glasses

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Next week, more than 280 Portland-area students will receive free eye exams and new glasses thanks to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and OneSight, a global vision care nonprofit that has helped 8.5 million people since 1988 including 1.1 million children in the United States. Pre-screened …
Now 15, Raven Nally was 11 when she was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that affects mostly children and adolescents. Nally subsequently endured 50 weeks of chemotherapy treatment at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Raven Nally has battled rare childhood cancer

By Wanda Curtis, Special to The Weekly on April 15, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT — When 15-year old Raven Nally complained of bone pain several years ago, her family attributed it to “growing pains” or a sports injury. “I was playing soccer then,” said Raven. X-rays were taken because the pain got worse; then the doctor told the Nally family the results weren’t …
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Women’s Support Group

By Bev Wilson on April 15, 2014, at 10:04 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.
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Developer given patent for Diabetic Neuropathy Detector

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
ORONO, Maine – A Maine medical device manufacturer has been awarded a patent for an invention that will provide doctors with the ability to detect patients at risk of diabetic limb loss more reliably and at earlier stages.  O’Brien Medical, LLC, today announced that it has been granted patent #8,684,945 by the U.S. Patent …

Obamacare: Options for single parent in California

on April 15, 2014, at 9:43 a.m.
How do I find an affordable health plan as a single parent in California?  Dude and Dad Dear Dude and Dad, If you do not have an employer plan offered to you, your first stop is  Covered California™ | Affordable Health Insurance which is your state’s health insurance “exchange”.    …
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Seaport Community Health Center expands hours

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014, at 8:45 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine – Seaport Community Health Center, located at 41 Wight St. in Belfast, has expanded its regular office hours to 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.  It also has an after-hours call system providing patient access by phone 365 days of the year. For all inquiries, or …
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Dr. Susan Ostertag

Susan Ostertag, MD, joins Community Care & Geriatrics

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Penobscot Community Health Care is pleased to announce that Susan Ostertag, MD, has joined the medical staff of PCHC’s Community Care and Geriatrics, whose multi provider team serves patients in area nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, or for in-home visits. Dr. Ostertag’s practice centers on all aspects of high-quality …
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Carol Browning

Carol Browning, MD, joins Seaport Community Health

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014, at 8:36 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine – Penobscot Community Health Care  is pleased to announce that Carol Browning, MD, Psychiatrist, has joined the staff of Seaport Community Health Center, 41 Wight Street, Belfast to provide integrated psychiatric care. Dr. Browning’s will provide consultative services to Seaport’s primary care providers. Dr. Browning received her undergraduate degree …

US healthcare usage and spending resumes rise in 2013

By Bill Berkrot, Reuters on April 15, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
Americans used more health services and spent more on prescription drugs in 2013, reversing a recent trend, though greater use of cheaper generic drugs helped control spending, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a leading healthcare information company. Spending on medicines rose 3.2 percent in the United States …
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