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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 …
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Margot Frost (left), who works as April Cloutier's equine specialist, and Cindy from Knox County walk out to pasture to find the two horses Cindy works with for her equine-assisted psychotherapy at Painted Horses LLC in Union on Tuesday. Cindy has worked with Cloutier for several months and feels the horses have helped her manage her anxiety disorder.

Unbridled healing: How a Maine therapist is using horses to help people

By Abigail Curtis on July 22, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
“What happens between horse and humans can be pretty amazing at times and pretty unique and profound.”

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on July 22, 2016, at 8:01 a.m.
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FOOD AND FITNESS FOR THE REST OF US

6 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

on July 22, 2016, at 7 a.m.
The other day, while I was at the gym, I heard someone mention that he tries to eat healthy, but since healthy food is so expensive, he basically lives off of ground turkey and energy bars.  Later, while talking with a friend, the subject of food came up and we …
CATCHING HEALTH

This is what it feels like to have lupus

on July 22, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder — the body attacks its own cells. Jo Ann Plante shares what it’s like to have this serious and painful disease.

Doctors devise care plan for babies as Zika threat looms in U.S.

By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters on July 21, 2016, at 8:26 p.m.
Florida this week said it is investigating a case of Zika not related to travel to an area where Zika is active, raising the possibility of local transmission.

US regulators sue to block Anthem-Cigna, Aetna-Humana insurer mergers

By Caroline Humer and Carl O'Donnell, Reuters on July 21, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
NEW YORK — U.S. antitrust officials on Thursday moved to block an unprecedented consolidation of the national health insurance market, filing suit against Anthem Inc.’s proposed purchase of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.’s planned acquisition of Humana Inc. The U.S. Department of Justice said the two mergers would reduce competition, …

NMMC Announces New Housekeeping Supervisor

By Joanne Fortin on July 21, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
Fort Kent ~ Joey Bard, Director of Facilities at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced the hire of a new supervisor, Casey Cote, to oversee its housekeeping operations. Cote will be responsible for supervising the work activities at NMMC and at Forest Hill. As part of the leadership team, she …

New Member to NMMC Board

By Joanne Fortin on July 21, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.
Fort Kent ~ Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Soucy to NMMC’s Board of Trustees. Norman Fournier, President of the Board said, “We are very fortunate that Erin has accepted the nomination. Her strong healthcare background and knowledge of the area and residents …
With the busy agricultural fair season approaching, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are warning the public to use good hygiene and judgment when attending fairs.

Maine officials ask public to practice good hygiene at agricultural fairs

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 21, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
With the busy agricultural fair season approaching, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are warning the public to use good hygiene and judgment when attending fairs.
CATCHING HEALTH

The garden is bursting with basil, so let’s make some pesto together!

on July 21, 2016, at 6 a.m.
I love basil! The look of it. The smell of it. The taste of it. I especially love that we’re growing it in our garden. Every night I’m out there snipping off leaves so I can add some to whatever I’m making. Salad, pizza, pasta. According to the Herb Society …

People’s United Community Foundation Awards $2,500 to United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine

By Andrew Lohman on July 20, 2016, at 12:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $2,500 to United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine (UCP). The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support an expansion of UCP’s Bridges Program, an early childhood education program for …
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What happens when life is interrupted by Lyme disease

on July 20, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
Hello! I realize it has been forever since I was last here, writing about Lyme for all of you. For that, I apologize. I felt that it was really important for me to get back here to write this post and share with you my experience, my story, the lessons …
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Maine AG’s ‘Dose of Reality’ campaign hits home

on July 20, 2016, at 10:06 a.m.
Prescription drugs have killed more than a thousand Mainers in the last 10 years and devastated many more lives.

NMMC Named One of the Greatest

By Joanne Fortin on July 20, 2016, at 7:52 a.m.
Fort Kent ~ Peter J. Sirois, Chief Executive Officer at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) learned last week that NMMC was named a Great Community Hospital when Becker’s Hospital Review released the 2016 edition of its 100 Great Community Hospitals in the country. NMMC is joined by only one other …

Penobscot Eye Care adds optometrist Alyssa J. Verrill

By Dale Graham on July 19, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Eye Care is pleased and excited to announce the addition of Alyssa J. Verrill, O.D. to our optometric staff. Dr. Verrill is a 2016 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Verrill got her start at Penobscot Eye Care as an ophthalmic technician while pursuing a …
SOONER OR LIGHTER

How to eat like a happy loser in Maine

on July 19, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
It could be hard to be a happy loser on vacation. If you’re losing by restricting your food choices, there’s no happy in that. If you’re eating too much and you’re reversing your losing progress, there’s no happy in that either. Maine is Vacationland and what better thing to do …
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services office in Fort Kent

DHHS reverses its decision to close Fort Kent office

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on July 19, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
Former Maine Sen. Judy Paradis said Tuesday she was “absolutely delighted” at the news DHHS would remain in Fort Kent.
Dr. Varun Dixit, an anesthesiologist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, shows a Go Green disposal unit.

Eastern Maine Medical Central operating rooms Go Green with single-sort recycling

on July 19, 2016, at 12:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A highly successful pilot project at Eastern Maine Medical Center focused on reducing waste shows that caring for the environment is one of the best ways to ensure a better future for patients. Over the last year, in just two surgical suites, EMMC’s employees recycled 1.5 tons of …