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Women’s Support Group

By Bev Wilson on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8:52 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. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
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Find out whether local hospital is in network

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8:49 a.m.
How do I know whether care from my local hospital will be covered by my health insurance plan?  I got my plan from the exchange and am having a hard time figuring out what is what. Puzzled Dear Puzzled, Your best bet is to ask the insurance plan directly.  You …
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Did You Know that Cavemen Ate Wraps? Paleo Diet Isn’t For Me!

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8:02 a.m.
The Paleo Diet has been around since the 60s but in the last few years it’s begun to gain popularity rapidly. Why shouldn’t it? We’re told if we eat like a cavemen we can be lean, ripped, and incredibly healthy. Who doesn’t want that? And it sounds so easy because, …
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EMHS to eliminate more than 40 jobs in IT department

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
BREWER | Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems plans to eliminate more than 40 positions in its information systems department as part of a long-term effort to overhaul operations and avoid a $100 million shortfall in 2019, according to information obtained by the Bangor Daily News. The Brewer-based health care system, …
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Agency’s first 5K race for recovery attracts 170-plus participants

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – Crisis & Counseling Centers  celebrated recovery from mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders at the agency’s inaugural On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 13. The race attracted more than 170 participants, community members and nonprofit leaders to the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta.“Thank you all …
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Health Care Options Session Planned for Old Town Mill Workers & Their Families

By Katherine Thomas on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Old Town YMCA, 472 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town, Maine For more information: 207-992-9200 Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) has teamed with several local health care organizations and health insurance carriers to provide a health care options session for workers of …
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Dr. Michael Noonan

Treating sciatica with chiropracty

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Sept. 15, 2014, at 1:04 p.m.
Sciatica can be an extremely painful condition. It is a “pinched nerve” pain that radiates down the leg, and it occurs when problems in the joints, muscles and discs of the back progress to the point that they start to affect the nerves. The “pinched nerve” leg pain may come …

State fines Maine doctor who hosted marijuana clinics in Orono hotels

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 15, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
A state licensing board has reprimanded and fined a Maine doctor who issued medical marijuana certificates to nearly 60 patients over two days at seminars he hosted at hotels in Orono. Dr. William Ortiz, an internist, was disciplined by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine for failing to create …
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Maine child being tested for respiratory virus spreading in Northeast

By Sarah Walker Caron on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
A respiratory virus that has sickened nearly 100 people across the United States may have infected at least one child in Maine, according to Dr. Sheila Pinette, director for the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, named enterovirus D68, has been confirmed in 97 cases in Colorado, …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveiled a 10-point healthcare plan in Portland on Monday which includes lowering costs by expanding Medicaid.

‘We need to think about people not as a collection of ailments’: Michaud unveils his health care plan

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
PORTLAND | As part of a wide-ranging 10-point health care plan he unveiled Monday, Democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud reiterated his support for expanding Medicaid to 70,000 uninsured Mainers and making investments in preventative health care programs. The plan earned positive responses from health care advocates, though they …
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Cary Completes ‘Dress Rehearsal’ of Cary Kids Cook

By Bill Flgg on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
Earlier this year Cary Medical Center received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to initiate a program focused on helping families to cook healthy foods on a budget. After working with local churches, and developing a plan to recruit families for the first ‘pilot’ session, Cary Kids Cook, was held …
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Grief support groups begin Oct. 2 in Ellsworth

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine – Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering several free support groups for individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one, starting in October. Support groups by topic begin as follows: – Widows and Widowers, 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. – Those Who Have Lost a Loved One …
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Tee Pierce

TAMC Aroostook Health Center employee receives Excellence Award

By TAMC Communication and Development on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
Aroostook County – The Maine Health Care Association is recognizing a TAMC employee for her role in providing excellent quality care to the Aroostook Health Center community for more than 20 years. Tee Pierce began working for TAMC in the food service department at AHC in Mars Hill in August …
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Hospice group offering two volunteer sessions in Hancock County

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering two volunteer training series this fall.  Hospice Patient Care Volunteers offer direct, non-medical service to individuals living at the end of life and their caregivers.  Bereavement Facilitator volunteers provide support to individuals and groups who are grieving the death of …
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MeHAF awards grants to four nonprofits

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine –  The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has awarded $198,566 to four nonprofits, including organizations in Western and downeast Maine, to support the development of better strategies that can expand access and improve care for people who are uninsured.  The awards represent the second group of planning grants in MeHAF’s …
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Christina Perkins

Thornton and Perkins join Healthy Acadia Board of Directors

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington Counties, is pleased to welcome Bobbi-Jo Thornton and Christina Perkins as the newest members of the organization’s Board of Directors. “We’re thrilled to have these dynamic community leaders join the team,” stated Ben Billings, Chair of …
HEALTH UNSURANCE (blog)

Advice on health insurance options – go to a broker

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
I need some advice on health insurance. I am trying to find good health coverage, company and deductibles, copays and all I get is confused on understanding it.  I must find a good plan for two adults and one five year old. Seeker Dear Seeker, There are plenty of sources …
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Healthy Eating on a Budget

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
Have you looked at your food bill lately?  Let’s face it: food prices are not going down. Whether you buy food at a local market, grocery store or your favorite “super center,” planning a healthy meal for one or a family while keeping to a budget is challenging. While we …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

New Weight Loss Drug Approved Last Week (9/10/14)

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 7:44 a.m.
If obesity is a disease, shouldn’t there be a drug to cure it? It seems logical, but it’s not practical, at least not yet. Obesity, unlike other diseases is far more complex and much less understood than a disease caused by a simple virus or bacteria. Therefore the cure will be …
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Goodbye to Summer Pot luck Picnic

By Roberta on Sept. 14, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-664-0339; www,bethwrightcancercenter.org On Thursday, September 25 at 5:30 pm there will be a goodbye to summer potluck picnic at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 …
 
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