By Cheryl Stratton on May 17, 2016, at 9:53 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, July 6, 2016 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: First United Methodist church, 8 Lee Road, Lincoln, Maine For more information: 207-794-8443 FaithNet, a confidential NAMI support group for individuals with mental health …

Reaching for Hope

By Cheryl Stratton on May 17, 2016, at 9:48 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday, May 26, 2016 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday, June 2, 2016 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday, June 9, 2016 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday, June 16, 2016 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday, June 23, 2016 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday, June …

Walgreens makes overdose remedy prescription-free in New Mexico

By Reuters on May 17, 2016, at 8:32 p.m.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is making the opioid antidote naloxone available without a prescription in all its pharmacies in New Mexico, part of a plan to make the drug readily available in 35 states by the end of this year. Naloxone, administered by injection or nasal spray, can be used …

I’m Back, Baby.

on May 17, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
After a two-year hiatus, I’m back.
A sign for the India Street Public Health Center in Portland.

Portland City Council votes to partially keep open clinic

By CBS 13 on May 17, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
The Portland City Council voted in favor to partially keep the India Street Clinic after efforts to try to save it. It’s part of a plan to pass a new city budget. Despite vocal opposition, by a vote of 8 to 1 tonight, the council voted to partially shut down …

The 4-ingredient protein brownies that will feed your cravings

on May 17, 2016, at 7:48 a.m.
I’ve tried a lot of homemade protein brownies and cakes in my life, and this recipe is the best. And it couldn’t be any simpler! Even better than the fact it requires four little ingredients is the fact it’s forgiving. It’s almost impossible to mess it up. I played with …

House weighs $622.1 million package to combat Zika virus

By Richard Cowan and Timothy Gardner, Reuters on May 16, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to severe birth defects and other neurological disorders and is beginning to show up in warm climates in southern states, such as Florida.
The U.S. Supreme Court is shown in Washington in this October 1, 2010 file photo.

US top court sends Obamacare contraception challenge back to lower courts

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters on May 16, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
The decision suggested a possible compromise for the lower courts that would allow women to get contraception coverage without violating the religious rights of employers.
Daxton Goetz (center), a third-grader at All Saints Catholic School, was among the hundreds of people who came for Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 10, 2016, at St. John Catholic Church in Bangor.

Study: Religious service attendance tied to longer life

By Larry Hand, Reuters on May 16, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
Women who attended religious services regularly were 33 percent less likely to die during the study period, compared with women who never attended services.
File photo of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers seen on sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.

UN experts find weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

By Kate Kelland, Reuters on May 16, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
In a statement likely to intensify a row over its potential health impact, experts from the U.N. said glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans” exposed to it through food.

KevinD Fitness Announces Launch of 28 day Transformation Contest

By Kevin DiDonato on May 16, 2016, at 11:48 a.m.
Monday, June 6, 2016 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: KeviuD Fitness, Online/your home, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-318-1275; Looking for 50 Participants Who Are Ready to Begin 28 Day Online Challenge to Better Health and Fitness May 16th, 2016- KevinD Fitness is getting ready to host an …

Massachusetts man has first successful US penis transplant

By Reuters on May 16, 2016, at 11:17 a.m.
Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, had his penis amputated in 2012 when he was diagnosed with penile cancer.

Good Posture for a Good Mood

on May 16, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.
Recent research on embodied cognition shows that cognitive states are influenced by the state of the body- this means that your thinking doesn’t just come from your brain, it also comes from your physical experience of the world around you. If you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘fake it ’til you make it!’, know …

Was that a compliment or complidis?

on May 16, 2016, at 8:01 a.m.
Most of us have somebody in our life who can”t help but complidis. A complidisser is the guy or gal whose mother said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Unfortunately they couldn’t quite say nice things and they definitely couldn’t stay quiet. They figured out …

Avita. What my mother now calls home

on May 16, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
My mother has lived at Avita of Stroudwater, a memory care facility, for nearly two years. Like any one of us, she wanted to stay in her own home. Even after my father died. And it was a big house — two stories, plus an attic and a basement. When …

Diagnosing the value of blanket medical tests

By Russ Van Arsdale, executive director Northeast CONTACT on May 16, 2016, at 6:41 a.m.
Members of the medical community contend that consultation with a family physician should take place before random screenings to make sure the tests are really needed.
Holistic treatment for drug addiction.

Cannabis therapy for opiate addiction informational meeting

By Roxanne Gullikson on May 15, 2016, at 10:51 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Greener Pastures Holisticare, 144 Ocean Avenue, Portland, Maine For more information: 2075360963; PORTLAND — Greener Pastures Holisticare in Portland will host an informational meeting on the benefits of cannabis therapy for treating addiction at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, …

Midcoast Stroke Support Group

By Ken Gross on May 15, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME For more information: 207-236-3440; The Stroke Support Group meets monthly in the Library’s second-floor History Center meeting room, accessible by elevator. All are welcome. This post was contributed by a community …

Don’t take my word for it, ask your doctor!

on May 15, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
Hello readers! I have a big favor to ask of you! Don’t take my word for anything related to weight loss, nutrition and physical activity. Ask your doctor for advice! I’m not asking you to stop reading my blog, for heaven’s sake, just talk things over with your doc! I …
A young boy being held by interpreter Abdi Momo has his blood drawn for lead testing at Lewiston B Street Clinic last Monday. Family Nurse Practitioner Shilo Mathieu distracts him while April Martin, a registered nurse, prepares the needle.

Lewiston-Auburn expands fight against poisoning from lead paint

By Scott Thistle on May 15, 2016, at 8:19 a.m.
A 2008 study by a former University of Maine economics professor estimated the damage from lead poisoning to children in the Pine Tree State exceeds $260 million a year.