Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks Monday about her bill to expand the availability of Narcan, a drug that can reverse a heroin overdose, during a floor speech in the House of Representatives.

House unanimously supports expanded access to overdose-reversing drug; LePage pledges veto

By Mario Moretto on April 14, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A life-saving drug that can stop an opiate overdose in its tracks could well be on its way into the hands of more emergency responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters and addicts’ loved ones. Despite opposition — and a promised veto — from Gov. Paul LePage, the House …
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Jackson Lab gets four-star rating for fiscal management

Bangor Daily News on April 14, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine – The Jackson Laboratory’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the nonprofit organization a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Laboratory has earned this top distinction. Just 7 percent of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator …
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Brewer student health fair

Bangor Daily News on April 14, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Brewer Community Center, 92 Pendleton St., Brewer, Maine BREWER, Maine – Brewer School Based Health Center Student Health Fair will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Brewer Community School, 92 Pendleton St. Several area businesses and organizations, as …

Smoke-free — how to get the lower rate after quitting

on April 14, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
How long after the day a person quits smoking does an insurance company consider that person to be smoke free? I’m signing up for coverage at work, and there are two different rates for smokers and non-smokers. I quit nine months ago, so I think I should qualify as a …
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Nathan S. Ubelhoer, DO, TAMC Dermatologist, will present Dermatology and You: Learning to Love the Skin You’re In at the April 25 TAMC Community Lunch and Learn/Healthy Aging Luncheon at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.

TAMC to host “Dermatology and You: Learning to Love the Skin You’re In”

By TAMC Communication and Development on April 14, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
Aroostook County – Dermatology and You: Learning to Love the Skin You’re In, will be the topic of TAMC’s April Community Lunch and Learn/Healthy Aging Luncheon, set for the Caribou Inn and Convention Center on Friday, April 25. Entertainment and other activity will begin at 10:00 a.m., with lunch and …

Take Control of Food and Eating Behaviors!

on April 14, 2014, at 7:18 a.m.
Whether you want to lose a little weight or a lot of weight you need to take control of your food and your eating. The formula for weight loss is simple – eat fewer calories than your body burns for fuel. Yes, that’s the formula rendered down to its most …

For the Affected Others: We Who Love the Active Alcoholic/Addict

on April 13, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
Each week I receive a handful of emails from folks who are struggling with addiction and/or mental health. The overwhelming majority of them are from good women who are partnered to addicts or alcoholics that have a long history of being in and out of Recovery. They describe a man …

Maine: Number Two on the Local List

on April 13, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
As outdoor farmers markets around Maine start creeping their way back to their summer schedules, I notice Strolling of the Heifers’ annual Locavore Index lists Vermont as the number one place to eat local. Second place? Maine. Vermont is lovely. But that state can suck it. Sure, if Vermont showed …

Sebelius says she told Obama staying ‘wasn’t an option’

By Reuters on April 13, 2014, at 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who resigned last week, says she made the decision to leave and told President Barack Obama last month that staying on “wasn’t an option.” In her first interview since the White House announced her resignation as the president’s top health …

Sooner or Lighter

on April 13, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
Maybe you wondered why I named my blog Sooner or Lighter or maybe you didn’t. Sooner or Lighter addresses two approaches to weight loss. There’s the sooner which typically results in faster weight loss, in other words you lose more weight sooner. Then there is the lighter approach which increases …
Tammy Wilson looks out a window in the office at the Travel Inn in Lewiston recently where she lives and works as the manager.

Three state projects are giving Maine’s biggest medical users more help, and it’s already paying off in a host of ways

By Lindsay Tice on April 13, 2014, at 6:14 a.m.
Last year, Tammy Wilson visited the emergency room 38 times. She knew she went there a lot — too much — but she didn’t know what else to do for her debilitating migraines. In the past she’d seen her primary care doctor and a neurologist, tried over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions. …
Hilary Lister of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine speaks at a free medical marijuana information session downtown at the Big Easy Lounge inside the Charles Inn on Broad Street on Saturday.

Nurse practitioners added to list of those who can prescribe medical marijuana

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 12, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.” The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in …
Wynter Przybylski

Community rallies behind Brewer girl battling cancer

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — A Brewer Community School first-grader is going through aggressive chemotherapy, but still has a smile on her face, according to her mother. “She smiles every day, and she is so strong and so happy,” Lisa Przybylski said of her daughter Wynter. Wynter’s battle started with sore muscles …

Finding the Motivation to Go All the Way to Your Weight Loss Goal

on April 12, 2014, at 8:37 a.m.
Top Reasons Motivations Fails 1. Rate of weight loss slows down after the first few weeks. 2. Boredom from eating from overly restrictive food choices and quantities. 3. After some pounds are gone the urgency to lose weight begins to wane. 4. Friends and family are unsupportive. 5. Friends and …
Dr. Pamela Gilmore explains why single-incision robotic hysterectomy is a benefit to patients as she stands in front of a robotic surgery device at EMMC on Tuesday, March 4.

Medicaid expansion debate has passed, but Maine still needs to tackle high health care costs

By Les Fossel on April 12, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
The Medicaid expansion debate is largely settled in the Maine Legislature, but lawmakers in Augusta still have a chance to take action that could make a dent in our state’s higher-than-average health care costs. The U.S. has the highest health care costs on the planet — 50 percent higher than …

Spring Skiing in Maine, or “Where Is Everybody?!”

on April 11, 2014, at 9:04 p.m.
I’ve been pretty clear over the years that skiing is my favorite outdoor activity. I’m not all that great at it–I can’t keep up with most of my friends and I don’t pretend that I can. I used to pretend. In fact, when I learned to ski at the ripe …
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EMMC Orthopedic Surgeon Ian Dickey, MD, named inaugural Chair of Advisory Board

By emmc on April 11, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
EMMC Orthopedic Surgical Specialists lead physician Ian Dickey, MD, FRCSC has been invited to serve as the first chair of the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering’s new external advisory board. “I am delighted that Dr. Dickey has accepted my request to serve as the inaugural …

If you’re “intimidated,” you aren’t working hard enough.

on April 11, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
Fitness and athletics have been a part of my life for more than 20 years, dating back to when I had a plastic basketball rim in my family home in South Brewer, Maine. Those were the days where sports were actually fun, and little things weren’t taken out of context …

South Portland doctor offers subscription health care service

By Troy R. Bennett on April 11, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
Dr. Michael Ciampi, who does not accept insurance or medicaid, explains how his subscription health care service works out to about $50 per month for patients such as Roxanne Pettigrow.

A taste of the Mediterranean: Chicken with white beans

on April 11, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
This recipe is not one I would ordinarily make, but now that I have, I would definitely do it again. It was easy to prepare and ready to serve in no time. I thought it was delicious. It calls for a can of chopped green chilies, but I’m sure you …
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