Vital Signs newsletter: Lengthy antibiotics for Lyme

on March 19, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
For many patients with Lyme disease, an extended course of antibiotics brings blessed relief from long-lasting and debilitating symptoms. But the medical mainstream cautions against such treatment, contending there’s no evidence it diminishes Lyme symptoms and gives patients false hope. Bill Whitten of North Yarmouth has explored many “alternative treatments” …

I Eat Gluten, Animals, and Sugar

on March 19, 2015, at 11:15 a.m.
I’m going to make a bold and brave statement. I eat gluten, animals, sugar, and a whole bunch of stuff I can neither pronounce nor spell. I eat all of that stuff and I like it! Am I worried about my health? No, I’m not worried about my health, but …
Dr. Philip Caper

How American health care turned patients into consumers

By Dr. Philip Caper on March 19, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
A clash of cultures is rapidly developing among those of us who see the mission of the health care system to be primarily the diagnosis and healing of illness and those who see it primarily as an opportunity to create personal wealth. The concept of health care primarily as a …
Jonessa Ramos works with a student while teaching a class March 6 at 207 Pole Fitness in Portland. Ramos had a background in dance and figure skating before becoming a certified instructor.

‘I’m not a stripper’: Maine pole dancing class aimed at fitness

By Troy R. Bennett on March 19, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
PORTLAND | The harsh overhead fluorescent tubes are turned off. A string of lavender lights burns in a soft glow and the hip-hop is turned up loud. At the front of the room, by the mirrors, a teacher stalks around a floor-to-ceiling pole. With both hands, she lifts herself …

Pole dancing for fitness in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on March 19, 2015, at 10:56 a.m.
Jonessa Ramos works with a student while teaching a class at 207 Pole Fitness in Portland. Pole fitness incorporates both strength training and a cardiovascular workout by mixing intense upper body and core exercises with dance based choreography.
Dr. Michael Noonan

Why I refuse to buy sweets to raise money for cancer research

By Dr. Michael Noonan on March 19, 2015, at 10:53 a.m.
I always have mixed emotions when I see people selling sweets to raise money for cancer research. I certainly applaud the intent; my mother died of lung cancer, after years of smoking. But according to my wellness-based nutrition training, cancer is one of the “diseases of civilization.” Like high blood …
The Cape Elizabeth Home was incorporated in 1893 by Irene M. Higgins and officially opened for residents in 1915. The retirement home at Sawyer and Ocean streets in South Portland, will be forced to raise its rents in the spring.

South Portland retirement home celebrates 100 years

By Alex Acquisto on March 19, 2015, at 10:34 a.m.
One of the oldest retirement facilities in southern Maine faces a modern financial challenge as it turns 100 this year. In the spring, the Cape Elizabeth Home likely will be forced to raise tenants’ rents in an effort to balance an already tight budget with minimal …

Open house to provide info, help with advance directives

By Toni Mailloux on March 19, 2015, at 10:11 a.m.
If you suffered a stroke or heart attack or were in a serious accident that left you unable to communicate with medical personnel, would your family know what your wishes are about end-of-life care? Would you want to be resuscitated? Put on a respirator? Have a feeding tube inserted? Or …
Paul Sahlin leads a yoga class at Fearless Phoenix Fitness in Cape Elizabeth.

Fearless Phoenix Fitness combines kickboxing, yoga

By Kate Gardner on March 19, 2015, at 10:09 a.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH | When Paul and Rebecca Sahlin realized how well kickboxing and yoga complement each other, they also realized not many fitness studios combine the two activities. After the couple moved to Cape Elizabeth two years ago, they decided the town was the perfect place to open the …
Photo: Mount Desert Island Hospital is among five Maine Hospitals that have joined to form the Maine Rural Health Collaborative with a goal of preserving and enhancing health care within the communities they serve. Pictured left to right:  Kris Doody, RN, CEO of Cary Medical Center in Caribou; Peter Sirois, CEO of Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent; Tom Moakler, CEO of Houlton Regional Hospital; Art Blank, President/CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Mary Prybylo, RN, President and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor and Peggy Pinkham, RN, newly appointed Executive Director of the Maine Rural Health Collaborative.

Five Independent Maine Hospitals Form Rural Health Collaborative

By alyssa watson tracy on March 19, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
BAR HARBOR—Mount Desert Island Hospital is among five Maine Hospitals that have joined to form the Maine Rural Health Collaborative with a goal of preserving and enhancing healthcare within the communities they serve. The collaborative will explore ways for the five independent hospital systems to share efficiencies and best practices …

Christine Finn-McLaughlin, MBA Named PCHC CFO

By Katherine Thomas on March 18, 2015, at 6:37 p.m.
Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is pleased to announce that Christine Finn-McLaughlin, MBA, has joined Penobscot Community Health Care’s Leadership Team to serve as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all financial oversight, including accounting systems, internal controls, and budget management. An undergraduate of the University of Maine, Ms. Finn-McLaughlin received …

Drinking diet soda linked to a widening waistline with age

By Reuters on March 18, 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
People over age 65 who drink diet soda daily tend to expand their waistlines by much more than peers who prefer other beverages, possibly contributing to chronic illnesses that go along with excess belly fat, according to a new study. Research in other age groups has directly associated drinking sodas …

Mayo Regional Hospital Contracts with New Hampshire Company for Patient Statement Printing

By jessica masse on March 18, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. As part of continuing efforts to increase operating efficiency, Mayo Regional Hospital has contracted with a New Hampshire based company to print and mail patient statements, and to handle return mail or undeliverable addresses. On March 13, 2015 the first set of newly designed statements were printed and …

27 test positive for tuberculosis at Kansas high school

By Reuters on March 18, 2015, at 4:26 p.m.
Twenty-seven people have tested positive for tuberculosis at a suburban Kansas City high school, where a student recently was found to have an active case, Kansas state and county health officials said Wednesday. Health officials have tested more than 300 students and staff at Olathe Northwest High School after possible …

Trader Joe’s recalls raw walnut products over salmonella risk

By Reuters on March 18, 2015, at 2:23 p.m.
Trader Joe’s on Tuesday announced a recall of its raw walnut products, saying they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, even though the company said they have not yet received reports of illness connected to the nuts. Trader Joe’s said the recall was instigated after testing by an …

Free Dental Service Days at MDI Hospital’s Community Dental Center

By alyssa watson tracy on March 18, 2015, at 12:53 p.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR–Dr. Layne Whiteley and his staff will be providing free dental services to qualifying individuals at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Community Dental Center in Southwest Harbor on Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you do not receive regular oral health care …

American Red Cross to honor Greater Bangor ‘heroes’

on March 18, 2015, at 11:51 a.m.
When faced with a challenge, everyday people often respond by doing extraordinary things to help others. Ten individuals and three organizations in Greater Bangor are being honored as “Real Heroes” by the American Red Cross for going above and beyond in service to others. These Heroes will be recognized for …

Forest Hill RN’s Attain National Certification

By Joanne Fortin on March 18, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
Fort Kent ~ On March 12, 2015, Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center was informed by Annette Hall, Education Manager for the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC), that Kristine Theriault, RN and Deliya Michaud, RN had completed the requirements to earn national certification as Resident Care Coordinators, …

Lessons from the Oldest Old: The 90+ Study

By Kenneth Capron on March 18, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Port Resources Events Room (6:30pm) Oceanview of Falmouth (noon), 280B Gannett Drive, South Portland, Maine For more information: 207-797-7891; With Dana Greenia, R.N.M.S. Co-investigator, UC-Irvine. One of the most significant studies of seniors and aging and dementia of the …

How to relieve that killer hangover

on March 18, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.
I’m guessing that a few people are hung over today after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Do you have a tried and true hangover cure? I did a little research and came up with five that supposedly will help get you through the day. Check them out in the slideshow below (my …
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