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Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS team member adds challenge

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Paul’s team member Heidi Klenowski has added a second challenge in order to raise funds toward the Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS in memory of her father-in-law Paul Klenowski Sr., who died from the disease on Jan. 14, 2003. Heidi’s challenge is that for every $10 donated …
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Free film and community discussion on health care in Bar Harbor

By Joe Lendvai on Aug. 15, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
Why are Canadians healthier and wealthier than Americans? For the answers, please join us for a free public showing of The Healthcare Movie, on Saturday, September 6th from 2-4PM at the Palmer Room in the Bar Harbor Club at the Harborside Hotel, 55 West Street in Bar Harbor, Maine. The …
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Bangor optician earns national certification

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The American Board of Opticianry announced that Denys Facella, optician for optometrist Daniel N. Brooks of Bangor, has demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary for the safe and effective practice of opticianry by passing the National Opticianry Competency Exam. The NOCE is a job-related exam which accurately …

Affordable Care Act: When to go to the exchange, after divorce

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
If current medical coverage is provided as part of spouses retirement package until November of 2014 and a divorce is granted in October, when will I need to apply for marketplace insurance for myself?  I’m three years away from getting Medicare. Hoosier Stater Dear Hoosier Stater, You should look at …
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Healthcare 101: A Community Forum with a Focus on Health Literacy with Mallory Shaughnesy, Maine Community Health Options

By Marianne Pinkham on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine For more information: 207-563-1363; The Affordable Care Act opened the door to health insurance coverage for thousands of Mainers. However, for many, trying to understand how to use this …
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Significant construction and renovation at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital designed to improve patient experience and convenience

By TAMC Communication and Development on Aug. 15, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Aroostook County – For the past several months TAMC patients and visitors have taken note of the many construction and renovation projects underway at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle. The ongoing work represents the most significant changes to the buildings that comprise the medical center’s Academy Street …

FDA warns of fraudulent Ebola drug claims

By Toni Clarke, Reuters on Aug. 15, 2014, at 8:51 a.m.
— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has become aware of products being sold online that fraudulently claim to prevent or treat Ebola. The FDA’s warning comes on the heels of comments by Nigeria’s top health official, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who reportedly said earlier Thursday that eight …
Barrista James Frydrych slings java behind the county at Coffee By Design on Diamond Street in Portland.

Study links higher caffeine consumption with lower tinnitus risk

By Shereen Lehman, Reuters on Aug. 15, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
NEW YORK — Tinnitus, an annoying ringing or buzzing in the ears, was less likely to occur in women who consumed the most caffeine, in a large study of nurses. Tinnitus can happen sporadically, or in some cases may plague a person daily. The cause is unclear, and so is …

Maternal singing calms preemies and their mothers: study

By Krystnell Storr, Reuters on Aug. 15, 2014, at 7:28 a.m.
NEW YORK — For preemies, the combination of hearing mother’s voice softly singing while being held against her skin can have a number of health benefits — and it helps moms, too, a new study suggests. When mothers in a neonatal intensive care unit sang while holding their preterm infants …

Amgen drug fails to improve survival in multiple myeloma trial

By Reuters on Aug. 15, 2014, at 7:25 a.m.
Amgen Inc.’s Kyprolis drug failed to extend survival compared to standard care in a trial involving patients with advanced multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that develops in the bone marrow. Shares of Amgen were down 2.1 percent at $124.65 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. “The negative results commercialization …

#fatkini Love Your Body

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Fashion blogger Gabi Gregg made up the word fatkini in 2012. She wanted to encourage ladies of size to love their bodies, take the plunge and share a photo of themselves in their bikinis. I love that larger women are encouraged to love their bodies. I love that they’re encouraged …
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EMMC Trauma Care and Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine Focus on Bike Safety at Hampden Children’s Day

By emmc on Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
(Bangor, Maine) – Bicycling is a great way for children and families to get some exercise and enjoy our beautiful Maine summers, but injuries can occur if safety isn’t taken into consideration. The EMMC Trauma Care team and Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine are promoting bike safety for kids …

New Hampshire declares state of emergency over synthetic drug

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to 44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting “Smacked,” a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience stores as potpourri. The state of emergency authorizes public health officials to investigate stores …
Anti-abortion activist Donna Hebert, left, chats with Cha Cha Canady on Congress Street at the edge of the buffer zone created around the entrance across the street to Planned Parenthood of New England in this June 2014 file photo.

Anti-abortion protests grow as Portland demonstrators seek to make legal statement

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police confirmed that anti-abortion protests outside the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic have increased in number and activity since the revocation of a buffer zone, as demonstrators pressed in court to be awarded monetary damages for the months they’d been forced across the street by the city-imposed …
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A wall located on the first floor of EMMC’s Grant Tower on its State Street Campus features an overview of the Modernization Project and also highlights donor naming opportunities for the new building. A grateful patient anonymously donated a gift of $1 million to the Modernization Project, in honor of Felix Hernandez, MD, MMM, FACS, medical director of Surgical Services, and the
entire team who provided the patient’s care.

$1 million gift to EMMC will name cardiac surgical, critical care units

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 14, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation announced an anonymous gift of $1 million from a grateful patient to support the “Remarkable Begins With You” capital campaign at a Thursday ceremony, bringing the total raised thus far to a little more than $6 million toward a $20 million goal. …

UMaine wins grant to train nurses as primary care providers in underserved areas

By Cameron Paquette, Special to the BDN on Aug. 14, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
ORONO, Maine —- Kelly McCoubrey loves her family, her job and her state. The 52-year-old Meddybemps resident has lived just a stone’s throw from Canada in Washington County all her life. McCoubrey works as a registred nurse at Downeast Community Hospital in Machias, a profession that she dreamed of as …
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Photo: Daniel Beaulieu, RN

NMMC RN Completes Specialized Training

By Joanne Fortin on Aug. 14, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
Fort Kent ~ Lisa Pelletier, Unit Leader of the Operating Room at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced that Daniel Beaulieu has successfully completed the perioperative nursing course. The course, offered by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, (AORN), prepares operating room nurses by utilizing best surgical nursing practices based …
Dr. Michael Noonan

Crack, pop: Is chiropractic treatment of the neck safe?

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
Here we go again. A medical association has seen the need to warn the public about the risks of chiropractic care. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association just released a “scientific statement” that chiropractic treatment is associated with stroke. So what are the risks? First, a little background. …

Vital Signs: Maine records spike in tick-borne diseases

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Many Mainers know about Lyme disease. But the deer tick that spreads the increasingly prevalent infection can also harbor several other diseases in its tiny eight-legged body. Maine has confirmed 103 cases of the bacterial infection anaplasmosis this year, already exceeding the 94 cases recorded in all of 2013. Anaplasmosis can lead to similar long-term effects as …
Dr. Philip Caper

The costs of complexity in health reform just keep rising

By Dr. Philip Caper on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
As I’ve written before, the costs of unnecessary complexity in health care reform are very high, and they are rising. There are at least three recent examples. One is the flap over whether people who have received health insurance through the exchanges run by the federal government are eligible to …
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