Easter Countdown

on April 19, 2014, at 7:26 a.m.
Tomorrow the Easter Bunny will come. Here are some strategies for welcoming the bunny and getting to Monday with no (weight-related) regrets! Eat normally today. Eating light today is planning to overeat tomorrow. Plan for moderation and flexible restraint. Flexible restraint is allowing some extra treats but maintaining a degree …

10 facts about autism spectrum disorder: April is Autism Awareness Month

By Katy Muldoon, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. on April 19, 2014, at 5:52 a.m.
April is Autism Awareness Month, set aside to educate families and others about a developmental disability that can significantly impact the behavior, communication and social lives of those who have it. From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are 10 things you might not now about autism …
Richmond mother Kathleen Leopold (from left) hugs her daughter Zoe Hadjaissa, 8, while playing outside with her other children Lily, 10, Sam, 15, and Oscar Hadjaissa, 13. Leopold has four children, three of whom are autistic. Leopold recently had one of her stories published in a "Chicken Soup" book. She also blogs about her life as a mom to several children with autism.

‘Our lives are not tragedies’: Richmond mom raising awareness of autism

By Natalie Feulner on April 19, 2014, at 5:52 a.m.
RICHMOND, Maine — Kathleen Leopold is first and foremost a mother of four children. Three of them have autism spectrum disorders. To raise awareness and document the challenges — and joys — of her daily life, she writes a blog at and has spent years advocating for individuals and …
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Maine to begin adding photos to public assistance cards in Bangor

By Jackie Farwell on April 18, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Despite federal administrators’ reservations, Maine will begin adding recipients’ photographs to Electronic Benefits Transaction cards later this month, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday. EBT cards dispense several forms of public assistance, including food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and …

Warren, methadone clinic operator set settlement conference

By Stephen Betts on April 18, 2014, at 4 p.m.
WARREN, Maine — After losing a round in federal court that could open the town to damages of more than $4 million, the community has been ordered to participate in a settlement conference with the firm that was barred from opening a methadone clinic here. The conference has been scheduled …
From the community

Pediatric Asthma Awareness fundraiser at Great Skates

Bangor Daily News on April 18, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Great Skates, 82 Sylvan Road, Bangor, Maine Husson University School of Pharmacy Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacists is holding a Pediatric Asthma Awareness fundraiser at Great Skates tomorrow, Saturday April 19th from 5-7 P.M. Have fun and learn about …

Obamacare: On the edge between private plan and Medicaid

on April 18, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
I live in California, am single, and have no children.  I can only find part-time work, and make about $13,000 a year.  Someone told me that if I could get my income higher, I could get regular health insurance instead of being put on Medicaid.  Regular insurance sounds a lot …

Biding time: Can Maine shorten its waitlists for disabled residents seeking support services?

By Matthew Stone on April 18, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
While acrimonious debate about Medicaid expansion, tax policy and labor laws marked the winter’s legislative session, lawmakers this week united around a $30 million bill to bring the state budget into balance. Legislators celebrated one provision specifically that promises $5 million to serve hundreds of adults with intellectual disabilities and …
From the community

EMMC Expands Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

By emmc on April 18, 2014, at 11:29 a.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 5 million people in the United States have congestive heart failure, a condition where the heart is weakened or damaged, leading to a buildup of fluid. Annually congestive heart failure is the source of an estimated 1,400 hospitalizations in Maine …

Introducing Love Nursing: Stories of the human experience

on April 18, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
What you will find when you read this blog are stories of the human experience. I love taking the nurse/patient experience and transforming that into short stories that show the amazing connection that can occur between human beings in times of need.

Think twice before handling baby chicks

on April 18, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
I made a trip to my local Blue Seal store on Thursday to pick up dog food. As I walked through the door, the gentle peeping sounds of dozens of fluffy baby chicks filled the air. I was just about to sneak my finger into one of the enclosures to pet their …
From the community

Penquis Journey House in Dexter given $20,000 in state aid

Bangor Daily News on April 18, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Governor Paul LePage has designated $20,000 from his contingency funds to support the continuation of services offered by the Penquis Journey House in Dexter. Founded in 2009, the Journey House serves as a safe haven for primarily young women and their children who are in transition. Programs …

Obama hails 8 million enrollees for health insurance

By Juliet Eilperin and David Nakamura, Washington Post on April 18, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should “forcefully defend and be proud of” in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law. Speaking at an …
On Thursday, Dr. Orville Hartford showed a birthday party photo from the Oronoka restaurant in Orono, Maine. Hartford recently purchased the restaurant site and will be developing it as a doctor's office.

Oronoka remembered as plans move forward for $2 million medical facility in Orono

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 18, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — The Oronoka restaurant and inn was more than a place to get a meal and a room for many of its customers for nearly 50 years. University of Maine students and airline crews flying through Bangor often thought of it as a second home. “Their hospitality was …

Getting the support you need to reach your weight goal

on April 18, 2014, at 8:15 a.m.
Losing weight isn’t easy. Sticking to your plan is challenging. Motivation can be strong one minute and seem to disappear just a few minutes later. Trying to stay strong in the presence of temptation can be overwhelming. If we aren’t giving ourselves the message, “This won’t hurt. I can make …
Ryan Parker (left) explains to Brewer High School senior Josh Lugdon the proper way to to graft apple trees at the Parker Family Farm in Newport on Thursday. Lugdon was one of thirty students who came to visit as part of their environmental issues class to see a small farm that uses sustainable agricultural methods.

Brewer high school students learn alternative to mass-produced food

By Nell Gluckman on April 18, 2014, at 8:04 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — In an environmental issues class at Brewer High School, students have been studying the make-up and origin of some of their favorite foods. “We’ve talked about the ingredients in food, the chemicals you can find and what they’re doing to our bodies,” Mackenzie McCurdy, 18, said of …

Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5

on April 18, 2014, at 6:36 a.m.
Monday April 21 Stress relief group Community Partners space 56 North Street Portland, ME Monday April 21 2:30 to 3:30 Join board-certified music therapist Kate Beever for an hour of relaxation, discussion, and joy based in music (no musical experience necessary). Go home with simple tools for your own stress …
Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick

Maine Legislature approves late, last-ditch push for Medicaid expansion

By Mario Moretto on April 17, 2014, at 9:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Legislature on Thursday night approved a Medicaid expansion plan for the third time since March, though the bill is likely doomed to the same fate as its predecessors — death by gubernatorial veto. The House of Representatives gave the bill final approval with a vote …
From the community

EMMC to repeat popular Varicose Veins Seminar

By emmc on April 17, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor, ME For more information: (207)973-6670; In response to a great turnout at its January educational seminar on varicose veins, EMMC is planning a similar event for May 6 at the Hilton Garden …
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Jackman Health Center Offering Dental Services for Community at Forest Hills School

By Katherine Thomas on April 17, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
Penobscot Community Health Care is pleased to announce that Jackman Community Health Center is now providing dental services to students and the community at Forest Hills School, 606 Main Street, Jackman. Dental services are open to everyone, of all ages, not just patients of Jackman Community Health Center. Services are …
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