Health

 
Matt and Rosie Graham, standing in front of a family portrait.

Parents say Maine’s mental health system failed suicidal daughter

By Patty Wight on May 27, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
Anie Graham’s parents say there should be distinct protocols to help kids at risk of suicide, and properly trained providers who are available to help.
COMMENTARY

For 55-year-old BDN editor, benefits abound after a year of healthier living

By Pete Warner on May 27, 2017, at 7:44 a.m.
For years, I had joked that the last time I was “in shape,” was when I ran cross country at Bangor High School in 1978.

Case at Portland private school among statewide whooping cough surge

By Jake Bleiberg on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
During the 2015-2016 school year, 77 percent of Breakwater kindergarten students were vaccinated against the disease, compared to a statewide total of 96 percent.
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LePage appoints longtime DHHS manager as interim replacement for Mayhew

By BDN Staff on May 26, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
Ricker Hamilton will run the department following the departure of Mary Mayhew, who served as commissioner of the state’s largest agency since the early days of LePage’s tenure.
RECOVERY ROCKS

Free therapy that really works

on May 26, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
PAJAMAS, BOOKS, AND CHICKENS

5 strange but fascinating facts about your backyard chickens

on May 26, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
I do spend quite a bit of my time reading research about chickens and telling stories to anyone who will listen about chicken behaviors I observe. Maybe I’m a little bit obsessed with chickens, but they are fascinating.
SEE YOU LIGHTER

How to lose weight with whole dairy foods

on May 26, 2017, at 6:51 a.m.
Dr. Baxter

→Southwest Harbor Medical Center Reception

By swhplibrary on May 25, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Benny Carrasco, a licensed medical marijuana caregiver and owner of Central Maine Flower, will move his plants from Bangor with an eye toward growing more plants for the recreational marijuana market once those rules are established.

Bangor company buys 8.2 acres to grow recreational marijuana in Greene

By Kathryn Skelton on May 25, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
Central Maine Flower has bought the shuttered Town & Country Foods with long-term plans to grow recreational marijuana in the former 13,340-square-foot former meat operation.
Whitney Shaw shows off her instruments that help her clock her daily movements including her 5 mile run she was about to run. Then, she will use her smartphone to get data off her FitBit device and plug her watch into her computer to upload info to the social fitness site DailyMile.

Fitness trackers largely inaccurate when counting calories

By Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post on May 25, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
Calorie counting is a useful way to lose weight, but a new study suggests a fitness tracker could sabotage your efforts.
SEE YOU LIGHTER

Habits to cultivate to stay feeling and looking younger longer

on May 25, 2017, at 7:05 a.m.
CATCHING HEALTH

Tips on making the perfect healthy and delicious smoothie

on May 25, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Lisa Sharp, who owns Peachy’s Smoothie Cafe, shares one of her recipes and some tips for making your own perfect smoothies.

EAAA Medicare 101 Class in Calais June 7th

By Leslie Lizotte on May 24, 2017, at 8:22 p.m.
SEE YOU LIGHTER

Do you need a smart phone to do Weight Watchers

on May 24, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
#HEALTHYREGION

Carfentanil is now part of Maine’s epidemic

on May 24, 2017, at 1:02 p.m.
Now we have a new, terrifying wrinkle in this mess.

Another small Maine hospital to stop delivering babies

By Jackie Farwell on May 24, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
Calais Regional Hospital will close its obstetrics department, a move that will leave Washington County with just one hospital fully equipped to deliver newborns.
CATCHING HEALTH

Is a daily multivitamin “worth it”?

on May 24, 2017, at 7:31 a.m.
Do you take a multivitamin every day? Is it necessary? Registered dietitian Andrea Paul gives us her answer.
VIDEO
Middle School students get their lunch at the school cafeteria at Regional School Unit 3 in Thorndike. The school district collaborates with several area farms to source about 40 percent of the school's cafeteria food locally.

Maine schools resist national plan to relax healthy lunch guidelines by serving fresh, local foods

By Abigail Curtis on May 24, 2017, at 6 a.m.
“Our mission is to provide students with a nutritious meal that they can choose in order to help them with academic success. That’s our only mission.”

Opioid Addiction Seminar to Be Held at The Old Town Public Library

By Tiffany Palmer on May 23, 2017, at 1:08 p.m.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb is seen in this American Enterprise Institute photo released in Washington, DC, U.S., March 10, 2017.

FDA commissioner Gottlieb calls for ‘more forceful steps’ to curb opioid epidemic

By Laurie McGinley, Washington Post on May 23, 2017, at 12:05 p.m.
The commissioner noted that in 2015, opioids were implicated in the deaths of more than 33,000 people, and that most of the fatalities involved prescription opioids.