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Pamala Pellon-Irwin, FNP-C, Joins PCHC’s Community Care & Geriatrics

Nurse practitioner joins PCHC’s Community Care and Geriatrics

By Katherine Thomas on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:07 a.m.
BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care announce recently that family nurse practitioner Pamala Pellon-Irwin has joined the medical staff of PCHC’s Community Care and Geriatrics, which serves patients in area nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities or for in-home visits. Pellon-Irwin received an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and a …

Free screening of ‘Being Mortal’ film explores end-of-life care

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:01 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: The Dyke Center for Family Business, Husson University, Bangor, Maine For more information: 941-2865 BANGOR — St. Joseph’s Healthcare in partnership with Eastern Area Agency on Aging and the University of Maine Center on Aging will hold a free, community …

Crisis and Counseling Centers’ third annual 5K race raises $8,400 for clients in recovery

By Courtney Yeager on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:17 a.m.
AUGUSTA — Crisis and Counseling Centers celebrated recovery from substance abuse and mental health issues at the agency’s third annual On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run on Sept. 17. The event raised $8,400 to support clients who are in recovery and otherwise would not have access to outpatient counseling services. …

Midcoast Stroke Support Group

By Ken Gross on Sept. 25, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME For more information: 207-273-2090; librarycamden.org/event/stroke-support-group-march-4/ Regularly scheduled Midcoast Stroke Support Group meetings continue on first Wednesdays. The group meets in the Library’s second-floor History Center meeting room, accessible by elevator. All are …
SOONER OR LIGHTER

Video self-modeling could be your answer to losing weight and keeping it off

on Sept. 25, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
How would you like to know there is something that could not only significantly improve your chance of reaching your weight goal, and better than that, ensure that your ability to maintain it would be greater than ever before? I’m looking for people interested in trying a better way to …
RECOVERY ROCKS

Whose rules do you love and live by?

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
“Listen to Mustn’ts, child, listen to the Don’ts. Listen to the Shouldn’ts, the Impossibles, the Won’ts. Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me. Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.  -Shel SilversteinStory continues below advertisement. I’ve shared this poem several times recently. Resolving inner conflicts like the …
PAJAMAS, BOOKS, AND CHICKENS

One bad day: Preparing to process chickens for the first time

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
I’ve tried three times in my life to be a vegetarian. The longest I ever made it without eating meat was about 9 months. One day, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I went to a local burger joint and scarfed a giant cheeseburger. It was so good, and though …

Jill Kulbe to speak about health care directives at Stockton Springs Library

By Pat Curley on Sept. 24, 2016, at 8:34 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Stockton Springs Community Library, Corner of Main and Station Streets, Stockton Springs, Maine For more information: 207-567-4147; stocktonspringslibrary.org STOCKTON SPRINGS — Jill Kulbe will speak at 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Stockton Springs Community Library as part of …
LIFE SIMPLIFIED

How To Say YES with NO

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 7:24 p.m.
I am not alone here, I know, we are bombarded by requests for our time, our space, our resources (financial and otherwise) constantly. Buy this, take that, do this, have more… the list goes on. Often time we say yes. Ok. Sure. Why not? Especially if it is free. Besides, it is …
SLOWER TRAFFIC

Are Americans Falling Out of Love with Cars?

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
The average American car owner drives fewer miles today than ten years ago. The statistics are indisputable. Miles per car peaked in 2005, and the number has been declining ever since. Maybe the purported love affair between Americans and their cars is coming to an end. Several recent studies show …
POLL QUESTION
A woman walks toward the main entrance of The Jackson Laboratory on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Jackson Lab receives $15 million award to fight Alzheimer’s disease

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory will receive $15 million over the next five years as part of an effort to find an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Advancement of Technology in Healthcare

By Joanne Fortin on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:12 p.m.
Fort Kent ~ As a partner in the advancement of health information technology to healthcare improvement, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) is proud to partner in the upcoming celebration of National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week. NMMC will join with more than four hundred forty organizations to celebrate on September …
Suboxone strips sit on the shelf at Community Pharmacies in Gorham in this March 2015 file photo.

Maine joins suit against anti-addiction drug maker, months after company got a business boon

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
Maine and 35 other states on Friday sued the maker of the opioid addiction treatment medication Suboxone.
Seven year old Kearston Albert of Fort Kent receives a hug from her hero; her big sister Robin, who was a perfect bone marrow match and ultimately saved Kearston’s life.

September is Childhood Cancer Month – Fort Kent girl shows ‘Courage in The County’

By TAMC Communications and Development on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
Aroostook County – September is “Childhood Cancer Month,” and for one Aroostook County family it’s been a rough four years. In 2012, Kearston Albert of Fort Kent could not shake a fever. She was not able to get rid of simple infections. After several doctor visits she had a series …

“Being Mortal” Film Explores End-of-Life Care FREE Screening of “Being Mortal” on Thursday October 6th from 6PM – 8PM

By St. Joseph Healthcare on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Dkye Center for Family Business, Husson University, 1 College Circle, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-941-2865; stjoeshealing.org/ To register for the event call Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 207-941-2865.Story continues below advertisement. St. Joe’s Healthcare in partnership with Eastern …

New Education Fund to Support Elder Care in Maine

By Shane Perry, APR on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:55 p.m.
South Portland, Maine (September 23, 2016) – VNA Home Health Hospice (VNA) has received $175,000 from the Boyne Foundation to establish the Dr. Philip J. Boyne Education Fund. The gift will be used to enhance the expertise of VNA clinicians and caregivers by offering certifications in select areas, including congestive …
Mylan NL CEO Heather Bresch holds EpiPens during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Rising Price of EpiPens at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., September 21, 2016.

EpiPen makers brought parent bloggers to lavish events to gain influence

By Dave McKinney, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
CHICAGO — When Mylan NV recruited food allergy bloggers to learn about its campaign to get allergic shock antidotes into schools, many were eager to join the maker of the EpiPens they carry in purses and stash in book bags to protect their children against potentially lethal attacks. The bloggers, …
CATCHING HEALTH

Make sure to follow these simple safety tips when you’re cooking outdoors

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:27 p.m.
Fall is here, but there is still plenty of time left to enjoy eating outside. Here are a few simple tips for handling and storing food so you can enjoy your fall picnic safely.

St. John Valley Youth to Embark on Wilderness Experience during Potato Harvest Week

By Joanne Fortin on Sept. 22, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Local youth will be heading to the Allagash River for an all-expenses-paid multi-day paddling and camping trip during the upcoming harvest school break. Fully funded by the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation (AWWF) as part of its Youth Initiative, ten students will participate in the three-day, two …

NMMC celebrates National Healthcare Environmental Service Week

By Joanne Fortin on Sept. 22, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — With the rise of resistant organisms found locally and internationally, the role of environmental services is critical in maintaining a clean and safe environment in healthcare facilities. Personnel must possess the knowledge of the different types of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection in accordance with …