Don't Know One Wheelchair From Another and You Need to Buy One For Your Elderly Parent?

Don't Know One Wheelchair From Another and You Need to Buy One For Your Elderly Parent?

Now and again, I write about my mother, who is 88 and lives in a memory care facility. Over the years I've had to help purchase home medical equipment — canes, wheelchairs, walkers — for her and my late father. If you're in a similar situation, but prefer to shop online, you might be interested in a new Maine-based website called 10bestmedical.com. Read more ...

 

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Wreaths for Hope

Wreaths for Hope

Finally got a wreath on our front door. It's from Wreaths for Hope and is in the shape of a cancer awareness ribbon.

Reducing the Risk of Flu is Worth a Shot

Reducing the Risk of Flu is Worth a Shot

Guest post by Dr. Jane Ho, pediatrician in Westbrook and clinical adviser to the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program.

As a parent of three teen boys and a local pediatrician, it concerns me that many people fail to get an annual flu vaccine. Over the course of my 20 years in practice, I’ve seen plenty of previously healthy patients succumb to influenza. And I’ve even had to comfort scared parents, wishing they had done more to try to prevent their child’s illness in the first place. Read more about why Dr. Ho strongly advocates flu shots ...

 

If You Have a Thyroid Nodule, Does it Mean Cancer?

If You Have a Thyroid Nodule, Does it Mean Cancer?

My friend Lee had a scare last year. She thought she might have thyroid cancer. It all began when she had a CT scan for something else and it showed a nodule or lump on her thyroid. Then she had a fine needle aspiration biopsy, which came back suspicious for papillary cancer, the most common type of thyroid cancer.

Read more of Lee's story and also learn about thyroid nodules and the risk of one being cancer ...

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EMMC focus on helping laid off mill workers


EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Since the East Millinocket layoffs in February, the former employees have been struggling to find work. With the mill now purchased by a company that doesn't appear to be interested in running the mill, it's the end of a long career for many former mill workers, with many having worked in the mill their whole life.

"Men and women who have lost their job and long-time employment at the mill for 30 to 40 years, and there's an understanding that they don't always think they can succeed," said Deborah Rountree, the associate academic dean at Eastern Maine Community College.

Rountree handles much of the job retraining for mill workers at this branch of the Eastern Maine Community College in East Millinocket. Even though the transition hasn't been easy, she has plenty of success stories.

Finding the Help you Need to Keep your Home Warm and Safe this Winter Season

Finding the Help you Need to Keep your Home Warm and Safe this Winter Season

With colder weather approaching, Spectrum Generations is in full swing helping older and disabled adults in central Maine get the assistance they need to stay warm and safe this winter. 

Find out If You're at Risk for Osteoporosis

Find out If You're at Risk for Osteoporosis

If you’ve hit 50 and you’re a woman, chances are your bones have lost some strength over the years. Most people’s bones are as dense as they’ll ever be between the ages of 18 to 25. By the time you reach 35, density begins to gradually decrease until menopause. After menopause, bone loss happens more rapidly — as much as 20 percent in five to seven years. Find out if you're at risk ...