Whoever thinks about maintaining a healthy mouth over the holidays? I mean, aren’t you already brushing and flossing like you should? But then, there are lots of treats begging to be eaten this time of year — like chocolates and cookies and cakes and candy canes. Oh my, the damage they can do to our teeth!
Guest post by Jenny Babino, RD, LD. Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The holidays are upon us, bringing much-anticipated celebrations and bountiful amounts of tempting food. Staying healthy during the holiday season helps keep you happy as the New Year rolls in. We’ve got a few tips for you to keep in […]
Finally got a wreath on our front door. It’s from Wreaths for Hope and is in the shape of a cancer awareness ribbon. The wreath was a gift from a friend who knew about my recent diagnosis of DCIS — stage 0 breast cancer. Hence, the pink ribbon. There are 23 ribbon colors available. Lavender for all cancers, for instance. Purple for pancreatic cancer, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Take a moment and look at this portrait. Try to come up with a story about the woman. I’ll give you a few prompts. Her name is Aimee. She’s 41 and the mother of three daughters. I met Aimee at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, where her portrait hangs in the exhibit SeeingME: Profiles of […]