All posts by Diane Atwood

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. Now, she's a baby boomer not interested in retiring. She writes the Catching Health blog and is a regular guest on the WCSH6/WLBZ2 Morning Report. She's also a college art student at USM. You can read about that adventure on Diane's other blog She says it's good (and healthy) to be busy!

Do cranberries really help with a urinary tract infection?

Bowl of cranberries

Guest post by Amy Baker Joyce, MS, RD, LD, CNSC. Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and who doesn’t love that dollop of cranberry sweetness next to their turkey, right? Cranberries and cranberry products, like juice, jelly, and sauce, are very popular and very common in the […]

Learn how to protect your child against sexual assault

Windham Primary 1

Talking to your children about sexual assault might not be an easy conversation for a lot of parents. It may not even occur to some if their child is still young. When should you say something? How do you find the right words to avoid scaring them or leaving them bewildered and confused? Maybe that’s exactly how […]

How hospice care helped Joe Brannigan and his family in the final months of his life

Joe Brannigan

Guest post by Claire Brannigan, whose husband Joe died January 17, 2015.  Our story It all began when Joe started struggling with the aerobic portion of his regular gym workout. At the advice of the instructor, Joe saw his doctor that day. Within days, we got the diagnosis: Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia (AML) — incurable and […]

Some surprising little known facts about lung cancer

Chest x-ray

Most people assume that all lung cancers are caused by smoking. Period. Given that active smoking is responsible for an estimated 85 percent of lung cancer cases, it seems like a fair assumption. But when I asked Deb Violette, who was diagnosed with lung cancer 17 years ago if she’d been a smoker, I could tell […]

Having an x-ray? Show some love and kindness to your technologist!

X-ray technologist

On November 8, 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a German physicist, discovered what we know as the x-ray. The first image he took was of his wife’s hand and wedding ring. By the following year, x-rays were being used in health care settings to see bone fractures and damage from gunshot wounds. Today, in the neighborhood […]