All posts by Diane Atwood

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane Atwood was the health reporter on News Center 6. She's now a regular guest on the Morning Report. Before she became a health reporter, Diane was a radiation therapist/dosimetrist at Maine Medical Center. In 2000, she left the world of reporting to manage marketing and public relations for Mercy Hospital. In 2011, she decided to pursue a longtime dream of being a freelance writer and launched her award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.

Six Numbers You Should Know and Why

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If you’re like most people, you keep track of a lot of numbers — important numbers — not to mention passwords. I’ll apologize up front because I’m going to tell you about some more numbers you should know. They’re important because they tell you something about the state of your health. Body Mass Index (BMI) What […]

Mast Cell Disease: When Your Immune System Becomes the Enemy

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Three years ago, Crystal Goodwin, who just turned 30, lived a fairly normal life. She had a fulltime job and enjoyed hanging out with friends, working out at the gym and going on trips with her sister. A rare disorder called mast cell activation syndrome changed Crystal’s life almost overnight. It all began in September, […]

Connect with Your Inner Child — on the Catching Health Calendar

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 18 Standish-Buxton CROP Hunger Walk The Buxton-Standish Clergy Association is holding our second annual Crop Hunger Walk in Standish. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service. Last year, our small group raised almost $5,000! Please join us! Memory Lane Music Hall Blake Road Standish, Maine 9:00 am For info […]

Ebola: Maine Medical Center Separates Fact From Fiction

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In an effort to help staff separate fact from fiction, this afternoon Maine Medical Center’s Communications and Marketing department sent out its first MMC Daily Briefing on Ebola and Infection Prevention. “[We wanted staff to] know what we’re doing as an organization to prepare for the possibility of Ebola in Maine,” explained Matthew Paul, Director of […]

World Thrombosis Day

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Guest post by Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen You may not be familiar with the word “thrombosis,” but you’ve probably heard the term “blood clot.” Thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the artery or vein and can cause the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). This October 13th marks the first-ever World […]