Category Archives: Catching Health Stories

That amazing day a robot went to see a robot show

Sophia Houle

What does a seven-year-old do when her entire first-grade class is going on an exciting field trip to the Portland Science Center and she has to stay home? If her name is Sophia Houle, she sends her trusty robot instead. To see The Robot Zoo. Can you find Sophia’s robot in the group photo? Hint: It doesn’t […]

von Willebrand: the bleeding disorder you may never have heard of yet it’s the most common

Vial of blood

Vicki Jacobs-Pratt got in touch with me recently to ask if I’d write something about Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, which is in March. When she told me she had von Willebrand disease, I said “huh?” When I think of bleeding disorders, the first one that comes to mind is hemophilia. It may be the most widely […]

Oh baby! When is it ok to start feeding your infant solid foods?

Baby being spoon fed

Guest post by Amy Baker Joyce, MS, RD, LD, CNSC. Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Times change (and so do health recommendations), but questions from new parents about what and when and how to feed their infants are timeless. Although new science has resulted in several recent updates on infant feeding guidelines, there’s […]

Try this tasty and simple-to-make healthy recipe for spinach feta frittata

Spinach frittata

I grew up eating canned spinach. Little cans of slimy, soggy spinach, which I confess I loved! I wasn’t introduced to fresh spinach until I was well into my 20s. I didn’t like it at all. It was chewy and firm and apparently, not well rinsed because I kept biting into little pieces of grit. Fortunately, […]

How a remarkable young man made a difference for other kids in the hospital

Nick Mitton

Nick Mitton, who just turned 13, raised $2400 to buy a child-size recliner for The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH). That’s why I think he’s  remarkable. I met Nick and his grandmother Kathy Mitton shortly after Christmas. They were at the hospital checking out the chair for the first time. They were both pretty excited. […]

20 things to know if you love someone with dementia

My mother

Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s hard to love someone with dementia. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. After several years of providing progressively more care for her at home, about two years ago she moved into a lovely memory care facility. She used to be a rather formidable character to […]

Thinking about having a baby? Here’s the latest on fertility, pregnancy and prenatal testing

Pregnancy testing

Pregnancy testing Thanks to over-the-counter home testing, a woman can find out if she’s pregnant even before she’s missed her first period. Whether you pee on a stick, a strip or into a container, home pregnancy tests all work about the same way. They check the urine for HCG, a hormone that is released during […]