Not too long ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with mononucleosis (mono). When I hear that someone has mono, I think teenager. My friend may be so in spirit, but in reality she is a grandmother. What is mono? According to the National Institutes of Health, mononucleosis is a viral infection that causes fever, sore […]
Dementia changes how people experience and interact with the world around them. The way a person with dementia uses words often leaves family members and caregivers unsure how to respond. After years of being able to communicate interactively, and exchange information clearly, as dementia progresses this flow suddenly shifts. Initially, it may be an occasional […]
Yesterday on the Morning Report with Jackie Ward, I shared some fun and easy ways to help support two great organizations in Maine. Have you signed up for the Catching Health Newsletter yet? Do it right now!
As far back as she can remember, Sarah Swanson liked to hang out at her mother’s jewelry store — G. Irwin Co. in Kittery. It’s closed now. Sarah’s mother Ann Pardoe died at the age of 62 on March 3, 2013, 11 months after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Eleven months is the average […]
You finally made it through menopause. The problem is along with no more periods you also seem to have no more desire for sex. Take heart. You’re not alone. Blame it on hormones Here’s a simplified medical explanation of why your libido may have hit a low point. In women, the sexual response is due […]
No matter what you’re doing outside this summer, when the day is gloriously hot and sunny, it’s important to stay hydrated. The best beverage for the job is water — before, during and after physical activity. Water may be the optimum choice, but it’s not always people’s first choice. Kids in particular often prefer brightly colored, flavored […]
You can’t remember someone’s name. You misplaced your keys. You forgot to pay a bill. You took a wrong turn on a familiar road. Should you be worried that you’ve got Alzheimer’s disease or some other cause of dementia? As we age, it’s normal to experience some degree of memory loss. Normal forgetfulness does not […]
Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering or beating too hard or too fast. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat or neck. They can occur during activity or even when you’re sitting still or lying down. What causes palpitations? Many things can trigger palpitations, including: Strong emotions Vigorous […]