The difference a rescue dog could make in the life of a little boy with diabetes

What four-year-old wouldn’t want a dog? Liam Thomas is hoping to get one. A dog he can run and play and cuddle up with. A dog he can trust. With his life. You see, Liam has type 1 diabetes. Challenges of type 1 diabetes When you have type 1 diabetes, it means your pancreas no […]

Is the 7-minute workout the best exercise?

man doing pushups

Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch,YMCA of Southern Maine. Americans follow the news. We know we need more exercise. We know that Americans suffer from obesity, heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, joint degeneration, and broken bones from falling. We know that all these physical problems can largely be […]

MRIs make you feel claustrophobic? An extremity MRI won’t

MRI of Noah's wrist

This post is sponsored by Spectrum Medical Group Last fall, Bowdoin College football quarterback Noah Nelson injured his wrist during a game. He’s in the white uniform. Number 18. It was around half-time in a game against Bates. The picture above was taken at the moment he probably got hurt. Look closely and you can […]

Benefits of massage for people who are elderly or have dementia

Mother getting massage

I’ve long believed that if we could all start each day with a good back and shoulder massage the world would be a more peaceful place. Not only does massage help relieve stress and tension, it’s being used more and more as a complement to traditional medical treatments. For example, in some cancer centers, volunteer massage therapists […]