Eyes Up!

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Although I made it through another Black Friday without spending a penny (due more to an aversion to shopping than any principled stand against the degradation of holidays with naked consumerism) I have not been immune to the relentless marketing of “goodies” via email and social media.  Electronics are always pushed especially hard and have… Read more »

Risky Business

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With all of the justifiable attention to the challenge of opioid (heroin and prescription narcotic) addiction in our state it is easy to lose sight of the harm that results from the unsafe use of alcohol. Here are some facts about alcohol use in our society: 1 in 4 high school students in Maine reports… Read more »

A Pain in the … Back

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Earlier this year I suffered a fairly significant episode of low back pain due to a herniated disc.  Yes, I overdid it and I did not lift that air conditioner as carefully as I might have, so I accept full blame.  That didn’t make it any better when the spasms set in in the middle… Read more »

Summertime Heat

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Summer is here and after the winter of 2015 we rightly expect to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to enjoy the warm weather and the beauty of our lakes, rivers, seashore and woods.  Most of the time in summertime in Maine, we are blessed with comfortably warm days and comfortably cool nights. … Read more »

Reduce Your Risk of Lyme Disease

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Summer is here and in addition to all that we enjoy about this time of year, it is also the season when insects reappear. Some are nuisances (black flies!), some help control nuisances (dragon flies!) and still others carry disease which can profoundly impact our wellbeing. The common deer tick (ixodes scapularis) carries the bacterium… Read more »

More Medical Myths

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The beginning of April always brings to mind the usual jokes and the relentless, unsuccessful attempts my family always made to pull off successful pranks in recognition of this unofficial holiday. I guess we were just not that imaginative. In healthcare there has always been great creativity applied in attempts to prevent disease and to… Read more »

All About Dementia

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Memory loss and dementia are among the healthcare problems that people fear the most. They are also among those that create the most significant challenges for families and caregivers, and often without the supports or resources to respond as fully as we would like. But knowledge is power and the more we understand the problem,… Read more »

Should You Get Health Insurance?

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“Open Enrollment” for 2015, which is the time when you can sign up for health insurance and, if you qualify, get subsidy for the premiums, ends on February 15. With that deadline fast approaching you may want to consider the reasons you should consider getting coverage. You won’t have an opportunity to enroll after February… Read more »

New Year Commitments

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Well, it’s that time of year, isn’t it? An opportunity for a fresh start with a fresh year and many of us make resolutions aimed at our health and wellbeing. Our good intentions don’t always translate into sustained action, but perhaps prioritizing our health goals would help. What follows is based on a Facebook post… Read more »