Reducing the Risk of Flu is Worth a Shot

Reducing the Risk of Flu is Worth a Shot

Guest post by Dr. Jane Ho, pediatrician in Westbrook and clinical adviser to the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program.

As a parent of three teen boys and a local pediatrician, it concerns me that many people fail to get an annual flu vaccine. Over the course of my 20 years in practice, I’ve seen plenty of previously healthy patients succumb to influenza. And I’ve even had to comfort scared parents, wishing they had done more to try to prevent their child’s illness in the first place. Read more about why Dr. Ho strongly advocates flu shots ...

 

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If You Have a Thyroid Nodule, Does it Mean Cancer?

If You Have a Thyroid Nodule, Does it Mean Cancer?

My friend Lee had a scare last year. She thought she might have thyroid cancer. It all began when she had a CT scan for something else and it showed a nodule or lump on her thyroid. Then she had a fine needle aspiration biopsy, which came back suspicious for papillary cancer, the most common type of thyroid cancer.

Read more of Lee's story and also learn about thyroid nodules and the risk of one being cancer ...

Kyron Hobdy highlights Comedy Fix XVII

Kyron Hobdy highlights Comedy Fix XVII

Kyron Hobdy highlights a hilarious group of stand-up comedians for Comedy Fix XVII. The show will take place Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Auburn Fireside Inn with all net proceeds benefiting the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society (GAHS). Comedy Fix founder Mark Turcotte also welcomes Ian Stuart, Bill Picard, Paul Landwehr, and JOKETRON featuring Josh Day and Mike Howlett.

Hobdy was selected to perform in this year’s World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas and was a finalist in the 2013 Funniest Comic in New England Contest. He’s performed at Comix at Foxwoods and is a regular at Headliners Comedy Club.

Finding the Help you Need to Keep your Home Warm and Safe this Winter Season

Finding the Help you Need to Keep your Home Warm and Safe this Winter Season

With colder weather approaching, Spectrum Generations is in full swing helping older and disabled adults in central Maine get the assistance they need to stay warm and safe this winter. 

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Find out If You're at Risk for Osteoporosis

Find out If You're at Risk for Osteoporosis

If you’ve hit 50 and you’re a woman, chances are your bones have lost some strength over the years. Most people’s bones are as dense as they’ll ever be between the ages of 18 to 25. By the time you reach 35, density begins to gradually decrease until menopause. After menopause, bone loss happens more rapidly — as much as 20 percent in five to seven years. Find out if you're at risk ...

SeeingME: Profiles of Resilience

SeeingME: Profiles of Resilience

Take a moment and look at the portrait above. Try to come up with a story about the woman. I’ll give you a few prompts. Her name is Aimee. She’s 41 and the mother of three daughters.

Read Aimee's story and learn why her portrait is part of an exhibit called SeeingME: Profiles of Resilience

 

Bath Salts: What are they and why are they so dangerous?

Bath Salts: What are they and why are they so dangerous?

In Maine news recently, there was a sad and disturbing story about a teenager arrested on charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, he was found naked in one of two homes he allegedly broke into.