Families

How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

Deer ticks  — tiny creatures that barely tickle when they crawl over your skin. Makes me shudder just to write the sentence. If you hoped they didn't survive the winter, forget that notion. They did and already, more than 50 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in Maine. Last year, more than 1,375 cases were reported, which was a record high for the state. Read more ...

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Herb Baked Fish and French Potato Salad

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Herb Baked Fish and French Potato Salad

Several weeks ago, I decided to try cooking some Mediterranean style meals for me and my husband. I'm not sure how it happened, but over the years he became the family chef and I admit it, I took him and his cooking skills for granted! He was more than happy to get out of the kitchen and be on the receiving instead of the serving end for a change. Read more ...

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. Read more ...

Why won’t my aging parents let me help them?

Why won’t my aging parents let me help them?

Have you had moments of frustration, wanting to help your aging parents in some way only to find they refuse you? It can be very frustrating to meet with resistance. You likely find yourself experiencing a great deal of ambivalence — strong, conflicting feelings that can be unsettling.

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Should your child be screened for high cholesterol?

Should your child be screened for high cholesterol?

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended routine cholesterol screening of children between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21 since 2011. 

Researchers in Texas just presented a new study that they hope will give added weight to the screening recommendation. Read more ...