Families

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 ...

A Taste of the Mediterrean: Baked Salmon and Roasted Asparagus

A Taste of the Mediterrean: Baked Salmon and Roasted Asparagus

It took me half my life to appreciate the taste of salmon. You need to understand. I grew up eating only one kind of fish: haddock (usually fried).

SALMON IS GOOD FOR US, BUT WHY?
Kitty Broihier, a registered dietitian and member of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has the answer. Read more ...

A Straightforward, No Nonsense Guide to Ultimate Health

A Straightforward, No Nonsense Guide to Ultimate Health

Guest post by Lauren Breau, L.Ac, acupuncturist at Wildwood Community Acupuncture.  

So, an acupuncturist walks into a bar …

Actually, just kidding. This acupuncturist isn’t walking into any bar, seeing as I’m on my 3rd day of Zithromax for a nasty cold that turned into a sinus infection and sent me running into the arms of biomedicine. Read more ...

 

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Why it's good for your health

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Why it's good for your health

Spring has arrived in Maine! Wait a minute, snow is still on the ground. The thermometer is hovering around the freezing mark. I have not seen one green shoot of anything in my yard. I don't care. I'm still going to celebrate spring — by embarking on a delicious Mediterranean adventure. You're invited to join me. Read more ...

You Get and You Give at the Cancer Community Center

You Get and You Give at the Cancer Community Center

I was at a meeting recently at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland and happened to notice two women painting brightly colored designs on a child's rocking chair. Curious, I poked my head through the door to get a closer look. Read more ...

Organization announces fashion show fundraiser

PORTLAND, Maine -- Partners for World Health will be putting on a fashion show where all the clothing is made from recycled fabric used to strilize all surgical supplies in all hospitals in the United States.

In an effort to raise funds for this project, the Blue Wrap Project Runway Fashion Show will be held on April 24 on the catwalk at USM's Hannaford Hall.  Haute couture takes on new meaning, as this fundraising event brings together amazing fashion designers who use their skills to create unique fashions from recycled blue medical wrap material. The goal is to bring awareness to the organization’s efforts of recycling discarded  medical supplies  while improving global health.

Portland plans to recognize "Read Across America Day"

PORTLAND, Maine -- Portland’s celebration of Read Across America Day will have special meaning,as it becomes the first community in Northern New England to join the nationwide campaign for grade-­level reading.

This year's Read Across America Day will mark Dr. Seuss's birthday. The event focuses on the importance of reading aloud with children even just 15 minutes a day.

Schools including Ocean Avenue, East End, Lyseth, and Hall (and maybe others) will surround Dr. Seuss's birthday with guest readers coming into  classrooms this week and next.