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Thirty-three years and two kidney transplants later ...

Thirty-three years and two kidney transplants later ...

Ellen Munson got her first donated kidney in 1986. Her own kidneys had been destroyed, presumably by a serious infection called nephritis, and she had been on dialysis for five years. Every day, Ellen was grateful to the family who had lost a beloved child and chose to donate her kidney to a stranger. She had hoped the transplant would last forever, but knew it would not. Read more ...

When should you be concerned about heartburn?

If you were to ask me if I ever have heartburn, a week ago I would have answered no. It turns out I was quite wrong.

I had an endoscopy last week — Dr. Doug Howell, my gastroenterologist, threaded a scope with a camera on the end of it through my mouth, down my esophagus and into my stomach. Pleasant image — right? I’m grateful for the medication that prevented me from participating on a conscious level.

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Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5

Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5
MONDAY APRIL 21

Stress relief group

Community Partners space
56 North Street
Portland, ME

Monday April 21
2:30 to 3:30

Join board-certified music therapist Kate Beever for an hour of relaxation, discussion, and joy based in music (no musical experience necessary). Go home with simple tools for your own stress relief.

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Chicken with white beans

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Chicken with white beans

This recipe is not one I would ordinarily make, but now that I have, I would definitely do it again. It was easy to prepare and ready to serve in no time. I thought it was delicious. 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 ...