What's the Fuss About Measles?

What's the Fuss About Measles?

In 2000, the CDC declared that measles in the United States had essentially been wiped out. Since then, vaccination rates are down, and measles is on the rise. Why the shift? Diane Atwood takes a look at some of the issues. You can read about them on her Catching Health blog.

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Shine a Light on Autism for April, Autism Awareness Month

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and to celebrate, thousands of people are coming together to shine a light on autism. Join Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue initiative to show your support this April

SoPo K-9 to receive protective vest


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A South Portland Police K-9 named Zak is receiving a bullet and stab protective vest from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides vests for law enforcement dogs all around the U.S. Each vest is worth $950 and has a five year warranty. The vest for Zak comes from a donation from Maine resident Madeline Hamersley.

The South Portland Police Department and Zak's handler Shane Stephenson said they are thankful for the donation.


Developer submits plan for former South Portland armory


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The developer that owns the former National Guard Armory in South Portland is planning to put $4.5 million into the building.

It sits at the foot of the Casco Bay Bridge and has been vacant for years.

Topsham developer Priority Real Estate Group is looking for permission from the city to build a convenience store and gas station on the property. Priority also wants to have a coffee shop or deli, office space, a conference room and a city information center at the site, all while maintaining the building's recognizable façade at the city's request.

The city and Priority both said they are working well together.

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What You Need to Know About Hypothermia

What You Need to Know About Hypothermia

When the core body temperature is below 95 °F hypothermia can develop. It happens if the body loses heat faster than it can be produced. In her Catching Health blog, Diane Atwood explains why some people are at risk even if they don't go outside. Read more...

Cervical Cancer and HPV: Prevention is Possible

Cervical Cancer and HPV: Prevention is Possible

In the United States alone, 27,000 people are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer every year. That translates to a new case every 20 minutes. As Diane Atwood shares on her Catching Health blog, prevention is possible. Read more...

The Labrador Retriever could become state dog


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The state of Maine has an official animal, bird and even cat. This legislative session, however, could provide us with a state dog. State lawmakers will vote on LD 107 which would make the Labrador Retriever Maine's state dog.

Stacy Gile has owned labs most of her life and now spends her time with her two black labs Jack and Amos.

"We realized really quickly that everywhere you went you saw labs," said Gile.

Last summer, Gile decided to contact her local lawmakers to find out how to make labs the official state dog.