In South Portland, students teach adults about social media


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Most parents understand Facebook, but what about Yik Yak, Kik, or What's App? They're all popular social media apps among teens.

It can be hard for parents to stay on top of all the technology at their children's fingertips, and that's why teachers in South Portland held a forum on "Digital Citizenship" Monday night.

Parents were invited to come to a panel discussion about social media. Students of different ages answered questions candidly about social media use.

The students explained which apps are popular and why. They gave them advice for monitoring social media use, and on a few occasions, reassured them that students are learning how to use social media responsibly. In South Portland, it's a regular topic in the classroom.

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Teens face charges in stabbing shooting case


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two teenagers went before a judge Friday to face charges for a South Portland shooting and stabbing.

Essa Sayed of Portland and Zachary Swain of Cape Elizabeth, who are both 18, face numerous charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault. Police said the Wednesday night attack was the result of a botched drug deal.

Swain and Sayed were each charged with robbery, two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault and elevated assault.

Police said the two victims and two suspects met at Wainwright Recreation Complex around 11 p.m. Wednesday night to exchange what police called a small amount of marijuana. Police are expected to make more arrests as the investigation continues.

For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a new report that has big implications for the health status of Americans. Read some of the recommendations and tell us what you think! PS It's not to eat more red meat.

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Valuable heart attack advice that could save your life

 Valuable heart attack advice that could save your life

Chest pain.

Could it just be indigestion? A pulled muscle? Stress? Or is it a heart attack? 

For some people, there will be no doubt that they’re having a heart attack because the pain will be sudden and intense. But many times, a heart attack starts slowly with only mild discomfort. 

What should you do if you're not sure?  I share some important advice on my blog Catching Health.

 

 

How one family battles its life-threatening destiny

How one family battles its life-threatening destiny

Sixty years ago, at the tender age of 29, Audrey Wade died of “abdominal” cancer.

On a personal note, Audrey was my mother’s best friend growing up and maid of honor when she and my father married. She was also my godmother. My mother still recalls — vividly — when she got the call that Audrey was gone — mere months after her own wedding.

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy.

Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured his skin was irritated from rubbing against the corner of his wallet.

The red area got larger and the painful itch became more intense. Al hated to bother his doctor on a holiday weekend, so he waited three days to call for an appointment.