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Why Baby Boomers Should be Tested for Hepatitis C

Why Baby Boomers Should be Tested for Hepatitis C

Did you know that anyone can get hepatitis C, but baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to be infected? Of all the people in the United States who have hepatitis C, more than 75 percent were born during those years. The reason behind the high rate of infection among boomers isn't completely understood, but it's believed that most were exposed in the 1970s and 1980s, when hepatitis C rates were the highest. Read more ...

What You Should Know About Cancer of the Cervix

What You Should Know About Cancer of the Cervix

Becky Lyle knew enough to get regular screenings for cancer of the cervix, including a Pap test, and she always did. A Pap test is recommended every three years for average-risk women between the ages of 21 and 65. Beginning at age 30, HPV testing is also recommended. Becky had had one abnormal Pap test about five years ago, but the next one came back normal, so she wasn't worried. Read more ...

Health Events Maine and NH. Eat Well. Move Well. Be Well.

Health Events Maine and NH. Eat Well. Move Well. Be Well.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 

Nutrient Dense Cooking
Presented by Tanja Kunz, healthy eating specialist at Whole Foods Market

Worried About Your Memory? The SAGE Test Helps Spot Early Dementia

Worried About Your Memory? The SAGE Test Helps Spot Early Dementia

Less than 15 minutes is all it takes to complete a written test that could uncover early signs of Alzheimer's or other causes of dementia. It's called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination or SAGE test and consists of 22 questions. Read more ...

How to Calm an Irritable Bowel

How to Calm an Irritable Bowel

Do you often get a bellyache or diarrhea after eating certain foods or when you're under stress or worrying about something? It happens to most of us every once in a while, but if you deal with it more often than not, you might have irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

The brain in your gut
Health experts believe IBS symptoms are caused by faulty communication between the brain in the head and the brain in the gut. That's right — your gut has a brain! Read more ...

Weight Loss Surgery. How is Becky Sawtelle Doing a Year Later?

Weight Loss Surgery. How is Becky Sawtelle Doing a Year Later?

It was nearly a year ago — January 17, 2013 — that I first wrote about Becky Sawtelle and her decision to have weight loss surgery. She is only 5′ 3″ tall and, at the time, weighed 272 pounds. (Her highest weight was 281 pounds.) Her body mass index (BMI) was 49. Anything over 30 is considered obese. 

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Kidney Stones: A New Program in Maine Focuses on Prevention

Kidney Stones: A New Program in Maine Focuses on Prevention

Kidney stones are usually pretty small, but they sure can pack a big wallop. Wendy McGregor, who passed her first kidney stone 30 years ago and has had a least a dozen stones since, says the pain can be unbearable. "I always know when it's coming on," she says, "because there is a certain area in my back where all of a sudden there is pain and I know what I'm in for. It ends up being the most excruciating pain and I have to drive myself to the emergency room because I can't take it any longer." Read more ...