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Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

 Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

Part two of a series on hunger in Maine.

In America there is an assumption that with girth comes wealth and that people who are food insecure or malnourished are also automatically thin. Let’s remember that food insecurity means lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Read more ...

Jane Johnson's Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

Jane Johnson's Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

The other day I posted a recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie that called for honey in place of sugar. I got an email from Jane Johnson, who lives in Forest City Township on the shores of East Grand Lake and the headwaters of the St. Croix River — "remote by choice," she told me. I happened to mention in the recipe that honey wasn't vegan and Jane suggested substituting maple syrup. Read more ...

Tri for a Cure: The Two Sisters at the Water Station

Tri for a Cure: The Two Sisters at the Water Station

What are the odds that two sisters would both have with the same type of lung cancer? Slim. Even if they are identical twins or identical mirror twins like Leni Grant and Lita Brown, from Gray. Read more ...

Don't Miss This: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac's Southern Pastry, Vegan Style

Don't Miss This: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac's Southern Pastry, Vegan Style

My plan was to write about rhubarb and share a healthy rhubarb pie recipe. That's because rhubarb is low in calories and has an assortment of vitamins and minerals that are good for us. And, it's in season.

Trouble is, most rhubarb recipes are loaded with sugar to cut its strong tart flavor. I asked several friends if they had a rhubarb pie recipe I could use and they all told me they don't eat rhubarb anymore because they're trying to avoid sugar. Read more ...

Why Maine Center for Cancer Medicine Changed Its Name

Why Maine Center for Cancer Medicine Changed Its Name

What's in a name? Quite a bit believes the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders in Scarborough. The practice was founded in 1978 by Dr. Ronald Carroll, Maine's first medical oncologist. Today the private group practice has 13 cancer specialists on its staff. On any given day they will see from 150 to 175 patients. They also consult on cases across the country. Read more ...

The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Summer has arrived in Maine! What fabulous weather we had this weekend. Because we're bound to get some really hot days this summer, I decided a refresher course in heat-related illnesses might be a good idea. Sometimes they can sneak up on you, like when you forget to put on sunscreen or lose track of the time at the beach. Elderly people —  my 87-year-old mother who insists on wearing a heavy sweater on an 80 degree day for instance — are especially susceptible to heat stroke or dehydration. Read more ...

Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.

Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.

It's summer in Maine — the time of year to open your windows, smell the flowers and enjoy being outside after many months of being cooped up indoors. It's also the time of year children are more likely to experience sprains, strains and falls. Outdoor sports and bike-riding are particularly likely to land them in the emergency room or urgent care office, frequently with head injuries.