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Buckle your helmets ladies. Olive Spankins will teach you how to skate like a roller derby pro!

Buckle your helmets ladies. Olive Spankins will teach you how to skate like a roller derby pro!

As far back as she can remember Lisa Bassett loved to roller skate. Her mother Linda Clark was always chauffeuring Lisa and her friends to the local rink. Never an invitation to join them, of course. It was just, "Drop us off and pick us up Mom!"

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. "I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear," he says. "It wasn't on top where you'd think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. It was up near the top part of my left ear, but underneath the fold in the shaded part — the one and only part that is shaded except the ear canal. My wife spotted it.

Learn How to Do Hands-Only CPR to the Beat of Stayin' Alive

Learn How to Do Hands-Only CPR to the Beat of Stayin' Alive

You see someone collapse. You panic and stand there wringing your hands, thinking, "OMG, what am I supposed to do? CPR? I took that class several years ago — what was it I learned?"

Here's your chance to learn two simple steps that will empower, not derail you — and potentially save a life. Read more ...

HEALTH EVENTS IN MAINE MAY 17 TO MAY 31

HEALTH EVENTS IN MAINE MAY 17 TO MAY 31
SATURDAY MAY 17

CROHN'S COLITIS Take Steps Walk
 

Riverside Athletic Center
1173 Riverside Street
Portland, Maine

4:00 pm

Take Steps is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s national walk program. These walks raise funds for critical research and increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, painful and unpredictable digestive diseases. Thousands of people will gather this year at 170 Take Steps walks nationwide to join the fight against Crohn’s and colitis. The walks are family friendly festivals with activities for everyone including games, music, and great food. Funds raised through Take Steps will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases.

Why does it hurt when a black fly bites?

Why does it hurt when a black fly bites?

Black flies may not transmit diseases in the United States like deer ticks and mosquitos do, but they sure can be a nuisance. Read more ...

A Walk with My Mother

A Walk with My Mother

She still has far more sense than I will ever have. My mother. Who has Alzheimer's disease. We decided that it was a lovely day for a walk along the ocean on Portland's Eastern Promenade Trail. The sun was out. It was warm. My mother reached into the closet for her fleece jacket. "Ma," I said as brightly as the sun was shining. "It's too warm for that jacket. How about something lighter?"

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Health Events in Maine May 13 to May 23

Health Events in Maine May 13 to May 23
TUESDAY MAY 13

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Mercy Oncology-Hematology Center
Fore River Medical Office Building
195 Fore River Parkway
Portland, Maine