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.

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. As baby boomers age, the number is expected to escalate. Family members usually provide most of the care, often while they are also trying to hold down a job and run their own households. Studies have documented the toll it can take — depression, anxiety and other serious medical problems. The Stewart  Center, an adult day center for people living with dementia, recently opened in Falmouth.

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Shoveling pounds and pounds of snow can take its toll on your heart and your back. Diane Atwood has some helpful tips in this Catching Health blog post, including why you shouldn't shovel like her husband does. Read more ...

Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

Trauma related to military service or a terrible event may be a major cause of post-traumatic stress, but it can also happen after a seemingly minor event. Learn more from a post-traumatic stress expert in this post from Catching Health with Diane Atwood.

Maine Hair Stylists, Barbers and Massage Therapists Recruited to Help Spot Skin Cancer

“Skinny on Skin”

March 23, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm,Southern Maine Health Care, Biddeford Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, ME, Conference Rooms A and C

Keynote speaker: Amylynne Frankel, MD, SMHC Dermatology, Kennebunk, ME

As with most forms of cancer, the earlier that signs of melanoma are discovered, the better a patient’s odds of survival.

Those signs, which come in the form of abnormal moles or lesions, can be difficult to find when they’re on the back of a person’s head or covered by hair.

If you catch a melanoma at its earliest state, you have a much greater cure rate. Very often, by the time these head and scalp and neck lesions are found, they’re at a later stage.

No, Diane. You're Not a Slacker

No, Diane. You're Not a Slacker

Art is such a healthy pursuit! My last post on the mylatestart blog was the end of August. Since then, I completed a course in 3D design. It really stretched the limits for me, which is a good thing. See some of the projects I worked on ...