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Heart Palpitations. What Are They? Ask Dr. T.

Heart Palpitations. What Are They? Ask Dr. T.

Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering or beating too hard or too fast. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat or neck. They can occur during activity or even when you're sitting still or lying down. Read more ...

Why You Shouldn't Use Hydrogen Peroxide on a Cut

Why You Shouldn't Use Hydrogen Peroxide on a Cut

If one of the first things you do when you cut yourself is flood the wound with hydrogen peroxide, STOP! Read more ...

If it's the worst headache of your life and it's sudden, it may be a brain aneurysm

If it's the worst headache of your life and it's sudden, it may be a brain aneurysm

Amy Paquette was doing an exercise video with a friend when all of a sudden she had blurred vision and a headache — a bad, bad headache. After a night of agony, she went to the emergency room. "They said I had vertigo and sent me home," she says. "I called my own doctor, who sent me to a neurologist. I had a CT scan that came back normal, but the headache wouldn't go away."

After two weeks of daily headaches she called her doctor again, told him she'd been researching her symptoms and thought she had an aneurysm. Read more ...

Stepfamilies and Caregiving: How to Meet the Challenges Together

Stepfamilies and Caregiving: How to Meet the Challenges Together

Many people find love later in life. Studies have shown that married people experience health benefits and that being isolated or feeling lonely compromises health. Companionship can be a true blessing. For those who find a partner later in life, this also creates new relationships between their grown children. There are endless possibilities regarding how these relationships may unfold. Some may be close and supportive. When families are spread out over a large geographic area or when a parent retires to a warmer climate, it’s difficult enough for immediate family to see each other on a regular basis. For those newly related stepsiblings, there may never be a chance to create solid bonds.

Preventing Falls: It's a Matter of Balance

Preventing Falls: It's a Matter of Balance

At the age of 89, Barbara Stetson has finally learned to slow down at bit. That doesn't mean she limits what she does, just that she doesn't rush around like she used to. "I had seven children," she explains. "I raised them alone. I played piano in restaurants and a lot of church music on Sundays. That's how I supported my children.  I was always multi-tasking. I went dashing from one place to another and I got so I always did things fast. I've now learned to slow down." 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 ...

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 ...