Mass Die-off of Wood Frog Tadpoles Concerns Scientists


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Every spring, thousands of wood frogs make their way to Nat Wheelwright's half-acre pond to reproduce.

"These frogs are amazing," stated Wheelwright, a biology professor at Bowdoin College. "Most people don't even know that they are mating right in their backyards in early April if you live in a rural area."

The frogs leave behind hundreds of thousands of eggs which hatch into tadpoles, and over the course of the summer, those tadpoles mature into wood frogs.

"Life is hard for a tadpole," he explained. "Probably only one in a hundred makes it out of the pond."

Last year, he estimates there were hundreds of thousands of wood frog tadpoles in his small pond - which is unique because it has no fish in it.

Then, one day in mid-June, things changed.

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 ...

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Medicare Patrol Volunteers Cut Fraud and Waste

Want to provide an invaluable service to your community? Join Spectrum Generations volunteer Senior Medicare Patrol team and make a difference by cutting down on Medicare fraud and abuse. 

Spectrum Generations, in collaboration with Legal Services for the Elderly, is holding its next 3-day Senior Medicare Patrol training from 8am to 2pm on Thursdays, August 7, 14 and 28 at Spectrum Generations Southern Midcoast ADRC Center located at 35 Union Street in Brunswick (with-in the PeoplePlus building).

This “train the trainer” workshop will give you the tools you need to teach people how to navigate the complex Medicare system and prepare you to do public presentations, provide individualized counseling on Medicare Part D, and in general educate the public about Medicare fraud and abuse.  Breakfast snacks and refreshments will be served,  but we ask that you “brown bag it” for lunch.  

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.

Health Events in Maine July 23 to July 25

Health Events in Maine July 23 to July 25


WEDNESDAY JULY 23

Medicinal Herb Garden Walk

Avena Botanicals
210 Mill Street
Rockport, Maine

3:30 to 4:30

Join Deb Soule for a walk through Avena’s gardens and learn about medicinal plants!

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Invisible Threat

Rines Auditorium/Portland Public Library
5 Monument Way
Portland, Maine

5:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Award-winning student made film exploring the current vaccine controversy.

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United Plant Savers — Acknowledging Our Native Medicinals

Avena Botanicals
210 Mill Street
Rockport, Maine

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm