When should you be concerned about heartburn?

If you were to ask me if I ever have heartburn, a week ago I would have answered no. It turns out I was quite wrong.

I had an endoscopy last week — Dr. Doug Howell, my gastroenterologist, threaded a scope with a camera on the end of it through my mouth, down my esophagus and into my stomach. Pleasant image — right? I’m grateful for the medication that prevented me from participating on a conscious level.

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Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5

Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5
MONDAY APRIL 21

Stress relief group

Community Partners space
56 North Street
Portland, ME

Monday April 21
2:30 to 3:30

Join board-certified music therapist Kate Beever for an hour of relaxation, discussion, and joy based in music (no musical experience necessary). Go home with simple tools for your own stress relief.

Why We Run: reaching a goal together


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- They're hundreds of miles apart, but Chris Carr and his father are logging the same miles and running for the same man.

"I think the hardest part for him was probably losing his strength over a couple of years and having just the process of going through different experimental procedures and everything he could to try to fix it," said Carr.

Carr's uncle passed away from cancer a few years ago.Carr and his father are running for the Dana-Farber Boston Marathon team. Chris is a sophomore in college at Bowdoin while his father lives in Maryland.

"The whole family has come together and been extremely supportive through fundraising and just motivating us….We train apart, but we can have this goal together," said Carr.

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. Read more ...

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Driver crashes into pole, abandons scene


BOOTHBAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A part of Butler Road in Boothbay is closed this morning after an accident that happened there around 2:00AM.

Police are trying to find the driver who crashed into a pole, then abandoned his or her car and left the scene. Butler Road isn't a particularly curvy road, but this part of it does have an S-shaped turn. Central Maine Power crews are on scene replacing the pole that was destroyed in the accident. Police say they have a good idea of whom the driver is, but they aren't releasing any details.

CMP crews hope to have the road back open by 7:00 Saturday morning.