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An important reminder about cold weather and carbon monoxide

An important reminder about cold weather and carbon monoxide

The warmest it's supposed to get in my neck of the woods this coming week is 30°F. Not even above freezing! Cold weather like this increases the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning because people are more apt to use space heaters for extra warmth. Anything that burns fuel can be a source of carbon monoxide. The gas is produced when the fuel is not completely combusted, which can happen if an item or appliance is poorly maintained or not used or vented properly. Read more ...

Brain Injury Voices Wins a National Award. It's a Big, Big Deal.

Brain Injury Voices Wins a National Award. It's a Big, Big Deal.

Congratulations to Brain Injury Voices for being one of four hospital volunteer programs in the United States to win the prestigious HAVE Award (Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence). The national award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and will be presented on May 5 in Washington, DC during the AHA national conference. Read more ...

How My Sister Manages Her Fear of Needles

How My Sister Manages Her Fear of Needles

My sister Becky has always been afraid of needles. When she was little and needed a shot, she might make it through the procedure, but would faint half way to the car. The incident that probably put her over the edge happened when she was about 10 and needed a tooth filled. Read more ...

How Yoga Helps People with Parkinson's Disease

How Yoga Helps People with Parkinson's Disease

Elizabeth Burd is a Parkinson's Superstar. Seriously. During Parkinson's Awareness month in 2012, the National Parkinson's Foundation honored people from around the country, including Elizabeth, who make a difference in the Parkinson's community.

What Can Happen When Adult Children Care for Their Elderly Parents

What Can Happen When Adult Children Care for Their Elderly Parents

This is the first of a series of guest posts by Kate Fallon, a licensed clinical professional counselor in Portland. For the past 10 years Kate has been associated with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, providing support and education to people who are caring for an elderly parent or friend. She recently opened a private practice — Ageless Journeys — in Portland.

New Stroke Prevention Guidelines for Women

 New Stroke Prevention Guidelines for Women

For the first time ever, there are now guidelines for preventing strokes in women. A stroke, which is also known as a brain attack, happens when blood suddenly stops flowing to the brain. The most common reason why is because a clot has formed inside a blood vessel. About 20 percent of the time, a stroke occurs because an artery bursts and bleeds into the brain. Read more ...

Leftover Chocolates and Other Things Dogs Shouldn't Eat

Leftover Chocolates and Other Things Dogs Shouldn't Eat

Some dogs (and people) will eat whatever gets put in front of them. I had heard that you should never ever feed a dog chocolate, but I wasn't sure why. I happened to be thinking about post Valentine's Day chocolate sales and for some reason began wondering about the dog connection. I did a little research to find out why chocolate was bad for them and discovered more things that might also be harmful.

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