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Worried About Your Memory? The SAGE Test Helps Spot Early Dementia

Worried About Your Memory? The SAGE Test Helps Spot Early Dementia

Less than 15 minutes is all it takes to complete a written test that could uncover early signs of Alzheimer's or other causes of dementia. It's called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination or SAGE test and consists of 22 questions. Read more ...

How to Calm an Irritable Bowel

How to Calm an Irritable Bowel

Do you often get a bellyache or diarrhea after eating certain foods or when you're under stress or worrying about something? It happens to most of us every once in a while, but if you deal with it more often than not, you might have irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

The brain in your gut
Health experts believe IBS symptoms are caused by faulty communication between the brain in the head and the brain in the gut. That's right — your gut has a brain! Read more ...

Weight Loss Surgery. How is Becky Sawtelle Doing a Year Later?

Weight Loss Surgery. How is Becky Sawtelle Doing a Year Later?

It was nearly a year ago — January 17, 2013 — that I first wrote about Becky Sawtelle and her decision to have weight loss surgery. She is only 5′ 3″ tall and, at the time, weighed 272 pounds. (Her highest weight was 281 pounds.) Her body mass index (BMI) was 49. Anything over 30 is considered obese. 

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Kidney Stones: A New Program in Maine Focuses on Prevention

Kidney Stones: A New Program in Maine Focuses on Prevention

Kidney stones are usually pretty small, but they sure can pack a big wallop. Wendy McGregor, who passed her first kidney stone 30 years ago and has had a least a dozen stones since, says the pain can be unbearable. "I always know when it's coming on," she says, "because there is a certain area in my back where all of a sudden there is pain and I know what I'm in for. It ends up being the most excruciating pain and I have to drive myself to the emergency room because I can't take it any longer." Read more ...

Frostbite: What You Need to Know

Frostbite: What You Need to Know

Bitterly cold - that’s what the weather report says - danger of frostbite.

Did you know that if you have frostbite, your skin freezes and ice crystals form inside your cells?

Did you know that no matter what you might have seen in old movies, rubbing or massaging frostbitten skin only makes things worse? Read more ...

Movies: My Favorites of 2013

Movies: My Favorites of 2013

This will be my final movie review for wcsh6.com.  For the past three years I’ve greatly enjoyed many hours in darkened theaters and my efforts to explain to you precisely why I did or did not like what I saw there.  I think by now you probably know the kind of movies I like:  ones with good scripts, smart directing and clever casting.

So let’s gather by the electronic fireplace and look back at my favorites from the year that is now ending -- a particularly good one for movies.  Here they are in order of excellence, but all are surely worth seeing.

Winter Safety Tips for Your Children

Winter Safety Tips for Your Children

With the winter solstice just behind us and months of cold weather to come, are you aware of the best way to keep your children safe? Read more ...