A hard-learned lesson about shingles

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy.

Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured his skin was irritated from rubbing against the corner of his wallet.

The red area got larger and the painful itch became more intense. Al hated to bother his doctor on a holiday weekend, so he waited three days to call for an appointment.

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Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. As baby boomers age, the number is expected to escalate. Family members usually provide most of the care, often while they are also trying to hold down a job and run their own households. Studies have documented the toll it can take — depression, anxiety and other serious medical problems. The Stewart  Center, an adult day center for people living with dementia, recently opened in Falmouth.

Missing Portsmouth baby returned safely


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- A 4-month-old from Portsmouth was located safely after her mother fled the state with her.

According to Portsmouth Police, Tabitha Rantanen was served a court order mandating she surrender custody of her daughter Khalieya last week.

Once aware of the order, Rantanen fled the state with her daughter.

Saturday morning, the Portsmouth Police Department was notified that Rantanen brought Khalieya to the Greenfield, Mass. Police Department.

The baby is in good health and is in custody of Child Protective Services.

Rantanen will appear in Massachusetts District Court Monday.


Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

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Fire destroys Hiram home




HIRAM, Maine —Fire officials say a fire destroyed a home in Hiram Friday night.

Fire Chief James Siracuse says the call came in from 200 Duringtown Road, just after 9 p.m. Friday night.

The Chief says there were no injuries, largely due to the family of seven were not at home at the time of the fire. Officials say the family did lose at least four dogs and may have lost a dog that had just had a litter of puppies.

Officials say the state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire. Chief Siracuse believes they have determined the cause of the fire, but they are waiting for official word from the Fire Marshal.

Siracuse says his department had to return to the home for rekindles throughout the morning.


Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Shoveling pounds and pounds of snow can take its toll on your heart and your back. Diane Atwood has some helpful tips in this Catching Health blog post, including why you shouldn't shovel like her husband does. Read more ...

Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

Trauma related to military service or a terrible event may be a major cause of post-traumatic stress, but it can also happen after a seemingly minor event. Learn more from a post-traumatic stress expert in this post from Catching Health with Diane Atwood.