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Most women in labor have choices about what they want their birth experience to be. At the Family Birth Center at Maine Medical Center, the patient's safety and desires come first. Whether it is a natural child birth with little to no medical intervention, or one with medication to help ease pain, our nurses and doctors work with each patient indiv…
 
No one wants to be admitted to the hospital but knowing what to expect can help make it easier. Dr. Elizabeth Herrle is a hospitalist at Maine Medical Center. Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in the care of patients in the hospital, and they are often your lead physician while you are admitted. Listen to inside information on how doctors and…
 
About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. Most inherited cases of breast cancer are associated with two abnormal genes: BRCA1 and BRCA2; however, there are other genes associated with breast cancer risk. Getting tested for the mutations of these genes is a very personal and…
 
National news stories have drawn attention to the shorter course of radiation therapy now recommended for many women with early stage breast cancer, but not widely practiced. Listen in as Ian Bristol, MD explains that earlier trials confirmed that treatment can be safely and effectively delivered in 3-4 weeks, resulting in increased convenience for…
 
Recurrent brain cancer, called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can be a life threatening condition, however, immunotherapy – which is showing tremendous promise for many cancers – is now being tested against this cancer. The trial is testing a vaccine created with the patient's own tumor tissue. Immunotherapies are treatments that restore or enhance …
 
At Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute in Portland, Maine, prostate cancer represents one of our largest volumes of cancer patients. High-tech prostate imaging gives men with suspicious prostate lesions more targeted and accurate biopsies. MMC is first hospital in Maine to offer this important tool. Listen in as Matthew Hayn, M.D., discusses all …
 
Peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood. P.A.D. usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your…
 
Each year, 40,000 babies in the United States are born with Congenital Heart Disease, and one or more surgeries are typically required during the first year of life to correct their heart defects. Dr. Alexa Craig was recently awarded a KL2 Career Development Awards through Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The grant will allow Dr.…
 
The latest advanced technology in breast cancer screening and diagnosis, called DBT (digital breast tomography), 3D or Tomosynthesis, creates a layered, 3-dimensional image. While the patient experience is very similar to traditional digital mammography, the new technology provides a series of thin images that a radiologist can view almost like tur…
 
The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the patent for Viagra, a pill which changed the world’s perspective of erectile dysfunction almost overnight and started a multi-billion-dollar subindustry. Since that time, as our population ages, doctors have been encountering greater numbers of men with increasingly complicated medical problems who wis…
 
Keeping kids safe at home is a top priority. As a parent, it is important that you know what dangers to look out for that could be harmful to your children. From TV tipovers, and window falls, you can prevent some of the scariest dangers to our children. Ian Neilson, MD a Pediatric Surgeon with Maine Medical Partners is here to discuss home safety …
 
The Vector-borne Disease Laboratory at Maine Medical Center Research Institute is dedicated to the control of emerging tick-and mosquito-borne diseases. We seek to understand the environmental interactions of vectors, hosts, habitats, and climate; monitor the geography of risk; and increase public awareness of the threat of tick-and mosquito-borne …
 
101,000 people in the US are waiting for kidney transplants. Due to the kidney organ shortage 5000 of them won’t make it to the end of this year. Living kidney donors provide recipients better chances for survival as the kidney’s usually last twice as long as deceased donors. Dr. Juan Palma, Transplant Surgeon at Maine Transplant Program at Maine M…
 
The Vector-borne Disease Laboratory at Maine Medical Center Research Institute is dedicated to the control of emerging tick-and mosquito-borne diseases. Chuck Lubelczyk, Vector Ecologist, is here to help understand the environmental interactions of vectors, hosts, habitats, and climate; monitor the geography of risk; and increase public awareness o…
 
Heart disease, not cancer, is the number one cause of death for women in America. Nearly every minute of every day each year, a woman dies of heart disease. What are the risk factors? How can we lower our risk? Dr. Lynette Weeman is here to explain the symptoms every woman should know, and what we can do about them?…
 
Summer is a time for being carefree and outdoors as much as possible. Unfortunately, summer activities can lead to injury or worse if you aren’t careful when doing those activities. Learn how to keep your family safe when enjoying all that summer has to offer. Suzanne Grace, CPSTI, is here to discuss the best ways to keep your family safe during th…
 
Winters can be tough. Months of frigid temperatures and heavy snow fall can make daily life difficult. You can, however, safely maneuver through winter weather by taking proper precautions, whether you are walking, driving or shoveling. Suzanne Grace, CPSTI, is here to discuss the dangers of frigid winter weather.…
 
People who arrive at a hospital in cardiac arrest (heart has stopped) have poor chances of full recovery. The PEARL Study is looking at improving those outcomes. Currently some of these patients undergo heart catheterization, while others do not, depending on the physician’s judgment. But what if everyone had a heart cath? Would it improve outcomes…
 
Many people come to the hospital and don’t have a clear understanding of the roles of their care team. Hospitalists play a key role in that care team during a patients stay. Dr. Dan Meyer, Hospital Medicine at Maine Medical Center will explain what a hospitalist is and how they differ from other people involved in the care of patient while in the h…
 
The Department of Vocational Services is a leader in the field of employment for people with disabilities. There are only a few hospitals in the US that have this as a service and MMC is the only one in the State. It is a unique service and one that allows patients to meet with an Employment Specialist while they are in the hospital to discuss any …
 
We all know reading to our kids is a good thing—but do you know the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to reading? Some of the benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child are a stronger relationship with you, academic excellence and better communication skills. Dr. Genevieve Lond…
 
Lead poisoning happens when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal. Some of the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include: developm…
 
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is a virus that can be spread through skin-to-skin genital contact. There are many different types of HPV. Some types cause genital warts and are called low-risk. And some types can lead to cervical, anal, or oral cancer and are called high-risk. There i…
 
We recognize that many parents in Maine view tooth decay as an inevitable childhood disease and yet it is nearly completely preventable. The three things that parents can do to help prevent dental problems are: 1. Improve the oral health of their own mouths by getting regular dental care and brushing daily to reduce the amount of bacteria in their …
 
All kids experience sleep problems every now and then, but for those that are affected repeatedly, it can create issues during the awake hours. Their school work can suffer, as well as their extracurricular activities. Dr. Thomas Mellow, Division Director Pediatric Pulmonology at Maine Medical Partners, addresses common sleep issues among kids and …
 
Menopause and Perimenopause can affect women at different times and the symptoms and signs can be different for everyone. Dr. Daniel Spratt, with Maine Medical Partners Women’s Health is here to discuss menopause and perimenopause. He delves into the treatments for hot flashes and many of the symptoms women experience as they go through this very i…
 
Dealing with a serious or advanced illness is not easy for anyone involved. Palliative care programs can provide the much needed care and support for patients and their families but many are unfamiliar with this type of medicine. Dr. Isabella Stumpf, Medical Director of Palliative Care at MaineHealth will explain what palliative care is, what servi…
 
According to the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG), hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure in the US. The trend is moving towards minimally invasive surgery which can result in the same outcome for patients with the least amount of invasion or smallest incision possible. Dr. Julia Brock, a gynecologist at M…
 
7 out of 10 Americans say they would prefer to die at home, yet nearly 70 percent of Americans die in a hospital, nursing home or long-term-care facility. The care someone receives at the end of their life can be greatly impacted by planning ahead and having those difficult discussions with family members before it’s too late. Dr. Michael Roy, Chie…
 
Many people have limited or no experience with setting realistic goals for themselves. In the pursuit of healthy lifestyle changes, many people set themselves up for failure by not having a clear, realistic pathway to success. This can lead to frustration and self-doubt. Ellie Foster is here to help you learn how setting small, achievable goals can…
 
The doctor patient relationship is an important one. Finding a doctor who shares your beliefs, listens to your needs and can partner in your care is the foundation of a great doctor/patient relationship. There are other factors that go into finding the right doctor that need to be considered too. Like does he accept your insurance? Is his staff fri…
 
Preparing for a doctor’s visit will help both you and your provider make the most out of your appointment. In this age of online information and health tools, it can be quite confusing whether what you read is the truth or fiction. With medical records becoming digital and health information available at the touch of a button, you might wonder if t…
 
Sleep is very important to your child's health and well-being. In fact, good sleep habits start from birth. However, getting young children to sleep (and to stay asleep) is often one of the most daunting tasks of parenthood. Regardless of your child's age, the key is to have a predictable series of steps that help him wind down from the day. Parent…
 
Many parents don’t realize the importance of recognizing early onset of puberty and the issues it can cause that persist into adulthood if not diagnosed when still young. There is a misconception that puberty is occurring years earlier than just a decade ago and this is not true. Dr. Jerrold Olshan, Pediatric Endocrinologist and Diabetes specialist…
 
It’s estimated that more than 5 million men in the United States suffer from bladder problems and incontinence. Often, men are uninformed about this topic, and the challenges it can present. While prostate removal for cancer treatment is one of the most common causes, other conditions can come into play as well, such as neurological disorders, diab…
 
Adolescence can be a difficult time for kids and parents. Today’s adolescents have more issues to deal with than ever before which can make parenting difficult. Many parents have a hard time addressing certain health issues with their teenagers but primary care providers can be of great assistance with health related topics including vaping (e-ciga…
 
Maintaining good nutritional status during cancer treatment is essential to a positive outcome. Cancer treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can cause side effects that may impact a patient's ability to eat. The right nutrition plan helps patients better cope with side effects by minimizing treatment breaks and enhancing their qua…
 
Dementia is a syndrome that affects 47.5 million people worldwide, and a new case is diagnosed every 4 seconds. Caring for loved ones with dementia can be overwhelming physically, emotionally and financially. With education and advocacy, the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers can be greatly improved. Richard T. Marino Jr.…
 
Shared Decision Making is an integrative process between patients and clinicians that can engage the patient in decision making for their best outcomes. It provides the patient with current and unbiased information about alternative treatments; and helps them make decisions about their own healthcare in a more informed way. Another important factor…
 
Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths and is the fourth most common cancer in Maine; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing po…
 
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