Health and health care news

Alzheimer's Disease

May 21, 2013

  The latest on diagnosing and treating Alzheimer's disease.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Dr. Clifford Singer, MD - Chief of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry for The Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center

Juanita Taylor, Life Enrichment Director, at Dirigo Pines

Kathryn G. Pears, MPPM, Dementia Care Strategies, Inc.

  One out of seven Mainers has difficulty hearing. A panel of experts discussed the detecting, preventing and treating of hearing loss.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Matthew Hearst, Cochlear Implant Doctor at Mercy Hospital

Cathy Janelle, Speech Language Pathologist at hear ME now

Echo Kaply-Smith, Outpatient Clinician at Community Counseling Center

Kristen Pfiefle, Audiologist at MKM-ENT


Apr 25, 2013

  Good nutrition and does eating organic make a difference? Two doctors discussed health, wellness and eating right.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Dr. Dan Nadeau, Medical Director at York Hospital, co-author of The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan For Optimum Health 

Mike Noonan, DC, Dipl. Ac. (AACA), Noonan Wellness and Chiropractic


Apr 24, 2013

  April is Autism Awareness Month - A look at the latest treatment research, medications and other therapies--plus services for those with autism.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Cathy E. Dionne, Director of Programs and Administration, Autism Society of Maine

Dr. Matthew Siegel, Director, Developmental Disorders Program, Spring Harbor Hospital

Making Our Way: Autism

  Understanding living wills and medical directives and how they can help clarify difficult end-of-life choices.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Frank Chessa, Director of Clinical Ethics at Maine Medical Center

James Wasserman, Nephrologist with Maine Medical Center

Martha (Meg) Greene, Attorney and Partner with Brann & Isaacson who specializes in estate planning

  Keeping our minds sound as we age. The latest science on how our brains change with time. Do crossword puzzles and brain teasers really help keep the mind in tip top shape?

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Amy Cotton, gerontological nurse practitioner and older adult health expert at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Dr. Clifford Singer, MD Chief of the Division of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry for The Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center. He is a geriatric psychiatrist and specialist in memory loss.

  Dr. Georges C. Benjamin recently spoke at the University of New England in Portland. Dr. Benjamin is a medical doctor and the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Benjamin spoke about moving our country towards equitable health care for all.

This talk was recorded January 30, 2013 at Ludcke Auditorium, on the Portland Campus of the University of of New England.

Dr. Georges Benjamin

Smoking in Maine

Jan 31, 2013

  Tobacco addiction and what to do about it. What resources are available if you want to quit.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Hilary Schnieder, State Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society

Marla Davis with the American Lung Association of Maine

USM President Theo Kalikow

Portland Press Herald story on Smoking Ban on USM Campus

  What might Maine's healthcare landscape look like in 2013?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Andy Coburn, Ph.D, Professor of Public Health, Muskie School of Public Service and Associate Dean, College of Management and Human Services, USM

Wendy J. Wolf, MD, MPH, President & CEO, MeHAF, Maine Health Access Foundation

Joel Allumbaugh, director of the Center for Health Reform Initiatives at The Maine Heritage Policy Center & CEO of National Worksite Benefit Group Inc.

  Getting fit and healthy in 2013.   A panel of experts offered tips and plans for meeting your dieting and exercise goals.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Adrienne A. White, PhD, RD, Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Susan Langdon, Psychologist and Lecturer, Bates College

and Mark Nutting, Master Trainer/Fitness Director at Saco Sport & Fitness

Workplace Wellness

Nov 15, 2012

  What are employers doing to help improve the health of their employees. What can employees do to enhance their own wellness? Staying, and maybe getting, healthy at work.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Phil DiRusso, Project Manager - Worksite Health Specialist, Maine CDC - Cardiovascular Health Program

and Tom Downing - Director of Maine Med's Workplace Wellness Program

Wellness Council of Maine

  What is 'tele-health' and how is it being used in Maine? How are advances in technology helping medical professionals serve those in need throughout the state.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Dr. Rafael Grossman, attending trauma surgeon at Eastern Maine Medical Center

and Prof. Barbara Shaw, Senior Policy Analyst, Population Health and Health Policy, Muskie School of Public Service

School Lunches

Oct 2, 2012

  School lunch choices are changing. Healthy food choices are appearing in school cafeterias. What are the new school nutrition guidelines and standards, and what do they mean for our children?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Tyler Goodwin, Nutrition Services Director, Wells Ogunquit CSD

Heidi Kessler, School nutrition manager for statewide Let’s Go! Nutrition program at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center

and Adam Williams, founder of FoodCycle

Prostate Cancer

Sep 6, 2012

  Every year, approximately one in six American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. The latest research into diagnosing and treating prostate cancer and the recent controversy over the efficacy of routine testing was discussed.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Terrence Kungel, President of  the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer

and Dr. Moritz Hansen, Maine Medical Center

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  For years, people with seizure disorders have been stigmatized. Even today, epilepsy remains widely misunderstood, and the disease can particularly difficult for children, and for their parents. What services and treatments are available? What about research for causes and cures?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Susan Axelrod, Chair of CURE--Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (Chicago)

Christy Shake, mother of Calvin, who has epilepsy
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