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As much of the non-coronavirus health care in Maine shifts to telemedicine, we discuss how that is working for doctors and patients. For years, telehealth has been touted as a helpful tool for both health care providers and patients who face challenges meeting in person. Now that it's being implemented widely due to the pandemic, what are the pros and cons of virtual doctor's visits? And will this change the delivery of health care in the future?

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With new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine, and Governor Mills declaring civil emergency, the restrictions and concerns are rapidly dominating daily life here. We talk with Department of Health & Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew about how the state is addressing issues ranging from insurance to older people in long-term care facilities to what's happening with populations such as those with mental health challenges and those who are homeless.

Guest: Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner of Maine's Department of Health & Human Services

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The rapid outbreak of coronavirus is causing serious illness and death in China and is spreading worldwide, including here in the U.S. We'll discuss the nature of this disease, why it is spreading so quickly, and what people in Maine can do to protect themselves. We will also talk about how this year's flu virus is a more immediate concern for Maine — how bad it is, why this year's cases have surged, and what is being done to address it.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date December 18, 2019); no calls will be taken.

Maine’s primarily rural population is served by hospitals that are increasingly struggling to maintain the resources, staff and up-to-date health care that is needed to serve their surrounding communities. In the past year, two — Penobscot Valley Hospital and Calais Regional Hospital — have entered bankruptcy. We discuss the particular challenges that face rural hospitals, and what innovative solutions Maine’s rural health care leaders are pursuing to keep these hospitals strong.


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Due to Maine Public Radio's coverage of the impeachment vote, Maine Calling will be live-streamed at 1 pm on mainecalling.org and Facebook.

Maine’s primarily rural population is served by hospitals that are increasingly struggling to maintain the resources, staff and up-to-date health care that is needed to serve their surrounding communities. In the past year, two — Penobscot Valley Hospital and Calais Regional Hospital — have entered bankruptcy. We discuss the particular challenges that face rural hospitals, and what innovative solutions Maine’s rural health care leaders are pursuing to keep these hospitals strong.


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Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew’s role encompasses a wide range of critical areas, from child welfare to homelessness to mental health and substance abuse. We will hear about what she plans to focus on first, and what concerns she has about the scope of the health and human services challenges facing Maine.


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The financial costs of illness - with or without insurance. Some 46 percent of Americans are unprepared for a $400 emergency expense. Out-of-pocket costs for cancer care can approach $5,000 a year. Learn what help is available for patients and their families when hit with expenses and challenges associated with a major illness.


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What are some of the latest developments in fertility treatments? We talk to experts about the variety of reasons people experience infertility, and the range of options available to help.


Heart Health: Maintaining Cardiovascular Fitness

Feb 1, 2019
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One in three American adults suffers from some form of cardiovascular disease.  Our panel will offer advice on living a heart-healthy lifestyle.


The Flu: How Bad Will This Season Be?

Oct 30, 2018
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Last year was one of the worst flu seasons on record, both in Maine and nationwide. We’ll learn about flu shots, symptoms and health risks to watch out for — and what to expect in the months ahead in Maine.

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A number of recent studies point to an epidemic of loneliness in our country – with significant health and social impacts.  A recent AARP foundation report found that 35% of people over 45 are lonely.  Another report commissioned by CIGNA, found that almost half of those 18-22 years old feel lonely.  What does it mean to be lonely? How does it differ from solitude? And what can be done to help?

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The popularity of yoga continues to grow, and some tout the health benefits—for young and old—that can come from this physical, mental and spiritual practice.

The Importance of Sleep

Feb 16, 2018
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We’ll learn about the importance of all the stages of sleep to your overall well-being. As more research is done on the role of sleep, we learn that not getting enough sleep seems to affect your health in many ways, from mental health to weight gain to a host of medical issues. Studies have also shown a correlation between exposure to light and quality of sleep. 

Guests:  Dr. Robyn Ostrander, Interim Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center; Medical Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center Chair; Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Spring Harbor Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine 

Dr. George Bokinsky, pulmonologist specializing in sleep medicine; he practices in South Portland and is affiliated with Maine Medical Center

 

Dr. Kyra Chadbourne, general dentist with Falmouth Dentistry and Maine Sleep Dentistry

 

For years, the cost of the overdose reversal drug Naloxone, often called by its brand name Narcan, has been relatively low, a few dollars a vial. Recently, prices have soared. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and other members of congress are demanding to know why.

Naloxone is made by several manufacturers but that hasn’t kept a lid on pricing. For example: one auto-inject version of the drug has gone from $575 for two-doses to more than $3,500. Even a generic version used by hospitals went from $1.84 a vial to $31.66 a vial last year. Collins says she is baffled at the price hikes.

A new study finds that people of French-Canadian descent are more likely to have a genetic disease called Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome, or FCS. This disease puts them at greater risk for acute pancreatitis – a painful, sometimes fatal condition. Researchers say the study shows the need for more and better screening – and effective treatment.

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