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.

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.

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

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

A production still from Noyana: Singing at the End of Life

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 9 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 11 at 11:00 am

Follow the Noyana Singers, a Vermont chorus that sings to terminally-ill residents of hospice and learn why the singers do this work.

The Flu: How Bad Will This Season Be?

Oct 30, 2018

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.

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

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.

The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee has held four meeting to explore how the more than $50 million a year is spent by the Fund For a Healthy Maine. That's money that the state gets as its share of the lawsuit against the tobacco companies for misleading claims about cigarettes.

The panel's co-chairman, Rep. Drew Gattine, a Democrat from Westbrook, says the panel was frustrated by a lack of cooperation from the Department of Health and Human Services.

A panel of medical experts discusses how what we eat may affect our risk of getting cancer.  A recent report about the dangers of eating processed or red meat has many of us reconsidering our diet.  Learn the latest on nutrition and cancer.

Guests: Dr. Devon Evans, medical oncologist, New England Cancer Specialists
Paul Blakeslee, MMC oncology dietician
Karen Schilling, MMC oncology dietician


Aug 25, 2014

How many of us haven't wished our lives were simpler, more relaxed, and a lot less stressful? For many, even the thought of trying to unwind can be overwhelming in our fast-paced culture. Two doctors join us to talk about the dangers of stress - and how best to cope.

Guests:  Benjamin C. Grasso MD, Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Mercy Hospital

Craig Brett MD, Medical Director of Cardiology at Mercy Hospital

Just what is "alternative" or "complementary" medicine and what is its relationship to traditional medicine? There are numerous health care practices, products and therapies which fall outside what is taught at established medical schools or used in conventional medicine. Examples of alternative medicine include homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine and acupuncture.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Liz Strawbridge, family medicine physician specializing in integrative medicine

Chris Haskell, licensed acupuncturist with Rocky Coast Acupuncture