Health and health care news

Senior Health Issues

Jul 31, 2013

  A panel of experts discussed the biggest, and not so well known threats to the health of seniors in our state.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

  What is 'shared medical decision making' and how is it helping patients - and doctors?

Host Keith Shortall  was joined by 

Brian J. McGrory, MD, MS, Joint Replacement Surgeon, Maine Medical Center, Joint Replacement Center Workgroup Chairman, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Clinical Practice Guideline on surgical treatment of knee arthritis, Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts School of Medicine 

Paul Han, MD, MA, MPH, Director, Center of Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Maine Medical Research Institute 

Kids Count

Jun 25, 2013

  The Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its annual KIDS COUNT report on child well-being on 6/24. Maine ranked 13th among all the states. (It ranked 1st in child health and 6th in the overall well-being of families and the communities in which they live).

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Claire Berkowitz, Research & KIDS COUNT Director, Maine Children’s Alliance 

Ned McCann, executive director of Maine Children’s Alliance 


  You use them every day but just how well do you take care of your legs? The importance of leg health and how to keep your legs in great shape.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Dr. Brian McGrory, Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics, Division of Joint Replacements 

Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, founder of the Vein Healthcare Center in So. Portland 

and Dr. Kenny Maisak, Portland Foot & Ankle

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