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Acupuncture has gone from being considered a more fringe technique to a widely accepted and practiced method of addressing health problems. This traditional Chinese medical practice of inserting needles in the skin at strategic points in the body is most often used to treat pain. But it has been embraced more recently for everything from anxiety to weight loss. We'll learn about how the Western medical community and scientific researchers view acupuncture, how it is being applied today, and what other wellness practices are often used alongside acupuncture.

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Why do some people suffer from these severe headaches, and what treatments are effective? We’ll also learn about the latest research on migraines.

A medical tourism facility project in Auburn is at a standstill. The plan to build a 5-star medical recovery center was unveiled two years ago by a Chinese investment company. But the company is waiting for approval from the federal government.

The medical tourism facility - which would cater to wealthy Chinese tourists – was originally scheduled to open this year. But Ericka Dodge, spokeswoman for Central Maine Medical Center, says hospital officials have not been in touch with the Chinese company behind the project – Miracle Enterprise – for some time.

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A discussion of how best to navigate the internet to get good answers to your health care questions.

Guests:  Dr. Jacquelyn Cawley, Family physician who is Associate Chief Medical Officer at MaineHealth

Dr. Lisa Gualtieri  (PhD, ScM), Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Brian J. McGrory, MD, Orthopedic surgeon with Maine Medical Center

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

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Cancer treatment has traditionally involved intravenous chemotherapy. But that's starting to change. Research has shown that chemotherapy pills can be more effective. The problem is that chemo pills can cost thousands of dollars per prescription, which puts them out of reach for some patients. But a new law in Maine will soon change that.

Donna Brookings has fought cancer twice. The first time was in 2005. It was breast cancer, and once a week she would go to the hospital and sit in a chair for 3-4 hours while intravenous chemotherapy pumped into her veins.

  Just what is "alternative 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

In Vitro Fertilization

Jun 4, 2014

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body: in vitro. IVF is a major treatment for infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed. What, if any, are the risks? What is the latest news on helping those who struggle to get pregnant?

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Dr. Ben Lannon, medical director at Boston IVF

Anne Brennan Belden MS,PCC, Fertility & Adoption Coach

  The latest advances in cardiovascular science in the fight against heart disease. Why are symptoms of heart disease are different in women than for men, and why New Englanders are at greater risk for cardiology disease than the rest of the country.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Dr. Craig Brett, cardiologist at Mercy Hospital

Dr. Chae C. Choi with Northeast Cardiologist Associates

Dr. Peter Ver Lee with Northeast Cardiologist Associates

Diabetes

Nov 19, 2013

  A panel of experts discussed ways to recognize and reduce diabetes in our state.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Eileen Molloy, registered dietician at Pen Bay's Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center 

Nathan Morse, CHES, TTS-C, Program Coordinator, Diabetes Prevention & Control Program, Division of Population Health, Maine CDC, DHHS

PTSD

Nov 12, 2013

  As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars wind down, our country is facing another longer-term battle -  against post-traumatic stress. How can we help those with PTSD?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Dave Meyer from Togus VA

Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and Executive Director of Give An Hour

Kathy Russin, MST Program Director at Togus 

Clifford Trott, PhD, Team Leader/Clinical Psychologist, Portland Vet Center 

 

Healthy Lifestyles

Oct 21, 2013

  The importance of having a healthy lifestyle and how to achieve one.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Nadine Villani, Family Nurse Practitioner / Patient Educator with Health Access Network 

Dr. Jonathan Fanburg, pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at Maine Medical Partners. He also works MaineHealth on the Let's Go childhood obesity program. 

Tom Bartol, Nurse Practitioner at the Richmond Area Health Center

ACA Update

Oct 9, 2013

How has the health care insurance landscape changed with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Jake Grindle, Health Marketplace Navigator, Program Specialist Western Maine Community Action

Mitchell Stein, Policy Director, Consumers for Affordable Health Care 

Hilary Schneider, Director Government Relations and Advocacy, Cancer Action Network

  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 

  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

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