NEW YORK — When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:53


by Katy England

Mom-munity - or mom-immunity if you prefer - is defined as the temporary immunity to icky diseases that infest your home, keep you kids up at night, and generally cause mayhem and misery for the duration. The mom loses said immunity once everyone has been cured of this ailment, been nursed back to health, and received sufficient snuggles, hot teas and homemade soups.

You are never guaranteed mom-munity, you can only hope you get it. Total immunity, is of course, preferred, but good luck with that.

Monday, 29 September 2014 22:10

Livin' Briefs - 10/01/14

by PR

Donate blood with the American Red Cross in support of organ transplant and other patients 

BANGOR — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.

BANGOR – Camden National was proud to support this year’s Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer's, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Hollywood Casino Raceway at Bass Park. In addition to this support, employees from the bank’s Bangor region branches put together a team and joined more than 1,000 other walkers in the annual three-mile walk to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Reflecting on her own personal connection to Alzheimer’s, Taylor Black, branch manager in Orono, noted: “I am doing the race this year for my grandmother who was just recently placed in a nursing home due to Alzheimer’s. By walking I want to show her how loved she is and help support efforts to end the terrible disease that has taken so much life out of such a lively woman. Hopefully, by doing this race, a cure can be found and other people’s precious lives won’t be affected by this disease.”

WASHINGTON — It’s time for flu vaccine again and while it’s important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

And too many young and middle-age adults are skipping the vaccine altogether, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — even though there are more options than ever.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:53

Back to life

by Katy England

After you have babies (or, in most people’s case, one baby at a time) it seems like a clock starts running for how quickly you can return to normal life. But the reality is, that never happens. Or if it does, I haven’t quite seen how.

First there’s the issue that babies are demanding. They demand your sleep, your patience, your attention, your hugs. Then there’s the very real issue that kid schedules and professional and social schedules don’t line up. Ever.

Monday, 22 September 2014 23:26

#WhyIStayed … My Pets

by PR

BANGOR - The Mutt Nose Best Paw It Forward Foundation will hold the Second Annual BARKK To End The Silence Dog Friendly 5K to raise awareness of the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. The $30 race registration will help provide the funding needed to equip the first domestic violence shelter in the state of Maine with pet friendly accommodations. 

Domestic violence is a silent burden that many suffer alone; in that isolation many turn to their pets as their source of love, loyalty and companionship. Abusers often use this sacred bond to control and intimidate their victims. Sadly, 71 percent of pet owners entering shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; unfortunately, the cycle continues with 32 percent reporting their children had gone on to hurt or kill animals.

ORONO — Untreated and sustained hypertension has an adverse effect on brain structure and function and is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia. Blood pressure (BP) variability from measurement-to-measurement has been associated with lower cognitive functioning and is considered a stronger predictor of mental performance than averaged BP.

However, recent studies suggest that BP measurements on a single health care office visit are insufficient to detect relations between variability in BP and cognitive performance, as compared to significantly more expensive ambulatory blood pressure assessments in the home.

BANGOR - As part of the national Campaign Nonviolence, the public is invited to gather on Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. on the Bangor waterfront for End Violence Together. A rally featuring drumming, speakers and music will be followed by a march through downtown and a closing ceremony. This public action, one of more than 170 being held across the country, is co-sponsored by some 37 Maine organizations and designed to raise awareness of the interrelationship of war, poverty and environmental destruction. Participants will demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively to build a culture of peace and nonviolence. Mary Ellen Quinn, organizer and co-chair of Pax Christi Maine states positively, “Together we can be a strong, diverse and visible presence for peace and nonviolence.”

There will be an opportunity to visit informational tables of sponsoring groups including area spiritual communities, 350 Bangor, Citizens Against Handgun Violence, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Greater Bangor NAACP, Maine Peace Action Committee, peace and justice groups, We the People Maine, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and many more.

Monday, 22 September 2014 23:20

Livin' Briefs - 09/24/14

by PR

Free seminar to focus on causes, diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins 

BANGOR – Varicose veins are a very common problem in the US, affecting more than half of people age 50 and older. This fall, EMMC is raising awareness about varicose veins and how they are diagnosed and treated at a free educational seminar on Thursday, Sept. 25.

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