AUGUSTA – With summer winding down, families here in Maine and across the nation are beginning to prepare for the new school year. A new school environment can sometimes be difficult for children with asthma. This back-to-school season, the American Lung Association of the Northeast highlights tips for families of children with asthma and stresses the importance of crafting a plan to properly manage asthma in a school environment. 

“Asthma is a serious chronic disease that affects millions of children,” said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Asthma symptoms can often be exacerbated at this time of year and it is important for parents to work with their healthcare provider and school personnel prior to the first day of school on controlling their child’s asthma. We must do all that we can to prevent asthma attacks and missed school days.”

ORONO — The potential for medical marijuana to curb the growing incidence of opioid analgesic-associated deaths is the focus of an invited commentary in the Aug. 25 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), co-authored by a University of Maine psychology researcher and a physician at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The invited commentary, “Legalization of Medical Marijuana and Incidence of Opioid Mortality,” by Marie Hayes, a UMaine professor of psychology, and Dr. Mark Brown, chief of pediatrics and director of nurseries at EMMC, references a study in the same JAMA issue examining the link between medical marijuana laws and unintentional overdose mortality from opioid analgesics.

Monday, 01 September 2014 22:56

Heritage Day in Hampden

by PR

HAMPDEN - Heritage Day at the Hampden Historical Society will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kinsley House, 83 Main Road South in Hampden. The society provides this event for the community to remember how things were done in our past. Exciting exhibitors and presenters are lined up for this event, showcasing spinning, rug braiding, candle dipping, blacksmithing, outdoor cooking, butter churning, cider pressing, cedar shakes and more. Bring the children to help them realize how advanced we are today and to educate them on the past. The event is free but donations are greatly appreciated. We will be selling a lunch of a hot dog, chips, a drink and a homemade cookie.

For more information, call Jerry at 862-3463.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 21:51

Well that escalated quickly

by PR

Earlier this year we determined that one of our awesome kids was behind in verbal skills. We decided to be all proactive and whatnot and get her evaluated. She received some services at home with a speech therapist, which worked well, but that only lasted until she turned 3. 

Now in a couple weeks she’ll be enrolled in school.

BANGOR - Green Acres Kennel Shop has presented a check for $3,187 to Jenny Dwyer of the Paw It Forward Foundation and BARKK To End The Silence. The check is a result of Green Acres Kennel Shop’s first Cash For Your Cause fundraising event which occurred from June 1 through July 5. Green Acres Kennel Shop donated $1,000 after 279 clients and supporters throughout the state donated $2,187.

BARKK To End The Silence is an initiative of the Paw It Forward Foundation founded by Jenny Dwyer of Mutt Nose Best. Their mission is to raise awareness of domestic violence and to raise funds that will provide funding to equip local domestic violence shelters with designated “pet-friendly” rooms that have separate ventilation and outside fenced areas. Funds will also pay for veterinary care and emergency “get out” kits for families in violent relationships. Currently there are no domestic violence shelters equipped to house family pets in the state of Maine. Unfortunately, this causes those threatened with domestic violence to stay in life-threatening situations in an attempt to protect their pets.

ORONO – The venue for the Annual Lecture Series is at the St. John Hill Auditorium (165 Barrows Hall) on the University of Maine campus. All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The first lecture on Thursday, Sept. 18, and is titled "The Story of the Bezoar Stone: A Wonder Medicine from the Andes,” featuring Dr. Luis Millones Figueroa, professor of Spanish at Colby College. Dr. Millones Figueroa will draw from his extensive research of the Andes, early modern science and natural histories of the New World.

FARMINGTON — University of Maine at Farmington student Olivia Brown has recently been voted in as the first elected president of the Student Education Association of Maine. An affiliate of the Maine Education Association, SEAM supports pre-professional educators with professional development, networking opportunities, outreach projects and access to member benefits.

“I feel so fortunate to have been given this opportunity to work with SEAM in this new capacity,” said Brown. “I’m really looking forward to serving the organization as it helps new teachers enter the work force and highlighting the positive difference Maine educators make to so many people.”

WASHINGTON — Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.

The take-home advice: Drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off.

BANGOR – The 7th Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at Hayford Park on 13th Street, Saturday, Aug. 23. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The Walk will begin at 10 a.m. following guest speakers from The Jackson Laboratory and The ALS Association’s Northern New England office.

The Walk’s message again this year is “Hope for the Future,” according to Janice Von Brook, chair of the Walk, who added that ALS is a devastating but relatively little-known disease. She explained, “It takes all one’s effort and energy to manage the disease whether you are the patient or the caregiver. The Bangor Walk is focused on hope as we raise money for research and patient services, raise awareness so that more research dollars can be directed to finding a cure and enjoy a celebratory day greeting old friends and new and having some fun! It is enormously encouraging to patients and their families to see hundreds of people come out to support them.”

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