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.”

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:39

Livin' Briefs - 08/20/14

by PR

Orono Commons and The Roost host The Walk to End Alzheimer’s

ORONO – Orono Commons Skilled nursing and long term care facility and The Roost will be hosting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 6, 2014, 2–6 p.m. at the Roost, 19 Mill Street, Orono. The event will include live bands, all you can eat wings for $10, a silent auction, baby chicken wing (pickled eggs) eating contest ($5 entry fee), buck hunter tournament ($5 entry fee) and chicken wing eating contest (teams of four; $25 per team entry fee). There is no cost to attend, but donations are welcomed.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:27

Quinoa chili

by Christopher Burns

Few dishes are as versatile for vegetarians as chili. Even though beef is a regular feature of house chilies, it’s easily omitted or a substitute found. In this case, your latest chili features a very ancient grain – quinoa.

Quinoa was a staple grain among ancient Andeans, and it continues to be today. For good reason, too, because it is a special grain. It has one of the highest protein contents compared with other grains, beans and pulses. And according to research from Ohio State University, quinoa may very well be a complete protein source, which makes it important for vegetarians and vegans alike. Additionally, it’s a good source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins.

BREWER — Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure statewide affiliate, recently announced registration for their signature Race for the Cure events is open to race participants and volunteers. The 5K events, for both runners and walkers, will be held in Portland on Sunday, Sept. 14 and in Bangor on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Komen Maine’s purpose is to combat breast cancer through raising funds for breast health education, screening, treatment programs and state and national research. Many of the funds are used for Maine women underinsured or uninsured. The money raised through the two annual Race for the Cure events will support this important mission.

Monday, 11 August 2014 11:22

EMMC introduces lung cancer screening program

by PR

BANGOR - Each year, 750 to 1,000 Mainers die from lung cancer, exceeding the number of deaths attributed to breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. A national study has shown this number can be reduced with access to lung cancer screening programs. Eastern Maine Medical Center now offers this type of screening available to patients in its region.

“The National Lung Screening Trial studied the effectiveness of an annual low dose CT scan in identifying early lung cancers in active or previous smokers,” said John Klemperer, MD, FACS, EMMC Cardiothoracic Surgery of Maine. “Annual low dose screening CT scans were performed on 26,000 individuals who were, or had been, heavy smokers. Several early lung cancers were identified and treated. This resulted in a 20 percent reduction of lung cancer deaths in this group over the next five years.” 


NEW YORK - The Skin Cancer Foundation encourages people to enjoy the outdoors while still protecting themselves from the sun. One way to protect yourself is with clothing, which is the single most effective form of sun protection for the body. It's a great way to shield your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which account for 86 percent of melanomas and about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers. Whether hiking, spending time at the beach or walking to work, it's easier than ever to keep covered with sun-protective clothing. It's the new trend in fashion, and these garments are available to meet different lifestyle needs.

"Clothing is your first line of defense when it comes to sun protection," said Perry Robins, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. "It is a consistent shield that helps protect your skin from the sun all day."

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:04

Getting it

by Katy England

People without kids don’t get what it’s like. This sounds patronizing, condescending and borderline rude. But it’s a compliment when you strip it down to the brass tacks. It just means that, if you don’t have kids, chances are you are a well-adjusted person who isn’t constantly faced with irrational people and doing insane, disgusting things with your bare hands. 

I engaged in an online discussion with some of my virtual mommy friends. Someone noted that one of her child-free friends was shocked and appalled when her little one decided to eat a floor Cheerio: “You’re going to let her eat that?”

BANGOR — The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.

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