How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help
WASHINGTON — For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.
The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online give members of the class of 2015 more tools than ever to help chart their next step, even if finding the right college is an inexact science.
New home test shakes up colon cancer screening
Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that’s noninvasive and doesn’t require the icky preparation most other methods do.
The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding whether to get it is a more complex choice than ads for “the breakthrough test ... that’s as easy as going to the bathroom” make it seem.
Facebook treated me to an article from Jezebel about a woman who caught some flak for not breastfeeding. Thing is, she apparently had breast cancer and ended up with a double mastectomy, during which all of her viable breast tissue was removed. If the procedure was done properly, no milk will come.
This didn’t stop people from telling her all about the benefits of breastfeeding. And encouraging her to try. Seriously.
Face of hunger in Maine revealed by new Good Shepherd Food Bank report
AUBURN – A new study by Good Shepherd Food Bank and Feeding America, Hunger in Maine 2014, shows that one in seven Mainers, or an estimated 178,000 people, turn to Maine food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This includes more than 50,000 children and 45,500 seniors.
Feeding America’s national study, Hunger in America 2014, found that more than 46.5 million people turn to agencies and programs of the Feeding America network of food banks every year. Good Shepherd Food Bank has been a member of the Feeding America network since 1994.
Livin' Briefs - 10/29/14
Medication safety checks offered Oct. 28, Nov. 10 & 19 at Eastern Area Agency on Aging
BANGOR – Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) and Eastern Area Agency on Aging have teamed up to provide Medication Brown Bag Days at 430 Essex Street, Bangor, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 28, Nov. 10 and Nov. 19. Just drop in with all of your medications and pharmacy staff will offer “brown-bag” checks to go over medication safety and any barriers you may have to taking medication as prescribed. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (207) 941-2865. Please note: medications will not be accepted for disposal at this event.
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