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CHICAGO The richest Americans live at least 10 years longer on average than the poorest, but that gap isn't as wide in many communities, especially affluent, highly educated cities, a major study found.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:04

Be a hero and donate blood during Red Cross Month

Written by Wire Reports

BANGOR During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities, helping to prepare for and bringing help and hope after emergencies.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 21:30

Help make the voice of rare diseases heard

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AUGUSTA - On Feb. 29, the rarest day of the year, patients around the world will mark the ninth annual Rare Disease Day! People living with or affected by a rare disease, patient organizations, politicians, medical professionals, researchers and industry come together in solidarity to raise awareness of rare diseases.

This year, the Rare Disease Day 2016 theme Patient Voice recognizes the crucial role that patients play in voicing their needs and in instigating change that improves their lives and the lives of their families. Supporters in Maine will join voices at the Statehouse Hall of Flags on Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with speakers at 12 noon.

BANGOR Plenty of programs stress the importance of talking to teenagers about the dangers of drug misuse, but who is talking to seniors? According to a new survey of seniors, nearly one-fifth of those taking five or more prescription medications have experienced challenges in managing their medications, including keeping track of which medications they have taken and when.

This type of unintentional medication misuse can often lead to devastating consequences. To help families have this critical conversation with their senior loved ones, the local Home Instead Senior Care office, an in-home senior care provider in the Bangor area, has launched a new public education program called Let's Talk about Rx, offering families free resources and tips, as well as insight into potential medication pitfalls facing seniors. The free solutions guide helps families better understand the potential risks associated with this growing problem and provides tools that can help older adults safely manage their medications.

PORTLAND he University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute will host this year's international conference on behalf of the International Society of Fish & Shellfish Immunology (ISFSI).

This is the second international conference of the ISFSI and the first time the global group of researchers and industry leaders will gather outside Europe.

The International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology will be held June 2630 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine.

The conference aims to improve aquaculture in the U.S. and around the world by bringing together leaders in the field from universities, research institutions and the industry, according to Anne Langston, associate director of UMaine's Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI), an international center for aquaculture research and development and home to the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Research Network (SEANET).

In 2013, the conference was held in Spain and attracted about 320 attendees.

UMaine, which has hosted an international conference on sea lice, was selected to host the conference after a bidding process.

HAMPDEN Primary care is the foundation for maintaining a healthy community, and there are many children who may not have regular access to a primary care provider. Recognizing this issue, leaders at Eastern Maine Medical Center and RSU 22 came together to create the RSU 22 School-Based Health Center. The center is a place where students can be seen for health concerns, while staying right at Hampden Academy.

"This initiative stems from a need that RSU 22 staff members were seeing,' says James Raczek, MD, FAAFP, EMMC senior vice president and chief medical officer. 'Upon being seen, our providers will work with the patient's primary care providers to ensure the visit is entered into their medical records. It's a real benefit to the students, their parents and the community.'

LEWISTON Northeast Bank announced a $1,500 donation to support Sarah's House of Maine, a hospitality house that assists cancer patients and their caregivers as they receive treatment at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.

'Sarah's House is addressing an aspect of cancer care that often goes unnoticed,' said Jeanne A. Hulit, president of the Community Banking Division. 'As we have all been affected by cancer in some way, the bank is honored to support their efforts to help ease the burden of those battling this disease.'

United Way hopes to collect more than 15,000 pounds of food throughout the spring

BANGOR Hollywood Casino played host to the kick off for the United Way's 7th annual Pantry Project. The goal for United Way is to collect more than 15,000 pounds of food between now and the end of April, which will provide more than 12,500 meals.

For the sixth consecutive year, Hollywood Casino kicked off the initiative by recruiting local artist Allison Strange to assemble a holiday-themed winter scene made entirely out of canned goods. This year, Strange made 'Babe the Blue Ox' out of cans of tuna and packages of coffee. The roughly 1,400 cans of soup used in the project are being donated by Hollywood Casino to kick off the 2016 Pantry Project.

BANGOR The second annual fundraising cocktail party event to benefit the American Cancer Society was recently announced by Relay For Life of Penobscot. "A Night of Hope Under the Stars" will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Jeff's Catering in Brewer. The dress-to-impress event will include a silent auction, a photo booth, dancing, an array of appetizers and a cash bar. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $20 per person before the event and $25 at the door.

Relay For Life of Penobscot Co-Chair Andrea Gray says of the event, 'Last year's event was such a success that we had folks asking us even before the night was over if we planned on doing it again. This year we've teamed up with Photobooths of Maine and sponsor F.W. Webb to create another memorable evening. Put on your dancing shoes and have a fantastic night out while raising money to combat cancer!'

ORONO For 15 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension's statewide Maine Harvest for Hunger (MHH) program has organized gardeners, farmers, businesses, schools and civic groups to grow, glean and donate high-quality produce to distribution sites (pantries, shelters, community meals) and directly to neighbors in need, all in an effort to mitigate hunger, improve nutrition and health and help recipients develop lifelong, positive nutritional habits.

Since the program's inception, MHH participants have distributed more than 2,197,000 pounds of food to people in Maine experiencing food insecurity. In 2015, record-breaking donations of over 318,000 pounds of food went to 188 distribution sites and directly to individuals. Nearly 500 program volunteers in 14 counties collectively logged more than 5,000 hours, and the value of the produce was over $537,000, based on an average $1.69 per pound.

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