Health and health care news

Medicare Update

Sep 24, 2013

  A panel of experts were on hand to discuss all things Medicare, including it's future and what the ACA may mean for Medicare enrollees.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Gordon Smith, Maine Medical Association 

A. Jan Berlin, MD, Physician Leader - Special Projects, MMC Physician-Hospital Organization and Medical Director for the Low Vision Clinic at The Iris Network

Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director

  The Maine Women's Policy Center recently hosted a talk by author Florence Williams. She spoke about her award-winning book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.

She explored how and why breast cancer rates have drastically increased since the 1940s and how it speaks to consumer products and the effect of chemicals on our bodies.

This talk was recorded August 15, 2013 at the Strand in Rockland

Maine Women's Policy Center

  The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is upon us. Learn about the great places to see and outdoor things to do for fun & health

Host Jennifer Rooks will be joined by 

Scot Balentine, Senior Product Developer for Equipment 

Wolfe Tone, Maine State Director at The Trust for Public Land 

Kaitlyn Bernard, Appalachian Mountain Club 

Carl Costanzi, Maine Outdoor Coalition Chairman; Program Coordinator for 5210 Let's Go! Oxford County 



Sep 18, 2013

  What are the latest developments in understanding and treating depression, and what support is available for those affected by it.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Robert V. McCarley (MD)-- Outpatient Attending/Outpatient Psychiatry Rotation Director, Dept of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center 

Alan Bean Burpee (LCSW) -- therapist with Counseling Services, Inc.

Elder Care

Sep 17, 2013


  The challenges facing elder care givers and resources for helping them were discussed.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Valerie C. Sauda, RN-BC, MS, MGSF, Geriatric Nurse Service Instructor, Rosscare 

Josephine Cirrinone, Senior Care Coordinator, Eastern Area Agency on Aging

  Just in time for back to school - from immunizations to annual checkups - what can - and should, be done to keep kids healthy.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Larry Losey---Pediatrician in Brunswick 

Patty Hamilton: Public Health Director for City of Bangor Health and Community Services 

Amy Belisle, MD, Director, Child Health Quality Improvement, Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership (ME CHIP)

  Another in our 'What Does It Mean" series - this time exploring what it means to be kind.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Michael J. Chase, author, founder of The Kindness Center, and a Southern Maine resident

David Livingstone Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of New England and author of "Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others"

The Human Nature Project


Senior Health Issues

Jul 31, 2013

  A panel of experts discussed the biggest, and not so well known threats to the health of seniors in our state.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

  What is 'shared medical decision making' and how is it helping patients - and doctors?

Host Keith Shortall  was joined by 

Brian J. McGrory, MD, MS, Joint Replacement Surgeon, Maine Medical Center, Joint Replacement Center Workgroup Chairman, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Clinical Practice Guideline on surgical treatment of knee arthritis, Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts School of Medicine 

Paul Han, MD, MA, MPH, Director, Center of Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Maine Medical Research Institute 

Kids Count

Jun 25, 2013

  The Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its annual KIDS COUNT report on child well-being on 6/24. Maine ranked 13th among all the states. (It ranked 1st in child health and 6th in the overall well-being of families and the communities in which they live).

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Claire Berkowitz, Research & KIDS COUNT Director, Maine Children’s Alliance 

Ned McCann, executive director of Maine Children’s Alliance 


  You use them every day but just how well do you take care of your legs? The importance of leg health and how to keep your legs in great shape.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Dr. Brian McGrory, Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics, Division of Joint Replacements 

Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, founder of the Vein Healthcare Center in So. Portland 

and Dr. Kenny Maisak, Portland Foot & Ankle

Alzheimer's Disease

May 21, 2013

  The latest on diagnosing and treating Alzheimer's disease.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Dr. Clifford Singer, MD - Chief of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry for The Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center

Juanita Taylor, Life Enrichment Director, at Dirigo Pines

Kathryn G. Pears, MPPM, Dementia Care Strategies, Inc.

  One out of seven Mainers has difficulty hearing. A panel of experts discussed the detecting, preventing and treating of hearing loss.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Matthew Hearst, Cochlear Implant Doctor at Mercy Hospital

Cathy Janelle, Speech Language Pathologist at hear ME now

Echo Kaply-Smith, Outpatient Clinician at Community Counseling Center

Kristen Pfiefle, Audiologist at MKM-ENT


Apr 25, 2013

  Good nutrition and does eating organic make a difference? Two doctors discussed health, wellness and eating right.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Dr. Dan Nadeau, Medical Director at York Hospital, co-author of The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan For Optimum Health 

Mike Noonan, DC, Dipl. Ac. (AACA), Noonan Wellness and Chiropractic


Apr 24, 2013

  April is Autism Awareness Month - A look at the latest treatment research, medications and other therapies--plus services for those with autism.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Cathy E. Dionne, Director of Programs and Administration, Autism Society of Maine

Dr. Matthew Siegel, Director, Developmental Disorders Program, Spring Harbor Hospital

Making Our Way: Autism