The Ebola Virus has been a hot topic of discussion in our country for weeks to months. I would like to start my contribution to the topic with what Ebola IS NOT.
Dave Gauvin, President of the Penobscot Valley Ski Club was in the studio Thursday talking to Joy about the Annual Ski Sale coming up on Saturday, October 18th. The sale runs from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Bangor Parks & Rec building, at 647 Main St.
SHOULD I ASK MY DOCTOR FOR AN ANTIBIOTIC FOR AN UPPER RESPIRATORY ILLNESS?
By Dr. Pellegrini
The vast majority of upper respiratory illnesses are “colds” which are viral infections that are self-limiting. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, doctors still sometimes prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory viral infections. There are several reasons for this. One: it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a viral infection and a bacterial infection. A clinician will ask several questions about how the patient feels and then may add on some lab work or x-rays in order to differentiate between a viral and a bacterial infection. If there is still uncertainty and the patient has been ill for longer than expected, a clinician may try an antibiotic to see if it helps (if it does, then it was a bacterial infection). Second: sometimes a viral infection can cause enough immune weakening that a secondary bacterial infection then occurs. In that case an antibiotic will help. Third: a patient may request an antibiotic and the clinician is too busy to argue. This last point is important. A recent JAMA (1) article was a study of healthcare professionals and their tendency to prescribe antibiotics increased as the day went on. The theory is that they had the time and energy in the morning to have a detailed discussion with the patient about why an antibiotic was not needed but then had less time/energy as the day progressed. Doctors know that patients rarely get upset if an antibiotic is prescribed but they sometimes do get upset when one is not given. The problem is that antibiotics can cause problems such as rashes, diarrhea, resistance, nausea, etc. Therefore, it is best if the patient does not go to the doctor to get antibiotics but rather go to the doctor to see if anything else needs to be done. I would offer this same advice for sinusitis, ear infections, and “flu” symptoms. The best thing a patient can do is be very detailed about the symptoms and timing and other questions that the doctor will ask.
Josiah Hartley from Bangor’s LA Training was back in the studio Friday for this week’s Fitness Friday. This time, he was showing Joy and Wayne how to climb mountains indoors with the “mountain climbers” exercise.
National Depression Screening Day – Thursday, October 9, 2014
Dr. David Prescott – Acadia Hospital
Why Should I take the Depression Screening? Major Depression is more than just feeling upset or down for a brief period of time. Depression is a significant health problem that affects 1 in 10 people in the United States at any given moment in time. Worldwide, depression is predicted to become the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by 2020.
Dr. Heidi Harrington from Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery was in the studio Thursday speaking to Wayne about the upcoming Pink Runway Project event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The event takes place Saturday, October 18th starting at 6:30 PM, and is truly a one-of-a-kind spectacle which supports breast cancer awareness.
TV5 Health advisor doctor William Sturrock was here for this week’s Healthy Living to talk about, the drug diversion problem.
Josiah Hartley from Bangor’s LA Training was on the interview set for this week’s Fitness Friday, speaking to Wayne about how you should plan your workout. Josiah says beginning with your weight-training workout will ultimately help burn more fat when you switch over to cardio.
Mood Swing or Bipolar?
Healthy Living Watch – September 23, 2014
David Prescott, Ph.D. – Acadia Hospital
Is This a Normal Mood Swing or Bipolar? Mood swings in everyone’s life, sometimes triggered by a particular life event, and sometimes coming out of the blue. But, when is a mood swing so out of the ordinary that it suggests a problem like bipolar disorder, or manic depression?
September is National Preparedness Month: Are You Ready if an Emergency Happens?
Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages Mainers to mark National Preparedness Month by creating a household disaster plan to keep you and your family safe in an emergency.
Enterovirus – D68
Amy Movius MD
By now, almost everyone has heard of the virus that is making children sick in pockets around the country. These reports are scary and it is important to pay attention – but not panic. There have been no cases of this virus in Maine. Yet. The outbreaks in other parts of the country may (or may not) foreshadow similar outbreaks in Maine, so the knowledge of what is happening elsewhere is a great opportunity to educate ourselves on the situation. This can help families and health personnel act quickly should this virus make its way to our state. In this vein, the Maine Public Health Alert Network System issued an advisory to health care workers yesterday.
Josiah Hartley from Bangor’s LA Training was back in the studio Friday for this week’s Fitness Friday. This time, he was showing Joy and Wayne some “wood-chopping” exercises that can be done with minimal weight, but still give a strong and effective full-body workout.
TV5 health advisor Dr. Joan Pellegrini was in to explain why taking even little steps, even a few steps an hour is beneficial for your health.
We have all heard the recommendation to increase our activity. We keep hearing this because there is strong evidence linking inactivity with heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer (2). The vast majority of medical experts recognize the health benefits of moderated, daily exercise.
Command Chief Master Sergeant Bob Peer and Senior Master Sergeant Gerry Martin were in the studio Tuesday speaking to Wayne about the upcoming half-marathon and 5K being hosted by MaineIACS Charities, a charitable arm of the Maine Air National Guard.
Common Problems with School Adjustment: Kindergarten to College
Health Watch – September 2, 2014
Dr. David Prescott – The Acadia Hospital
Times of change and transition, such as the start of a new school year, often bring excitement and anticipation. However, the start of a new school year can also be associated with difficult emotions or stress. Thinking through some of the common emotional challenges associated with a new school year can help your son or daughter get off on the right foot.
Josiah Hartley from Bangor’s LA Training was back in the studio Friday for this week’s Fitness Friday. This time he spoke to Wayne about how exercise can affect your health, and how much exercise is really necessary to stay fit.
Josiah Hartley from Bangor’s LA Training was back in the studio Friday for this week’s Fitness Friday. This time, he was showing Joy and Wayne the correct way to perform planks. Planks are a relative simple, yet difficult and effective workout that you will definitely feel the effects where ever you choose to try them out, be it the gym or your own living room during a commercial break!
Music for Back Pain? – Take 2 Tunes and Call Me in the Morning
By: Dr. William Sturrock
Chronic Back Pain is one of the most common and frustrating conditions that afflicts mankind. Despite the advances in modern medicine over the past 2 centuries, this vexing complaint frustrates both patients and their doctors by its seeming lack of response to multiple interventions. Over the past decade many providers have tried to help these symptoms with a variety of medications, from non-steroidals (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.), to muscle relaxers and more recently to narcotic class medication without any ‘magic-bullet’ being found. Pain specialists now advise the avoidance of the narcotic class except for brief usage during flare-ups as these meds are not only addicting, they lose effect after just a week’s usage due to development of tolerance. Some providers tout the benefits of manipulation, but there are many patients who say they have tried this without long-term relief and some who feel this has made it worse!
By: Amy Movius MD
It’s been a very active summer, weather-wise in Maine, with frequent thunderstorms. Nationwide, there are around 25 million lighting to ground strikes a year, about 60,000 which occur in Maine. These storms can be fascinating and even beautiful to witness – but make no mistake; every one of them is dangerous.
Josiah Hartley from LA Training was in the studio for Fitness Friday this week. He was speaking to Joy not only of the importance of eating before and after exercising, but how much and what kinds of foods you should be eating to better help your workout regimen.