2015-10-16 / Health & Medical

TOTAL well-being

OCTOBER IS... National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

History of mammogram technology

Mammography remains one of the most popular and well-known diagnostic tools for breast cancer. It is estimated that 48 million mammograms are performed each year in the United States and many others are conducted all around the world under the recommended guidance of doctors and cancer experts. Mammography can be traced back more than 100 years to 1913, when German surgeon Albert Salomon attempted to visualize cancer of the breast through radiography. By the 1930s, the concept of mammography was gaining traction in the United States. Stafford L. Warren, an American physician and radiologist, began his own work on mammography, developing techniques of producing stereoscopic images of the breast with X-rays. He also championed the importance of comparing both breast images side-by-side.

Raul Leborgne, a radiologist from Uruguay, conducted his own work on mammography and, in 1949, introduced the compression technique, which remains in use today. By compressing the breast, it is possible to get better imaging through the breast and use a lower dose of radiation. Also, compression helps spread the structures of the breast apart to make it easier to see the individual internal components. Compression helps to pull the breast away from the chest wall and also to immobilize the breast for imaging.

Advancements in mammogram technology continued to improve through the 1950s and 1960s. Texas radiologist Robert Egan introduced a new technique with a finegrain intensifying screen and improved film to produce clearer images. In 1969, the first modern-day film mammogram was invented and put into widespread use. The mammogram process was fine-tuned in 1972 when a high-definition intensifying screen produced sharper images and new film offered rapid processing and shorter exposure to radiation. By 1976, the American Cancer Society began recommending mammography as a screening tool.

Through the years, mammography became a great help to women looking to arm themselves against breast cancer. Thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment, breast cancer deaths are down from their peak and survival rates continue to climb.

MassageCraft, Headquarters for Injury Specific Work

Do you suffer from pain or injury that keeps you from doing what you enjoy? Let the the experienced staff at MassageCraft put you on the road to recovery. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques and acupuncture. Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, respiratory problems, anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands. Are you feeling the effects of too many hours at the computer? Perhaps you’re feeling sore from keeping pace with the extended Indian summer? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. Your muscles will be longer, suppler, and you will be less prone to re-injury. Not to mention the positive effects both acupuncture and massage have on your sleep and stress levels.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic was established in 1991, with convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMMC, and CSI. OPEN SUNDAYS Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Monarch Center: A Therapeutic Setting That Focuses on Ability

Kindred Assisted Living -- Monarch Center is designed for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Each of the 42 residential apartments offer a private bath and luxury common space including an elegant living room, gracious dining room and a country-style eat-in kitchen. Each apartment has windows with views of the garden area and easy access to the courtyard from each neighborhood or wing.

We offer many specialized programs at The Monarch Center. The programs focus on each person’s cognitive ability, not cognitive disability. We create a therapeutic environment that encourages people to feel more successful and less frustrated. The Monarch Center has three different neighborhoods, or wings, of the building and as people’s needs change, they join the neighborhood that can best meet those needs.

Many families have utilized our Short-Term and Long-Term Respite Program as a way to determine if our therapeutic environment would be suitable on a more permanent basis, as well as offering rejuvenation for the caregiver.

At the Monarch Center, we take pride in the quality of life we offer to our residents and the peace of mind we give to family members.

Please call Laura Tardif, Executive Director at 207-284-0900 today and schedule an appointment for a personal tour and more information about our specialized community.

“BE YOUR NOTE” Music Therapy Services Offers “Women and Vocal Presence”

Education/Demonstration Sessions

Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC,NMT, board certified music therapist and corporate training consultant, is offering three Education/Demonstration sessions on Vocal Presence at her studio in Arundel. The dates are: Thurs., Oct. 29 - 5:30 - 7; Mon., Nov. 2, 3-4:30; and Fri., Nov. 13 - 5:30-7. She will give an overview of her approach and a short demonstration of some of the techniques she uses to guide women to embody an authentic vocal presence.

“Our voice and our relationship to it reveals how we think and feel about ourselves and can impact how we are perceived by others. In my experience working in the corporate sector leading Leadership Presence programs, as well as my work in the clinical setting, I have witnessed many women struggle with vocal problems such as a reluctance to speak up, a disconnection of voice, breath and body, and blockages related to life story, to name a few. Confidence and endurance suffer and can feed a “less than” sense of self.

In her work with women and voice, Patricia leads women in a spirit of curiosity and compassion to strengthen their credibility and authority. For more information and to sign up for one of the complimentary information sessions, contact Patricia at patricia@beyournote.com or call her at 207-467-3372.

To learn more see the websites: www.beyournote.com; www.beyournote.net; www.arielgroup.com

Get comprehensive eye exams from Dr. Jo Johnson

Dr. Jo Johnson has been serving the eyecare needs of York County since 1977. A fully licensed medical doctor whose specialty is ophthalmology, Dr. Jo (as many of her patients call her) provides both medical and surgical eyecare. She operates at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford where she does cataract and implant surgery.

In her offices, Dr. Johnson offers comprehensive eye exams to look for signs of glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, lyme disease and many other diseases. She treats eye diseases and injuries and also prescribes glasses. The emphasis is on meeting the personal eyecare needs of her patients and evaluating the health of their eyes.

Dr. Johnson takes the time to get to know her patients and their medical histories. She has the knowledge and experience to assist her patients in making sensible decisions concerning their health and the health of their eyes. Her warm and supportive approach to her patients makes her an ideal choice for your family’s eyecare needs. Dr. Johnson sees children through seniors and accepts most insurances including Medicare and Mainecare.

She has offices in 2 convenient locations: Kimball Health Center, 333 Lincoln Street, Saco • 283-3676 and Johnson Hall Museum, 2713 Post Road (RTE. 1), Wells • 985-2020

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about health insurance?

Karen Vachon, Licensed health insurance agents helps individuals, families, small business owners, and senior citizens navigate their health insurance options. From Obamacare to Medicare Vachon’s approach is different. She gets up close to the individual client’s needs and situation and taps into available resources to protect life’s twist, turns, and surprises.

“The health insurance purchased has changed a lot in the last year and people are really confused”, explains Karen, who helps people determine their eligibility for tax credits, along with choosing a plan that best meets their needs and budget. “People are also concerned about the tax penalty if they don’t have health insurance”, says Karen, who helps people identify if they’re exempt from the penalty; or would prefer more affordable protection off the exchange.

Tired of 1-800 eternal hold? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed and confused? Call Karen! 207-730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

“A Maine Bridge to Home” Offers Respite for Patients and Families

As you recover from an illness or rehabilitation, consider our respite program, “A Maine Bridge to Home.” To help ensure the best possible outcome and a timely recovery, we at Kindred Assisted Living -Village Crossings have created a full service short-term post-surgical respite program at a very affordable daily rate. We have found that when a person is discharged from the hospital it can sometimes be a fearful and disorienting journey. Family members and/or friends suddenly become caregivers, which can be overwhelming while trying to balance their own daily lives.

Our Maine Bridge to Home program is designed to assist residents as well as their caregivers. Our licensed nurses and direct care staff members are ready around the clock to work in conjunction with your physician to deliver the care needed for recovery. Through this team we support therapy services covered under Medicare “B” and/or private insurance, as well as nursing services under Medicare “A” if qualified. The overall goal is to support the resident’s healing process and their journey to independence. Also available at our community is our Congestive Heart Failure program. This program is designed to help residents live an active and productive life while their care is managed by our registered nurses. Through this program we have virtually eliminated the revolving door of going back and forth to the hospital and this is all done through a partnership with the residents’ personal physician. We educate the residents and their families to understand the congestive heart failure diagnosis and how we can assist in attaining the goal of an active lifestyle once more.

At Kindred Assisted Living-Village Crossings we offer assistance with daily living needs, medication administration and on-site nursing supervision if needed. Special dietary requirements, mobility goals and therapies can be monitored daily. While recovering in our community, you reside in a furnished studio apartment with a handicappedaccessible private bathroom including an emergency call bell system. You may choose to include room services from our fabulous Marsh View Restaurant or enjoy a relaxing dining experience created by our onsite chefs. Our amenities include twenty-four hour care and community companionship to assist in minimizing the possibility of a readmission to a hospital and to enhance your journey back home. So if you find you need a place to gain strength while recovering, try our Maine Bridge to Home program, and let us help you create a successful healing journey.

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Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Monthly Health Tip: 7 Health Benefits of Laughter*

One of the best things in the world is a belly laugh. There is so much to love about laughter that two researchers in California researched the benefits.

1. Laughing lowers blood pressure. Lower blood pressure reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

2. Reduces stress hormone levels. This reduction cuts anxiety and stress impacting your body. This may result in higher immune system performance.

3. Fun ab workout. Laughing tones your abs. Your stomach muscles expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you’re not using while you laugh have an opportunity to relax.

4. Improves cardiac health. Laughter is a great cardio workout especially for those who are incapable of getting any other exercise. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a moderate pace.

5. Boosts T cells. T cells are specialized immune system cells. When you laugh, you activate T cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. When you feel a cold coming on, add laughter to your preventative measures.

6. Triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. If you have pain or chronic pain, laughter can release endorphins, and you can feel good all over.

7. Produces a sense of well-being. Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people with positive outlooks tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. Smile, laugh, and live longer !

* by E. C. LaMeaux; reprinted with permission from Dr. Richard Barwell’s “Conversation” on Neurologically Based Chiropractic.

For more information about Brain Based Chiropractic and Wellness , call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 699-4663 for a free consultation.

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284-9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.

HOME SNUGGERS ANSWERS ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT “ RETROFOAM INSULATION” !

1) How much does it cost to insulate my house?

Depends on how much you want done, and how much we can save you with Efficiency Maine rebates. The average is about $4,500.

2) How long does it take?

Usually no more than a day or two, and it’s usually applied from outside.

3) How much will I save on my heat bill?

That varies between different homes. We find 30% - 40% is common.

4) What is the benefit of RetroFoam insulation?

The real benefit to your comfort is the air sealing, which reduces drafts and cold penetration from outside. Plus, it will keep rooms cooler in the summer too.

5) Are there other benefits, too?

Yes, the RetroFoam is odor free, class 1 fire retardant, and keeps mice and other pests from invading your home, and sound dampening.

6) How can I be assured it’s well sealed?

First, our technicians are highly trained; we check everything with a thermal imaging camera, and the post testing by the Efficiency Maine Certified Energy Auditor gives you and us another level of quality control.

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