Think you’re running your generator safely? You might not know these poisoning risks

Four young people from Massachusetts were found dead Friday evening in their Wakelin family camp, this log cabin tucked in the Byron woods on Bateman Lane, east of Coos Canyon and Route 17. TERRY KARKOS | SUN JOURNAL

The deaths of four young people in Byron late last week from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning was rare for the state of Maine. We don’t often see such poisonings when homeowners use generators for auxiliary power, as that group did to get a refrigerator running in an off-grid cabin, according to state toxicologist Dr. Andy Smith. But all too often, […]

What you could learn from a Wisconsin city where people aren’t afraid to talk about aging

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In one city in Wisconsin, everyone talks about the difficult realities of aging. About 96 percent of people who die in La Crosse, a city roughly the size of Bangor situated on the Mississippi River, have completed an advance directive or similar paperwork spelling out their wishes for end-of-life care, NPR recently reported. That’s more than three times the […]

A Maine student’s homework, brought to you by Oreo

A Maine student's homework sheet. Source: Maine Public Health Association

Ladies and gentlemen, a Maine student’s opinions about snow — brought to you by Oreo. You don’t often see a child’s schoolwork sponsored by a multinational cookie brand. But food marketers regularly advertise to students in Maine schools using less overt tactics, according to Tina Pettingill of the Maine Public Health Association. She used the Oreo worksheet, passed […]

Is prostate cancer screening worth the risk? The heated medical debate behind King’s announcement

One line in particular from Sen. Angus King’s announcement that he’ll undergo prostate cancer surgery caught my attention. In a statement, his office said the senator has experienced no symptoms of the disease, “but a routine medical exam in April revealed some abnormalities in his bloodwork indicating possible prostate cancer.” While the announcement doesn’t specify which blood test turned […]