Vital Signs newsletter: Lengthy antibiotics for Lyme

For many patients with Lyme disease, an extended course of antibiotics brings blessed relief from long-lasting and debilitating symptoms. But the medical mainstream cautions against such treatment, contending there’s no evidence it diminishes Lyme symptoms and gives patients false hope.

Bill Whitten of North Yarmouth has explored many “alternative treatments” for Lyme disease. He’s been stung hundreds of times by bees. On purpose. He’s stood for hours in the ocean, hoping the sea would cleanse his body of disease.

Only lengthy antibiotics worked. He supports new legislation that would shield Maine doctors who prescribe the treatment from professional sanctions.

After sweat lodges, bee stings, Lyme sufferer finds relief in antibiotic regimen

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Penobscot County creates ‘wanderers’ database to track residents with mental health issues

Designed for those living with autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s and mental health or cognitive issues, it provides law enforcement with caregiver contact information and tips about how to interact with individuals who have wandered away from home.

Take a look inside the $50,000-month rehab center that divided Camden

The McLean center has contracted with dietitians, personal trainers, massage therapists, yoga instructors, and art and music instructors to provide services to wealthy patients.

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From the source

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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.