Mainers, health experts are worried shoveling will kill you

Every time a big snowstorm looms, the warnings pop up in my inbox: “Heart Attack Season Survival Tips.” And we thought mud season was a bummer. “Snow tips: Safe Shoveling.” Abstinence isn’t an option. “The Slippery Slope of Snow Shoveling.” See what they did there? “Deaths from heart disease rise rapidly during winter.” The straightforward approach. Granted, evidence shows that shoveling can […]

Flu cases spike in Maine

Remember when I asked a couple of weeks ago if Maine’s flu season was really that bad? Well, it’s getting worse, according to new Maine CDC numbers. Learn About Tableau The number of reported flu cases spiked to 1,527 as of Jan. 17, up from 974 the prior week. Penobscot, Cumberland and York counties have been […]

Augusta dentist wins Fulbright grant to improve oral health in Belarus

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist in Augusta, was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright award that will fund work to improve the health of children in his ancestral homeland of Belarus. The Fulbright Specialist Program grant in public and global health promotes collaboration between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions across the world. Shenkin — a […]

Vital Signs: Health cuts in LePage budget decried

Maine’s health community still digesting the budget proposal Gov. Paul LePage just unveiled, but the outcries have begun. The governor’s plan would slash funding for methadone treatment and anti-smoking programs, reduce the ranks of public health staff, and allow cities and towns to collect taxes on nonprofit property, prompting one hospital lobbyist to label the provision a “sick tax.” At the […]