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Nitrous Oxide For Labor Pain Relief

Most women in labor have choices about what they want their birth experience to be. At the Family Birth Center at Maine Medical Center, the patient's safety and desires come first. Whether it is a natural child birth with little to no medical intervention, or one with medication to help ease pain, our nurses and doctors work with each patient individually to help them achieve their goals. Should you choose medication for relief during labor, it’s best to know your options before making a...


What to Expect When You Are Admitted to the Hospital

No one wants to be admitted to the hospital but knowing what to expect can help make it easier. Dr. Elizabeth Herrle is a hospitalist at Maine Medical Center. Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in the care of patients in the hospital, and they are often your lead physician while you are admitted. Listen to inside information on how doctors and nurses work together to care for patients. There is a lot that happens regarding patient care that the patient doesn’t see. Another important...


The Genetics of Breast Cancer

About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. Most inherited cases of breast cancer are associated with two abnormal genes: BRCA1 and BRCA2; however, there are other genes associated with breast cancer risk. Getting tested for the mutations of these genes is a very personal and private decision women must make with their doctors. They can then decide with their physicians what to do with that information. Listen in...


Clinical Trial at MMC Gives Hope to Patients with Brain Tumor

Recurrent brain cancer, called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can be a life threatening condition, however, immunotherapy – which is showing tremendous promise for many cancers – is now being tested against this cancer. The trial is testing a vaccine created with the patient's own tumor tissue. Immunotherapies are treatments that restore or enhance the immune system’s natural ability to fight cancer. In just the past few years, cancer immunology has produced several new methods of treating...


New Technology for Diagnosing & Monitoring Prostate Cancer

At Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute in Portland, Maine, prostate cancer represents one of our largest volumes of cancer patients. High-tech prostate imaging gives men with suspicious prostate lesions more targeted and accurate biopsies. MMC is first hospital in Maine to offer this important tool. Listen in as Matthew Hayn, M.D., discusses all the latest advancements in diagnosing and monitoring Prostate cancer.


Breast Imaging: Better Than Ever

The latest advanced technology in breast cancer screening and diagnosis, called DBT (digital breast tomography), 3D or Tomosynthesis, creates a layered, 3-dimensional image. While the patient experience is very similar to traditional digital mammography, the new technology provides a series of thin images that a radiologist can view almost like turning the pages in a book. The results include better detection of invasive breast cancers and fewer call-backs for false positives. Elizabeth...


Facts About Living Kidney Donation

101,000 people in the US are waiting for kidney transplants. Due to the kidney organ shortage 5000 of them won’t make it to the end of this year. Living kidney donors provide recipients better chances for survival as the kidney’s usually last twice as long as deceased donors. Dr. Juan Palma, Transplant Surgeon at Maine Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center will discuss the facts around being a living kidney donor.


Tick-borne Disease Prevention

The Vector-borne Disease Laboratory at Maine Medical Center Research Institute is dedicated to the control of emerging tick-and mosquito-borne diseases. Chuck Lubelczyk, Vector Ecologist, is here to help understand the environmental interactions of vectors, hosts, habitats, and climate; monitor the geography of risk; and increase public awareness of the threat of tick-and mosquito-borne diseases.


Women and Heart Disease: Know Your Risk!

Heart disease, not cancer, is the number one cause of death for women in America. Nearly every minute of every day each year, a woman dies of heart disease. What are the risk factors? How can we lower our risk? Dr. Lynette Weeman is here to explain the symptoms every woman should know, and what we can do about them?


Keeping Your Family Safe During Summer Activities

Summer is a time for being carefree and outdoors as much as possible. Unfortunately, summer activities can lead to injury or worse if you aren’t careful when doing those activities. Learn how to keep your family safe when enjoying all that summer has to offer. Suzanne Grace, CPSTI, is here to discuss the best ways to keep your family safe during the summer months.


Cardiac Arrest: Can We Improve Outcomes for These Patients?

People who arrive at a hospital in cardiac arrest (heart has stopped) have poor chances of full recovery. The PEARL Study is looking at improving those outcomes. Currently some of these patients undergo heart catheterization, while others do not, depending on the physician’s judgment. But what if everyone had a heart cath? Would it improve outcomes? A note about the study: Most medical research studies require an individual’s informed consent in writing before they can be enrolled,...


What is a Hospitalist?

Many people come to the hospital and don’t have a clear understanding of the roles of their care team. Hospitalists play a key role in that care team during a patients stay. Dr. Dan Meyer, Hospital Medicine at Maine Medical Center will explain what a hospitalist is and how they differ from other people involved in the care of patient while in the hospital.


Work: A Social Determinant of Health

The Department of Vocational Services is a leader in the field of employment for people with disabilities. There are only a few hospitals in the US that have this as a service and MMC is the only one in the State. It is a unique service and one that allows patients to meet with an Employment Specialist while they are in the hospital to discuss any concerns they may have about returning to their current job or if they are unemployed how the service can assist them in obtaining...


Lead Poisoning: Do You Know The Causes, Are You At Risk?

Lead poisoning happens when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal. Some of the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include: developmental delay, learning difficulties, and irritability. Listen in as Abby Markham, MD discusses lead poisoning, what to look for and possible...


Importance of Vaccination Against Human Papilloma Virus

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is a virus that can be spread through skin-to-skin genital contact. There are many different types of HPV. Some types cause genital warts and are called low-risk. And some types can lead to cervical, anal, or oral cancer and are called high-risk. There is no known cure for HPV, but there is a vaccine that can protect against some types of the virus. Stephanie Joy, MD, is here to explaine HPV...


The Importance of Oral Health at a Young Age

We recognize that many parents in Maine view tooth decay as an inevitable childhood disease and yet it is nearly completely preventable. The three things that parents can do to help prevent dental problems are: 1. Improve the oral health of their own mouths by getting regular dental care and brushing daily to reduce the amount of bacteria in their own mouths. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria passed through saliva. 2. Fluoride - Fluoride makes teeth stronger, prevents tooth decay...


Does Your Child Have Sleep Issues?

All kids experience sleep problems every now and then, but for those that are affected repeatedly, it can create issues during the awake hours. Their school work can suffer, as well as their extracurricular activities. Dr. Thomas Mellow, Division Director Pediatric Pulmonology at Maine Medical Partners, addresses common sleep issues among kids and what families can do to change these behaviors.


Menopause and Perimenopause – What to Expect

Menopause and Perimenopause can affect women at different times and the symptoms and signs can be different for everyone. Dr. Daniel Spratt, with Maine Medical Partners Women’s Health is here to discuss menopause and perimenopause. He delves into the treatments for hot flashes and many of the symptoms women experience as they go through this very important change.


What is Palliative Care?

Dealing with a serious or advanced illness is not easy for anyone involved. Palliative care programs can provide the much needed care and support for patients and their families but many are unfamiliar with this type of medicine. Dr. Isabella Stumpf, Medical Director of Palliative Care at MaineHealth will explain what palliative care is, what services are available, as well as the benefits for patients and families.


Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology

According to the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG), hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure in the US. The trend is moving towards minimally invasive surgery which can result in the same outcome for patients with the least amount of invasion or smallest incision possible. Dr. Julia Brock, a gynecologist at Maine Medical Center, will discuss this trend and benefits to patients including faster recovery times, less pain, and shorter in hospital stay.