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Why does it hurt when a black fly bites?

Why does it hurt when a black fly bites?

Black flies may not transmit diseases in the United States like deer ticks and mosquitos do, but they sure can be a nuisance. Read more ...

A Walk with My Mother

A Walk with My Mother

She still has far more sense than I will ever have. My mother. Who has Alzheimer's disease. We decided that it was a lovely day for a walk along the ocean on Portland's Eastern Promenade Trail. The sun was out. It was warm. My mother reached into the closet for her fleece jacket. "Ma," I said as brightly as the sun was shining. "It's too warm for that jacket. How about something lighter?"

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Health Events in Maine May 13 to May 23

Health Events in Maine May 13 to May 23
TUESDAY MAY 13

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Mercy Oncology-Hematology Center
Fore River Medical Office Building
195 Fore River Parkway
Portland, Maine

How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

Deer ticks  — tiny creatures that barely tickle when they crawl over your skin. Makes me shudder just to write the sentence. If you hoped they didn't survive the winter, forget that notion. They did and already, more than 50 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in Maine. Last year, more than 1,375 cases were reported, which was a record high for the state. Read more ...

One Man's Ongoing Struggle with Lyme Disease

One Man's Ongoing Struggle with Lyme Disease

Michael Anderson recently wrote to me about his ongoing struggle with Lyme disease. He gave me permission to share his story, which I decided to do in his own words:

By Michael Anderson

Dear Diane,

Health Events in Maine May 5 to May 21

MONDAY MAY 5
Conception and Beyond

Maine Medical Center
The Dana Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers' Markets

Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers' Markets

Saturday was such a beautiful day — perfect for a trip to the Farmers' Market at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. Yes, the season had begun. I couldn't help but take a few pictures. See more ...