Health

  • Mask donations welcome

    Mask donations welcome

    BROOKLIN — Aaron Porter, editor of Professional Boatbuilder magazine, sent a plea last week to professional or hobby boatbuilders to donate N95 masks to medical facilities, in light of the current shortage.  “If you have any spare, or even not-so-spare, ‘N95’ designated dust masks in your shop or inventory, find them today and donate them to your closest medical facility,”

  • Social distance and science ‘will carry the day,’ Liu says

    Social distance and science ‘will carry the day,’ Liu says

    ELLSWORTH — The leader of The Jackson Laboratory is applauding the additional “Stay Healthy at Home” measures announced Tuesday by Governor Janet Mills to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Maine.  Preliminary models of the disease progression in Maine so far, Edison Liu said in a video event hosted by the Ellsworth Public Library, show a peak sometime

  • Virus crisis a threat to mental health

    Virus crisis a threat to mental health

    BAR HARBOR — As a psychiatrist, Dr. Rebekah Villarreal is concerned about people who had been dealing with mental health problems before the coronavirus scare came along.  “I worry that, for patients who are already anxious or depressed, the coronavirus can exacerbate that,” she said.   “One of the things I often talk about with patients with depression is

  • Virus threat tough on mental health

    Virus threat tough on mental health

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Got cabin fever? Going stir crazy?   Feeling anxious or depressed because of the coronavirus threat and all the disruption and uncertainty it’s causing?  If so, you’re certainly not alone.   There are good, reliable sources of advice on preventing or coping with emotional and psychological distress triggered by a public health emergency such as

  • Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    FARMINGTON, Conn. — “This is a team effort,” said Governor Ned Lamont, speaking at a press conference March 19 at The Jackson Laboratory Center for Genomic Medicine, of his state’s response to the pandemic emergency. “And our health care system, the hospitals, biosciences, you’re the quarterback of this team.”  The Center for Genomic Medicine, a state-accredited clinical diagnostic laboratory,

  • “The Day the Music Died” – for an hour

    “The Day the Music Died” – for an hour

    ELLSWORTH — Radio station Star 97.7 announced Friday that it’s going to stop the music for one hour on Tuesday, March 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to air an informational program with two local physicians about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is something the station has never done before, said co-owner and general manager Mark

  • Schools and businesses closed to prevent virus spread a hundred years ago

    Schools and businesses closed to prevent virus spread a hundred years ago

    BAR HARBOR — Residents woke up on Oct. 5, 1918 to read the headline in the Bar Harbor Times that their town had closed.  “TOWN CLOSED TO PREVENT EPIDEMIC,” the headline proclaimed. The epidemic was the rapid spread of a deadly virus known as the grippe or Spanish influenza. Though called “Spanish,” it was a worldwide pandemic.  According to the newspaper report, the closure affected “schools, theatres,

  • Preparing for a pandemic

    Preparing for a pandemic

    By Arthur J. Blank  President/CEO, MDI Hospital    The new coronavirus outbreak and its associated respiratory disease (COVID-19) continue to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation nationally and internationally. Our team at Mount Desert Island Hospital and Health Centers has been monitoring the situation since January and is following the recommendations of the Centers for

  • February birth announcements from MDI Hospital 

    February birth announcements from MDI Hospital 

      A daughter, Avery Marie Klaver, was born Feb. 1 to Paige and Elliott Klaver of Bass Harbor.  A daughter, Lily Pettegrow, was born Feb. 10 to Abbe Pettegrow of Southwest Harbor.  A daughter, Rose Parker, was born Feb. 18 to Sophia Spiker and Nathan Parker of West Tremont.  A son, Haven Whyte, was born Feb. 19 to Deanna Aguinaga Whyte and Blake Whyte of Bar Harbor.  A daughter, Brigid Saulgrove, was born

  • MDI results mixed on student health survey

    MDI results mixed on student health survey

      BAR HARBOR — On several indicators of wellbeing, students at Mount Desert Island High School scored higher than their counterparts across the state on the 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, a joint project of the Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Health and Human Services. But they lagged behind in some