Health

  • Local businesses unite to fight breast cancer  

    Local businesses unite to fight breast cancer  

    ELLSWORTH– Every year in the United States, more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment of the disease. Locally, businesses are helping contribute to this cause to ensure care close to home is available.  

  • Murawala receives grant to study tendon regeneration

    Murawala receives grant to study tendon regeneration

    BAR HARBOR — Modern medicine has made tremendous strides in replacing organs and hips. But what about those all-important tendons, which enable joint movement by connecting muscle to bone? Tendon injuries, such as those in the knee, elbow, Achilles tendon and rotator cuff (shoulder) exact a huge cost in terms of health care, productivity and

  • Flu shots recommended as viruses threaten to comingle  

    Flu shots recommended as viruses threaten to comingle  

    BAR HARBOR — Nobody wants to self-isolate for 10 days or quarantine for 14 days, but as we head into flu season under the grip of COVID-19, each and every sniffle is likely to induce a heightened response.   In a typical year, roughly 70 to 80 people in Maine die of the flu. In a typical year, approximately 10,200 people statewide are infected with

  • Drive-thru flu shot schedule change

    Drive-thru flu shot schedule change

    ELLSWORTH AND BLUE HILL— In a year when flu shots are extremely important, Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast hospitals are making it easy to get vaccinated. Drive-thru flu shots will be offered: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. Blue Hill Hospital, 57 Water Street, Blue Hill Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to noon  Blue

  • Harvest Truck Campaign a success 

    Harvest Truck Campaign a success 

    ELLSWORTH—This summer, Healthy Acadia has been fundraising to purchase a Harvest Truck that will help them bring more local produce to food pantries across the Downeast region and to feed more families in need. They have just announced that, thanks to community, business and foundation contributions, they have exceeded their campaign goal, and have just purchased a

  • Hospital marks transitions, thanks supporters 

    Hospital marks transitions, thanks supporters 

    BAR HARBOR — Picking up the theme of “everyday heroes,” as nurses and other frontline workers have been labeled this year during the pandemic, the leaders of Mount Desert Island Hospital honored the organization’s 525 employees last Thursday at its annual meeting.  The challenges of the pandemic, hospital President and CEO Art Blank said, have “reaffirmed

  • Water treatment pilot on horizon 

    Water treatment pilot on horizon 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— A recent notice that went out to residents via mail regarding trihalomethanes is not highlighting a new problem with the town’s water supply; it is just a new way of delivering the news.   According to Water and Sewer District Manager Steve Kenney, the state now requires notices to go out in the mail versus

  • Hospital reports new COVID-19 case, nonresident test count updated

    Hospital reports new COVID-19 case, nonresident test count updated

    BAR HARBOR — On Aug. 18, Mount Desert Island Hospital reported a new positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 from a sample taken at its testing center, the first for the facility since mid-July.  The person tested was a Hancock County resident who was showing symptoms of the disease, hospital spokesperson Oka Hutchins said, and was not

  • Contact tracing not up and running

    Contact tracing not up and running

    BAR HARBOR — In the week of Aug. 11-18, the Maine Center for Disease Control reported 13 new positive COVID-19 test results among people whose primary residence is in another state. Under rules from the federal CDC, these cases are reported in each individual’s home state and not included in Maine’s total case count.  Since the pandemic began in

  • Sleep and Alzheimer’s disease 

    BAR HARBOR—Learn more about how sleep affects Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of sleep for healthy aging during a virtual talk with Dr. Cliff Singer, chief of geriatric mental health and neuropsychiatry at Northern Light Acadia Hospital, on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. on Webex.   This talk is part of the Primary Source Speaker Series, which is a collaboration between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library that presents science talks for