Health

  • Drug Take-Back Day set

    Drug Take-Back Day set

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island police departments will join the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and others in observing National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 28. Any unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs will be accepted anonymously and for free. Drug drop boxes are already located in the lobbies of these law

  • Rotary to give polio the finger

    Rotary to give polio the finger

    BAR HARBOR — In honor of World Polio Day, the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club will host Purple Pinkie Day on Oct. 22 as a part of Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate polio, a crippling childhood disease. The Rotary club and members of MDI High School’s Interact Club will paint pinkies for $1 to promote

  • Local businesses support breast health raffle

    Local businesses support breast health raffle

    BAR HARBOR — In celebration of Breast Health Awareness Month in October, The Breast Health Center at Mount Desert Island Hospital will reprise its raffle this month, the proceeds of which support transportation costs for women on MDI, the outer islands and in Hancock and Washington counties. Raffle items this year will include gift certificates

  • Islesford restaurant boosts cancer programs

    Islesford restaurant boosts cancer programs

    CRANBERRY ISLES — A Hungry for Health fundraiser at the Islesford Dock Restaurant in September raised $1,317 for Healthy Acadia’s cancer prevention and treatment programs in Hancock and Washington counties. The event featured food and local music, with bands FrogPipe and A-Frame performing. This is the second year of the annual Hungry for Health campaign,

  • State grant boosts neuropathy research

    State grant boosts neuropathy research

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) has awarded a $25,000 seed grant to Sandra Rieger of the MDI Biological Laboratory to study peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes pain, tingling and numbness in the hands and feet and affects an estimated 20-40 million Americans. The one-year grant will allow Rieger to collaborate with

  • Compound could regenerate heart muscle tissue

    Compound could regenerate heart muscle tissue

    BAR HARBOR — Novo Biosciences Inc., a spinoff of the MDI Biological Laboratory, has received a two-year, $1.5 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the development of a potential regenerative medicine therapy for the treatment of patients who have suffered an acute heart attack. The grant

  • Price joins health center

    Price joins health center

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Dr. Grace Price is now accepting new patients at the Community Health Center and will be available by appointment starting Oct. 4. Price’s medical interests and expertise include family practice, prenatal care, family planning, chronic disease management and preventative health care. She earned her medical degree from the Warren Alpert School of

  • Plan offered to lower teacher benefit costs

    Plan offered to lower teacher benefit costs

    BAR HARBOR — Lowering the cost of health insurance for teachers and other school employees without reducing the level of coverage is a goal of Mount Desert Island Regional School System officials. Superintendent Marc Gousse thinks they may have found a way to do it. He’s suggesting something called a “gap plan,” which lowers premiums

  • Medical Mission seeks volunteers

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Medical Mission has begun planning for its February 2018 mission to Dajabon, Dominican Republic, and is looking for help. The mission team will be led by Dr. Charles Hendricks of Eden Surgical Associates. The team will join volunteers from other parts of the United States and Canada to provide surgical

  • Medicare session set

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Carroll Harper, president of Carroll Harper and Associates, will give a presentation about the ins and outs of Medicare at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. Those turning 65 or older who have questions about Medicare benefits or eligibility are encouraged to attend. Audience members will