Health

  • Organoids a window into human development, disease

    Organoids a window into human development, disease

    BAR HARBOR — For some, the word “organoid” — a small collection of cells that behave like organs — might connote some far out idea, and until recently that would have been true. But scientists are now using this new tool to learn more about human development, disease and regenerative medicine. Organoids are miniature 3-D

  • MDI Bio Lab spawning business ventures

    MDI Bio Lab spawning business ventures

    A discovery made five years ago by scientists at MDI Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) is causing quite a lot of excitement. It’s a molecule with the scintillating name of MSI-1436 that has been shown to stimulate the repair and regeneration of heart muscle in mice after a heart attack. Following that breakthrough, MDIBL President Kevin Strange

  • Trenton Health Center honored

    Trenton Health Center honored

    TRENTON — The Trenton Health Center of the Mount Desert Island Hospital has been recognized as a 2017 Let’s Go Healthcare Site of Distinction. The Trenton Health Center achieved this distinction for its commitment to excellence in childhood obesity prevention through the national Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 program. The program promotes healthy eating and physical activity

  • Fall births announced

    Fall births announced

    BAR HARBOR — The following births were recorded at Mount Desert Island Hospital in September, October and November. A son, Walker Burns, was born Sept. 10 to Michelle and Dakota Burns of Bar Harbor. A son, Mason Spofford, was born Sept. 13 to Jaime and George Spofford of Salisbury Cove. A daughter, Hayley Merchant-Weed, was

  • Grant to support longevity research

    Grant to support longevity research

    BAR HARBOR — Aric Rogers of the MDI Biological Laboratory has received a grant of $455,000 over two years from the National Institute on Aging, one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health, for research on the cellular mechanisms governing longevity. The grant will allow Rogers to delve more deeply into his discovery

  • Scientist focuses on accelerated aging in children

    Scientist focuses on accelerated aging in children

    BAR HARBOR — Sam Beck has joined the faculty of the MDI Biological Laboratory as an assistant professor of computational biology. Beck will lead a research team focused on the study of progeria, or Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare, fatal, genetic condition characterized by accelerated aging in children. The name, which is derived from the

  • Lyme disease prevention explored

    Lyme disease prevention explored

    BAR HARBOR — Anyone who spent any time in the woods this past summer or fall knows there were roughly 10 bazillion deer ticks out there. Those are the tiny ticks that carry a variety of illnesses, the most common of which is Lyme disease. According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Palliative care talk planned

    BAR HARBOR — An open community conversation about palliative care and serious illness will be hosted by The Jesup Memorial Library and Mount Desert Island Hospital at the library on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Three panelists from the hospital will talk about end-of-life issues and help audience members better understand the different palliative

  • MDI Hospital in top 25 percent

    MDI Hospital in top 25 percent

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in patient perspective, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. “This award reflects the top-quality, patient-centered care that

  • AED-CPR class offered

    AED-CPR class offered

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A free automatic external defibrillator and hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation class will be offered by the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Ambulance Service at the library on Monday, Dec. 4, from 5-7 p.m. This class is not for CPR certification but still provides participants with current AED and