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The experience of pain usually carries with it a strong emotional component. The more intense the pain or the longer the pain lasts, the more dramatic the emotional changes seem to be. Part of what makes more persistent or chronic pain so difficult to deal with is the burden or heaviness of dealing with these significant mood shifts. Such changes not only affect how we feel inside but heavily influence how we interact with others, including...
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Maintaining a healthy brain can be a lot like farming. Growing produce is really a simple process, but there are many little nuances that determine the fate of the crops each year. First of all, farmers need soil and seeds, and they must use them properly. They must plant cucumber seeds in order to harvest cucumbers and not watermelon. And if they don’t plant anything, all they can expect are some random weeds. They will reap what they sow....
Woman holding head in pain
December always seems to be a challenging pain management month. For one, the transition to more frigid temperatures along with the slew of storms that normally come through this time of year seem to make everyone’s aches and pains hurt more than normal. The “winter blues,” also known as seasonal affective disorder, can cause symptoms of depression and fatigue for some, especially for those in cold northern climates. In fact, Hippocrates...
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An Oakland watchdog group has sued four companies and plans to sue dozens more for allegedly manufacturing or selling shampoos, soaps and other care products without attaching labels warning consumers that they contained high levels of a carcinogen.
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California became the first state in the nation Thursday to propose limiting a carcinogen found in drinking water throughout the state, but environmentalists say the recommended standard under the plan is too lax.
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Kathy Day of Bangor read about the vicious infection that claimed the life of young mother Heather Nichols with a mix of heartbreak and recognition.
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BANGOR, Maine — Matt Nichols cradled his newborn daughter, Ruby Ann, in his arms Wednesday morning, gazing into her sleeping face.
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State public health officials have detected Eastern equine encephalitis in mosquitoes in York County, marking the first confirmed presence of the potentially fatal disease in Maine this year.
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Tanna Jellison of Bangor was a sophomore at the University of Maine when she started to worry about a lump in her neck. She’d noticed it before, but the swelling suddenly grew quickly over the span of a month.
Some tips to avoid allergic reactions, drowning, poisoning and heat illness Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors. But the good times can quickly turn tragic because of injuries and accidents. In many cases, taking simple precautions is all it takes to have a safe summer.