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Bookish people have BETTER social skills?

Bookish people have BETTER social skills?

Who would have thunk it?  All this time I've been holed up with a book, I'm getting better at appreciating other people?

Cool!  Read on.....

No Longer a Safe Driver. What Should You Do?

No Longer a Safe Driver. What Should You Do?

 

Even when it was becoming clear that my 83-year-0ld mother should no longer be driving because she seemed increasingly confused, I waffled. Her doctor said she should give it up because she was having memory problems and her reaction time was slower than normal. I still hesitated. It was the one thing she enjoyed more than anything else — she loved driving aimlessly through neighborhoods and down country roads. Every yard sale along the way beckoned to her and she would often return with a trunkful of treasures. Her car was her refuge, a place of solitude and an escape from worry and stress. I just hated to take that away from her.

Deadly Insect Stings

Deadly Insect Stings

Last summer Ricker Hamilton was out mowing his lawn and got stung in the leg by a wasp. Most of us would be supremely annoyed and might have to endure some pain, itching, and swelling for a few hours. For Ricker an insect sting is a life-threatening situation. It was his third encounter in 20 years and in terms of how quickly his body began to react, the scariest. “Luckily,” Ricker told me, “my son was with me and knew what to do.”  Read more.

Prostate Cancer: Should You Get a PSA Test?

Prostate Cancer: Should You Get a PSA Test?

This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced its  final recommendation against PSA screening for prostate cancer for men of all ages. In 2008 the same panel had recommended against PSA screening for men aged 75 and older, but said the evidence was inconclusive for younger men. Since then, the USPSTF reviewed new evidence on the benefits and harms of PSA testing and the benefits and harms of treating localized prostate cancer. It concluded that, "The harms of PSA-based screening for prostate cancer include a high rate of false positive results and accompanying negative psychological effects, high rate of complications associated with diagnostic biopsy, and — most important — a high risk for overdiagnosis coupled with overtreatment." Read more.

What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Hepatitis C

What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Hepatitis C

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued a draft recommendation that all baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 get a one-time blood test for Hepatitis C. That’s because they are five times more likely to be infected than other adults and account for more than three-quarters of all cases of the infection in this country. Read more.

Did You Know? Adults Need Their Shots

Did You Know? Adults Need Their Shots

Are you up to date on your shots?  Oh, you thought those were only for kids. Well, apparently not. There is a schedule of shots for adults, which gets reviewed every year by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Read more

Brunswick Psychiatrist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Brunswick Psychiatrist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Psychiatrist David A. Moltz, MD, DLFAPA, has been awarded the Dr. Ulrich B. Jacobsohn Lifetime Achievement Award for his “extraordinary and tireless efforts” on behalf of those with psychiatric disorders. Dr. Moltz is Unit Chief of Outpatient Behavioral Health at Mid Coast Hospital. The presentation was made at the April 28, 2012 Annual Membership Meeting of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians.

Dr. Moltz received this prestigious award for “providing and advocating excellent treatment for Maine citizens with psychiatric disorders.” He has been practicing psychiatry for 35 years, 22 of which have been in Maine.  

Mid Coast Hospital’s Outpatient Behavioral Health department includes the Addition Resource Center (ARC).