Health and Lifestyle

Dementia: Effective communication is key

Communication is necessary to express our feelings, needs and desires. Nonverbal and verbal forms of communication are used to convey our identities to one another, and to help us maintain relationships with family and friends. When your loved one is diagnosed with dementia, they will have a ...

Dementia: Effective communication is key

Communication is necessary to express our feelings, needs and desires. Nonverbal and verbal forms of communication are used to convey our identities to one another, and to help us maintain relationships with family and friends. When your loved one is diagnosed with dementia, they will have a ...

Health parents fuel healthy kids

Three brief observations this week: Children blame themselves Despite all evidence to the contrary, kids blame themselves. I see it time after time. Children who are grieving the death of a parent in a car accident or after a long fight with disease. Children whose parents are separating, ...

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcross blood.org. – 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 23: Nashua Elks Lodge, 12 Murphy Drive. – 2:30-7:30 p.m. May 23: Merrimack Middle School, 31 Madeline Bennett Lane. – ...

Diapers, Jesus and Batman: Chaotic kids & Mass confusion

“Honey, Jesus doesn’t care about your diaper.” I said that a number of years ago to my eldest child. Keep in mind, I’m not actually proud of this. We were leaving Mass and she stopped in the aisle, blocking a number of parishioners and started babbling about her diaper. This was years ...

A fighting chance: Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies – and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. Today, premature infants weighing as little as a pound are hooked to ...

FDA: Avoid fake ‘miracle’ cancer cures

TRENTON, N.J. – U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat, diagnose or prevent cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says these products , mostly sold on websites and social media sites, can be ...

‘Superbug’ fungus a new menace in NY, NJ hospitals

NEW YORK – A “superbug” fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey. First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries around the globe. The oldest of the 66 cases reported in the U.S. dates back to 2013, ...

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. n 1-6 p.m. May 1: Brookline Safety Complex, 3 Post Office Drive, Brooklie. n 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 2: St. John NeumannChurch, 708 Milford Road, ...

Dear graduates: I’m dishing up what you need to taste

Here we are getting close to another graduation season and once again I have not been invited to speak at any high school, college, or correctional facility. I’ve covered plenty of graduations and listened to a plethora of stiffs give the same speech, year after year. How many times do I have ...

Health News Digest

Nashua Dartmouth-Hitchcock doctors receive awards Robert McLellan, MD, MPH, chief of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine section, and Sanders Burstein, MD, who retired as medical director of D-H Nashua in December 2016, were presented with Patriot Awards by the New ...

Understanding different types of dementia

Dementia is confusing. While most have heard of the disease and can identify its most common symptom – memory loss – many associate dementia with Alzheimer’s disease and use these terms interchangeably. But they’re not the same, and this is where it gets confusing. Dementia is an ...

Four ways to kick your body into fat-burning mode

Looking to lose weight as fast as you can, and keep it off? Well, forget about all the fads and buy-ins out there that sell empty promises. THERE IS NO QUICK & EASY FIX! First, you must wrap your head around the fact that this process is a lifestyle – not a 21-day, one month or 8-week ...

Shiver me fiberglass – or ‘I can row a boat; canoe?’

Ahoy tharr? Shiver me fiberglass? Yo ho ho and a bottle of bottom-shelf rum? You get the idea. As the temperatures continue to rise to being accommodating to human life, I begin to look forward to getting out in the water on my watercraft: A canoe, also known as a “Reporter’s ...

Parents: Teach kids to plan ahead

Stop reading right now. Seriously: put this paper down. Today is Sunday, the 16th of April. You’ve only got two days left. You have much more important things to do than sit here, sipping lukewarm coffee, and reading about healthy parenting. Where are those receipts? What about the HSA? Did I ...

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. – 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 18: St. John NeumannChurch, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. – Noon-5 p.m. April 18: Mascenic High School, 175 Turnpike ...

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. – 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 18: St. John NeumannChurch, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. – Noon-5 p.m. April 18: Mascenic High School, 175 Turnpike ...

The early bird can keep the worm: I hate fishing

It’s time to come clean: I hate fishing. I feel the need to explain this every year when the winter lets up for a few weeks and we call it spring. No, I will not die right away by being outside for too long, and the idea occurs to me that I ought to give fishing another try. I always believed ...

You are perfect: Trust your body’s innate intelligence

The human body is a self-healing organism. Somehow, some kind of magic power in our bodies knows how to heal a cut on a finger, how to digest food, how to sleep and wake up, and how to guide our bodies through life. We tend to forget that power, or take it for granted, until something happens ...