Is there a health topic that you'd like to learn more about?
Knowing the facts can be a powerful tool in maintaining your health and treating disease. There are many places that you can learn more about a specific disease or condition.
Your family physician. Your family physician can answer many questions about your health concerns. He or she may also refer you to a specialist who has special training in the topic.
Your local library. Many libraries offer books and periodicals that can help you learn more about health issues. Many libraries also have public access computers where you can use the Internet to research an issue that concerns you. Find a library near you.
Your community hospital. Did you know that many hospitals have medical libraries that you can use, free of charge? Find a medical library near you.
The Internet. There are hundreds of sites on the Internet offering information on different health topics, covering a wide range of educational and institutional resources. We offer links to many of these sites.
Looking for health information online? There are many great websites that can help you learn more about any health concerns you might have. Here are some reliable sites to get you started.
familydoctor.org Health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians. HealthFinder A gateway to government and nonprofit sources online, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. MayoClinic.com Information about diseases, conditions, and healthy living. This website is reviewed by Mayo Clinic experts. MedlinePlus.gov A collection of websites, selected by the National Library of Medicine. Helpful for both healthcare consumers and professionals. Want to be sure that what you are reading online is accurate and safe for your health? Find out more.
Alzheimer’s Disease in Maine
According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia among elders. It begins slowly. People in the early stages of Alzheimer's may have trouble remembering. They may forget things that have happened recently or the names of people they know. Over time, these symptoms get worse. Eventually, they will need total care.
Alzheimer's usually strikes after the age of 60. The risk of developing the disease increases as you get older. No known treatment can stop Alzheimer's, but there are some treatments available that can help the symptoms for a limited time.
- In 2000, 25,000 people in Maine suffered from Alzheimer's
- Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease every 72 seconds.
- The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias amount to more than $148 billion annually. (Want more statistics? Check Alzheimer's Disease Fact and Figures: 2007 from the Alzheimer's Association)
On this page, you will find links to resources for the prevention, care, and management of Alzheimer's disease. If you have an interest in helping to develop and maintain this website, please contact us.
Asthma in Maine
Asthma is becoming a bigger and bigger health problem in the United States. In the past 10 - 20 years, cases of asthma and costs have more than tripled. Five million U.S. children are asthmatic - nearly four times the entire population of Maine.
Mainers share this burden. New England has the highest rate of adult asthma in the U.S. In 2004, Maine was found to have the highest asthma rate in New England (Asthma Regional Council). Asthma effects about 128,000 people in our state, including 28,000 Maine children.
This has a big impact on life in our communities. The Maine Asthma Prevention and Control Program estimates that asthma causes about 65,000 school absences and 37,500 work absences each year in Maine.
If you are concerned about asthma, you are not alone. Many in Maine, especially children and young people, suffer from asthma. However, there are ways to deal with asthma and lead a full, normal life. Want to find out more about asthma? Looking for resources that can help? Start here.
Based on Asthma by Retrieved from Hands on Health-SC , 2007.
Reviewed for the Maine Health Forum by MD on 8/13/2007.
Cancer in Maine
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. Half of all men and one-third of all women in our country will develop cancer in their lifetimes.
Maine has the highest cancer rate in the nation. According to the US Cancer Statistics report published in 2005, our state had a rate of 510.3 cases of invasive cancer per 100,000 people - a rate that is much higher than the national average of 459.9 per every 100,000.
The Maine Cancer Consortium predicts that over 7,500 Mainers will be diagnosed with cancer in the next year. Over 3,000 Mainers will die from cancer. Meanwhile, Maine's population is aging. Because the risk of having cancer increases as you get older, the number of cancer cases in our state will probably double by 2050.
For the first time in history, cancer has become the leading cause of death in Maine. One in every four deaths are due to cancer. There is good news, though - it doesn't have to be this way. We can reduce cancer rates with lifestyle, dietary and health care decisions, such as quitting smoking and seeing a doctor at regular intervals. Early detection increases chances of long-term survival. We should undergo recommended cancer screening and learn the warning signs of cancer.
We invite you, your family and your friends to join the fight against cancer in your home and community.