Doctors, nurses and other hospital workers don’t get snow days. With one blizzard behind us and another foot of snow in the forecast for today and tomorrow, the state’s medical centers continue to stay open around the clock.
Joel Farley, head of emergency preparedness for Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, spoke for many Mainers in summing up the hospital’s response to the blizzard.
“It’s Maine,” he said. “We don’t take this thing lightly, obviously, but we’re prepared.”
Joshua Frances, director of emergency preparedness at Maine Medical Center in Portland, said emergency room patients tend to show up with back problems from shoveling and injuries from slips and falls during a big storm.
Other top health stories this week:
Many companies jumping on the wellness bandwagon slap a fruit bowl on the conference table and call it good. But helping employees feel engaged in their jobs can lead to a healthier, happier workforce that costs employers less, according to the report.
Few people know about a recent preclinical study by the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Florida that states THC, the component in marijuana that gets users high, may slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.
From our bloggers
Pattie Reaves, After the Couch
After I did that 8-mile run on New Year’s Day, I signed up for that half marathon in April. And then the universe reached out and said, “girl, oh no you better don’t,” and threw up a few hurdles.
Jim LaPierre, Recovery Rocks
I’ve spent the past several months watching people be weirded out by the empty space where the rest of my right leg should be.
From the source
Archaeologists excavating Queen Anne’s revenge, a pirate ship once helmed by the notorious Blackbeard, have discovered an array of slightly horrifying medical instruments. Avast! Here arrrrrrre photos.
Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell