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Renovation and Other Environmental Risks in Our Homes

Renovation and Other Environmental Risks in Our Homes

Last winter I wrote about home water contamination risks and how to avoid them. Several other home environmental risks, especially for young children, may be worsened when we re-do a room in our houses or bring out old furniture, like heirloom cribs and chairs. I’ll review several of the most important ones in this column.

How to break a smoking addiction

How to break a smoking addiction

Everybody knows that smoking is bad in all kinds of ways, but most smokers have found that it is extremely hard to stop! That’s because one’s body becomes both habituated and usually addicted to smoking and the nicotine it delivers. And smoking has become financially very expensive as well. In this article, I want to offer suggestions, based on decades of trying to help 100s if not 1000s of smokers, about what strategies seem to help people kick the habit.

Marijuana Legalization And Use: What We Know and Do Not Know

Marijuana Legalization And Use: What We Know and Do Not Know

Laws and norms about marijuana are shifting rapidly. Starting with medical use legalization several years ago, laws have now been passed or are being considered in many states, including Maine, to decriminalize possession and use. Will that be a good thing for the public health of Vienna and Mt. Vernon?

“Bee” Stings

“Bee” Stings

Dan Onion MD, MPH

Mt. Vernon/Vienna Health Officer

293-2076, dkonion@gmail.com

7/9/14

Not all “bee stings” are from real bees. Here in Maine, probably more stings are by yellow jackets, which are actually a type of ground-dwelling wasp and the most aggressive of local stinging insects. Since summer and fall are when most stings happen, I’ll review for you how to avoid, evaluate, and treat stings when they happen to you or a family member.  

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