Notice to Patients of Laura Trask

ROCKPORT — Laura E. Trask, a physician at Pen Bay Internal Medicine, has announced that she is leaving the Midcoast June 11. Her patients can be seen by two other PBIM physicians, Denise Anderson and Archibald Green. PBIM is actiely recruiting internists to replace Trask. Patients with questions or who wish to schedule appointments with Anderson or Green can call 593-5800.

In a letter to her patients, Trask said she is moving to New Hampshire to pursue endocrinology and diabetes training opportunities.

Pen Bay Internal Medicine is a group medical practice with seven physician and two nurse practitioners, focusing on adult health and wellness. PBIM is in the Pen Bay Physicians Building on the campus of Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.



Summer smog season starts

NEW ENGLAND — Last week was Air Quality Awareness week, a cooperative effort of the Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental agencies, and the National Weather Service to remind the public to protect health by paying attention to local air quality. With the onset of warmer weather, the EPA urges New Englanders to be aware of the increased risk of ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution (when combined, often referred to as smog), and take health precautions when smog levels are high.

Air quality forecasts are issued daily by the New England state air agencies. Current air quality conditions and next day forecasts for New England are available each day at EPA’s web site. The public can also stay informed about air quality in New England states by following EPA on Twitter, at In cooperation with the New England states, EPA has also set up a “Air Quality Alerts” system, provided free through the EnviroFlast, where people can sign up to receive e-mails or text messages when high concentrations of ground-level ozone or fine particles are predicted in their area.

Warm summer temperatures aid in the formation of ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution. In 2008, EPA strengthened the ozone air quality health standard to 0.075 parts per million (ppm) on an 8-hour average basis. Air quality alerts are issued when ozone concentrations exceed, or are predicted to exceed, this level. In January, EPA proposed to strengthen the ozone standard even further. A final decision is scheduled for August.

Cars, motorcycles, trucks, and buses are a primary source of the pollutants that make smog. Fossil fuel burning at electric generating stations, particularly on hot days, also generates significant smog-forming pollution. Other industries, as well as smaller sources, such as gasoline stations and print shops, also contribute to smog. In addition, household products like paints and cleaners, as well as gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment, also contribute to smog formation.