Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

Health Editor

Jackie Farwell of Gorham is the health care editor for the Bangor Daily News. Farwell began her career with the newspaper after graduating from the University of Maine's journalism program in 2004. She left in 2006 for a job with The Associated Press in New York, later returning to Maine to become a senior writer at business magazine Mainebiz. Farwell rejoined the Bangor Daily News in 2011 and works from the Portland area. She covers health issues that directly affect Maine residents.
Suboxone strips sit on the shelf at Community Pharmacies in Gorham in this March 2015 file photo.

Maine joins suit against anti-addiction drug maker, months after company got a business boon

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
Maine and 35 other states on Friday sued the maker of the opioid addiction treatment medication Suboxone.
A person gets a shot in this file photo.

Flu vaccine or mask: Maine hospitals draw line on patient safety, workers’ rights

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 19, 2016, at 4 p.m.
Critics of the policies say they amount to little choice at all and infringe on employees’ personal freedom.
Maine EMS and Caribou Fire and Ambulance members carry the body of a CHS student as part of a mock drunken driving crash held in the CHS parking lot on May 3.

Speed to the ER or wait? No easy choice when a life’s at stake in rural Maine

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6:40 p.m.
“I can only imagine how terrifying it is to sit there and watch your loved one suffering.”
EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe allergy sufferers are seen in Washington on Aug. 24.

How soaring prices for EpiPens affect Maine schools

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 01, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
Skyrocketing prices for medications are back in the news this week, with the latest round of furor centered on a life-saving shot for people with severe allergies.

How soaring prices for EpiPens affect Maine schools

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 7 p.m.
  Skyrocketing prices for medications are back in the news this week, with the latest round of furor centered on a life-saving shot for people with severe allergies. The cost for the Epipen, an injectable dose of epinephrine, has risen nearly 500 percent since 2008. A pack of two now rings up at …

Diseases carried by ticks hitting record numbers in Maine

on Aug. 19, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new warning about diseases carried by ticks. So far this year, Maine has recorded 424 cases of Lyme, and many more are expected, as reporting tends to lag by several months. But while Lyme is a familiar seasonal visitor, it’s not …
Dr. Jabbar Fazeli talks on Tuesday in his Portland office about his difficult decision to inform the FBI in 2014 that his brother, Adnan, had become radicalized in his islamic faith. Adnan Fazeli, 38, died fighting with the Islamic State in Lebanon last year.

Maine doctor details sense of duty in alerting FBI to brother’s Islamic State ties

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 17, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
“It was a no brainer, but it was painful. It’s like you’re deciding to amputate a foot, but there’s no other way,” Jabbar Fazeli said.

Is Presque Isle really the nation’s ‘epicenter of anxiety’?

on Aug. 13, 2016, at 1:07 a.m.
In a blog for BDN’s The Level, Jackie Farwell reviews a recent New York Times opinion writer’s claim that Presque Isle is the “epicenter of anxiety”.

Is Presque Isle really the nation’s ‘epicenter of anxiety’?

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
In a piece for the New York Times this week, opinion writer Seth Stephens-Davidowitz describes Presque Isle as the country’s “epicenter of anxiety.” The finding is based on Google searches for the word “anxiety” and related terms, such as “anxiety help” and “anxiety symptoms.” Apparently, Americans are punching those terms into Google more this year …
Deborah Carey Johnson

EMMC president to retire in July 2017

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 05, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
Deborah Carey Johnson, a registered nurse who rose to the ranks of president and CEO at Eastern Maine Medical Center, plans to retire next July.

A year after Maine boy’s trampoline park injury, new study details the risks

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
When a Maine mother took to Facebook last summer to warn other parents about her son’s injury at a trampoline park, I wondered if many other children had been hurt at those facilities. I couldn’t find good numbers, partly because no regulatory agency in Maine was tasked with overseeing the parks. …

Here’s what happens when patients need mental health treatment at a Maine hospital

By Jackie Farwell on July 29, 2016, at 2:27 p.m.
Alyssa Russell, crisis program manager at Crisis & Counseling Centers, walks us through the steps.
Eastern Maine Medical Center has lost a voluntary verification as a trauma center but expects to earn the classification back this spring.

EMMC aiming to regain trauma center verification

By Jackie Farwell on March 03, 2016, at 5:44 p.m.
Eastern Maine Medical Center has lost a voluntary verification as a trauma center but expects to earn the classification back this spring.

Maine Family Planning to offer telemedicine abortions

By Jackie Farwell on Feb. 29, 2016, at 7:59 a.m.
Patients who typically must drive long distances for the procedure may now arrange for an abortion via telemedicine at one of Maine Family Planning’s 17 centers throughout the state.
A woman enrolled at Crossroads in Windham talks about how important it's been to be able to bring her children with her to rehab. The residential program has five beds and has a day care facility on site.

When moms battle addiction, these programs keep their families together

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 30, 2016, at 7:41 a.m.
With more and more babies born affected by drugs, two unique programs are showing how it’s possible to treat addiction and keep families together.
The MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta can be seen in this November 2013 file photo.

Patient data compromised after cyberattack hits MaineGeneral Health

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 08, 2015, at 10:26 a.m.
MaineGeneral Health suffered a cyberattack on its computer network that compromised personal information belonging to patients, employees and prospective donors, the health system announced Tuesday.
Colton Guay, 2, of Poland died Monday at after contracting a disease caused by a type of E. coli bacteria that is sometimes linked to farm animals.

Maine CDC: Tests fail to link children’s E. coli cases to Oxford fair

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 04, 2015, at 1:41 p.m.
The E. coli infection that killed one Maine toddler and hospitalized another in October cannot conclusively be tied to the county fair both boys visited.

Here’s what an obese body looks like — from the inside

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
The newly opened Portland Science Center recently invited me to tour its “Body Worlds” exhibit, a striking collection of preserved human cadavers and organs designed to illustrate, in the most graphic of detail, the consequences of unhealthy living. The displays related to obesity seemed particularly worth checking out as we head into the …

Your eyes could be damaged if you wear decorative contact lenses this Halloween

on Oct. 30, 2015, at 1:02 p.m.
Halloween shoppers can buy decorative contact lenses online, in beauty supply and costume stores, and even at gas stations. But before you don a pair to complete your vampire look this weekend, health officials warn that they could damage your eyes. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of …

Due for a medical procedure or blood work? Maine patients, use this new tool to shop around.

on Oct. 29, 2015, at 5 a.m.
Vital Signs: When you can plan ahead, it often pays to do your homework.