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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
on Oct. 29, 2015, at 5 a.m.
Vital Signs: When you can plan ahead, it often pays to do your homework.
on Oct. 22, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
Three years ago, I interviewed a Portland woman who had just learned that potentially toxic chemicals were lurking in her house. Jenny Rottmann, due to give birth to her first child in a matter of days, worried the couch she’d purchased at a local department store could harm both her and her baby. The …
By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 16, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
A child sickened by E. coli after visiting the Oxford County Fair has been released from the hospital, according to a spokeswoman at Maine Medical Center. Myles Herschaft, a 17-month-old boy from Auburn, developed a dangerous complication from the E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome. He was listed in …
on Oct. 16, 2015, at 4:11 p.m.
Wash your hands and shun your feverish co-workers everyone: The flu is here. Maine has confirmed its first case of influenza this season, in an unvaccinated adult from Sagadahoc County, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced today. The case was detected late last week by Mid Coast Hospital, but the individual didn’t …
on Oct. 14, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
The state has released the names of three schools and a childcare facility where chickenpox broke out during the 2014-15 school year.
By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 07, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
A second child sickened by E. coli after visiting the Oxford County Fair was upgraded to fair condition Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman at Maine Medical Center. Myles Herschaft, a 17-month-old boy from Auburn, developed a dangerous complication from an E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to a …
on Oct. 01, 2015, at 11:29 a.m.
Babies with mothers in treatment fare better than those born to moms abusing drugs — the roller coaster of intoxication and withdrawal typical of illicit drug use increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight, experts say.
By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 28, 2015, at 1:24 p.m.
The Institute of Medicine offers suggestions for patients to reduce risk of misdiagnosis.
By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 28, 2015, at 1:24 p.m.
A “conservative estimate” found misdiagnosis affects 5 percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care each year, and may contribute to 10 percent of patient deaths, according to the Institute of Medicine.
on Sept. 26, 2015, at 5 a.m.
About half all all Maine households rely on private well water, one of the highest rates in the country. But most wells here haven’t been tested for contaminants. Among those that have, one in 10 has elevated levels of arsenic, state toxicologist Andrew Smith told me last June. How likely is …
By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 21, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
A Lincoln County man has sued the makers of Tylenol PM, alleging the medication caused his liver to fail …
on Sept. 16, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
When Temple Grandin was growing up in the 1940s, both her doctor and her father pushed for her to be institutionalized. Her mother, Eustacia Cutler, had other plans, teaching her daughter social skills and arranging speech therapy for her by age two. Now 68, Grandin went on to become one of the …
on Sept. 11, 2015, at 3:51 p.m.
Eight percent of all babies born in Maine during the last fiscal year entered the world affected by drugs. That’s nearly 1,000 infants exposed to drugs in the womb, the highest number on record and a more than fivefold increase since 2006. This chart reflects instances where health care providers reported to the state that …