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.
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.

Maine woman celebrates Macy’s pledge to stop selling furniture with flame retardants

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 …
Myles Herschaft, a 17-month old boy from Auburn, was hospitalized at Maine Medical Center in October 2015 with hemolytic uremic syndrome after being exposed to E. coli bacteria.

Auburn boy infected with E. coli returns home

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 …

Mainers, the flu is here. Here’s how to fend off the fever.

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 …

State identifies Maine schools hit with chickenpox outbreaks

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.
Myles Herschaft of Auburn is in the hospital with HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome, after being exposed to E. coli bacteria.

Second child sickened by E. coli after Oxford fair visit improves

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 …

What kind of woman uses drugs while pregnant? What Maine’s data tell us

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.

Follow these steps to reduce the odds of a misdiagnosis

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.
Ronald Scott of Washburn was misdiagnosed twice before learning his headaches were caused by terminal cancer, according to his daughter, Tammi Scott Easler. He died on July 17, 2015.

After father’s misdiagnosis, Maine woman urges patients to speak up

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.

Is your well water safe to drink? Check your town’s arsenic rates

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 …

Maine man sues makers of Tylenol PM over liver failure

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 …

In Maine visit, Temple Grandin’s mother will explain how she raised one of autism’s famous faces

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 …

The innocents in Maine’s drug crisis: Almost 1,000 Maine babies exposed in the womb

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 …