By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 01, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
A rare, dangerous infection linked to a device commonly used in heart surgeries has prompted hospitals to gauge the risks for thousands of past patients, at the urging of federal regulators.
By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 18, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
The hospital reported the death to a state licensing board and a state program that tracks health care safety issues, according to an EMMC spokeswoman.
By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 11, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
The patient has Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, a degenerative brain disorder caused by an infectious type of protein, the hospital said in a statement. CJD is a form of prion disease, which is fatal.
By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 11, 2016, at 7:36 a.m.
Much debate on Maine’s Question 3 — expanding firearm background checks — centered on how to keep firearms from people who wish to harm others. Yet the issue has another, less discussed side: people who want to harm themselves.
By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 10, 2016, at 8:11 p.m.
Maine Medical Center postponed elective surgeries at its Portland campus for two days this week in response to a patient suspected of carrying a rare but dangerous pathogen that’s resistant to sterilization.
By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 04, 2016, at 7:18 a.m.
A new five-part series, recently released by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, examines two troubling trends: the exponential growth of families in poverty and the percentage of children born to unmarried women.
on Oct. 27, 2016, at 10:45 a.m.
By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 23, 2016, at 7:23 a.m.
Marijuana poisonings among the youngest Maine children are uncommon, but rising.
on Oct. 11, 2016, at 5 a.m.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
on Aug. 30, 2016, at 7 p.m.
on Aug. 19, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
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.
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”.
on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
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.
on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.