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.

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.
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.

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

on Oct. 16, 2015, at 4:11 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Are parents refusing vaccines at your child’s school? Now you can check.

on Sept. 11, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
Assistant Professor Kenneth McCall prepares a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination March 9 at the Portland Community Health Center.

Anti-vaccine trends revealed in Maine’s coastal clusters, private schools

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 11, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
Maine is one of 18 states that allow parents to exempt their children from vaccination for philosophical reasons, and has one of the 10 highest opt-out rates in the country among kindergartners. Unprecedented Maine data is now offering insight into why.

Did legalizing medical pot save some Mainers from prescription painkiller deaths?

on Sept. 04, 2015, at 5 a.m.

Did legalizing medical pot save some Mainers from prescription painkiller deaths?

on Sept. 04, 2015, at 5 a.m.
Portland Community Health Center medical assistant Shelby Heggeman (right) prepares a vaccination on March 9, 2015.

CDC: Fewer Maine parents rejecting vaccines

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 28, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

EMHS wins state approval to acquire Ellsworth hospital

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 26, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
Dr. Kevin Flanigan

MaineCare’s top doctor resigns

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 24, 2015, at 3:03 p.m.