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

on Sept. 11, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
POLL QUESTION | CHECK YOUR SCHOOL
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.
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Did legalizing medical pot save some Mainers from prescription painkiller deaths?

on Sept. 04, 2015, at 5 a.m.
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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.
Spectrum Health Systems announced Monday that it plans to close its addiction treatment center in Sanford.

Sanford methadone clinic to close, citing LePage policies

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 24, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
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Chemist Jamie Foss demonstrates mass spectral analysis instruments at the state drug testing lab in Augusta recently.

Lab’s chemists on front lines of Maine’s war on deadly drugs

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 22, 2015, at 6:07 a.m.
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Parents, beware: Head lice in Maine grow resistant to common treatments

on Aug. 19, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
A measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California, in this February 2015 file photo.

Maine court rules state could order child’s vaccination against mother’s wishes

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 12, 2015, at 5:38 p.m.
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How the pros kill ticks: Unwitting mice and deer get a dose of bug spray

on Aug. 11, 2015, at 4:06 p.m.
The liquid form of methadone sits on a shelf in a locked closet at CAP Quality Care in Westbrook March 17. Addiction treatment advocates question Gov. Paul LePage's choice to not pursue a federal grant that would have provided up to $3 million to fund addiction treatment, including methadone and Suboxone regimens.

Drug treatment advocates question state’s choice to not pursue grant

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 07, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
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Maine hospitals, like restaurants, get reviewed on Yelp

on Aug. 06, 2015, at 3:39 p.m.
Brent Miller, director of the Discovery House in Bangor

Clinics want addiction treatment funds LePage says are available

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 05, 2015, at 5:41 p.m.
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Maine mom targets trampoline park after son’s broken leg

on July 29, 2015, at 4:43 p.m.
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Should the state disclose which Maine schools face disease outbreaks?

on July 27, 2015, at 4:44 p.m.
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Think you’re running your generator safely? You might not know these poisoning risks

on July 22, 2015, at 4:22 p.m.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush smiles and applauds at an event honoring the 5,000th winner of the "Daily Point of Light" award in the East Room of the White House in Washington in this July 15, 2013 file photo.

Neck fracture caused no neurological problems for former president Bush

By Jackie Farwell on July 16, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.