Health

 
As public health agencies gear up for mosquito season, uncertainty remains around what resources states may need with regards to Zika and whether they will receive adequate federal support.

More US counties are finding Zika-carrying mosquitoes

By Lena H. Sun, Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 38 additional counties – primarily in Texas but as far north as Illinois – documented the presence Zika’s main vector.
Deb Sanford, Deb Sanford, MBA, MSN, RN, vice president of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Eastern Maine Medical Center, presents Haley Harrison, CNA, Grant 6 Respiratory, with the 2017 SUNSHINE Award.

Haley Harrison, CNA, Honored with SUNSHINE Award

By emmc on June 20, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.
VITAL SIGNS

Maine is spending more on health care per capita than most other states

on June 20, 2017, at 3:57 p.m.
SEE YOU LIGHTER

Chico is 8 today

on June 20, 2017, at 12:31 p.m.
A street artist performs with soap bubbles at Rossio square in downtown Lisbon, Portugal April 28, 2017.

200 scientists call for new restrictions on chemicals in personal-care products

By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
The Food and Drug Administration took the bold step late last year of banning 19 chemicals in hand and body soap because of questions about their benefits and concerns about their impact on human health and the environment. What many consumers don’t know is that these ingredients are still commonly used in other personal-care products.
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OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image. A 2017 shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, creating a 50 percent spike in the number of people unable to address their opioid dependence. (Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues

By Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating, Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 11:55 a.m.
The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.

NMMC Rated Top 100 Great Community Hospital in America

By Joanne Fortin on June 20, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
CATCHING HEALTH

Where you can pick strawberries in Maine

on June 20, 2017, at 9:35 a.m.
What’s more delicious than freshly picked strawberries? Here’s the 2017 Catching Health list of where you can pick strawberries in Maine.

Eastern Maine Medical Center Welcomes Accomplished Pediatric Surgeon

By emmc on June 19, 2017, at 9:30 p.m.
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Wynter Przybylski, 9, looks over her shoulder to see where her nurse, Stephanie Shapiro, is while making their way home after school in Topsham Tuesday. Przybylski will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair due to a misdiagnosis in February 2014.

Misdiagnosis leads to paralysis, $1.9 million settlement for Maine girl

By Judy Harrison on June 19, 2017, at 6:04 p.m.
Wynter Przybylski, now 9, was cured of leukemia thanks to a bone marrow transplant, but she is expected to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life because her problem wasn’t caught in time.
CATCHING HEALTH

Love to ride a bike? Want to give back? Join Portland Wheelers

on June 19, 2017, at 5:01 p.m.
Riding a bike is one of life’s pleasures. Portland Wheelers gives free rides to people who can’t bike on their own. Demand is so high they need more volunteers.
SEE YOU LIGHTER

2 step diet is guaranteed to work

on June 19, 2017, at 4:04 p.m.
A female deer tick (left) and a nymph deer tick

As rodent populations grow, ticks — and Lyme disease — are coming indoors

By Melissa Banigan, Washington Post on June 19, 2017, at 2:58 p.m.
White-footed mice are typically considered outdoor animals. But in suburban and rural areas near forested land, they often nest inside walls and in garages.
The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of federal data, found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples.

Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples, surprising even researchers

By Lydia Zuraw, Kaiser Health News on June 19, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
Lead can cause problems with attention and behavior, cognitive development, the cardiovascular system and immune system.
RECOVERY ROCKS

What a good dad does

on June 18, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to reporters on her way to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 23, 2017.

New ad campaign to pressure Susan Collins to vote against health care overhaul

By Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 11:12 a.m.
An organization that opposes the Republican effort to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act is pressuring five GOP senators not to vote for the emerging legislation in a new $1.5 million ad campaign.

Martin Wolfe, doctor specializing in tropical and travel medicine, dies at 82

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
Martin S. Wolfe, a tropical disease specialist who founded one of the country’s first medical practices devoted to ailments incurred in travel and who, in the 1970s, accompanied Henry Kissinger as his personal physician, died June 15 at his home on Block Island, Rhode Island. He was 82.
POLL QUESTION
The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger.

America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

By William Wan, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
Hidden among the steady declines in recent years is the stark reality that cigarettes are becoming a habit of the poor.
Morse High School boys varsity basketball coach Brian Bennett and his team during the 2016-2017 season.

Maine man says Bath Iron Works fired him because he coached kids while on medical leave

By Beth Brogan on June 18, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
“Now seems like the time for mental health to be at the forefront and to let people know that it’s there and it’s nothing to be afraid of.”
HEALTHIER YOU

Chipotle makes you think you are eating healthy

on June 17, 2017, at 6 a.m.
You may think you eating healthy at Chipotle, but their servings and some of their ingredients are laden with calories and sodium.