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.
 

Device used in thousands of heart surgeries in Maine is linked to a rare infection

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.
Eastern Maine Medical Center is seen Friday in Bangor.

Patient’s death by suicide at EMMC under investigation

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.
Maine Medical Center in Portland

Case of rare, infectious brain illness confirmed at Maine Med

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.
Question 3 on the November ballot would have expand gun background checks in Maine had it passed.

Most Mainers who die by gun turned one on themselves

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.
Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Why a suspected brain disease has a Maine hospital on alert

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.
Single mother Adena Wilcox and her son, Michael, eat dinner at St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen in Skowhegan.

Are single parents the reason poverty is rising in Maine?

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.
THE LEVEL

Remember powdered alcohol? Maine banned it, but now you can bid to make it yourself

on Oct. 27, 2016, at 10:45 a.m.
POLL QUESTION
Marijuana-infused sour gummy bear candies (left) are shown next to regular ones at right in a photo illustration near to where they were purchased in Northglenn, Colorado, in this October 2014 file photo.

Legal marijuana’s risks for children aren’t what you might think

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 23, 2016, at 7:23 a.m.
Marijuana poisonings among the youngest Maine children are uncommon, but rising.
THE LEVEL

A Maine paper mill joins the fight against superbugs, with a product inspired by sharks

on Oct. 11, 2016, at 5 a.m.
Suboxone strips sit on the shelf at Community Pharmacies in Gorham in this March 2015 file photo.

Maine joins suit against anti-addiction drug maker, months after company got a business boon

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.
POLL QUESTION
A person gets a shot in this file photo.

Flu vaccine or mask: Maine hospitals draw line on patient safety, workers’ rights

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.
Maine EMS and Caribou Fire and Ambulance members carry the body of a CHS student as part of a mock drunken driving crash held in the CHS parking lot on May 3.

Speed to the ER or wait? No easy choice when a life’s at stake in rural Maine

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.”
EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe allergy sufferers are seen in Washington on Aug. 24.

How soaring prices for EpiPens affect Maine schools

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.

How soaring prices for EpiPens affect Maine schools

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Diseases carried by ticks hitting record numbers in Maine

on Aug. 19, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
VIDEO
Dr. Jabbar Fazeli talks on Tuesday in his Portland office about his difficult decision to inform the FBI in 2014 that his brother, Adnan, had become radicalized in his islamic faith. Adnan Fazeli, 38, died fighting with the Islamic State in Lebanon last year.

Maine doctor details sense of duty in alerting FBI to brother’s Islamic State ties

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.
FIDDLEHEAD FOCUS

Is Presque Isle really the nation’s ‘epicenter of anxiety’?

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”.
THE LEVEL

Is Presque Isle really the nation’s ‘epicenter of anxiety’?

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
Deborah Carey Johnson

EMMC president to retire in July 2017

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.
THE LEVEL

A year after Maine boy’s trampoline park injury, new study details the risks

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.