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EAGLE LAKE, Maine - Seventeen community health centers in Maine are going to get nearly $5 million from the federal government to better equip themselves to serve people with substance abuse disorders and mental health needs.

A group in one of Maine's biggest cities will use a first-of-its-kind federal grant to help children impacts by the opioid crisis.

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Violence in emergency rooms across the United States is increasing, and it's harming not only people who are injured, but also the quality of care.

Eastern Maine Healthcare System has officially changed its name to Northern Light Health.

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Maine's Department of Health and Human Services is urging the public to remember the dangers of accidental marijuana ingestion.

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Calls to sexual assault response helplines were up dramatically in Maine and across the country Thursday as Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.

A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that about 12,000 children in Maine have young parents, ages 18 to 24.

Starting Oct. 1, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems will change its name to Northern Light Health.

EMHS senior vice president Matt Weed says the health care system decided to change its name to better reflect its statewide presence, which has grown from one hospital to nine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Suicide is on the rise in Maine and the state is offering free online training for doctors and counselors.

Maine has seen a slight decrease in the number of drug deaths in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same time last year, according to a new report released by the attorney general’s office. But overdose deaths are still high, and the report finds that the primary driver continues to be the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A University of New England pharmacy professor has received a patent for an innovation in the early detection of breast cancer.

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Maine has one of the nation’s highest rates of prescribing psychotropic drugs to children in the foster care system — and it’s only partially in compliance with its own policies. That’s according to a new investigation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Maine Bureau of Insurance is urging consumers who buy insurance on the individual market to start comparing options ahead of open enrollment.

Anthem has returned to the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Maine for 2019. Average premiums across insurers range from a 4 percent decrease to a 2 percent increase.

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Twenty-nine percent of Maine adults are obese. That's according to a report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health

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The University of Maine System announced plans Wednesday to double enrollment in its nursing program in response to the state’s workforce shortage.