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Medicaid expansion in Maine is starting to improve access to treatments for opioid use disorder.

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The high cost of prescription drugs has led more than one in four Mainers to stop taking a medication.

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The American Red Cross is facing an emergency need for blood in Maine and across the nation.

Maine will invest almost $6 million in federal money in community health centers and other institutions to try to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says tests indicate chlorine eliminated the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease from the Orono-Veazie Water District.

Dog-Killing Toxic Algae Could Surface In Maine's Waters

Aug 14, 2019
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Toxic blue-green algae in lakes and ponds has caused the death of several dogs throughout the United States and Canada in the last month. While these algal blooms are more common in southern states, they also occur in Maine, especially as bodies of water warm in mid- to late-summer.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The federal government is providing a Connecticut medical school with a grant to help develop a medical residency program in far northern Maine.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Medical Center is warning people who visited the hospital's emergency department on July 30 that they may have been exposed to the virus that causes chickenpox.

Boom In Overdose-Reversing Drug Is Tied To Fewer Drug Deaths

Aug 7, 2019
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NEW YORK — Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades.

Maine health officials say the number of reported cases of chickenpox at a shelter for asylum seekers is in the single digits.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is responding to reports of varicella, or the chickenpox virus, at the Portland Expo Center, where hundreds of asylum seekers are being housed.

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Maine Democrats and health advocates are praising an announcement Wednesday from the Trump administration that it will explore ways to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

Binge Drinking Is Increasing Among Older Adults, Worrying Health Officials

Aug 1, 2019
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One in 10 U.S. adults aged 65 or older binge drank in the past month, a trend that worries health officials because it can exacerbate existing maladies and contribute to more falls, according to a new study released Wednesday.

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When a person goes to the hospital after being sexually assaulted, they require special care. Not only to treat their physical injuries, but to collect evidence and provide appropriate emotional support.

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The Maine Center For Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed another case of the tick-borne virus Powassan.