Health and health care news

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A new project in Maine will provide housing for chronically homeless people who have opioid use disorder.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting the state's first flu-related death of the season.

A state task force examining the presence of the toxic chemicals PFAS in Maine has issued its preliminary recommendations to protect public health, including testing Maine's drinking water and food supplies for exposure.

SWEDESBORO, N.J. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says thousands of pounds of salad products are being recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination.

Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press

More retailers and restaurants are eliminating toxic chemicals from food packaging, according to a report from the coalition Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

A nationwide prescription drug shortage is being felt here in Maine.

Lewiston Hospital Group To Invest $38M In Cancer Center

Nov 18, 2019
Courtesy Central Maine Healthcare / via Bangor Daily News

Central Maine Healthcare said Monday that it plans to invest more than $38 million in a new cancer institute to be built on its campus in Lewiston.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

A new treatment for cystic fibrosis, or CF, is being hailed as a groundbreaking therapy that can potentially extend the lives of people with the condition.

Specially developed mice from the Maine-based Jackson Laboratory will be heading into space next month.


Maine mental health provider Sweetser has announced it is ending its clinic-based therapy program, which will affect 450 children and adults.

State officials are confirming news reports that a wastewater treatment plant that discharges into the Kennebec River processed a quarter-million gallons of water containing an unregulated class of contaminants earlier this year.

InterMed, a physician group based in southern Maine, announced this week that personal information of about 30,000 patients was compromised through an email hack.

Medical students at the University of New England will get training in how to treat opioid use disorders. 

A U.S. Senate committee is advancing a proposal from Sen. Susan Collins to improve research about Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

Some medical marijuana businesses in Maine say they’ve seen a recent boost in e-cigarette sales, even as concern grows over deaths and illnesses related to vaping products.