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Maine saw a record 2,079 Lyme disease cases in the state last year. The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that number could continue to climb as more reports come in.

Maine’s child welfare system is still struggling despite improvements that have been implemented since the abuse deaths of Marissa Kennedy and Kendall Chick two years ago, according to the latest annual report from the state’s Child Welfare Services Ombudsman.

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A proposal in the Maine Legislature seeks to halt discrimination against people who take medication to prevent HIV infection.

Influenza is now classified as widespread across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control.

Maine is one of 10 states that’s been awarded a federal grant to help mothers and babies affected by opioid use.

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Maine's new Death with Dignity law went into effect last fall, but some hospitals have delayed participation in the system it created. Now some Maine hospital systems have policies in place that allow physicians and other medical staff to take part.

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The number of pedestrian deaths in Maine rose last year to 17 — a figure nearly three times the number in 2018, but in line with previous years, according to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

This month reporter Lindsay Tice of the Lewiston Sun Journal wrote about a nursing home in Lewiston that’s on a federal list of problem facilities. Complaints about Marshwood Center in Lewiston allege that patients have suffered from maggot-infested wounds, have been left in beds soiled with urine and feces and sometimes go without food for 14 hours.

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Maine is among five states that are part of a Listeria outbreak linked to hard boiled eggs. The federal Centers for Disease Control is advising those who are at higher risk for Listeria, including seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems to throw away any store-bought hard boiled eggs.

Thirty-three Maine residents and the town of Cambridge have filed a lawsuit in Somerset County Superior Court to block a proposed merger between Mayo Regional Hospital and Northern Light Health.

For the second year in a row, Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast has been recognized as one of the nation’s top rural hospitals.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says her administration will launch a statewide education and prevention campaign in the wake of new data that e-cigarette use among Maine teens has nearly doubled since 2017.

Bangor School Leaders Defend Announcement Of Student's Suicide By Loudspeaker

Dec 12, 2019
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If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the Maine Crisis Hotline at (888) 568-1112 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Facing criticism from parents, Bangor school officials Wednesday night defended their choice to tell Bangor High School students of a peer’s suicide last month over the school’s intercom — a practice that went against recommendations of mental health professionals.

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by several Affordable Care Act marketplace insurers, including one from Maine.

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