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The CEO of the company that lost its contract with the state after the death of an adult resident in its care says the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible.

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A Mainer with a disability preventing them from signing a petition for themselves has not been able to help referendum questions get to the ballot in the past, but a constitutional amendment voters will decide on in November would change that.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says early indicators show it could be a tough flu season in the state and beyond.

Maine has some of the highest rates in the nation of workers who test positive for drugs.

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Hannaford has recalled all white American cheese featuring the store’s brand that was sold from its delis over the past month, warning that it may contain metal fragments.

Maine health officials are reporting a surge in cases of two tickborne diseases. The Maine Center for Disease Control says that as of October 1, it's recorded 556 cases of anaplasmosis and 124 cases of babesiosis.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare unveiled a new treatment center in South Portland Thursday for people with opioid and other substance-use disorders. It's the fifth so-called 'hub' for treatment under the MaineHealth system, and it’s the only one that operates in Cumberland County, which has the most drug overdose deaths in the state.

A Maine psychiatric hospital has been recertified and its $20 million in annual funding has been restored.

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Four new lung illnesses related to e-cigarette use have been reported in Maine, according to the state Center for Disease Control (CDC). That brings the total number of cases in Maine to five.  The cases in Maine add to the growing list of more than 800 hospitalizations reported nationwide, as well as twelve deaths.

MaineCare Program To Cover Health Services Specific To Transgender People

Oct 3, 2019
Darren Fishell / Bangor Daily News

Health care services specific to transgender people are now covered under MaineCare, the state’s version of Medicaid.

LAWRENCE, Mass. - About 100 people have been evacuated from their homes and two schools have been closed in response to a natural gas leak in a Massachusetts city affected a year ago by a series gas explosions and fires.

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Seven deaths and hundreds of lung injuries in people who use e-cigarettes have prompted Democratic state Senator Rebecca Millett to draft a bill that would ban the sale of the devices.

Maine’s largest private employer says it will offer eligible full- and part-time workers four weeks of paid parental leave starting Oct. 1.

Bangor’s Longstanding Abortion Provider Will Soon Offer Vasectomies

Sep 22, 2019
Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

A Bangor clinic that has long provided abortions and other health services for women will soon offer its first birth control procedure for men.

A crop specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is informing the state's potato farmers that they might need to reduce use of a widely used pesticide that controls blight.