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A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston finds that prescribing practices are a stronger driver of the opioid crisis in New England than economic conditions. The goal of the study was to better understand the underlying cause of the epidemic, which has claimed 10,000 lives across the region in recent years.

The Maine Senate has joined the House in supporting legislation that would allow more medical providers to perform abortions.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control has confirmed a case of measles in a school-age child in Somerset County.

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Hundreds of people rallied for abortion rights in Portland’s Congress Square yesterday Tuesday evening.

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth is holding a public forum on vaccines Tuesday evening.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill into law that sets a goal of ending hunger in Maine by 2030. The task force will be led by the Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry.

Hepatitis A has been confirmed in a food service worker in Caribou.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate is unanimously supporting a proposal to provide more comprehensive testing for lead in school drinking water.

Maine once again ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for hospital safety, according to the latest scores from the Leapfrog Group.

PORTLAND, Maine - A consultant hired to analyze Maine's proposed legal marijuana laws says the state should be careful to make sure the rules shrink the black market for the drug and provide help for people with substance use disorder.

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Maine has joined 43 other states in an antitrust lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for artificially inflating prices and reducing competition.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine — Bowdoin College notified students, faculty and employees Monday morning that a member of the campus community was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB).

Doctors Quit EMMC As Changes Leave Less Time With Patients, Push Morale To 'All-Time Low'

May 13, 2019
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At least eight doctors are resigning from Bangor’s Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center amid a push by the hospital to reduce their ranks, cut their benefits and have fewer doctors work each day, forcing those on duty to see more patients in a shift.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - Officials say a fox bit a woman outside her home in Bowdoinham, Maine, then chased a neighbor's dogs before running into the neighbor's house, where it was killed.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Public health authorities in Maine say the state's sharp rise in hepatitis cases is continuing.