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A new working group kicked off its first meeting in Augusta Friday morning to review Maine's mental health system and make recommendations for improvements.

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This week Maine Public is focusing coverage on climate change, and threats it poses to Maine and to the planet. Among those threats is an increasing number of tick-borne diseases. Researchers say warmer winters and rising humidity have helped fuel the northward expansion of the ticks' range. Changes in climate are also making Maine more hospitable for new species of ticks and the diseases they carry.

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LEBANON, Maine - Health authorities in Maine say they have confirmed the presence of a potentially deadly virus in mosquitoes in the southern part of the state.

Service through a statewide phone support line for people who are experiencing mental health issues won’t be reduced — for now.

Calais Regional Hospital is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but says it’s not planning any layoffs, will continue to pay employees and will operate as usual during the process.

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A woman is being held without bail in Penobscot County Jail in connection with the death her 1-year-old daughter from fentanyl.

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A statewide phone support line for people with mental health issues will be reduced from a 24-hour service to a seven hour daily service next year under a proposed new state contract. The proposed change is drawing criticism and concern from the mental health community.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is launching a new culinary classroom that will stream live cooking classes in hopes of inspiring healthy meals in Maine schools.

Cancer patients living in rural Maine will have better access to clinical trials in their own communities because of a new $5 million federal grant.

A plan to create a medical tourism facility at a former shoe mill in Auburn has been abandoned.

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An increase in reported cases of mosquito-borne diseases in the Northeast this year is prompting the Maine Center for Disease Control to urge residents to take precautions.

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.