Health and health care news

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Today marks the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act marketplace. The Trump administration has slashed funding for outreach efforts, but Gov. Janet Mills says the state plans to fill that gap for Mainers who want to enroll.

PORTLAND, Maine - Research by the Maine Medical Center has found that many patients considered at high risk for opioid overdose were not prescribed an overdose-reversing drug.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

A Bates College professor and team of students have created a molecule they say could be used to treat cancer, Alzheimer's and other medical issues. Their work has been published, and Bates is trying to patent the creation. The molecule, BOBCAT 339, was designed, conceptualized and tested by Bates students. Their professor, Andrew Kennedy, told Maine Public Radio's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz that it was found to affect a process known as "DNA methylation."

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

A new report by the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows that about half of the public water supplies that it tested contained PFAS chemicals.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Physicians, health advocates, and lawmakers convened a news conference Tuesday to remind parents and doctors that a new state law now requires that every child be tested for lead exposure at ages one and two.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Staffers from a private social services company that lost its contract with the state last week protested Monday outside the Department of Health and Human Services office in Portland.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Bates and Colby colleges are part of four-year, nearly $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study harmful algal blooms in lakes caused by cyanobacteria.

How A Lewiston Hospital Group Is Trying To Offset The Nursing Shortage

Oct 27, 2019
Maine College of Health Professions in Lewiston

Maine hospitals are casting a wide net to attract nurses to fill a critical shortfall, with some offering up to a $10,000 signing bonus and others hiring from outside the state or country.

MDI Hospital

Mount Desert Island Hospital has become one of a growing number of hospitals in Maine that are making opioid withdrawal medication available to patients in their emergency rooms — a move the hospital hopes will result in more people with opioid addictions in the area pursuing treatment.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Menopause marks the end of reproductive years for half the population, and it can bring on significant symptoms as soon as a decade before menopause officially hits. And although it’s such a common process, some say the care for menopause is lacking. But now there are some providers in Maine who make menopause care a focus of their practice.

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.

Robert Bukaty / AP File via BDN

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.