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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.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting the state's first case of an acute lung illness related to vaping.

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.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

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.

Lisa Poole / Associated Press/file

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.