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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.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says tests indicate chlorine eliminated the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease from the Orono-Veazie Water District.

Dog-Killing Toxic Algae Could Surface In Maine's Waters

Aug 14, 2019
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Toxic blue-green algae in lakes and ponds has caused the death of several dogs throughout the United States and Canada in the last month. While these algal blooms are more common in southern states, they also occur in Maine, especially as bodies of water warm in mid- to late-summer.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The federal government is providing a Connecticut medical school with a grant to help develop a medical residency program in far northern Maine.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Medical Center is warning people who visited the hospital's emergency department on July 30 that they may have been exposed to the virus that causes chickenpox.