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The board of Brunswick-based Mid Coast-Parkview Health has voted to join MaineHealth.

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NORWICH, Vt. — A Vermont-based flour company is voluntarily recalling some bags of flour due to potential E. coli contamination.

A case of meningococcal disease in a student at Wiscasset Middle High School has been confirmed by the Maine Centers for Disease Control.

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A national clinical trial that included researchers and patients from Maine has found that vitamin D supplements do not prevent type 2 diabetes. Vitamin D is widely touted as a supplement that can prevent diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s, but this latest study provides evidence to the contrary.

Central Maine Medical Center is working with consulting firm The Greeley Company to correct deficiencies to meet a federal deadline at the end of the month.

Contract negotiations between Calais Regional Hospital and the Maine State Nurses Association have stalled after nearly nine months of negotiations.

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Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey is suing Purdue Pharma in Kennebec County Superior Court for unfair trade practices in its opioid marketing. The suit filed on Monday also names members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue.

Maine's schools will have new safeguards to protect children from drinking water that's contaminated with lead.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine hospital says it will provide parenting coaching services to mothers with the help of a new grant.

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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.