Health and health care news

FALMOUTH, Maine - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning residents of the southern part of the state about potential exposure to measles in late March.

HOULTON, Maine - A Maine woman's jail sentence has been delayed after a judge ordered the jail to provide medication-assisted treatment to keep her opioid addiction in remission.

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Dozens of Maine children who need residential treatment for severe mental health and behavioral issues are currently getting that care out of state. A bill before the state legislature aims to bring those kids back.

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A federal judge in Maine has ordered the Aroostook County Jail to provide a Madawaska woman her prescribed medication for substance use disorder while she serves a 40-day sentence.

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Prenatal care and children's mental health are among areas of concern identified in the latest Maine Kids Count Data Book. According to the report produced by the Maine Children's Alliance, Maine's infant mortality rate is high, as is the number of children diagnosed with anxiety and depression. But the findings suggest that Maine has made progress in other areas.

FALMOUTH, Maine - Maine's status as the state with the highest rate of whooping cough in the country is worsening, due to an uptick in the number of cases of the disease this year.

Maine has received $2.3 million to target the opioid crisis.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection announced Friday that it will require new testing for all sludge material licensed for land application in the state.

The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) is trying to identify individuals who may have been exposed to rabies last weekend in Bangor through the handling a rabid bat.

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Gov. Janet Mills proposed two-year budget includes an allocation of $5.5 million for addressing the state’s opioid addiction crisis.

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Maine's childhood screening rate for lead poisoning is the lowest in New England, according to a new report released by the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.

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Maine's chief epidemiologist Siiri Bennett wants Mainers to know, “We are not done with flu yet.”

Northern Lights Mercy Hospital in Portland is launching a new program to help opioid users who wind up in the hospital's emergency room.

A health access group in Maine is providing more than $250,000 to support rural health services in the state.

State Health officials say they are investigating a confirmed case of mumps at York High School.