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Maine has joined 43 other states in an antitrust lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for artificially inflating prices and reducing competition.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine — Bowdoin College notified students, faculty and employees Monday morning that a member of the campus community was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB).

Doctors Quit EMMC As Changes Leave Less Time With Patients, Push Morale To 'All-Time Low'

May 13, 2019
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

At least eight doctors are resigning from Bangor’s Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center amid a push by the hospital to reduce their ranks, cut their benefits and have fewer doctors work each day, forcing those on duty to see more patients in a shift.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - Officials say a fox bit a woman outside her home in Bowdoinham, Maine, then chased a neighbor's dogs before running into the neighbor's house, where it was killed.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Public health authorities in Maine say the state's sharp rise in hepatitis cases is continuing.

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services is launching an initiative to improve care and services for seniors and adults with disabilities.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Public health officials in Maine say now is the time for residents to start taking precautions to avoid Lyme disease in the state.

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Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston is at risk of losing federal funding after inspections identified several issues, including a case in which a patient was paralyzed. The Sun Journal first reported Thursday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found CMMC deficient in safety and quality.

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When Janet Mills ran for governor, she promised to expand Medicaid to help combat the opioid crisis. Her campaign estimated that 25,000 Mainers couldn’t access treatment for substance use disorder either because of a lack of capacity or a lack of insurance.

A Bed Sheet Developed At UMaine Could Change How Doctors Detect Alzheimer's

May 1, 2019
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The strangest part of Activas Diagnostics’ office space located in the UpStart Center for Entrepreneurship in Orono is the twin bed in the middle of the room.

As the numbers of cases of sexually transmitted disease continue to rise in Maine and across the nation, state health officials are emphasizing the importance of prevention, testing and treatment.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Four months after Gov. Janet Mills expanded Medicaid, nearly 19,000 low-income Mainers have signed up, and it’s estimated that another 50,000 are eligible.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on residents to get tested for sexually transmitted infections amid a spike in cases of gonorrhea and syphilis in the state.

There was broad support at a public hearing before Maine's Health and Human Services Committee Friday for a proposal that would establish a voluntary certification program for recovery residences. Sometimes referred to as sober houses, the residences are supposed to be safe places where people can stay while recovering from addiction, but a lack of regulation has some lawmakers and advocates concerned.

A report says drug overdose deaths in Maine dropped 15 percent last year, but still account for about one death each day.