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Doctors in Maine have made the sharpest reductions in the country in the amount of fentanyl they prescribe. Fentanyl prescriptions from Maine physicians fell by almost 31 percent between 2016 and 2017. That's according to a study from the University of New England, Husson University and Pennsylvania's Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

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State officials told members of the legislature's Government Oversight Committee Friday that improvements to the child protective system are underway. The panel held a public hearing on the latest report following the abuse deaths of two girls last winter, which details a number of concerns raised by caseworkers. Some lawmakers and citizens say they want more to be done, and soon.

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Maine Family Planning has filed a lawsuit to block what opponents call the Trump Administration's 'domestic gag rule' on abortion.

It's the latest legal challenge to the final rule released last month that places restrictions on providers who receive federal Title X funds, which cover family planning services for low income patients.

The federal Food and Drug Administration is threatening regulatory action against the drug importation company CanaRx for brokering the distribution of unapproved or misbranded drugs from other countries in the United States.

Maine's two U.S. senators say a laboratory in Maine is receiving a federal grant to advance its research of drug addiction and the role genetics play in it.

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A laboratory in Maine is announcing a multimillion-dollar collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to try to tackle two kinds of cancer.

AUGUSTA, Maine  — The administration of Maine's new Democratic governor says the state has enrolled 7,500 people under voter-approved Medicaid expansion since January.

A Bangor-Area Program Uses Coaches To Help People Recover From Addiction

Feb 25, 2019
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

When Katie Smith, 29, of Lincoln started her recovery from opioid addiction more than four years ago, she needed more help than doctors and counselors could offer.

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Abortion services providers in Maine say they are dismayed by a new rule released by the Trump administration Friday.

Saturday, Maine Family Planning announced that it will seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the rule from going into effect.

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After nearly half a dozen years, the state's Riverview Psychiatric Center has passed federal inspection to qualify for funds under the Medicare program. Maine Public political correspondent Mal Leary joined Nora Flaherty on Maine Things Considered to look at what this all means for Maine.

A Bangor-area pediatrics practice has decided to discontinue newborn checkups at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

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Maine had a surge of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in January, according to a Center for Disease Control surveillance report. Fifty-five cases were reported, which is more than double the five year median of 24.


Members of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee are considering a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes or vaping on school grounds.

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Only 60 percent of Maine children who participate in federal free and reduced price school lunch programs also participate in school breakfast, according to a report released Wednesday by the national nonprofit Food Research and Action Center.

Some state caseworkers say they’re being overwhelmed by a significant increase in reports of abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities and the elderly.