While everyone was busy debating the Affordable Care Act last week, the future of another far less controversial health program fell into doubt. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has long attracted broad bipartisan support, lapsed on Sept. 30 after Congress failed to renew it. As the deadline approached, lawmakers were clashing over […]
Maine voters will head to the polls in November to decide whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The ball is now in the public’s court after Gov. Paul LePage and his Republican allies in the Legislature thwarted six previous attempts to expand Medicaid under the health reform law. LePage has said that […]
What’s really driving overdose deaths is the proliferation of illegal fentanyl, an astoundingly powerful synthetic opioid.
Mary Collar took a break from running her busy salon this week to tell me about a client who’d arrived exasperated and desperate for her services. It wasn’t a woman with a bad dye job. Or a guy sporting a haircut gone wrong. It was a kid — with lice. Collar operates All About Lice, a […]
Maine health officials just confirmed that a relatively rare disease carried by mosquitoes has sickened two more people. No, it’s not West Nile virus. Or Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This one is called Jamestown Canyon virus. Thanks, mosquitoes, we really needed one more reason to detest you. (Oh and ticks, don’t think we’ve forgotten what creeps […]
Researchers at the University of New England are raising some provocative questions about the process doctors rely on to select antibiotics for their patients. They just published their findings in a scientific journal. But their work actually began two years ago — with a very sick woman a thousand miles away. Dr. Meghan May, an associate […]
Now that you have to be at least 21 to buy cigarettes in Maine, can we expect teenagers to add “quit smoking” to their summer bucket lists? Maybe not, but evidence indicates that the change in the law will lead to less smoking among Maine’s teenagers. We can look to the town of Needham, Massachusetts, which raised the […]
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released updated data this week showing vaccination rates by school. Use this tool to search elementary schools by town and view the percentage of parents opting out of immunizations.
Much to our doctors’ chagrin, many of us first turn to Google when we have a question about a health issue. Sometimes we anxiously punch in search terms about symptoms we’re experiencing. “How long does the flu last?” or “How long is pinkeye contagious?” were among the more popular health searches last year, according to […]
Many more Maine children are considered at high risk for lead poisoning under updated rules that are prompting an increase in home inspections.