Vital Signs newsletter: Top health stories this week

Two of Maine’s Republican senators have gone out on a limb to proffer a compromise in one of the most contentious debates facing lawmakers: Medicaid expansion. Their bill proposes contracting out care of the state’s Medicaid population to improve patients’ health while cutting costs, but some fellow Republicans argue the program’s already on life support.

Moderate Republicans unveil Medicaid compromise that expands coverage, dramatically reforms system

Other top health stories this week:

Maine lawmakers give initial approval to wider use of overdose-halting drug

A legislative committee has greenlighted a bill to put naloxone, a medication that counteracts the life-threatening effects of opiate overdose, into the hands of police, firefighters and drug users’ loved ones.

Portland in-school health center tripled in size, named for late activist nurse Amanda Rowe

Amanda Rowe was remembered as a beloved longtime school nurse and an influential statewide advocate for children’s healthcare initiatives. Portland High School’s in-house health center was dedicated in her name Tuesday after a $225,000 federal grant-funded expansion and renovation.

From our bloggers:

Wendy Watkins, Gym Class Dropout

Two years ago, she had a stroke; two months from now, she’s taking the bikini stage

“I rarely think of my stroke anymore. That was my past, I’m more looking forward to my future self, happy and healthy.”

Jim LaPierre, Recovery Rocks

Why Do People Have Eating Disorders?

Encouraging a person who lives with anorexia to eat is like saying to an alcoholic, “Stop drinking!” If that’s all there was to it, we wouldn’t have millions of folks suffering.

From the source:

A major new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that childhood obesity — among kids ages two to five — has dropped dramatically over the last decade, from nearly 14 percent in 2003-04 to 8.4 percent in 2011-12.


Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.