Vital Signs newsletter: Top health stories this week

Baby Eli won’t remember the frightening medical ordeal that followed his premature birth on Jan. 20. But his parents, Nicole and Benjamin Bustard, will never forget it, or the way their community rallied around them, buoying the new family with well wishes and financial relief.

‘It’s not as scary and sickening anymore:’ Bucksport baby’s plight captures hearts of a community

Other top health stories this week:

Bangor hospital touts robotic hysterectomy procedure

Eastern Maine Medical Center performs the state’s first single-incision hysterectomy with the help of a robot, saying the procedure leads to minimal scarring and faster recovery times. But the expensive robotic system has drawn scrutiny for its costs and results.

DHHS fires chief of troubled Riverview Psychiatric Center

Riverview Superintendent Mary Louise McEwen was terminated after five years on the job, following turmoil spurred by a federal investigation into overcrowding, inadequate staff and the use of handcuffs and Tasers to subdue violent patients.

Maine health advocates applaud new vehicle emissions standards

Lung health advocates in Maine on Monday touted the newly announced federal standards as a potential lifesaver, while a car dealers’ group waited to assess the impact of higher sticker costs.

From our bloggers:

Wendy Watkins, Gym Class Dropout

Small steps led to big changes for Orrington man

A year ago, Kyle Killip bravely showed up for my high-intensity sports training class. His life took a turn for the different after that class, which tended to cater to the figure and bodybuilding competitors at my gym.

Diane Atwood, Catching Health

Brain Injury Voices Wins a National Award. It’s a Big, Big Deal.

Together, the group works endlessly to educate people about the effects of a brain injury. An extremely frustrating challenge is that outwardly, someone with a brain injury may seem just fine, when, in fact, he or she may be struggling a great deal.

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.