When Loree Ross had a new well drilled several years ago at her home in Danforth, she ordered a full array of tests. She never expected the results: Her water contained an astounding 160 times the maximum safe level for arsenic. Ross was warned against even showering in her well water.
“You can’t see it, you can’t smell it, you have no idea it’s there,” she said.
One in 10 wells in Maine has elevated levels of arsenic. But most of the state’s private wells haven’t been tested for the toxin. Has yours? Look up test results in your town for clues about what might be lurking in your well.
Other top health stories this week:
Half a dozen Maine hospitals may be penalized by the federal government through the Medicare program. Preventing infections and mistakes has become a top priority, with avoidable hospital errors now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.
York Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital have signed a clinical affiliation to share resources and expertise in several areas of medical care such as pediatrics, oncology and intensive care.
From our bloggers
Pattie Reaves, After the Couch
While everyone tells me I look great (and that feels pretty great) I don’t feel like I did much special, other than rely on the healthy habits I worked on before I got pregnant.
Bobbi McCarthy, Love Nursing
I recently had a patient tell me (after they asked my opinion) that there is no place for religion in the hospital and that it was on the level of separation of church and state… of course I disagree.
Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell