All posts by Jackie Farwell

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.

Should the U.S limit travel to protect Americans from Ebola?

LA Fire Department Paramedic truck drives past a United Airlines plane from New York's JFK airport, that was diverted to a remote gate after landing at LAX, after a passenger on the flight exhibited flu-like symptoms, in Los Angeles

Fears about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus have led many Americans to push for closing the country’s borders to travelers from West Africa, ground zero of the outbreak. U.S. House Republicans are demanding that President Barack Obama impose new travel restrictions, a step the president continues to resist. Obama said yesterday that “a flat-out travel ban is not […]

Report: Maine abortion providers see spike in Canadian clients after clinic closure

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Ruth Lockhart, executive director of Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, speaks at a May 2012 annual dinner and auction in Bangor Abortion clinics in Maine are seeing a spike in clients from New Brunswick following a Canadian clinic’s closure, according to a new report by CBC News. The Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton performed about 600 abortions a year, more […]

Vital Signs: More Mainers lack health insurance

The share of Mainers without health insurance rose from 2012 to 2013, making the state one of just two nationally to record an increase, new U.S. Census data show. Experts debated the reasons for the increase, but one analyst said the state’s decision to limit MaineCare eligibility may have contributed. Maine residents also may have […]

Vital Signs: Monthly shot prevents high from opiates

Men and women climbing out of the dark hole of opiate addiction are turning to a new hope for recovery: A monthly injection that prevents them from getting high. The shot, a medication called naltrexone — known by the brand name Vivitrol — blocks the brain’s opioid receptors, thwarting the euphoric effects of heroin and prescription […]

Hand, foot and mouth disease: Does your kid have it?

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If you’ve got a kid in daycare, you’re probably hearing a lot about hand, foot and mouth disease. The highly contagious summertime virus is making the rounds, cropping up where little ones congregate and share their germs more readily than their toys. (Not to be confused with foot-and-mouth or hoof-and-mouth disease, which affects cattle, sheep, and pigs. […]