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Vital Signs: Nearly 75,000 Mainers enroll under Obamacare

Nearly 75,000 Maine residents chose a health insurance plan during the second sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act, according to preliminary federal figures that capture a last-minute rush to enroll before Sunday’s deadline. That’s just over 60 percent of the 124,000 Maine residents eligible to buy a private plan on the federal health insurance […]

Mainers, health experts are worried shoveling will kill you

Every time a big snowstorm looms, the warnings pop up in my inbox: “Heart Attack Season Survival Tips.” And we thought mud season was a bummer. “Snow tips: Safe Shoveling.” Abstinence isn’t an option. “The Slippery Slope of Snow Shoveling.” See what they did there? “Deaths from heart disease rise rapidly during winter.” The straightforward approach. Granted, evidence shows that shoveling can […]

Flu cases spike in Maine

Remember when I asked a couple of weeks ago if Maine’s flu season was really that bad? Well, it’s getting worse, according to new Maine CDC numbers. Learn About Tableau The number of reported flu cases spiked to 1,527 as of Jan. 17, up from 974 the prior week. Penobscot, Cumberland and York counties have been […]