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What happens when you eat too much

Break out the elastic-waist pants, because the Thanksgiving countdown has begun. A giant meal that took days to prepare will disappear in minutes, and our digestive systems will resent us — much like some of our relatives — for all we’ve put them through. But what actually goes down in our bodies when we gobble up? This video from the American Chemistry […]

Are Maine’s Obamacare enrollment totals inflated too?

Obamacare took another gut punch today with news that its often touted enrollment totals erroneously included dental plans. This comes in the wake of more bad news for the health reform law, including a Supreme Court challenge that could undercut its critical insurance subsidies and contradictory comments made by Obamacare consultant and MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. Today’s news boils […]

Vital Signs: Maine health providers prepare for Ebola

Nurse Kaci Hickox may have reached a settlement with the state over how she’ll be monitored for signs of Ebola, but that doesn’t mean the deadly virus has dropped off Maine’s radar. Medical professionals and public officials from across the state gathered Wednesday in Bangor to further prepare for a possible case of the illness. They discussed basic […]

Worried about the Maine food worker who possibly exposed diners to hepatitis A?

State health officials announced last week that a food service worker in Cumberland County may have exposed diners to hepatitis A. We still don’t know where this occurred or how many people were potentially exposed to the contagious liver disease, because the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention won’t release the information. But the agency was more […]

Maine once arrested an infected TB patient: How Kaci Hickox is different

In September 2006, John Donohue landed in Cumberland County Jail for refusing to take medication to prevent the spread of his tuberculosis.  Legal and health officials described the 54-year-old transient’s case as the first time in Maine that a person was imprisoned to avoid spreading a potentially fatal disease. With disagreement reaching a fever pitch over how Maine should respond […]