Category Archives: public health

Ex-pro snowboarder Pearce, subject of HBO film, details ‘stigma of invisible disability’

Four years after former pro snowboarder and Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury, he’s still healing. Pearce, 26, the subject of the HBO documentary “The Crash Reel,” discusses the ongoing consequences of his injury in a new podcast aired by Alpha One, a Center for Independent Living, a South Portland nonprofit that helps […]

OBGYN group has questioned robotic hysterectomies, offered at three Maine hospitals

Back in March, a leading obstetrician-gynecologists group questioned the use of surgical robots for routine hysterectomies, citing a study that found robots led to no better results than other procedures but cost much more. “There is no good data proving that robotic hysterectomy is even as good as—let alone better—than existing, and far less costly, […]

A look at how expanding MaineCare could play out by county

A coalition advocating the expansion of Medicaid in Maine under the Affordable Care Act has released a county-level breakdown of the potential impact. The Cover Maine Now! Coalition had previously estimated that expanding the health insurance program for low-income Americans, known here as MaineCare, would bring coverage to about 70,000 people, including 25,000 Mainers due […]