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Alison McKellar

Maine schools implement innovative health program

As part of an initiative to improve the health of Maine school teachers and staff, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is teaming up with the Maine Education Association Benefits Trust to provide…

Anne Fennessey

Maine Breast Cancer Patients: Important Information

A study released by Canadian researchers on May 15, 2008 sheds new light on the possible link between vitamin D and breast cancer survival rates.
Dr. Pamela Goodwin, a breast cancer researcher at…

Alison McKellar

Medical tourism: Maine people and companies go abroad to save on surgery

Medical tourism, a growing travel phenomenon that combines
international travel with various medical procedures, is the newest indication
that Americans are fed up with expensive medical…

Alison McKellar

Mainers should be mad: Insurance company, Anthem Health Plans raises rates and rakes in $75 million in profits

The looming economic recession has hit Mainers hard. Whether you’re an single and living on
your own, married with a family, or trying to keep your small business afloat,
for the majority of…

Anne Fennessey

Mainers Sickened By Cereal

The Portland Press Herald has reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement on April 12, 2008 detailing the most recent information regarding consumer illnesses that were…

Alison Mynick, RN, Esq.

Maine Doctors: Would They Rat On Their Own Patients?

Once again the question arises: Could this happen in Maine?Blue Cross of California tried to have California doctors finger their own patients so that Blue Cross could deny insurance coverage based on a patient’s medical condition. Since insurance company executives aren’t allowed into the exam room with patients (yet), Blue Cross of California thought it might be OK to ask California doctors…

Anne Fennessey

Maine Icy Hot Heat Therapy Products Recalled

Icy Hot Heat Therapy Products RecalledIcy Hot Therapy products, sold in many stores in Maine, have been recalled recently as a result of numerous reports by consumers that the self-heating patches caused skin irritations and serious burns when used to relieve muscle and joint pain. See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23116830/from/ET/The leading manufacturer, Chattem, Inc., offers a variety of…

Don Briggs

Maine Leads the Way in Protecting Children from Second Hand Smoke

Over the years, Maine has been a leader in protecting the right of non-smokers to breath clean air in public spaces, but, until now, no one has dared try and tell smokers what they can and can’t do in their houses and cars. However, a new city ordinance has changed all this for Bangor drivers, who can now be pulled over and fined up to 50 dollars for smoking in the car in the presence of…

Jenny Albano

Transplant Doctor Accused of Speeding Up Death for Organs

Dr. Hootan Roozrokh of San Francisco has been accused of prescribing excessive drugs to a disabled patient to speed up his death and harvest his organs. The man, 26 year-old Ruben Navarro, died in 2006.The defendant’s lawyer stated that the charges were “unfounded and ill-advised” and that is client has been subjected to an “18-month witch hunt”.Roozrokh was charged with felony counts of…

Jenny Albano

FDA Cannot Promise Safety of Imported Drugs

According to Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a founding member of FDA’s Counterfeit Drug Task Force, it is almost impossible for the FDA to guarantee the safety of imported drugs. This is because there are so many counterfeiters from all over the world. Pitts continues that “simply mandating safety by legislative fiat will not make imported drugs…