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Hitting latest vaccine milestone, Biden pushes shots for all

Details: 15 hours ago · Get #VaccineReady with our Office of Minority Health and Health Equity's new social media toolkit on #COVID19 vaccines! In this toolkit, you will find messages on vaccine safety, authorization, and diversity. Posted by U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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Wellness visits benefit seniors

Details: 2 days ago · A service available to senior citizens is adding an extra level of health care, to help ensure their medical needs are being met. In this week’s Medical Monday, Kathy McCarty has more on the difference between an annual checkup and a Wellness visit. If you’re a senior citizen, you may be

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Health care workers mental health has taken a toll this

Details: CNA’s, RN’s, LPN’s, Doctors – anyone who is in the health care field endured what some might say was the unimaginable. In some cases, Health care workers being on the front lines meant they couldn’t be with their immediate family for their safety, which put a strain on them and their families.

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Nutritional tips for a healthy lifestyle

Details: March is National Nutrition Month. In this week’s Medical Monday, Kathy McCarty has tips to get your health on the right track. Eating a balanced, healthy diet and staying physically active, helps reduce the risks of cancer and other health issues. That’s according to Registered Dietitian Angel Hebert.

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CDC to meet Friday to discuss J&J COVID vaccine pause

Details: 2 days ago · The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is in limbo in the U.S. after federal health advisers said last week they needed more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot.

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COVID-19 vaccination expanded, Mainers 50 & older now eligible

Details: COVID-19 vaccination expanded, Mainers 50 & older now eligible. Those 50 and over were allowed to sign up as of 2pm Monday afternoon. Northern Light Health expanded its coronavirus vaccination sign up availability to those 50 and older Monday afternoon. BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Maine’s coronavirus vaccination plan sees a major shift this week.

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Hospital scheduling vaccine appointments

Details: Hospital scheduling vaccine appointments. Northern Light Health A.R. Gould Hospital has begun online registrations for eligible individuals wanting to get the Covid vaccine. (WAGM) Monday marked the first day eligible individuals could register for the Covid vaccine on the Northern Light Health website. Karen Gonya, Communications Manager for

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Spirituality in the Pandemic

Details: 2 days ago · PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Physical and mental health have been at the forefront of this pandemic, but what about spiritual health? “We are body, mind, emotion, and spirit,” licensed clinical social worker at AMHC, Christina Wall, said. Wall said your spiritual health in a time of crisis is

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Nearly 20 “Swab and Send” COVID-19 Testing Sites announced

Details: PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -AUGUSTA— The Mills Administration announced today that seven health care organizations will collectively launch nearly 20 “swab and send” COVID-19 test collection sites that will send samples to the Maine State Lab for testing, strengthening access to safe and accessible testing for residents, tourists, seasonal workers, and other visitors to Maine.

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What to know about making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Details: MaineHealth. Call 1-877-780-7545, and provide your date of birth, zip code and phone number. MaineHealth will not ask for your full social security number or credit card information during the vaccine registration process. MaineHealth said people should not call multiple times, and that right now the only way to schedule an appointment is by

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Maine DHHS Launches StrengthenME Initiative to Help Maine

Details: AUGUSTA— The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced today the launch of StrengthenME, an initiative to help Maine people cope with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free tools, support, and community connections that promote wellness, resilience, and recovery.. StrengthenME is funded by nearly $5 million through a joint grant from the …

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Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Details: Health authorities were expected to announce measures to strengthen social distancing following a meeting Friday. In Thailand, which has reported only 95 deaths during the pandemic, health officials reported the country’s first local cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain. The news comes at a time when only 1% of the

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Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny to be moved to a hospital in

Details: 2 days ago · In response to the alarming news about Navalny’s health this weekend, his team has called for a nationwide rally on Wednesday, the same day that Putin is scheduled to deliver his annual state of the nation address. According to a website dedicated to the protests, as of Monday afternoon demonstrations were being planned in 77 Russian cities.

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Ted Nugent, who once dismissed COVID-19, gets virus

Details: 1 day ago · Nugent, a supporter of ex-President Donald Trump, previously called the pandemic a scam and has railed against public health restrictions. He has repeated a narrative pushed by conservative media and disputed by health experts that suggests the …

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Maine CDC launches COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration website

Details: Northern Light Health says they will not use the state’s program and continue using their own. “It will, rather, fill in a gap for sites that would like to be doing more vaccination but are dissatisfied with their own existing scheduling platform,” Shah said. A link to the website is located on the Maine CDC’s vaccination dashboard

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Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental

Details: Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms. (CNN) – A new study finds that one in three people who had COVID-19 may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms. Researchers writing in the journal Lancet Psychiatry said 34% of COVID-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric

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Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with

Details: Rural health clinics are often so busy because they are the only healthcare provider in the county and typically focus more on treating the immediate medical concern rather than prevention, said Plaskett, who is a professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. But, she said, the cervical cancer prevention project is working.

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Health care goes remote

Details: Telehealth is a method of using current technology that allows health care providers to care for their patients, without the need for an office visit. Individuals meet face-to-face with their providers, thanks to the internet.

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Healthcare.gov is expected to open for a special

Details: Parent says that Biden’s 12-week enrollment period acknowledges the unprecedented combination of both a public health crisis and an economic crisis. ACAP’s Affordable Care Act navigator service can be accessed over the phone by calling the ACAP office at 207 764 3721 or by calling Healthcare Navigator Stan Targonski directly at (207) 554-4158.

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US warns against travel to 80% of world due to coronavirus

Details: 1 day ago · The department said the new classifications don’t necessarily reflect changes in the countries’ health situations, but rather an adjustment in the criteria on which it bases the alerts. The State Department’s assessments for COVID-19 include infection rates as …

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Experts: Trump's threats to WHO could undercut global health

Details: Health experts say U.S. President Donald Trump's increasing attacks on the World Health Organization for its handling of the coronavirus demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of the U.N. agency's role and could ultimately serve to weaken global health.

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Maine eyes easier access to HIV prevention drugs

Details: PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine is considering a proposal to require health insurance providers to expand their coverage of HIV prevention drugs. Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn, of Portland, submitted the proposal, which was the subject of a hearing before the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Health

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Governor Mills Announces Acceleration of Maine’s COVID-19

Details: The Maine Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have hosted vaccination clinics for Maine teachers age 60 and older. As with all changes in eligibility, it will take some time for some vaccine clinics to begin to schedule appointments and administer COVID-19 vaccines. Some vaccine sites may now begin accepting appointments for

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP distort on health care, vote fraud

Details: Trump falsely asserted that he was the one who ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will be covered by health insurance; actually that was Democratic President Barack Obama. Several speakers accused Biden of proposing to defund police, ban fracking, take over health care and open borders — none of that true.

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Nearly $1 million in federal funds will help Maine people

Details: AUGUSTA— The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will use nearly $1 million in federal funding awarded this week for a program to help Maine people cope with the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, through both direct support for individuals exposed to the virus and proactive outreach aimed at reducing the long-term behavioral health impacts of the …

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Northern Light Health reports cyber breach

Details: PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Northern Light Health is notifying patients of a computer breach that occurred earlier this year. Northern Light Health A.R. Gould Hospital was notified by Blackbaud, an outside contractor, that it was one of thousands of hospitals, healthcare systems, colleges and universities, and other nonprofits across the world — and one of several organizations in …

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Anyone in Maine can now get tested for COVID-19

Details: AUGUSTA— Governor Janet Mills and Commissioner of Health and Human Services Jeanne Lambrew announced today that anyone in Maine can now get tested for COVID-19 without the need for a separate order from a health care provider, a milestone resulting from Maine’s vastly expanded testing capacity.. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has …

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‘Obamacare’ sign-ups reopen as Democrats push for more aid

Details: WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov’s market for subsidized health plans reopens Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits. This enrollment period during the coronavirus pandemic is an early test of President Joe Biden’s strategy to use the Affordable Care Act as a …

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EXPLAINER: Will you need a ‘vaccine passport’ to travel

Details: Vaccine passports will be most common on international flights. Some countries already require proof of vaccination for diseases such as yellow fever, and the United States now requires a negative test for COVID-19 to enter the country, so a digital health passport isn’t much of a leap.

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COVID bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many

Details: COVID bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many. WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people stand to save hundreds of dollars in health insurance costs, or more, under the Democratic coronavirus relief legislation on track to pass Congress. Winners include those covered by “Obamacare” or just now signing up, self-employed people

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COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally

Details: COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally. (AP) – Two Nigerian nurses were attacked by the family of a deceased COVID-19 patient. One nurse had her hair ripped out and suffered a fracture. The second was beaten into a coma. Following the assaults, nurses at Federal Medical Centre in the Southwestern city of Owo stopped

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Trump’s age, health woes raise his risk for COVID-19 illness

Details: Older age, being male and having any other health problems increase the chance of severe illness, and Trump has those. At 74, “his age would be the primary risk factor,” said Dr. David Banach, an infectious diseases physician at the University of Connecticut’s health system.

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Becerra confirmed to head up Biden’s ambitious health agenda

Details: Becerra also will also be the point man on Biden’s health care agenda, which includes insurance for all Americans, deputizing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and tackling persistent racial and ethnic disparities in the health care system. Prescription drugs and health insurance will lead to major legislative battles.

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Politics slows flow of US virus funds to local public health

Details: Lisa Macon Harrison, public health director for Granville Vance Public Health in rural Oxford, North Carolina, said it’s tough to watch major hospital systems — some of which are sitting on billions in reserves — receive direct deposits, while her department received only about $122,000 through three grants by the end of July.

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Maine places 5th order for COVID-19 vaccine doses

Details: Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 4:34 PM PST. AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) -The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that the state has placed its fifth order with Operation Warp Speed for COVID-19 vaccine doses. The order will allow for another 17,075 Mainers to be vaccinated against the virus.

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Eligible Mainers to pay less than $75/month for health

Details: Eligible Mainers to pay less than $75/month for health insurance in 2021. According to DHHS, the average individual market health insurance premium in Maine will be 13% lower in 2021. AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - On Tuesday, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that people using the Health Insurance Marketplace may qualify for

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Maine DHHS adds 4 more ‘swab and send’ coronavirus testing

Details: "The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today four additional COVID-19 “swab and send” testing sites, the award of $1 million in federal funding to rural hospitals to increase their labs’ capacity to process COVID-19 tests, and a second round of grants to municipalities under the Keep Maine Healthy Plan to

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Health official on leave amid political interference furor

Details: Caputo, who has no health care background, was the subject of news reports last weekend that he tried to gain editorial control over a scientific weekly published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Maine nonprofit backs legislation regarding PFAS chemicals

Details: Defend our Health is hoping to remove toxins from food, water, and products that they say threaten communities and the climate. Maine State House (WABI) By Allegra Zamore. Published: Jan. 28, 2021 at 4:49 PM EST AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A group of Mainers is backing legislation regarding toxic chemicals this session.

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ACAP healthcare navigators can assist those seeking coverage

Details: "Health insurance plans in the Marketplace can be very affordable," said Dawn Roberts, who is a Health Care Navigator and Community Education Specialist at ACAP. "A family of two can make up to $64,080.00 and still receive a Premium Tax Credit to help pay insurance premiums.

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Trump administration revokes transgender health protection

Details: The Department of Health and Human Services said it will enforce sex discrimination protections “according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex' as male or female and as determined by biology.” This rewrites an Obama-era regulation that sought a broader understanding shaped by a person's internal sense of being male, female, neither or a

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Boston College Nursing Students Offer Free Clinics

Details: 10 hours ago · The clinics provide free services, as well as free educational materials, health products, and even raffle tickets. The clinics provide free reading glasses, books, blood sugar screenings, toothbrushes and toothpaste, assistive devices, and walkers and canes, to name a few things.

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Navalny’s doctors prevented from seeing him at prison clinic

Details: 1 day ago · Reports about Navalny’s rapidly deteriorating health have drawn international outrage and concern. U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price emphasized that Russia is responsible for Navalny’s deteriorating condition and urged Moscow to “allow for access to necessary and independent medical care immediately.”

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Garland announces police probe day after Floyd case verdict

Details: 13 hours ago · It will also look into the department’s handling of misconduct allegations and its treatment of people with behavioral health issues and will assess the department’s current systems of accountability, Garland said. It’s unclear whether the years under investigation will …

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Jury returns swift guilty verdict for Chauvin in Floyd death

Details: 16 hours ago · Health experts urge continued COVID-19 precautions as new cases hit kids. Nevada woman, 18, ‘improving slowly’ from seizures, brain clots after J&J vaccine. GRAPHIC: Police body cam shows fatal shooting of teenage girl in Columbus, Ohio. Woman glues eye shut after mistaking nail glue for eye drops. News. Weather.

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Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

Details: Republican Sen. Todd Young called Sunday for more mental health services across all level of governments. “We know that we have a Hoosier family who cried out for help, knowing they had a child who required mental health treatment. We know we have members of our law enforcement community who, for a period of time, responded to that call for help.

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