Mainers Call for more transparency around prescription drug pricing

Legislation would require drug companies to disclose pricing details for highest-cost medications

What’s driving the high cost of prescription drugs? Physicians, seniors, and people with chronic illnesses gathered in Augusta today to express their frustration with the lack of information on why some drugs, including some older generic medications, have seen huge price increases in recent years. 

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Getting teens to choose healthy

by Ami Neiberger-Miller, Steppingstone LLC

Although childhood obesity rates have leveled off, obesity rates for teens have doubled in recent years. Today, one in every five teens ages 12 to 19 is obese.

Obesity in the early stages of life is more likely to follow into adulthood. But it also has an immediate impact. Obese teens may miss out on fun activities, face more health issues, suffer from a lack of confidence and self-esteem, and may even miss out on opportunities to get a job.

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Letter to the Editor - Fire department dispatch

Fire department dispatch

Our Machias area firefighters are volunteer. Paid no more than $15 for each fire. Place themselves in peril for hours and hours. Put their day jobs on the line. Have no retirement. No pension. No overtime pay. No personal health insurance for the firefighters.

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

There is a group of people in Maine who frequently go unnoticed and under appreciated. They are the 178,000 unpaid caregivers who provide assistance to family members or friends who can no longer take care of themselves. 

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We , the undersigned,  are writing this letter out of our sincere concern regarding the newly proposed American Health Care Act  (AHCA or Trumpcare), which would replace the current Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), enacted in 2010, and how these changes would affect our families,  friends and neighbors across Washington County.

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Time to face a growing need for geriatrics

As Washington County grows older by the minute, geriatricians, often dubbed “experts in complexity,” could find a fertile field for practice in Downeast Maine.

No one understands better how multiple medical problems can interact in older people, affecting their quality of life and often setting them on a downward spiral that may mystify the average medical practitioner.

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Town News Wesley, Whitneyville Library, Columbia, Jonesboro

Photo: Wesley - An accident on May 12 at 3 p.m. A local resident flipped while over correcting on the soft sholder.            Photo by Camille Hawkins

Whitneyville Library news

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Beals voters approve $902.6K for elementary school

by Nancy Beal

In half an hour May 17 in the town office, 13 Beals Islanders approved a total of $902,616 to run Beals Elementary School next year, a 3.4 percent increase over the $872,601 that was raised last year. There was no discussion or opposition from those assembled, who for the most part were town or school officials.

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Spring news from Incredible Edible Milbridge

 

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2014 Margaretta days - the American Revolution Downeast

A day of family fun, with history added in, will be on the agenda during the 13th annual Margaretta Days Festival and Craft Fair. This Celebration of the American Revolution Downeast, is sponsored by the Machias Historical Society, and will be held from10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 10th on the campus Mall at the University of Maine at Machias.

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