Health and health care news

Patty Wight / MPBN

Medical treatment can cure illnesses and save lives. But too much treatment can cause harm, even death.

A salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts has been reported in 10 states, including Maine. New York-based bean sprout supplier Wonton Food Inc is the source of the outbreak. Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Sheila Pinette says bean sprouts are grown in conditions conducive to salmonella.

"They grow in water-generated type of growth underneath, and so you can pick up salmonella in the seed and it can be throughout the sprout," Pinette says.

Patty Wight / MPBN

About seven million people signed up for insurance last year through the Affordable Care Act. But there were two to four million more who were essentially locked out due to something called the "family glitch."

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Maine marijuana advocates say their state is in position to become the first state in the Northeast to legalize recreational use of the drug.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Four Maine communities are getting more than $1 million to develop ways to help people who are sick or elderly stay in their homes.

The goal of the grants from the Maine Health Access Foundation is to improve services so that people can receive care in their homes rather than having to go to a hospital or nursing home.

The four grant recipients are: The Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, the Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition, Charlotte White Center in Dover-Foxcroft and Washington Hancock County Action in Blue Hill.