Health and health care news

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PORTLAND, Maine - Sexually transmitted diseases are a significant health challenge in the U.S. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly 20 million new infections are reported every year - and half of them are in people under age 25.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine has one the highest concentrations of physicians in the nation, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.  But recruiting those doctors to set up shop in rural areas is a challenge. 

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A rabies alert has been issued here after two raccoons tested positive for the disease in less than two months.

The Morning Sentinel reports Fairfield police shot and killed a third raccoon Wednesday that displayed rabies-like symptoms on Western Avenue. It's being tested for the disease.

Officials say they're concerned that all three animals were found in the same area of town. Animal Control Officer David Huff says that's usually a sign of a high risk for rabies.

A new report finds that some Maine insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act's requirements for women's health coverage.

The National Women's Law Center evaluated Marketplace insurance plans in 15 states and identified various problems in each location.

While consumer advocates say the report points out valid issues, insurance company officials still maintain that their plans are in compliance.

AUGUSTA, Maine - State health officials say a Massachusetts student infected with measles visited a shopping mall in southern Maine earlier this month.

Officials with the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Massachusetts public health authorities notified them of the case Tuesday.

The student, who is from Western Europe and was unvaccinated for the disease, visited stores at the Kittery Outlet Malls April 20, including, but not limited to, The Kittery Trading Post, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and J. Crew.