Health

  • ATV ride to celebrate breast cancer survivors and support local charities

    ATV ride to celebrate breast cancer survivors and support local charities

    HANCOCK — Local volunteers are inviting Mainers to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to help those facing the disease during the Ride for a Cure ATV ride on Sunday, Oct. 18. Ride for a Cure will include an ATV decorating contest, bra decorating contest, 50/50 raffle and additional raffle items. The first 250 paid registrations

  • Hospitals erect new testing facilities

    Hospitals erect new testing facilities

    ELLSWORTH — Hospitals in Ellsworth and Blue Hill are readying their facilities as winter approaches with no sign of the coronavirus pandemic being vanquished. Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital and Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital now have temporary wooden structures designed for drive-through testing, affording greater protection from the outdoor elements over the pop-up tents

  • July and August births at Maine Coast

    July and August births at Maine Coast

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth A son, Milo Ruben, was born July 5 to Wildbeth Wiggin-Falcon and Joel Wiggin of Searsport. A daughter, Amaya Paige, was born July 6 to Lindsey Lewis and Dean Barrett of Addison. A daughter, Piper Lee, was born July 8 to Kelli and Trevor Casey of Ellsworth.

  • Ellsworth company developing a drug to stimulate damaged heart tissue

    Ellsworth company developing a drug to stimulate damaged heart tissue

    ELLSWORTH — A company seeking to develop a drug that could help stimulate the formation of new heart muscle after an acute heart attack has moved its laboratory into the Union River Center for Innovation (URCI) on Water Street. Novo Biosciences, a seven-year-old, for-profit spinoff company of the MDI Biological Laboratory, is run by Voot

  • City COVID-19 support coordinator hired

    City COVID-19 support coordinator hired

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the city of Ellsworth, has hired a coordinator to connect local businesses to supportive resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sonya Connelly is serving as Ellsworth business outreach coordinator this fall as part of the city’s state-funded Keep ME Healthy initiative. Working with city staff, she provides proactive education

  • Flu season and COVID-19 pandemic expected to overlap

    Flu season and COVID-19 pandemic expected to overlap

    ELLSWORTH — Nobody wants to self-isolate for 10 days or quarantine for 14 days, but as we head into flu season under the grip of COVID-19, each and every sniffle is likely to induce a heightened response. The flu caused 82 deaths in Maine during the 2017-18 season and 42 deaths during the 2019-20 season

  • Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled

    Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast hospitals are offering drive-thru flu shot clinics at various locations. The announced schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Blue Hill Hospital, 57 Water St., Blue Hill, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 – Blue Hill Hospital, 50 Water St., Blue Hill, 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Sept.

  • Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope

    Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope

    ELLSWORTH — In four decades, there’s been no challenge too great for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County. Built on the foundation of countless volunteers’ care and dedication, the organization has become a vital service in the Hancock County health care community. Now, the independent service is in the midst of celebrating a major milestone: 40

  • Virtual walk for Huntington’s research planned

    ELLSWORTH — Team Hope, Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, will host a virtual walk Sunday, Oct. 4. Participants will choose and complete their own course — be it through a neighborhood or on a treadmill. The goal is to raise money and awareness of Huntington’s, a fatal genetic disorder that

  • Maine Maritime reports COVID-19 cases

    CASTINE — As of Wednesday morning, Maine Maritime Academy had reported four individuals (out of 1,400 tested) had tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the college’s fall entry testing. Three cases are active, according to the MMA website. On Monday, MMA President William Brennan issued a letter advising the school community that “two students

  • Red Cross testing for COVID-19 antibodies

    Red Cross testing for COVID-19 antibodies

    ELLSWORTH — In an effort to identify possible convalescent plasma donors and as an incentive to get blood donations up after they plummeted this spring, the American Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, giving those who donate confidential results in a week to 10 days. The Red Cross rolled out antibody testing

  • New women’s recovery center opening in Machias

    New women’s recovery center opening in Machias

    MACHIAS — Washington County’s first recovery residence for women and their children is accepting applications for residents. Safe Harbor, a recovery home for women and children, is the result of a collaborative effort between Healthy Acadia, Downeast Community Partners, Aroostook Mental Health Center and the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC) to provide a safe, supportive and