Health Beat

Affordable Care Act deadline nears

11:17 AM, Mar 24, 2014

(NBC News) -- Five million people have now signed up for health insurance on the state and federal online exchanges, the Obama administration said Monday.

Students bring studies to life with blood drive

4:52 PM, Mar 14, 2014

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Seventh graders from Frank Harrison Middle School are putting their service-learning projects to work on the blood shortage in Maine.

Catching Health with Diane Atwood

7:57 AM, Mar 11, 2014

(NEWS CENTER) - Former NEWS CENTER reporter Diane Atwood will be joining the MORNING REPORT every other week to discuss health topics and her blog.

Is substance abuse coverage as equal as required?

7:24 AM, Mar 11, 2014

(USA TODAY) -- Insurance plans that cover substance abuse treatment must provide the same level of care and cost sharing as they do for other medical issues, but treatment centers say disagreement over what this means leaves many alcoholics and drug addicts without the coverage they need.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

1:47 PM, Mar 9, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, is the third most common cancer among American adults, followed by prostate and lung in men, and breast and lung cancer in women.

Implantable catheter helps save man's life

11:10 AM, Mar 6, 2014

FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (WJAR) -- Manuel Bizarro went to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts last September for what he thought was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Poll shows kids not getting enough sleep

8:19 AM, Mar 3, 2014

NEW YORK, New York (NBC NEWS) -- From the day babies are born parents shush, sing, rock and pretty much do whatever they can to get their kids to sleep.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week: suffering in silence

8:27 PM, Feb 28, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --It is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. 30 million men and women will suffer from an eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: how to get help

7:03 PM, Feb 27, 2014

(NEWS CENTER) -- It is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. 30 million men and women will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. 

Florida hospital innovating heart treatments

11:28 AM, Feb 26, 2014

CLEARWATER, Flordia (WFLA) -- Some of the most prestigious clinical heart disease trials in the world are happening right in the Tampa Bay area.

Doctors find sicke cell anemia drug breakthrough

7:43 AM, Feb 20, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WSMV) -- Doctors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital discovered a medical breakthrough in a decades-old drug used to treat adults with sickle cell anemia. In a clinical trial, the drug Hydroxyurea shows incredible results in young children also suffering the disease.

Genetics plays role in LDL levels

7:45 AM, Feb 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (WJAR) -- Crystal Lombardo is back at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute for the third time since she returned to Rhode Island from North Carolina in October.

300 AED devices to be provided in rural Maine

2:37 PM, Feb 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Maine-based health organization has been awarded $600,000 from the federal government for automatic electronic defibrillators in rural Maine.

Strengthening program preventing concussions - Part 1

11:18 AM, Feb 13, 2014

ELIOT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- From professional football to high school athletics, there is probably no other health issue in sports that has exploded on a national level like concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury which can happen with or without a direct blow to the head.

Neuroendocrine tumors are a rare form of cancer that's difficult to diagnose

2:35 PM, Feb 3, 2014

BALTIMORE, Maryland (WBAL) -- Neuroendocrine tumors are a rare form of cancer that's difficult to diagnose, and they're something people often live with for years but don't know it.

Persistence pays off: one man's journey to health care coverage

11:26 AM, Jan 31, 2014

MASSILLON, Ohio (WKYC) -- Lew Garrett is a self-employed independent contractor who needed health insurance. His previous plan was being canceled like millions of others.

Adults work out like children in new gym build like a playground

10:34 AM, Jan 31, 2014

WEST LINN, Oregon (KGW) -- Dan Morlan calls it adult recess as his grown-up clients work out on a giant jungle gym.

Experts say washing hands correctly is crucial

1:53 PM, Jan 30, 2014

AKRON, Ohio (WKYC) -- Think you know how to wash your hands? Chances are you're not doing it right.

New medical equipment gives hope to spinal cord injury patients

1:52 PM, Jan 30, 2014

BALTIMORE, Maryland (WBAL) -- A new piece of medical equipment is giving stroke and spinal-cord injury patients new hope by making it easier and safer for them to learn how to walk again.

TB testing scheduled for Auburn community college

2:28 PM, Jan 27, 2014

AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- Maine public health officials are headed to Central Maine Community College in Auburn to test students and staff for tuberculosis.

Florida woman dies of influenza shortly after giving birth

6:45 PM, Jan 21, 2014

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida (WESH) -- A Florida woman has died of influenza, shortly after giving birth.

The U.S. Army is working on chewing gum that will fight dental problems in combat zone

4:05 PM, Jan 21, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WOAI) -- Chew on this: a piece of gum that could get rid of the harmful plaque that builds up on your teeth. Military doctors here in San Antonio are working with experts around the country to make that possible.

Stem cell therapy

1:22 PM, Jan 20, 2014

CLEARWATER, Florida (WFLA) -- When Judy Loar, 68, could not bear to walk any longer due to excruciating pain in both of her knees from degenerative joint disease, she did what most people in her condition do, she went in for a surgical knee replacement.

Symphony aims to use music to improve health

11:26 AM, Jan 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Portland Symphony Orchestra has received a grant for a second consecutive year to fund its Music & Wellness program.

Three indicted over false "tan in a needle" claims

12:56 PM, Jan 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WSMV) -- Three Tennessee residents have been indicted for selling a controversial product that involves injecting a solution into customers who want to look tan.

Doctors use man's toe to replace severed thumb

12:52 PM, Jan 16, 2014

BALTIMORE, Maryland (WBAL) -- A Maryland man is thankful to have the use of both of his hands after he lost his left thumb during a saw accident and doctors found a creative way to replace it.

Texas hospital implants 1,000th heart pump

11:55 AM, Jan 16, 2014

HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) -- More than six million Americans suffer from heart failure, and with the shortage of donor hearts, thousands will die waiting for a donor.

Supreme Court hears abortion clinic buffer zone appeal

1:48 PM, Jan 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (NBC NEWS) -- Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears a First Amendment case questioning whether it's unconstitutional to restrict protesters to "buffer zones" outside abortion clinics.

Doctors use new low dose CT scan on patients reducing radiation exposure significantly

4:40 PM, Jan 13, 2014

(KPLC) -- T scans are used to help doctors diagnose diseases, trauma or abnormalities in the body.

Healthy Winter spices

6:41 PM, Jan 9, 2014

(KPLC) -- Holiday dinner is probably about the last place you could expect to find a healthy boost from ingredients, but there are actually several holiday spices that provide unique health benefits.