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Abortion

Abortions Maine and US 1978-2012

Abortion has been the center of political conflict for much of the last one hundred years, but especially so since the United State Supreme Court ruled in 1973, in the case of Roe v. Wade, that prohibition of abortion is … Continue reading

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Ballard, Martha

Martha Ballard

Born Martha Moore in 1735 Oxford, Massachusetts, she married Ephraim Ballard in 1754. In 1777 she joined her husband in Hallowell, to which he had traveled seeking land and work. The following year Ballard began her practice as a midwife. … Continue reading

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Best, Charles

(1899-1978) was born to Canadian parents who were living in West Pembroke, Maine at the time. He grew up there, graduated from the local high school, then attended the University of Toronto where he received his M.D. degree in 1925. … Continue reading

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County Health Rankings 2011

Map: County Health Rankings for Maine 2011

The following health data and map are from the County Health Rankings web site, which states “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state’s counties.”  See … Continue reading

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County Health Rankings 2013

County health rankings for 2011, with a state map and data charts, are reported in an earlier article.  The two complement each other. Numbers under each category indicate the rank among Maine counties  in 2013, with “1” being the healthiest … Continue reading

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Death, Causes of

Chart: Causes of Death U.S. 2005

In 2005 twelve causes accounted for 80% of all deaths in the United States; thirteen accounted for 80% of all deaths in Maine. In both, heart disease and cancer alone caused nearly half of all deaths; stroke, lower respiratory diseases … Continue reading

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Health, Suicide

Suicide by Method 2005 -2009

About fifteen of every 100,000 Mainers commit suicide each year.  Over 70% range in age from twenty-four through seventy-four.  Suicides occur at a rate of about seven times that of murders.  See other causes of death. The method of choice … Continue reading

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Healthcare Quality

2009 National Healthcare Quality Report: Ranking on Selected Measures The following ranking shows how well Maine is performing among all the States on 18 important measures of health care quality from the 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report. These measures were … Continue reading

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Herrick, Joshua

(1793-1874) a U.S. Representative, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, March 18, 1793, where he attended the common schools. Herrick moved to the District of Maine in 1811 and engaged in the lumber business. He served in the War of 1812, … Continue reading

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Rabies

Chart: Rabies by County 1994-2010

What Should You do if You have been Exposed? If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal, or by a pet or farm animal that has been behaving oddly, follow these steps: 1. Animals must be killed … Continue reading

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Rank of Maine, Health and Obesity

Maine appears to be near the national average in terms of the percent of its populations in various categories that are obese, or overweight and obese, or who have diabetes or hypertension – both linked to being overweight. YEAR RANK … Continue reading

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Rank of Maine, Social Indicators

YEAR RANK MAINE U.S. Status of Children 1=High In Poverty 2000 18 13.7% 16.6% 2007 31 15.4% 18.0% 2010 36 17.8% 21.6% At/Below 200% Poverty 19953 20 38.3% – 20013 25 34.5% 38.1% 2010 34 36.3% 43.2% At/Below 200% Poverty, … Continue reading

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Togus

National Home for Disabled Soldiers (Eastern Branch) c. 1880

The Togus Veterans Administration Medical and Regional Office Center, as it is formally known, is a 67-operating bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as a 100-bed Nursing Home consisting of 50 Skilled and … Continue reading

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