Get a flu shot? Good news, you may still get the flu.

Originally published Dec. 18, 2014 United States health officials are warning the flu vaccine may not be fully effective in preventing the spread of disease due to changes in this season’s most common strain of flu virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Dec. 3. A health advisory released by the CDC … Continue reading Get a flu shot? Good news, you may still get the flu.

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“Look out for me:” Mapping Nellie Bly’s Historic Career

Originally published Dec. 3, 2014 An Interactive Project for CMJ 211: Journalism Introduction and History Few journalists make the news in addition to reporting it. In the nineteenth century, few women even reported the news at all. But that all changed when Nellie Bly took her pen to the paper of Joseph Pulitzer's The New … Continue reading “Look out for me:” Mapping Nellie Bly’s Historic Career

Fire and Ice: Audio Slideshow

Originally published Nov. 21, 2014 In collaboration with Amanda Curtis What do ancient volcanoes, polar ice, modern storms and a Texan all have in common? A lot more than you might think. Donna “Teye” Kalteyer, a University of Maine graduate student and research assistant who is researching the cryptotephra particles trapped in the ice at … Continue reading Fire and Ice: Audio Slideshow

Off the beaten path

Originally published Nov. 14, 2014 The sun beats down as cool October winds rattle tent poles and shake leaves from their branches. Townspeople gather to exchange casual chitchat as they pick through potatoes and decide whose kale is the freshest and greenest. Children run about and play, enjoying the last sunny warmth of the season … Continue reading Off the beaten path

Just Listen: The Peaceful Fight Against Domestic Violence

Originally published Nov. 7, 2014 It's the topic none of us really want to talk about. Domestic violence may be an incredibly personal issue, but by not talking about it, we aren't helping to end it. That's why Katie Hathaway and Shaunna Peard, both University of Maine business students, worked together to take charge and lead the effort in stopping … Continue reading Just Listen: The Peaceful Fight Against Domestic Violence

Maine prepared for flu season, state CDC director affirms

Originally published Sept. 21, 2014 Orono, ME -- Maine is fully prepared for the upcoming flu season as enhanced vaccination formulations aim to prevent spread of the seasonal virus, according to Dr. Sheila Pinette, Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director. A new quadrivalent form of flu vaccine will be available this year, intent … Continue reading Maine prepared for flu season, state CDC director affirms

Maine CDC confirms first human EEE case, voices concern

A joint report with Shelby Hartin Originally published Nov. 7, 2014 ... ORONO, Maine -- On October 10, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the state’s first human case of Eastern equine encephalitis, one of the most severe and deadly mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States. The patient, identified as a mature … Continue reading Maine CDC confirms first human EEE case, voices concern