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Done waiting for patient safety

As an employee in downtown Portland as well as a resident, I've been exposed to a climate of escalating hostility surrounding the entrance to the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England offices.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, March 8, 2013
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 08, 2013
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Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
Mixed messages
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 29, 2012
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What causes obesity?

Here's the latest from the Health Bureau.
Toontime!
By  |  June 27, 2012
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Today's hot careers

Good money, in demand ...
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  February 10, 2012

What were you hoping for?

In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
LePage's year
By AL DIAMON  |  December 30, 2011

Confronting rising HIV rates among gay and bisexual men

HIV infection is on the rise among gay and bisexual men in Rhode Island, even as it is declining for other populations: injection drug users, who are considered particularly at risk, and heterosexuals.
Health Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 11, 2011


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The biochemical issue

No matter what you're struggling with, take the initiative and get help.
My on- and off-campus struggle with a cognitive curveball
By DEMETRIUS BURNS  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: How to Live Forever

Take the most depressing movie imaginable, add The Golden Girls , multiply by Cocoon , and that's How To Live Forever .
Wexler mocks the "anti-aging marketplace"
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011
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In Woonsocket, questions for a questionable doctor

There's a name for that ailment seen in news photos of rail-thin Third World kids with protruding bellies. It's called "kwashiorkor," and it's seldom ever reported outside famine-stricken regions.
Billing Dept.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  May 20, 2011
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Review: Forks Over Knives

If Food Inc. didn't scare you off red meat, Forks over Knives just might do the trick.

By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2011

Health 'n' hops

Thomas Jefferson once asserted that beer, when drank in moderation, "promotes health." Trappist monks in Belgium and the Netherlands referred to it as "liquid bread."
Is beer good for you?
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 01, 2011


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Mass pot reform blazes up

The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) is hardly a stoned cadre of spliff-roasting slackers. They don't have that luxury.
Legalize It
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 07, 2011
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Heading for health

According to massage therapist Mea Tavares, I have a lot of air in my system.
Alternative-medicine providers forge new paths to survive the tight economy
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 17, 2010
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World AIDS Day Zakim Bridge FAIL


On Wednesday, December 1, our very own Zakim Bridge, the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world, became one of over 30 urban landmarks illuminated with...
By Micah Hauser  |  December 03, 2010
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Interview: Pat McGrath on the strange, cruel, beautiful life of Billy Ruane

Longtime Ruane friend Pat McGrath talks about Billy's mania, his wealth and his ignorance of money, his tragic family history, and the epic task of keeping him (just barely) on track.
The final word
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  November 12, 2010

Platonic intimacy

I recently started dating a girl who I like very much. She's attractive, smart, funny, interesting, and basically everything I've been looking for. The problem is that she has certain issues related to physical intimacy ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  November 12, 2010


TB worry at Maine State Prison

"Several individuals" at the Maine State Prison in Warren have tested positive for tuberculosis, but "there are no confirmed active cases," says Denise Lord, deputy Maine Corrections commissioner.
'No active cases'
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 12, 2010
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5 years against torture

The Portland Phoenix ’s prison investigation, focusing on the Maine supermax, has published 75 stories over the past five years. Here are some of the key pieces, with brief updates on what, if anything, has happened since.
Penal past
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 12, 2010
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World Toilet Day: The art of the flush

Most people sit on their toilets. Some people paint them — for a good cause.
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By ELIZABETH RAU  |  November 12, 2010
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From farm to Thanksgiving table

I've never cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving. Sure, I've helped pack the bird with stuffing and paid my dues basting it throughout the day, but so far I've managed to avoid ultimate responsibility. Frankly, it's too much pressure. But at least I would ru
Talking turkey with a man who raises and kills them
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 12, 2010

Singled out

I'm 28 years old and for almost a decade now I've been a vegetarian. Not a vegan, a vegetarian. Still, members of my family give me a hard time about this by making me feel that I am somehow weird ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  November 05, 2010


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Interview: Oliver Sacks, on The Mind's Eye

Over the past 40 years, since the publication of Migraine in 1970, neurologist Oliver Sacks has written 10 books and countless articles, examining what happens when specific parts of a human brain go haywire or stop working.
Oliver Sacks floats some thoughts on biophilia, smoking pot, and anti-science lunacy
By AMY FINCH  |  October 22, 2010
Meet the Mayor: Commonwealth Chiropractic

Meet the Mayor: Commonwealth Chiropractic


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.Commonwealth ChiropracticKaitlin MaudSo, why does your back hurt?I...
By Barry Thompson  |  October 21, 2010
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Pushing to remove shackles from pregnant prisoners

It sounds almost too cruel to be true: a woman inmate is shackled to a hospital bed while delivering her baby. Sadly, hundreds of women across the country endure that humiliation, an unthinkable indignity for an already downtrodden group.
Behind Bars
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  October 15, 2010
In Some States, Incarcerated Kids Get Drugged to Alter Behavior, Despite Risks

In Some States, Incarcerated Kids Get Drugged to Alter Behavior, Despite Risks


A clip from FRONTLINE's "Medicating Kids"Though the use of antipsychotic drugs on children is believed to carry significant risks even when used properly to treat...
By Pro Publica  |  October 05, 2010
Meet the Mayor: The Boston Cat Hospital

Meet the Mayor: The Boston Cat Hospital


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats. The Boston Cat HospitalElizabeth Sullivan How did you...
By Barry Thompson  |  September 30, 2010


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Photos: MassCann's 2010 Freedom Rally

MassCann, our state's chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, hosts the 2010 Freedom Rally at Boston Common on September 18, 2010.
MassCann's 2010 Freedom Rally at Boston Common on September 18, 2010
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  September 24, 2010

Illegal smile

Suppose you lived in an alternative universe, and you needed toothpaste, so you could brush your alternative teeth and look hygienic.
What if toothpaste were as hard to get as medical marijuana?
By AL DIAMON  |  August 13, 2010

Getting Better

"Do you ever really get over something like anorexia?"
Measuring growth in approach, not in pounds
By CAROLINE KNAPP  |  July 31, 2010