A new study by researchers at Duke University predicts that 42% of American adults will be diagnosed wtih obesity by 2030: that's up from around a third right now. the study also finds that the number of people with severe obesity, meaning those who are at least 100 pounds overweight, is forecast to rise to 11%.
This year a dozen states will consider legalizing medical marijuana. If measures are approved in Massachusetts and Connecticut most of New England could soon be considered cannabis friendly. And that will run counter to federal law, which still considers marijuana as dangerous as heroin. Some colleges also said it also puts them in a bind because following state law could jeopardize their federal funding.
The Town of Millinocket is refusing to back down from an unprecedented fight with Maine's chief executive. Governor Paul LePage is withholding more than $200,000 in badly-needed state funding from the town in a dispute over a paper mill dump. LePage said the town agreed to make yearly payments to help run the landfill. Millinocket officials disagree; the town council has rejected a financial settlement with the state.
Reforming the U.S. health care system is an ongoing challenge. But a group in Maine said there is a solution. Maine AllCare wants a single-payer system, where everyone gets health insurance under a government-run program. To draw attention to the issue, the group held a rally in Portland last night with members of Occupy Maine. They also brought in a renowned health care activist to speak at several events.