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Sarcoidosis: What you should know about this young person’s disease

Imagine a disease that can strike any joint or organ at any time, with no known cause or cure. Sarcoidosis is just that — an elusive disease that is seldom fatal, sometimes painful, sometimes not. It may plague an individual throughout his or her lifetime, or strike once and never return. Treatment...

  • New cancer drugs promise better outcomes, fewer side effects

    New cancer drugs promise better outcomes, fewer side effects

    A new wave of recently approved treatments is expected to significantly alter the fight against cancer. “We now have many more tools — and more effective tools — to help our patients with certain types of cancers,” says Robert B. Donegan, M.D., chief of the division of medical oncology at Greater...

  • How to grow a healthier gut garden

    How to grow a healthier gut garden

    Want to make your digestive tract happy and the rest of your body strong and healthy? Get busy tending your garden — the one in your gut. Yes, there’s a massive garden filled with beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms from top to bottom in your gastrointestinal system. Maintaining this flora...

  • Cancer treatment breakthrough: A new machine in the fight

    Cancer treatment breakthrough: A new machine in the fight

    When it comes to cancer radiation therapy, the goals are the safe destruction of cancer cells and tumors with minimal side effects, the shortest possible treatment time and negligible damage to healthy surrounding tissue — no more, no less. The newest advances in radiation technology are making...

  • Spotlight on Dr. Harold J. Tucker: A life spent caring for others

    Spotlight on Dr. Harold J. Tucker: A life spent caring for others

    Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s new employed physicians group president brings vision, experience and good humor to one of the region’s preeminent healthcare systems. Before taking the helm of the physicians group owned by GBMC, Harold J. Tucker, M.D., served as chief of staff and had an impressive...

  • Care teams: A new strategy is revolutionizing healthcare

    Care teams: A new strategy is revolutionizing healthcare

    Everyone is grateful that urgent care facilities are available for medical emergencies. But Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) aims to reduce urgent care visits through a new team-based approach that helps patients stay healthy and medically on track. “With urgent care, you are seen for an...

  • What you need to know about breast cancer today

    What you need to know about breast cancer today

    The statistics are impossible to ignore. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be personally affected by breast cancer at some point. This year alone, nearly 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, and more than 40,450 women will die from the disease....

  • Is participating in a clinical trial right for you?

    Is participating in a clinical trial right for you?

    When most people hear the word melanoma, they think scary mole. But for one patient at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, malignant cancer caused fluid to collect in her abdomen — over a gallon a week. Her doctors suggested she enroll in a clinical trial involving two new types of cancer drugs....

  • Improving quality of care

    Improving quality of care

    It’s such a tall order it’s practically a paradox: How do you keep healthcare costs in check and find ways to improve quality of care at the same time? For GBMC HealthCare, it’s more like a mission and it starts with putting the patients first. “Our approach is all about actively seeking out what...

  • GBMC: An unlikely hero in the fight against domestic abuse

    GBMC: An unlikely hero in the fight against domestic abuse

    The 77-year-old went to the emergency department at Greater Baltimore Medical Center after suffering a fall. But because GBMC routinely screens every patient for signs of domestic violence, nurses learned the woman had also been a victim of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her fiancée....

  • Singing the Praises of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC

    Singing the Praises of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC

    The Johns Hopkins Voice Center located at Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s (GBMC) Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Surgery Center is hitting the right notes as it mends damaged voices with a little help from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. The Voice Center diagnoses and treats people...

  • Shop for bargains and help fund patient care

    Shop for bargains and help fund patient care

    Anyone who's shopped at the Nearly New Sale, a fundraiser for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, knows to expect some incredible deals. And with the next event approaching in mid-October, bargain hunters around the metro area are gearing up for another turn to pass through this remarkable sale...

  • Lean Daily Management and Transparency: Powerful tools for cultural change in healthcare

    Lean Daily Management and Transparency: Powerful tools for cultural change in healthcare

    Hand hygiene, patient satisfaction, hospice comfort — these are just a few of the many priorities of a top-run healthcare organization. Providing the very best care involves a large and diverse array of goals, leaving many medical centers struggling to get a handle on all of them. Greater Baltimore...

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