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  • Lawmakers seek clarity on asbestos cases stacked up in Baltimore courts

    Lawmakers seek clarity on asbestos cases stacked up in Baltimore courts

    Maryland state lawmakers, concerned about a years-long backlog of asbestos cases lingering in Baltimore City courts, sought clarity Tuesday from attorneys who represent those sickened by the insulating material and lawyers who represent industry. But the sides could not agree on the number of people...

  • Lawmakers plan hearings on spike in assaults at psychiatric hospital

    Lawmakers plan hearings on spike in assaults at psychiatric hospital

    State lawmakers said Tuesday that they will hold hearings to investigate the spike in assaults on staff members at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital, after The Baltimore Sun detailed the increase. The Sun showed that assaults on staff at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville nearly...

  • Chinese nationals indicted on fentanyl and other illegal drug manufacturing

    Chinese nationals indicted on fentanyl and other illegal drug manufacturing

    WASHINGTON — Two Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States, killing at least four people and seriously injuring five others, Justice Department officials announced Tuesday. Authorities...

  • University of Maryland researchers work on flu treatment

    University of Maryland researchers work on flu treatment

    Modern medicine doesn’t offer much to counter the misery brought on by the flu, but researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine say they are on to something promising. It’s a protein that not only may ease symptoms of influenza and save lives but protect against other nasty infections....

  • Health exchange works to counter confusion over Obamacare

    Health exchange works to counter confusion over Obamacare

    Major last-minute changes at the federal level to the Affordable Care Act and additional rate increases at the state level threaten to undermine enrollment in health insurance this year, but Maryland health exchange officials are sticking to a goal of signing up at least as many people as last...

  • Baltimore councilman seeks to require restaurants to post health inspection results

    Baltimore councilman seeks to require restaurants to post health inspection results

    Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott on Monday proposed requiring restaurants to prominently post their latest health inspection reports on the outside of their shops — potentially affecting thousands of businesses. The bill is the latest attempt in what’s been a four-year effort by Scott to...

  • Thousands go pink for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Baltimore

    Thousands go pink for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Baltimore

    If there’s one thing Mei Chen has learned in the nine years since she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, it’s that a strong support system and a positive attitude can be almost as crucial to recovery as the right medical treatment. The 47-year-old Ellicott City woman learned it when her...

  • Univ. of Md. film focuses on lives of youth in West Baltimore

    Univ. of Md. film focuses on lives of youth in West Baltimore

    Two years ago, Shakeer Franklin desperately wanted to leave Baltimore. He wanted to escape the crime and blight of his hometown. But then he participated in the University of Maryland, Baltimore CURE Scholars Program, which pairs middle-school students from West Baltimore with mentors working in...

  • End of Obamacare subsidies creates an uproar

    End of Obamacare subsidies creates an uproar

    The Trump Administration’s decision to eliminate the federal subsidies that help low-income people pay out-of-pocket expenses under Obamacare created an uproar Friday among health care advocates and others worried it could severely undermine the health insurance program. The administration’s decision...

  • Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults are now obese, CDC says

    Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults are now obese, CDC says

    Americans’ obesity rates have reached a new high-water mark. Again. In 2015 and 2016, just short of 4 in 10 American adults had a body mass index that put them in obese territory. In addition, just under 2 in 10 American children — those between 2 and 19 years of age — are now considered obese...

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