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$5 million grant means Ronald McDonald House can begin building new facility in Baltimore

Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore has received a $5 million grant that will allow the organization to break ground this spring on a new house where sick children can stay with their families while getting medical care.

The organizations is in the midst of the a $30 million capital campaign to raise funds to build the house.

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Technology that fragments kidney stones lessens pain of passing them whole

A tell-tale sign of a kidney stone is pain in a person's side, back and below the ribs. About one in every ten individuals will experience the pain of having a kidney stone in their lifetime, said Dr. Mark Redwood, the division head of the Department of Urology at Sinai Hospital. The pain from passing a stone can be so intense that some people compare it to giving birth.

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Eating for a healthy heart

A nutritionist from University of Maryland Medical System regularly provides a post to the Picture of Health blog. The latest post is from Caroline Meehan.

February marks American Heart Month, so show some love for yourself by incorporating heart-healthy foods into your daily routine.

The basics of a heart healthy diet:

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Same sex marriage laws associated with drop in suicide rates among high school students, Hopkins study finds

States that legalized same-sex marriage before it became federal law two years ago saw a sharp decline in suicide attempts by high school students, according to an analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The researchers compared the suicide rates of 32 states that passed the laws with states that didn't implement the policies.

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Doctors are using alternatives to addictive opioids to help patients deal with pain

After doctors at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center removed part of Dr. Alan Lake's small and large intestines earlier this month, the retired pediatrician felt so little pain he didn't need the powerful opioids most patients receive after major surgery.

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Cost of overdose drug could hamper access in Maryland and elsewhere

The price of a drug that has saved the lives of more than 800 people overdosing on heroin or other opioids in Baltimore is rising rapidly.

The antidote known as naloxone revives addicts after they've stopped breathing, with either a simple spray in their nose or an injection.

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