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Tips for a healthier holiday

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post is from Caroline Meehan.

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes food — a lot of sugary, high-calorie, high-fat foods.

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Carefirst expands coverage to transgender patients

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the state's largest insurer, is expanding coverage so gender reassignment surgery is covered for transgender customers in Maryland.

The insurer is eliminating language from its policies that denied coverage for any “treatment leading to or in connection with transsexualism, or sex changes or modifications, including, but not limited to surgery.”

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Uber giving out free flu shots

 Baltimore is one of 35 cities where the Uber transporation service is making house calls today.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Uber will deliver $10 wellness packs to customers around the city. It will give free flu shots to ten of those people. Registered nurses from Passport Health will give the shots.

To participate, open the Uber app and select the UberHEALTH option.

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Hopkins doctor says super lice are a 'social disaster' but treatable

Head lice, the scourge of daycare centers and elementary schools, might have just become a bigger problem. A new strain of "super lice" has infested people in 25 states, potentially making it more difficult to get rid of the parasites. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are up to 12 million cases of lice a year, mostly among children.

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Drug drop boxes coming to all Baltimore police stations

Prescription drug drop boxes now will be available at all times at Baltimore's nine police district offices as the city works to stem heroin overdoses and other accidental drug deaths, health and police officials said Monday.

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Pace of enrollment on the state's health exchange ahead of last year

More then 57,000 enroll in 9 days on health exchange, mostly in Medicaid

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