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Hopkins-related imaging company raises $500,000 in seed money

Medical device company Perceptive Navigation LLC said Wednesday it raised $500,000 in seed money to continue development of an ultrasound device to be used in minimally invasive surgeries.

The Marylaned Venture Fund and The Abell Foundation were the lead investors. The company had received other money before that, including $1.4 million in federal grant money.

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Child who got world's first double hand transplant released from the hospital

The 8-year-old boy with the vibrant personality who became the first child to get a double hand transplant was discharged from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Wednesday.

Doctors there said his longterm prognosis looked good.

Zion Harvey underwent the groundbreaking surgery July 28.

Harvey spent a week in the intensive care unit before being moved to a medical unit.

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Baltimore wins grant to remove health hazards from homes

Jacquirelyn Aquino is a high-performing member of the St. James & St. John School track team and has perfect attendance in her classes — a remarkable turnaround for the 12-year-old girl with asthma.

She used to get winded climbing a tree, and her mother, Bernice Aquino, often spent days taking her to the doctor and nights watching over her to ensure she was breathing.

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Baltimore health officials remind students to get vaccinated before school

Public health, municipal, teacher and other groups are working to ensure children in the region and across the country have proper immunizations to go to school.

In Maryland, for example, kindergartners and first graders now need two doses of chickenpox vaccine and seventh and eighth graders need updated whooping cough and meningitis vaccines.

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Jimmy Carter's melanoma spread to brain not uncommon, doctor says

Former President Jimmy Carter revealed recently that the cancer doctors had found in his liver during an exam in May had spread to his brain. The doctors diagnosed the cancer as melanoma, a skin cancer, but they didn’t know the exact source. The doctors removed a malignant tumor along with about a tenth of Carter’s liver in early August, according to reports by Tribune Newspapers.

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City officials want residents to report stores selling tobacco to minors

In an effort to curb underage tobacco use, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the city health commissioner and other officials plan to announce Friday that residents can now report stores selling cigarettes and other products to minors by calling 311.

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