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Md. exchange enrolls nearly 329,000 in health plans

Md. exchange enrolls nearly 329,000 in health plans

Nearly 329,000 people have enrolled in insurance through the Maryland health exchange, officials reported Friday.

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Tooth decay in children

Tooth decay in children

Tooth decay has become a major problem among young children, and pediatric dentists are urging parents to take steps such as limiting sugary snacks and drinks. They also now advise brushing with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste and having a...

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Best workout song chosen during national gym competition

Best workout song chosen during national gym competition

What’s the ultimate workout song? There are lots of opinions, but officials from the national chain Gold’s Gym and Women&...

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Little progress made in combating foodborne illness

Little progress made in combating foodborne illness

Thousands of Americans are still being infected by their food every year, and infections from only one germ among 80 tracked by government officials dropped significantly in 2013, according to new data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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New blood test may detect breast cancer spread

New blood test may detect breast cancer spread

Johns Hopkins cancer researchers and collaborators around the country have developed a blood test that they believe can tell when breast cancer has spread and can accurately monitor the cancer’s response to treatment.

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How to eat like a dietitian

How to eat like a dietitian

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute a guest post. The latest post, reprinted here, is from Shanti Lewis.

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Nonsmoking policy not adequate at hospital where man died in fire, report says

Nonsmoking policy not adequate at hospital where man died in fire, report says

The University of Maryland Medical Center was not adequately enforcing its nonsmoking policy when a man died in a fire last fall at the hospital, according to a federal and state investigation.

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Hopkins hospital workers authorize strike

Hopkins hospital workers authorize strike

Two thousand Johns Hopkins Hospital workers are set to go on strike at 6 a.m. Wednesday , after the hospital offered a wage proposal Tuesday that the union rejected as inadequate.

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No agreement yet between Hopkins, service workers

No agreement yet between Hopkins, service workers

John Hopkins Hospital and the union representing housekeepers, food servers and other workers were unable to agree on a contract Thursday night, leaving open the possibility for a strike beginning April. 9.

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 When to choose urgent care or emergency room

When to choose urgent care or emergency room

It's the weekend or nighttime, and someone in the family doesn't feel well or has hurt themselves. Many people assume the local hospital's emergency department is the best place to go for treatment, but an urgent care center may be a faster and cheaper way to get care for less serious conditions, according to Dr. William P. Jaquis, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. LifeBridge Health, Sinai's parent company has recently partnered with ExpressCare urgent care centers.

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Wage negotiations continue between Hopkins, union

Wage negotiations continue between Hopkins, union

About 2,000 service and maintenance workers seeking raises have yet to come to an agreement with Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Maryland nurse convicted of sex abuse in Ohio

Maryland nurse convicted of sex abuse in Ohio

A Maryland nurse now serving jail time in Ohio for having unwanted sexual contact with a woman in labor has surrendered his state nursing license.

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O'Malley urges residents to sign up for Obamacare

O'Malley urges residents to sign up for Obamacare

Gov. Martin O'Malley urged uninsured people Friday to sign up for health coverage as soon as possible to beat Monday's deadline.

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Montgomery County healthiest, Baltimore City unhealthiest

Montgomery County healthiest, Baltimore City unhealthiest

Residents of Montgomery County are the healthiest in the state, knocking Howard County out of the top spot, according to an annual report of health rankings released Wednesday.

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Md. health exchange enrollment gets a bump

Md. health exchange enrollment gets a bump

As the deadline approaches to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Maryland's exchange saw a bump on enrollment in private plans.

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Insomnia hits most people at some point

Insomnia hits most people at some point

Lying awake at night staring at the ceiling is never fun. But we all experience this insomnia at some points in our lives. When sleeplessness becomes chronic, it can cause other health and lifestyle problems. Dr. Audrey Liu, a sleep specialist at Mercy Medical Center, talks about how to treat insomnia.

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Hotline offered to those with applications stuck in health exchange website

Hotline offered to those with applications stuck in health exchange website

Consumers who have attempted to enroll in health insurance through the Maryland exchange but have become stuck in the website can call a new hotline to ensure they are covered before the end of open enrollment March 31.

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More than 40K enrolled in private plans via Md. health exchange

More than 40K enrolled in private plans via Md. health exchange

The number of Marylanders enrolled in private plans through the state's health exchange as of March 8 has reached 40,693, according to a weekly report issued Friday.

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Nine-month-old baby may have been cured of HIV, scientists say

Nine-month-old baby may have been cured of HIV, scientists say

BOSTON — A 9-month-old baby who was born in California with the HIV virus that leads to AIDS may have been cured as a result of treatments that doctors began just four hours after her birth, medical researchers said Wednesday.

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New options to treat multiple myeloma

New options to treat multiple myeloma

Multiple myeloma is cancer of the bone marrow, an incurable type of the disease that kills about 10,700 people a year. But for the 22,000 diagnosed annually, including recently Tom Brokaw, former NBC news anchor, there are new options for treatment and more kinds of therapies in the works, according to Dr. Gary I. Cohen, medical director of the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He answers questions about the disease.

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Extended Stay hotels contribute rooms to cancer patients

Extended Stay hotels contribute rooms to cancer patients

The hotel chain Extended Stay America is partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide free and discounted rooms cancer patients being treated away from home.

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Maryland health exchange to create advisory panel

Maryland health exchange to create advisory panel

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange said Tuesday it is forming a "standing advisory committee" to address policy and other issues.

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Gambling in youth has link to sexual behavior

Gambling in youth has link to sexual behavior

Youth who gamble are more at risk for gambling problems and early sexual activity, according to new research involving African American youth in Baltimore.

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More than 35,600 have bought private insurance through Md. health exchange

More than 35,600 have bought private insurance through Md. health exchange

The Maryland health exchange reported that another 2,385 people purchased private insurance through its website in the week ending Feb. 22, brining the total in private plans to more than 35,600.

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 Brain-boosting nutrition

Brain-boosting nutrition

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute a guest post. The latest post is from Whitney Wallace.

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FDA proposes new food labels

FDA proposes new food labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to update the two-decade old labels on food that tell consumers about nutritional content to make the information more clear and to more accurately reflect what people eat.

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FDA bans a tobacco product for the first time

FDA bans a tobacco product for the first time

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time used its legal authority to ban certain tobacco products from the market, the agency said Friday.

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Maryland health exchange averaging about 2,000 enrollees a week in private plans

Maryland health exchange averaging about 2,000 enrollees a week in private plans

The Maryland health exchange reported Friday that 33,251 people had signed up for private insurance plans online as of Feb. 15, an uptick of just over 2,000 from the week before.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


Meredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends.

Andrea K. Walker has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. An exercise fanatic, she's probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail airlines, small and minority business, and now health.

Patrick Maynard specializes in database projects. He started writing about health and fitness for baltimoresun.com in 2010.

HEALTH CALENDAR

May 10th : 8 a.m. (Half Marathon 8 a.m.-noon; 5K begins at 8:30 am)
May 3rd : 8 a.m. (Check-in begins at 8, and the 4-mile walk will start at 9. )
October 25th : 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.