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Natural product companies look to give back

Natural product companies look to give back

Those who peddle so-called natural products frequently say they are looking to produce healthier and more environmentally sustainable products. 

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Carroll hospital will not hire smokers

Carroll hospital will not hire smokers

Carroll Hospital Center is joining Anne Arundel Medical Center and other health systems, businesses and employers who won’t...

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Bicyclists raise $2.6 million for cancer research

Bicyclists raise $2.6 million for cancer research

More than 1,000 people rode bicycles 150 miles — in the rain, for part of the way — this weekend to raise $2.6 million for cancer research at Johns Hopkins.

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Maryland health clinics receive federal grants

Maryland health clinics receive federal grants

Federal health officials have awarded $3.5 million in Affordable Care Act funds to 14 community health centers in Maryland. The money will go to hire 60 new workers, expand hours and increase access to primary care.

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What patients should know about antibiotics

What patients should know about antibiotics 

Antibiotics have saved countless lives over the years, but their overuse has lead to problems including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dr. Mary R. Clance, an epidemiologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center, discusses the history, troubles and appropriate uses of the drugs.

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Gun shot victims likely to be black males, uninsured, study says

Gun shot victims likely to be black males, uninsured, study says

A study of firearm assaults in six states, including Maryland, found that young males make up the largest share of those who go to the hospital with an injury, supporting previous research. But it also found black females were more likely than white males to go to the hospital with such a wound.

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Medical examiner's office breaks procurement rules, audit says

Medical examiner's office breaks procurement rules, audit says

A new report from legislative auditors found that the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner purchased medical supplies without seeking competitive bids or written contracts during the three years ending in May 2014 and may not have gotten the best deals.

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Inner city kids more likely to suffer food allergies

Inner city kids more likely to suffer food allergies

Inner city kids appear to suffer more from food allergies than the general population, according to new research lead by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

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University of Maryland Medical Center opens domestic violence center

University of Maryland Medical Center opens domestic violence center

Maryland added its 10th hospital-based domestic violence program at the University of Maryland Medical Center, officials announced Monday.

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State health officials remind parents about vaccines

State health officials remind parents about vaccines

State health officials are reminding parents to get their kids their vaccinations before school starts.

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Secondary drowning explained

Secondary drowning explained 

As kids spend time in the water, officials warn parents to keep a close watch to ensure children don't drown. But there is another condition parents should know about: secondary drowning. It afflicts children who survive a near-drowning incident. And though it's uncommon, it can be fatal if left untreated, according to Dr. Melissa Sparrow, clinical director for pediatric inpatient and emergency services at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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State works to reduce preventable hospitalizations

State works to reduce preventable hospitalizations

Top Maryland officials highlighted a change in the way hospitals are charging patients for treatment – and a related push to prevent unnecessary admissions -- during a stop Wednesday in Western Maryland.

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Examining milk alternatives

Examining milk alternatives 

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute a guest post. The latest post is from dietetic intern Charlotte Martin.

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Blood test may someday predict who is suicidal

Blood test may someday predict who is suicidal

A blood test that monitors changes in one specific gene may someday allow doctors to predict those likely to attempt suicide.

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University of Maryland wins grant to study STDs

University of Maryland wins grant to study STDs

The University of Maryland schools of dentistry and medicine have won a five-year $10.7 million federal grant to study the causes, prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases.

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Practice safe eating during Farmers Market Week

Practice safe eating during Farmers Market Week

Farmers Market Week begins Aug. 3, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and an independent public health organization wants consumers to remember a few things about food safety.

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The elderly need to take extra precautions to stay hydrated

The elderly need to take extra precautions to stay hydrated

Keeping the body hydrated is important for everyone, but older people may face more challenges. Amy Boulware, director of nursing for North Oaks, a senior living facility in Pikesville, talks about how medications and lifestyle may make it hard for them to stay hydrated.

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1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults alcohol related

1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults alcohol related

Excessive drinking accounts for 10 percent of deaths among working-age adults, making it the leading cause of preventable death of Americans, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Salivary gland cancers rare, but sometimes deadly

Salivary gland cancers rare, but sometimes deadly

Professional baseball great Tony Gwynn Sr., also known as Mr. Padre, died last month of salivary gland cancer, which he believed was caused by years of using smokeless chewing tobacco. The cancer is a rare form that begins in any of the salivary glands in the mouth, neck or throat. Two adults in 100,000 are diagnosed with salivary gland cancer each year. The chances of survival drop if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Dr. Patrick K. Ha, with Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, says new types of treatments and therapies are in the works to treat the disease.

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Study shows minimally invasive surgery underused

Study shows minimally invasive surgery underused

Minimally invasive surgery leads to fewer infections and other complications than traditional open surgery but not all hospitals are regularly offering such procedures, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University.

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Hopkins and Allegheny partner in cancer research

Hopkins and Allegheny partner in cancer research

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has finalized a five-year agreement with Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania that both medical institutions hope will lead to advancements in cancer treatment and care.

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Hopkins to study how to stop seniors from falling

Hopkins to study how to stop seniors from falling

Johns Hopkins researchers will share in a $30 million grant that aims to find the best methods of preventing falls, a big problem for seniors.

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 Emotional overeating: How to regain your control

Emotional overeating: How to regain your control

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute a guest post to the Sun's Picture of Health blog (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth). The latest post is from dietetic intern Janelle Schleicher.

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MedStar opens facility with urgent care, doctor services

MedStar opens facility with urgent care, doctor services

MedStar Health plans to open its new hybrid health care facility off Key Highway in the Federal Hill-Locust Point area July 7 that will offer both urgent care and doctor appointments.  

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It's important to treat pediatric hip dysplasia early, expert says

It's important to treat pediatric hip dysplasia early, expert says

Hip dysplasia may not be obvious in newborns, but the disorder may already be affecting babies' development. And the sooner parents and caregivers get an evaluation and treatment, the easier the fix, according to Dr. Andrew Abramowitz, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center who trained in pediatric orthopedics.

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Anne Arundel Medical Center to ban tobacco, smokers

Anne Arundel Medical Center to ban tobacco, smokers

Anne Arundel Medical Center has adopted a new policy that prohibits use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. And next year, the hospital plans to stop hiring anyone who uses tobacco products.

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Scientists try and make pancreatic tumors more treatable

Scientists try and make pancreatic tumors more treatable

Researchers in the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed and begun testing a vaccine that can “reprogram” pancreatic cancers to potentially make them more treatable.

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Midwife group finds new home at St. Joseph Medical Center

Midwife group finds new home at St. Joseph Medical Center

A popular midwife practice whose partnership with Mercy Medical Center is ending because of rising malpractice costs has found a new home at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

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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.

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