Mike Preston's report card in Week 3

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UMMS must pay family $10 million in malpractice suit

A Baltimore jury awarded a Gwynn Oak family $10 million this week after finding the University of Maryland Medical System gave their relative a drug that destroyed his colon and led to his death.

The family of Dennis Allen said he died in 2013 after doctors gave him Kayexalate, which is used on people who have too much potassium in their body.

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Overdose deaths continue to climb in Maryland

The number of drug- and alcohol-related overdose deaths in Maryland in the first half of the year jumped more than 50 percent from the same period last year, according to new data from the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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Maryland among 36 states suing makers of heroin addiction treatment drug Suboxone for antitrust violations

Maryland and 35 other states filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday against the makers of the opioid addiction treatment drug Suboxone.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Pennsylvania, alleges that Reckitt Benckiser, now known as Indivior, and MonoSol Rx conspired to block generic competitors for Suboxone by switching the drug from a tablet to a dissolving film.

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Hopkins school of public health gets $95 million to study environmental effects on children's health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will receive $95 million in federal funding over seven years to analyze data collected from 50,000 children across the country and answer questions about environmental factors that influence their health from conception through early childhood.

The grant from the National Institutes of Health was announced Wednesday.

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Maryland health exchange launches new mobile app for enrollment

Maryland health exchange officials have launched a new app specifically designed to help people enroll in health insurance on their phones and tablets. The move is a response to the high rate of people using mobile devices — more than a third — to visit the state's online marketplace for health insurance.

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Bon Secours program helps people transition to normal life after years behind bars

For years, Samantha Malfi had been in and out of jail for various offenses, including assault and theft, related to her drug addiction. Time and time again she tried to do better, only to sabotage herself and remain stuck in the same cycle.

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