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Churches help with last-minute enrollment push for state health exchange

As a self-employed tow-truck driver, Raimundo Mariano went for years without any health insurance. "It is very hard because I had to pay cash for my doctors," said Mariano, a 58-year-old native of Brazil. But once the federal Affordable Care Act expanded the insurance options available to people...

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  • Scientists 3D-print a 'brain' to learn the secret behind its folds

    Scientists 3D-print a 'brain' to learn the secret behind its folds

    By 3D-printing a fake gel brain and watching it “grow,” scientists at Harvard University have discovered how the human cortex develops its creepy, classic folds. The discovery, published in the journal Nature Physics, may solve a longstanding mystery about the structure of our gray matter and could...

  • Meet the unusually aggressive mosquitoes carrying Zika

    Meet the unusually aggressive mosquitoes carrying Zika

    Zika virus, a disease once only found in Africa and Southeast Asia, has spread rapidly into the Americas, bringing with it a fear of birth defects. The illness is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes, and no one in the United States has yet been infected with Zika from a bug bite.  But the mosquitoes...

  • In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss after Zika virus found in saliva

    In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss after Zika virus found in saliva

    A top Brazilian health official warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as global measures mounted Friday against the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects. The U.N. human rights agency called for some nations to loosen strict laws against abortion, and U.S. health authorities...

  • Survey shows prevalence of violence in lives of Baltimore students

    Survey shows prevalence of violence in lives of Baltimore students

    When the familiar pop-pop sound rang out late Friday afternoon, Tyrese Carter and his friend Destiny McIntosh were watching television in his family's apartment. As gunshots are so common in their neighborhood, they joked that that was probably the sound they heard. Tyrese calmly sauntered to the...

  • BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says

    BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says

    Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from UCLA finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or overweight according to their body mass index are, when you take a closer look, actually healthy. The findings, published in the International Journal of Obesity, reveal...

  • Laurel Regional supporters hit the road to save the hospital

    Laurel Regional supporters hit the road to save the hospital

    Devin McCall, a Laurel resident and union representative for the 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, sat quietly in a window seat aboard an Academy charter bus that left Laurel Thursday headed for Annapolis. McCall was on his way, alongside nearly two dozen city residents and union workers,...

  • Kaiser Permanente building proposed for Abingdon's Box Hill South area

    Kaiser Permanente building proposed for Abingdon's Box Hill South area

    A 26,100-square-foot office building, to house Kaiser Permanente, is being proposed at the corner of Box Hill South Parkway and Box Hill Corporate Center Drive in Abingdon. The plan was reviewed Wednesday by the Harford County Development Advisory Committee, or DAC. The office space would be the...

  • Kaiser opens new Baltimore medical offices

    Kaiser opens new Baltimore medical offices

    Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States opened its new Harbor Medical Center location on East Pratt Street in Baltimore this week. The 19,000-square-foot facility houses nine provider offices and 17 exam rooms and offers clinical services, including family medicine, obstetrics gynecology and...

  • Laurel hospital to cease inpatient services, upsetting community

    Laurel hospital to cease inpatient services, upsetting community

    The last time a hospital closed in Maryland, Bill Clinton was president, Celine Dion was at the top of the music charts and Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball. It was 1999 and Liberty Medical Center, New Children's Hospital and Church Hospital in Baltimore all shuttered their...

  • University of Maryland institute wins grants to battle disease in Africa

    University of Maryland institute wins grants to battle disease in Africa

    The Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's was awarded a combined $23 million in funding to boost the abilities of two West African countries to cope with a scourge of infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and Ebola. The $13 million grant from...

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