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  • Medical alert systems can help keep older people safe

    Medical alert systems can help keep older people safe

    Medical alert systems, which give people a line to paramedics when there is an emergency, are good for the elderly, disabled and people who are prone to falling. Shannon Gettier, manager of Griswold Home Care of Harford and Cecil counties, talks about the different types of medical alert systems....

  • Air quality study over Chesapeake Bay seeks to understand pollution

    Air quality study over Chesapeake Bay seeks to understand pollution

    The sky above Hart-Miller Island became a busy laboratory for several weeks this summer as researchers launched balloons, drones and planes to better understand the complex swirl of air pollution over the Chesapeake Bay. State and federal agencies initiated a research study aimed at providing more...

  • Union wants lawmakers to revisit move of prescription drug plan to Medicare

    Union wants lawmakers to revisit move of prescription drug plan to Medicare

    A union that represents some of the state’s retirees is asking Gov. Larry Hogan and other lawmakers to reconsider moving the retiree’s prescription drug plan to the Medicare Part D program next year. Members of the Maryland Classified Employees Association held a rally at their Woodlawn headquarters...

  • New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

    New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

    A new ordinance in Baltimore bars city restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus. Baltimore's health department says the measure went into effect Wednesday. Water, milk and 100 percent fruit juices must now be the default beverage choices for kids' meals at city eateries....

  • The CDC director's deeply personal reason for fighting opioids: His son nearly died of an overdose

    The CDC director's deeply personal reason for fighting opioids: His son nearly died of an overdose

    One of the nation's top public-health officials has explained why the fight against the opioid epidemic is so personal to him. At a conference in New Orleans, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield Jr. opened up about his family's experience with opioids, saying that...

  • State provides $750,000 to help MedStar Health move to new Columbia HQ

    State provides $750,000 to help MedStar Health move to new Columbia HQ

    The Maryland Department of Commerce will provide MedStar Health with $750,000 in state aid plus tax credits to support the relocation of its headquarters in Columbia. MedStar Health, the state's largest health care provider, plans to move later this year to a new and more spacious headquarters...

  • 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...

  • 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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