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Officials encourage vaccination ahead of flu season

As this year’s flu season approaches, federal and local authorities say they are concerned that the number of people who get vaccinated against the virus has stagnated in recent years. Though most people recover after a miserable week or so at home, influenza kills thousands of people every year,...

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  • Flu season worsens across the U.S.

    Flu season worsens across the U.S.

    The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more steam than...

  • Women can already receive abortion pills by mail in 4 states, what's next?

    Women can already receive abortion pills by mail in 4 states, what's next?

    A teenager whose mother had trouble getting her to an abortion clinic during normal business hours. A busy professional who couldn’t leave work until 4 p.m. A mother with young children, no child care and no car. All of these Maine women recently had abortions in the privacy of their own homes,...

  • Florida may soon declare porn a health threat

    Florida may soon declare porn a health threat

    TALLAHASSEE — The state could declare pornography a public health risk that needs education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, according to a resolution overwhelmingly approved by a House committee Thursday. The resolution is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Ross Spano, also...

  • Family of woman found outside Baltimore hospital in just a gown speaks out

    Family of woman found outside Baltimore hospital in just a gown speaks out

    Cheryl Chandler was browsing the Internet last Wednesday when she saw a video of an incoherent woman in a thin patient gown, stumbling outside of a Baltimore hospital. Her heart stopped, Chandler said, when she realized it was her mentally ill daughter Rebecca, whom she had reported missing more...

  • New Year, New You: Nutrition for glowing skin, strong nails and shiny hair

    New Year, New You: Nutrition for glowing skin, strong nails and shiny hair

    Cold weather, dry, indoor air and the indulgences of the holidays may have your hair, skin and nails looking a little tired. If that’s the case, here are a few tips to help you glow from the inside out. Chew colorfully Brightly colored fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals...

  • 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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