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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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  • Maryland health exchange names new executive

    Maryland health exchange names new executive

    Michele S. Eberle was named the new executive director of the quasi-public state agency that administers the Maryland health exchange nearly three weeks into the annual open enrollment period for the insurance known as Obamacare. Eberle had been working as the chief operating officer for the Maryland...

  • Want to live longer? Get a dog

    Want to live longer? Get a dog

    Having a dog can bring a lot of love into your life. It could also make it last a little longer. A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analyzed the health records of 3.4 million people in that northern European country, where databases contain detailed information on most everyone's...

  • Scientists discover scary side effects of energy drinks

    Scientists discover scary side effects of energy drinks

    Our cravings for caffeine are crazier than ever, but there are some very real risks associated with energy drinks. A study published in the journal Frontiers shows that any short-term benefits of energy drinks are far outweighed by the risks to mental and physical health. No matter how busy you...

  • How we eat, sleep and work out around Thanksgiving, according to Under Armour data

    How we eat, sleep and work out around Thanksgiving, according to Under Armour data

    Under Armour often boasts of possessing “the world’s largest digital health and fitness community” — more than 220 million users of its fitness and health apps. Users of the apps — MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and more — routinely log in data about their workouts, eating and sleeping, and the results...

  • In Clifton-Berea, convergence of 'every bad thing' leads to lowest life expectancy in Baltimore

    In Clifton-Berea, convergence of 'every bad thing' leads to lowest life expectancy in Baltimore

    In Ubaid Harris’ East Baltimore neighborhood, poverty is fatal. Babies born to parents in Clifton-Berea will live shorter lives, on average, than babies born to families anywhere else in Baltimore, a new city analysis suggests. Outsized rates of overdoses, chronic disease and violence have pushed...

  • 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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