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  • Early spring helps speed tree growth, reduce nitrogen pollution, but larger climate impact unclear

    Early spring helps speed tree growth, reduce nitrogen pollution, but larger climate impact unclear

    In some ways, climate change is a boon for trees: There is more carbon dioxide in the air for them to convert into energy, and earlier springs mean a longer growing season. Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg have found...

  • Overdose deaths continue to climb in Maryland

    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. From January to June, there were 920 fatal overdoses this year,...

  • 'Me & Pops' seminar hopes to connect black sons and fathers, build a research relationship

    'Me & Pops' seminar hopes to connect black sons and fathers, build a research relationship

    In a recreation center in downtown Baltimore on Saturday, health researchers and a former University of Maryland basketball player began a task many consider herculean: improving relationships between Baltimore's young black men and their fathers. "There's a breakdown of family structure in Baltimore....

  • Users of kratom defend herbal supplement ahead of federal ban

    Users of kratom defend herbal supplement ahead of federal ban

    For a nation in the grips of an opioid epidemic, Scott Carpenter's story sounds familiar: He took prescription painkillers for chronic knee pain, and the pills became an on-again, off-again habit. He broke the cycle four months ago when he started taking a herbal supplement called kratom to control...

  • Got kidney stones? Try riding a roller coaster to dislodge them

    Got kidney stones? Try riding a roller coaster to dislodge them

    Just ask any one of the 300,000 Americans who, in any given year, develop kidney stones: What if the excruciating pain of passing one of those little devils could be prevented by strapping yourself into a make-believe runaway mine train, throwing your hands in the air and enduring G-forces as high...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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