Recent stories by Andrea Walker

Unauthorized use of Adderall concerns health and sports officials

8:25 PM EDT, September 12, 2014

Unauthorized use of Adderall concerns health and sports officials

The banned amphetamine that will keep Chris Davis off the baseball diamond for 25 games has become a go-to for stressed college students and worn athletes looking for a quick boost of energy.

Health Secretary Sharfstein to join Hopkins

8:29 PM EDT, July 30, 2014

Health Secretary Sharfstein to join Hopkins

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein said Wednesday he plans to leave his post as secretary of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he drew criticism for the botched rollout of the state's health insurance exchange website.

Salivary gland cancers rare, but sometimes deadly

2:49 PM EDT, July 9, 2014

Salivary gland cancers rare, but sometimes deadly

Professional baseball great Tony Gwynn Sr., also known as Mr. Padre, died last month of salivary gland cancer, which he believed was caused by years of using smokeless chewing tobacco. The cancer is a rare form that begins in any of the salivary glands in the mouth, neck or throat. Two adults in 100,000 are diagnosed with salivary gland cancer each year. The chances of survival drop if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Dr. Patrick K. Ha, with Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, says new types of treatments and therapies are in the works to treat the disease.

The elderly need to take extra precautions to stay hydrated

3:23 PM EDT, July 23, 2014

The elderly need to take extra precautions to stay hydrated

Keeping the body hydrated is important for everyone, but older people may face more challenges. Amy Boulware, director of nursing for North Oaks, a senior living facility in Pikesville, talks about how medications and lifestyle may make it hard for them to stay hydrated.

Hopkins and Allegheny partner in cancer research

6:33 PM EDT, July 7, 2014

Hopkins and Allegheny partner in cancer research

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has finalized a five-year agreement with Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania that both medical institutions hope will lead to advancements in cancer treatment and care.

No agreement in contract talks at Hopkins Hospital

7:10 PM EDT, July 2, 2014

No agreement in contract talks at Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union that represents 2,000 service workers ended contract talks without an agreement Tuesday night, despite intervention by the governor.

O'Malley intervention could mean faster deal in Hopkins Hospital labor dispute

8:18 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

O'Malley intervention could mean faster deal in Hopkins Hospital labor dispute

Gov. Martin O'Malley's intervention in the wage fight between Johns Hopkins Hospital and its service workers reflects the lingering dispute's significance but also signals that it may be resolved soon.

More than 372,500 get health plans through exchange

12:27 PM EDT, June 27, 2014

More than 372,500 get health plans through exchange

More than 372,500 people have enrolled in insurance through the Maryland health exchange as of May 31, exchange officials said Friday.

Johns Hopkins Hospital workers to begin negotiations again

6:10 PM EDT, June 30, 2014

Johns Hopkins Hospital workers to begin negotiations again

Service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital will begin a new round of negotiations with the medical institution Tuesday, several days after a strike was averted when Gov. Martin O'Malley asked both sides to take a one-week cooling-off period.

Hopkins Hospital workers give notice to strike

6:45 PM EDT, June 18, 2014

Hopkins Hospital workers give notice to strike

The labor union representing service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital has given the medical institution notice that employees are prepared to strike next week if negotiations over wages remain deadlocked.

Hopkins workers set to strike Friday after impasse on negotiations

8:16 PM EDT, June 24, 2014

Hopkins workers set to strike Friday after impasse on negotiations

Service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital plan to begin a four-day strike at the hospital Friday after contract negotiations with the East Baltimore medical institution broke down.

Midwife group finds new home at St. Joseph Medical Center

8:05 PM EDT, June 16, 2014

Midwife group finds new home at St. Joseph Medical Center

A popular midwife practice whose partnership with Mercy Medical Center is ending because of rising malpractice costs has found a new home at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

Hopkins Hospital strike averted after O'Malley intervenes

7:30 PM EDT, June 26, 2014

Hopkins Hospital strike averted after O'Malley intervenes

A four-day strike by service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital that had been scheduled to start Friday was averted after Gov. Martin O'Malley asked both sides to take a one-week cooling-off period.

Bid to overturn Maryland transgender rights bill fails

6:27 PM EDT, June 1, 2014

Bid to overturn Maryland transgender rights bill fails

A conservative group trying to force a referendum on a transgender rights law scheduled to take effect this fall did not get the required signatures needed to bring the issue to a vote.

New Pride rules dampen celebration for some

10:31 PM EDT, June 14, 2014

New Pride rules dampen celebration for some

Baltimore Pride kicked off Saturday at a new location and with new drinking rules leaving some longtime revelers like Damian Hatchett feeling a little nostalgic for the old days when he said the event was much livelier.

Riders begin cross-country ride to raise money for those living with cancer

11:16 AM EDT, June 1, 2014

Riders begin cross-country ride to raise money for those living with cancer

More than 100 riders left the Inner Harbor for a cross-country bike ride to the West Coast to raise money to support young people affected by cancer.

Residents of 26th Street to return this week

10:14 PM EDT, June 1, 2014

Residents of 26th Street to return this week

Residents who have been out of their homes since their Charles Village street collapsed in April will be allowed to return this week, city officials said Sunday.

Police find Annapolis couple passed out in car with infant

6:35 PM EDT, June 1, 2014

Police find Annapolis couple passed out in car with infant

The parents of an 8-month-old were charged with child neglect after they were found Saturday passed out in the front seat of a vehicle in Annapolis as their infant son sat in the back, Anne Arundel police said.

Resold diabetes strips cause health concerns

3:34 PM EDT, May 31, 2014

Resold diabetes strips cause health concerns

On Charles Street, inside the Belvedere Galleria, a company run from a small office offers cash for people's leftover diabetes strips, the tiny tabs used to test glucose levels, which are crucial to managing the disease.

Hate the health exchange, love the insurance

2:59 PM EDT, May 31, 2014

Hate the health exchange, love the insurance

Frustrated with her inability to get health insurance, Bonnita Spikes entered the political fray when she was featured in gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler's April radio ad lambasting Maryland's problem-fraught health exchange.

SUV slams into dump truck near Harford County line

1:42 PM EDT, June 1, 2014

SUV slams into dump truck near Harford County line

A man was flown to University of Maryland Shock Truama Center Saturday night after the black Ford Explorer he was driving ran into a dump truck, according to Maryland State Police.

State won't tap federal grants for new exchange

1:23 PM EDT, May 31, 2014

State won't tap federal grants for new exchange

Maryland will not need to ask the federal government for additional grant money to build a new health exchange that will replace the faulty one the state was forced to scrap.

Center that treats voice conditions expands

2:05 PM EDT, May 30, 2014

Center that treats voice conditions expands

Music teacher Sarah Brady, 31, was born with a melodious voice, but last year suddenly began having trouble hitting certain notes and suffered frequent bouts of laryngitis.

Motorcycle memorial honors police officer killed in Catonsville

3:57 PM EDT, May 31, 2014

Motorcycle memorial honors police officer killed in Catonsville

Chuck Schneider never worried about his son, Jason, as he led Baltimore County SWAT team raids, because his oldest child "was born to do the job."

Developer gives $15 million for Hopkins bladder cancer institute

5:15 PM EDT, May 19, 2014

Developer gives $15 million for Hopkins bladder cancer institute

The developer of Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole and other area shopping complexes has pledged a $15 million gift to create the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute.

Boils are painful but easy to treat

3:12 PM EDT, May 14, 2014

Boils are painful but easy to treat

Bumps that appear on the body can be hard for the average person to detect. Is it a pimple? A boil? A mosquito bite? Dr. Amy Espy-Smith, the area medical director for Concentra, an urgent-care clinic with multiple locations in Maryland, talks about how to distinguish a boil from other bumps.

Katzen Eye Group acquired by private equity firm

3:49 PM EDT, May 13, 2014

Katzen Eye Group acquired by private equity firm

Home-grown Katzen Eye Group has been acquired by a large private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles in a deal the eye care company hopes will help it to expand into a regional — and eventually national — brand.

Union wants hospitals to disclose employees on public assistance

6:45 PM EDT, May 21, 2014

Union wants hospitals to disclose employees on public assistance

The union fighting to improve service worker wages at Johns Hopkins Hospital has proposed to a state panel that it require hospitals to disclose whether their workers receive food stamps or other public assistance when reporting what benefit the institutions provide to the community.

Man's body pulled from Inner Harbor

8:33 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

Man's body pulled from Inner Harbor

Baltimore fire officials have pulled a man's body from the waters of the Inner Harbor in the 600 block of E. Pratt Street.

UM Medical Center workers get federal labor protection

7:19 PM EDT, May 5, 2014

UM Medical Center workers get federal labor protection

Five thousand workers at the University of Maryland Medical Center now have labor protections under the National Labor Relations Board thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley Monday.

Hopkins cancer center gets $65 million gift

7:04 PM EDT, May 6, 2014

Hopkins cancer center gets $65 million gift

Nothing could save Albert P. "Skip" Viragh Jr. from pancreatic cancer, but a $65 million gift from his foundation will help other patients suffering from that and other deadly cancers.

Kennedy Krieger to build new facility with Weinberg grant

6:14 PM EDT, April 30, 2014

Kennedy Krieger to build new facility with Weinberg grant

The campus at Kennedy Krieger Institute in East Baltimore is about to get a little bigger with plans for a new outpatient building to be built in part with an $8 million gift from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Plans for business health exchange change direction

9:23 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Plans for business health exchange change direction

The state has scrapped plans to build a new online health exchange for small businesses and will instead build on a system it already has in place for employers.

Hopkins workers plan march after negotiations stall

6:05 PM EDT, May 1, 2014

Hopkins workers plan march after negotiations stall

The labor union representing service workers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital are planning a march and media blitz to criticize the hospital's labor practices after contract negotiations ordered by a federal mediator broke down late Wednesday.

MedImmune expands research with universities

3:22 PM EDT, April 29, 2014

MedImmune expands research with universities

Biotechnology company MedImmune said Tuesday it has expanded a bioresearch collaboration it started with the University of System of Maryland.

Students rally for kidnapped school girls

8:32 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

Students rally for kidnapped school girls

Dozens of students from mostly all-girls schools throughout the area poured onto War Memorial Plaza in front of Baltimore City Hall on Friday afternoon, pumping signs in the air and chanting "bring back our girls."

Planned Parenthood to upgrade technology with $200,000 grant

4:37 PM EDT, April 29, 2014

Planned Parenthood to upgrade technology with $200,000 grant

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is giving Planned Parenthood of Maryland a $200,000 grant to invest in technology at its eight clinics.

Hopkins, union to begin negotiating again

6:25 PM EDT, April 23, 2014

Hopkins, union to begin negotiating again

Service workers fighting for higher wages will begin negotiating again with The Johns Hopkins Hospital April 30 during a meeting set up by a federal mediator, according to Hopkins and the union representing the workers.

Gansler writes letter to e-cigarette companies

7:50 PM EDT, May 5, 2014

Gansler writes letter to e-cigarette companies

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent letters to 10 e-cigarette manufacturers questioning what the companies are doing to prevent sales to underage buyers.

Strike ends with no deal between Hopkins and workers

8:44 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

Strike ends with no deal between Hopkins and workers

Service workers fighting for higher wages remained at loggerheads with Johns Hopkins Hospital on Friday as they ended a three-day strike over higher wages — and said they could walk off the job again.

Hopkins workers strike over wages

7:50 PM EDT, April 9, 2014

Hopkins workers strike over wages

As striking service workers rallied Wednesday on Orleans Street in front of John Hopkins Hospital, a hospital official said that the East Baltimore medical institution can't raise wages too much without eliminating other jobs.

Nonsmoking policy not adequate at hospital where man died in fire, report says

6:43 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Nonsmoking policy not adequate at hospital where man died in fire, report says

The University of Maryland Medical Center was not adequately enforcing its nonsmoking policy when a man died in a fire last fall at the hospital, according to a federal and state investigation.

Hopkins hospital workers authorize strike

11:07 PM EDT, April 8, 2014

Hopkins hospital workers authorize strike

Two thousand Johns Hopkins Hospital workers are set to go on strike at 6 a.m. Wednesday , after the hospital offered a wage proposal Tuesday that the union rejected as inadequate.

No agreement yet between Hopkins, service workers

2:13 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

No agreement yet between Hopkins, service workers

John Hopkins Hospital and the union representing housekeepers, food servers and other workers were unable to agree on a contract Thursday night, leaving open the possibility for a strike beginning April. 9.

Cooking for a healthy heart

5:35 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Cooking for a healthy heart

Toni Coleman used to turn to two key ingredients when cooking: sugar and salt.

Maryland lawmakers cautious about new health exchange

4:05 PM EDT, April 5, 2014

Maryland lawmakers cautious about new health exchange

As Maryland prepares for a major overhaul of its troubled health exchange — switching out its buggy software for Connecticut's proven technology — lawmakers and information technology experts are raising new concerns about whether there is enough oversight to prevent a second failure.

Md. votes to adopt health exchange software used in Connecticut

3:00 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Md. votes to adopt health exchange software used in Connecticut

The board overseeing Maryland's health exchange voted unanimously Tuesday evening to scrap its dysfunctional website and adopt software developed by Deloitte Consulting and used by the more successful health exchange in Connecticut.

Wage war brews at Johns Hopkins Hospital

8:17 AM EDT, April 1, 2014

Wage war brews at Johns Hopkins Hospital

About 2,000 workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital have threatened to strike if the hospital does not agree to a wage increase of as much as 40 percent for some employees.

Md.'s bumpy health insurance enrollment period ends

9:02 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Md.'s bumpy health insurance enrollment period ends

As consumers rushed to sign up for insurance on the last day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, Maryland's health exchange website slowed to a crawl and all circuits were busy at the call center.

Wage negotiations continue between Hopkins, union

7:55 PM EDT, April 1, 2014

Wage negotiations continue between Hopkins, union

About 2,000 service and maintenance workers seeking raises have yet to come to an agreement with Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Maryland gears up for end of health care enrollment

8:47 PM EDT, March 29, 2014

Maryland gears up for end of health care enrollment

Monday marks the end of a six-month enrollment push for Maryland's troubled health exchange, and despite a surge in the past week, it is unclear whether the state can overcome technical problems that have persisted since the Oct. 1 debut and meet its goals.

Hospital launches support group as more young people suffer from heart attacks

3:31 PM EDT, March 28, 2014

Hospital launches support group as more young people suffer from heart attacks

Carrie O'Connor thought she was a fairly healthy 35-year-old who went on daily jogs and ate well.

Medical students meet their match

7:14 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Medical students meet their match

Keith King was kicked out at age 18 from the religious commune in Pennsylvania where he grew up. He had $150 and no place to go after he defied the elders, telling them he wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.

Insomnia hits most people at some point

3:34 PM EDT, March 19, 2014

Insomnia hits most people at some point

Lying awake at night staring at the ceiling is never fun. But we all experience this insomnia at some points in our lives. When sleeplessness becomes chronic, it can cause other health and lifestyle problems. Dr. Audrey Liu, a sleep specialist at Mercy Medical Center, talks about how to treat insomnia.

Health exchange mulling scenarios for how to move beyond troubled site

4:19 PM EST, March 1, 2014

Health exchange mulling scenarios for how to move beyond troubled site

After the state severed ties with the contractor that built its problem-plagued health insurance exchange, officials face the looming question of what to do with it — continue throwing money toward fixing it or replace it.

Health exchange board extends contracts of 12 contractors

6:21 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Health exchange board extends contracts of 12 contractors

The board of Maryland's health exchange voted Tuesday to extend the contract of 12 companies involved in management of the website where citizens can buy insurance under health reform.

Why you should wear sunglasses in the winter

11:25 AM EST, February 20, 2014

Why you should wear sunglasses in the winter

We slather on sunscreen and sport our shades during the sunny summer months. But Dr. Francisco Burgos at Katzen Eye Group says we should also be wearing sunglasses in the winter. The practice's director of refractive surgery services and comprehensive eye care says ultraviolet light can damage eyes at any time of the year.

Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment

11:08 PM EDT, March 10, 2014

Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment

Maryland lawmakers are moving to make it easier to medicate mental hospital patients against their will, while examining the idea of court-ordered therapy for mentally ill people who aren't hospitalized.

Carroll Hospital looking for partners

6:15 PM EST, February 17, 2014

Carroll Hospital looking for partners

Carroll Hospital Center has begun what it calls an "aggressive" search for hospital partners, saying it's open to all options, including the possibility of merging with another institution.

Maryland bill would create birth injury fund

12:55 PM EST, February 10, 2014

Maryland bill would create birth injury fund

Prompted by recent multimillion-dollar medical malpractice judgments, Maryland lawmakers are pushing to create a fund to help pay for treating babies who suffer neurological injuries during birth.

Nurse questions all female OB-GYN practice

February 2, 2014

Nurse questions all female OB-GYN practice

Bruce Wheatley was considering coming back to the Towson area where he grew up when he saw an advertisement for an obstetrics and gynecology practice in Columbia that pitched an all-female staff.

Fentanyl-laced heroin killing Marylanders

9:13 PM EST, January 31, 2014

Fentanyl-laced heroin killing Marylanders

Drug dealers are lacing heroin with the potent painkiller fentanyl, creating a deadly cocktail that is killing unknowing users — sometimes within minutes of use.

Johns Hopkins doctors remove baby's brain tumor that contained teeth

7:19 PM EST, February 28, 2014

Johns Hopkins doctors remove baby's brain tumor that contained teeth

Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital have removed a rare tumor that contained several fully grown teeth from a baby boy's brain.

Health exchange to offer retroactive coverage

10:30 PM EST, January 13, 2014

Health exchange to offer retroactive coverage

Consumers stuck in limbo, unable to access the state's glitch-prone online health exchange, will be allowed to get coverage through the plans they want under an agreement that state officials worked out with insurance companies.

Barn quilt project highlights Carroll County's rural history

4:49 PM EST, January 12, 2014

Barn quilt project highlights Carroll County's rural history

Drive up and down the rolling hills on Uniontown Road in Westminster and you'll run into a red barn adorned with a placard painted with sunflowers.

Maryland health exchange to create advisory panel

11:25 AM EST, March 4, 2014

Maryland health exchange to create advisory panel

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange said Tuesday it is forming a "standing advisory committee" to address policy and other issues.

Dr. Gordon Feldman, Johns Hopkins physicist

12:20 AM EST, February 17, 2014

Dr. Gordon Feldman, Johns Hopkins physicist

Dr. Gordon Feldman, a Johns Hopkins physicist who contributed to discovery of the antiproton, died in his sleep Wednesday at Symphony Manor Assisted Living from complications of Alzheimer's.

UMMS to provide management to Union Hospital

5:58 PM EST, February 19, 2014

UMMS to provide management to Union Hospital

The University of Maryland Medical System will provide management services to Union Hospital in Elkton, the latest in a series of partnerships state hospitals are forming as they prepare for changes in the health reimbursement system.

O'Malley continues defense of health exchange

8:25 PM EST, January 12, 2014

O'Malley continues defense of health exchange

Gov. Martin O'Malley took his defense of Maryland's struggling health exchange onto national television Sunday after CNN host Candy Crowley described its rollout as "disastrous by most accounts."

Hogan to officially announce run for governor

3:03 PM EST, January 12, 2014

Hogan to officially announce run for governor

Larry Hogan, chairman of the conservative activist group Change Maryland, will officially announce on January 21 he is a Republican candidate for governor.

9:38 AM EST, January 12, 2014

Woman shot while standing on the street

A 20-year-old woman was treated for a graze wound to the chest after she was hit by a bullet while standing in the street early Sunday morning.

Three stabbed outside Park Avenue club

11:17 AM EST, January 12, 2014

Three stabbed outside Park Avenue club

Three people were stabbed early Sunday morning after a fight that started at nightclub Isis on the 200 block of Park Avenue spilled into the streets, Baltimore police said.

Man found shot in crashed car in West Baltimore

10:09 AM EST, January 12, 2014

Man found shot in crashed car in West Baltimore

An 18-year-old man was found in his crashed car in West Baltimore Saturday night with a gunshot wound to his head, Baltimore police said.

Mikulski says Md. should stick to own health exchange

9:17 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Mikulski says Md. should stick to own health exchange

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said Friday that Maryland should not switch to the federal government's health exchange despite technical problems with the state-run website where the uninsured can buy plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Maryland health waiver could serve as national model, officials say

9:29 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Maryland health waiver could serve as national model, officials say

A top official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that a state plan to reduce hospital visits could serve as a national model for curbing costs while improving patient outcomes.

Federal government approves new Medicare waiver for Maryland

6:18 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Federal government approves new Medicare waiver for Maryland

The federal government is expected to announce its approval Friday of a plan that would allow Maryland to continue setting hospital reimbursement rates for Medicare patients and could become a national model for reducing health care costs.

Consumers rush to meet first deadline for health coverage

6:47 PM EST, December 27, 2013

Consumers rush to meet first deadline for health coverage

While residents rushed to make a Friday deadline to get coverage under Obamacare starting next year, at least one consumer group warned that glitches would prevent some from buying a health plan on time.

Md. health care website still has glitches despite major fixes

2:17 PM EST, December 17, 2013

Md. health care website still has glitches despite major fixes

Less than two days after Gov. Martin O'Malley declared that the state's online insurance marketplace finally worked for most consumers, a server crashed Monday, the call center became overwhelmed and the governor announced he was bringing in another contractor to improve the website.

As health insurance kicks in, other issues may arise

5:00 AM EST, December 30, 2013

As health insurance kicks in, other issues may arise

Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of uncertainty, President Barack Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday when the Affordable Care Act begins delivering health coverage to millions of the nation's uninsured.

Uncertainty surrounds Md. health exchange deadline

9:50 PM EST, December 10, 2013

Uncertainty surrounds Md. health exchange deadline

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown cast uncertainty Tuesday on the administration's ability to meet a deadline for repairs of the state's online insurance marketplace, which has had one of the country's most troubled rollouts under Obamacare.

Lazy eye not necessarily crossed or wandering eyes

3:02 PM EST, December 25, 2013

Lazy eye not necessarily crossed or wandering eyes

Lazy eye is often mistaken for eyes that cross or wander, but some patients with the disorder don't show these symptoms. Dr. Lisa Abrams, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Katzen Eye Group, talks about how lazy eye is diagnosed, who gets it and how it is treated.

O'Malley says major health exchange problems are fixed

1:01 PM EST, December 15, 2013

O'Malley says major health exchange problems are fixed

The state has resolved the nine "major issues" preventing its glitch-ridden health exchange from working, officials said Saturday, a milestone Gov. Martin O'Malley has framed as key to boosting the low enrollment in insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act.

UMMS, Upper Chesapeake merger completed

6:38 PM EST, December 9, 2013

UMMS, Upper Chesapeake merger completed

The University of Maryland Medical System has completed its merger with Upper Chesapeake Health in Harford County, four years after the medical institutions agreed to affiliate.

Lawmaker suggests possible federal takeover of state health exchange

9:14 PM EST, December 13, 2013

Lawmaker suggests possible federal takeover of state health exchange

—A Maryland congressman, frustrated with the state's troubled health insurance exchange, said Friday that officials should consider abandoning the state website and using the federal government's.

Gansler campaign calls for Brown to release e-mails

1:59 PM EST, December 9, 2013

Gansler campaign calls for Brown to release e-mails

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas Gansler on Monday called on rival Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to make public e-mails associated with the creation of the website where consumers can buy health insurance under health reform.

Good eyelid hygiene prevents styes

4:12 PM EST, November 13, 2013

Good eyelid hygiene prevents styes

Wear eye makeup to bed or don't wash your face well and you may wind up with pimple-like styes on your eyelids. The bumps don't typically lead to vision loss, but can cause scarring if not treated. Dr. Karen Dunlap, assistant professor of ophthalmology at The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, said that it is easy to prevent eye styes.

Wounds that don't heal can lead to other health problems

1:56 PM EST, December 11, 2013

Wounds that don't heal can lead to other health problems

Normal wounds heal within weeks, but for people with health problems, the injuries may fester for much longer. In the worst cases, persistent wounds that aren't treated can infect the bone and even lead to amputation. Dr. Kapil Gopal, vascular surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and medical director of the Maryland Wound Healing Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Midtown Campus, talks about treatment options for severe wounds.

Consumers get more time to enroll for insurance under ACA

8:22 PM EST, November 22, 2013

Consumers get more time to enroll for insurance under ACA

Maryland consumers will get an additional eight days to buy health insurance on the state's online exchange after officials announced Friday they would extend enrollment.

Technical problems, discord plagued health care site

10:50 PM EST, December 7, 2013

Technical problems, discord plagued health care site

Although state officials have provided the public scant detail about the troubled launch of Maryland's version of Obamacare, emails and documents show that the project was beset behind the scenes for months by an array of technical issues, warring contractors and other problems.

Breast density law new tool in detection of cancer

5:05 AM EDT, October 20, 2013

Breast density law new tool in detection of cancer

Women with dense breast tissue will now get an extra warning about cancer. Dense breast tissue, while common in women, can make it harder to detect breast cancer. A new state law requires doctors to send women with dense breast tissue a special letter warning of the danger. Together the patient and doctor can decide on what type of screening should be done. Dr. Diana Pack, a radiologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center, explains the new law.

Man killed in overnight Gwynn Oak Avenue shooting

11:23 AM EDT, October 11, 2013

Man killed in overnight Gwynn Oak Avenue shooting

A man was shot and killed on Baltimore's Howard Park neighborhood early Friday morning, breaking a streak of more than 10 days without a homicide in the city.

Health exchange officials face deadline for repairs

6:49 PM EST, December 10, 2013

Health exchange officials face deadline for repairs

Even as state officials are racing to meet a self-imposed deadline to fix major glitches with the state's online insurance marketplace, some consumers continued to have problems buying health coverage through the exchange.

No emails from Brown on health exchange

2:48 PM EST, December 7, 2013

No emails from Brown on health exchange

As Maryland officials touted their implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown was front and center — proudly describing the state as a national leader in preparing for the overhaul.

Md. hospital rates remain flat

7:02 PM EST, December 4, 2013

Md. hospital rates remain flat

A state panel voted unanimously Wednesday to keep hospital rates flat for the second half of fiscal year 2014 as uncertainty remains around the financial stability of hospitals and the institutions await proposed changes in how they are compensated.

State delays small-business health marketplace

7:45 PM EST, November 8, 2013

State delays small-business health marketplace

Continued technical problems with the state's health insurance exchange have prompted another delay of the opening of a site for small businesses to buy health plans.

Group marches for health care for all

7:53 PM EDT, October 26, 2013

Group marches for health care for all

The federal Affordable Care Act is expected to provide access to medical coverage to hundreds of thousands of Maryland's uninsured, but one group said that doesn't go far enough.

Fall can trigger allergy symptoms in children

2:51 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

Fall can trigger allergy symptoms in children

The beginning of the school year is a time when allergy symptoms in children may flare up. Dr. Manav Singla, a specialist at the Asthma Allergy & Sinus Center in Baltimore, said the change in fall temperature, allergens and environment during this time can trigger an increase in mucus production as well as increased inflammation in the large and small airways of the lungs. He talks about how parents can help their children manage asthma symptoms.

No emergency in Fells Point despite siren

11:19 AM EDT, October 11, 2013

No emergency in Fells Point despite siren

Emergency management officials have located a rogue siren sounding in the Fells Point area Friday morning.

2:40 PM EST, November 27, 2013

How to ease decline in brain function as we age

As we age, our brain function declines with each year. We suddenly can't remembers things and function a little slower than in our younger days. But Dr. Majid Fotuhi, chairman of the Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness in Baltimore, says we can increase brain size, get smarter and measurably improve brain speed.

Mercy to sever ties with midwife group

9:36 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Mercy to sever ties with midwife group

Mercy Medical Center is parting ways with a midwife group that has worked out of the hospital for years because of rising malpractice insurance costs.

Md. health exchange working better, but glitches remain

11:09 PM EDT, October 29, 2013

Md. health exchange working better, but glitches remain

Maryland has resolved many of the problems with its new health insurance exchange and more people are signing up, officials said Tuesday, though they acknowledged that a number of glitches remain.

What plans are offered on Maryland's health insurance exchange?

4:07 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

What plans are offered on Maryland's health insurance exchange?

Marylanders who need insurance under health reform because they don't have it through their employer or a federal plan will be able to get it from a state exchange. Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith discusses the kinds of plans that are offered on the exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, which opened Tuesday. People shopping for health insurance can compare the specific plans at marylandhealthconnection.gov. Coverage starts in January.

11:23 PM EDT, October 10, 2013

What are the preventive women's services under health reform?

The National Women's Law Center says the health care law known as Obamacare will be good for women, providing them access to crucial preventive services. The group outlines the benefits here.

Lady Baltimore moves into its new home

4:26 PM EDT, October 5, 2013

Lady Baltimore moves into its new home

Lady Baltimore was gingerly moved Saturday from its 190-year-old home overlooking Baltimore's Courthouse Square and taken to a new residence that will shield it from outside elements that have worn away its features.

Western Maryland hospitals form alliance

1:59 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

Western Maryland hospitals form alliance

Three Western Maryland health systems said Tuesday they have signed a letter of intent to form an alliance as they prepare for changes in the way hospitals deliver care under health reform.

Man wounded during police-involved shooting in Middle River

8:02 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Man wounded during police-involved shooting in Middle River

Baltimore County police shot a man suspected of armed robbery after he reached for a handgun as detectives attempted to arrest him, department officials said Friday.

More than 300 Marylanders enroll in health plans in six days

9:38 PM EDT, October 7, 2013

More than 300 Marylanders enroll in health plans in six days

Since it launched last week, the state's new health insurance exchange has been used by 326 Marylanders to enroll in plans, while thousands of others created accounts to start shopping, despite persistent technical problems.

Display reminds people of domestic violence victims

7:03 PM EDT, October 6, 2013

Display reminds people of domestic violence victims

The members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County think victims of domestic violence — and their tragic deaths — are often forgotten.

Maryland health insurance exchange stumbles out of the gate

6:02 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Maryland health insurance exchange stumbles out of the gate

Bill Kammerzell of Annapolis hoped to enroll in an insurance plan under health reform first thing Tuesday morning but the state's website crashed.

Edgar Allan Poe's house reopens

6:09 PM EDT, October 5, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe's house reopens

It was a passing of the torch.

MedImmune, UM Baltimore to make drugs together

12:23 PM EDT, September 26, 2013

MedImmune, UM Baltimore to make drugs together

Drug maker MedImmune and the University of Maryland, Baltimore have entered into a $6 million partnership to conduct bioscience research.

Glitches persist on Maryland health insurance exchange

8:19 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Glitches persist on Maryland health insurance exchange

Technical problems continued to frustrate people attempting to access the new state health insurance exchange on Friday

Getting young people to embrace health reform

6:00 AM EDT, October 2, 2013

Getting young people to embrace health reform

Young people often criticized as whiny, entitled and irresponsible, may now have the most clout in one of the biggest overhauls of the country's health system ever.

State officials pinpoint technical problem with health exchange

7:34 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

State officials pinpoint technical problem with health exchange

Technicians pinpointed the cause of congestion on the new online health exchange where Marylanders can purchase insurance plans under Obamacare.

State releases new plan for Medicare waiver

10:00 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

State releases new plan for Medicare waiver

The way Maryland hospitals do business would be overhauled under a plan released Friday by state health officials.

Chase Brexton moves to new headquarters as it expands its reach

5:00 AM EDT, September 24, 2013

Chase Brexton moves to new headquarters as it expands its reach

When it first opened its doors in 1978, Chase Brexton was a small operation of volunteers started to address the new AIDS epidemic and its effect on gay men, the population most hit at the time by the disease.

Confusion, misinformation hinder health outreach

5:59 PM EDT, September 21, 2013

Confusion, misinformation hinder health outreach

Carol Cain tries to ignore the two lumps in her throat, but some days it's hard because they swell and are tender to the touch.

UM medical school studying vaccine for deadly flu strain

7:45 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

UM medical school studying vaccine for deadly flu strain

Scientists with the University of Maryland School of Medicine are helping to test a vaccine to fight a lethal strain of bird flu that has killed 44 people in China.

Salisbury hospital laying off 58; offering buyouts

2:17 PM EDT, September 18, 2013

Salisbury hospital laying off 58; offering buyouts

Peninsula Regional Medical Center announced Wednesday that it will lay off 58 employees and offer buyouts to 130 as the number of patients it treats declines.

UMMS defends use of interest rate swaps

11:16 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

UMMS defends use of interest rate swaps

The University of Maryland Medical System has set aside tens of millions of dollars because of complex financial transactions related to interest rates that have not paid off — yet.

UMMS looking to acquire Fort Washington hospital

5:51 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

UMMS looking to acquire Fort Washington hospital

The University of Maryland Medical System has entered into a management agreement with the 37-bed Fort Washington Medical Center with provisions that would allow it to eventually take ownership of the facility in southern Prince George's County.

Endometriosis can lead to infertility

3:36 PM EDT, September 18, 2013

Endometriosis can lead to infertility

Women who find themselves having a hard time getting pregnant may have endometriosis to blame. The condition is one of the most common causes of infertility. Dr. Michael A. Giudice, a physician of obstetrics and gynecology with University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, explains what causes the condition and how to treat it.

Hopkins reverses order to remove blog post about NSA

9:05 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

Hopkins reverses order to remove blog post about NSA

The Johns Hopkins University ordered a cryptography professor to remove from its servers a blog post critical of the federal government for circumventing the encryption that protects sensitive material on the web — only to reverse course after a review.

60 people lose jobs at Hopkins Bayview

7:56 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

60 people lose jobs at Hopkins Bayview

Sixty workers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center lost their jobs last week after the hospital closed its skilled nursing facility division where patients go for rehabilitation after a hospital stay.

Hopkins Bayview to open health center aimed at Latino community

11:42 AM EDT, August 30, 2013

Hopkins Bayview to open health center aimed at Latino community

As the Hispanic community in Baltimore boomed in the last decade, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center responded by adding health programs to meet the population's unique needs.

New form directs doctors in life-threatening situations

3:15 PM EDT, September 4, 2013

New form directs doctors in life-threatening situations

How far would you want doctors to go to save your life after a bad accident? It's a tough question many people may not want to think about it, but they should. The state has created the Maryland Order for Life Sustaining Treatment form, which patients fill out as a guideline for how doctors should proceed. Dr. Barbara Carroll, the medical director at Broadmead senior living community in Cockeysville, talks about the new form and how it is different from living wills and other directives.

Taxes, penalties for individuals, companies who opt out of health reform law

5:08 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

Taxes, penalties for individuals, companies who opt out of health reform law

Under the health reform law, everyone who files a federal income tax form is required to have insurance. Most employers also have to offer it. The idea is that for reform to work, everyone needs to enroll so that there is a good mix of healthy and sick people paying into and using the system. People can choose not to have insurance and companies can choose not to offer plans. But it will cost them. Analysts with The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County explain the penalties for those who choose not to participate in reform.

Clinic for homeless to expand at Franklin Square

5:47 PM EDT, August 22, 2013

Clinic for homeless to expand at Franklin Square

J.T. Barker sometimes lives in the woods near Veterans Park in Dundalk and at other times sleeps in the shadows of an industrial park.

Understanding Medicaid expansion under health reform

3:32 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

Understanding Medicaid expansion under health reform

Medicaid will undergo a major expansion under health reform. Charles Milligan, the state's deputy secretary for health care financing, explains who will qualify.

State infant mortality rate reaches record low

6:55 PM EDT, August 29, 2013

State infant mortality rate reaches record low

Antoine Dow was working at his barbershop in Druid Heights two years ago when a woman came in and asked if he knew how to correctly put his baby down to sleep.

Gallstones often mean gallbladder removal

2:51 PM EDT, August 21, 2013

Gallstones often mean gallbladder removal

Americans' bad diets are leading many people to have their gallbladders removed because of gallstones. The stones, which can vary in size, are not usually problematic if they are asymptomatic. People with symptoms such as extreme abdominal pain may be at risk for gallbladder gangrene and other complications, said Dr. Andrew Rosenstein, chief of gastroenterology at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Removing the gallbladder is often a remedy for these patients, Rosenstein said.

Sinai's incentive discharge program raises questions

8:02 PM EDT, August 30, 2013

Sinai's incentive discharge program raises questions

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore launched an incentive program this week to encourage nurses to discharge more patients by noon, prompting questions about patient safety.

Some hospital CEOs get bigger compensation packages

2:09 PM EDT, August 18, 2013

Some hospital CEOs get bigger compensation packages

Many Maryland hospital and health system CEOs received pay increases in recent years even as they complained of shrinking profit margins and warned of cutbacks unless they could increase the rates they charge.

Maryland General settles with U.S. for $750,000

7:52 PM EDT, August 12, 2013

Maryland General settles with U.S. for $750,000

Maryland General Hospital has entered into a $750,000 agreement with the federal government to settle claims that it overbilled Medicare and Medicaid for cardiac scans that measure the amount of blood in the heart.

Thumb arthritis can happen over time

2:58 PM EDT, August 7, 2013

Thumb arthritis can happen over time

We've all heard of arthritis in the knees and even the hips. But many people may not know the thumb is prone to the joint disease as well. Neil Zimmerman, hand surgeon at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, said the most common type of thumb arthritis happens gradually over time.

Premiums to go up as much as 25 percent under health reform

8:42 PM EDT, July 26, 2013

Premiums to go up as much as 25 percent under health reform

Marylanders who buy health insurance on a state exchange under health reform could see their premiums jump as much as 25 percent under rates approved by state regulators, but those increases are less than insurers sought.

Perinatal hospices help mothers cope with the impending deaths of their babies

5:01 PM EDT, July 27, 2013

Perinatal hospices help mothers cope with the impending deaths of their babies

Jenny Mohler lay on an examining bed holding her pregnant belly at Sinai Hospital in Northwest Baltimore. Sonogram pictures hung from a machine in the right corner of the room. She was nervous, unable to block a feeling of uneasiness as she waited for a specialist to come in and decipher the images.

Lacks' family to have say in use of her genetic material

9:30 PM EDT, August 7, 2013

Lacks' family to have say in use of her genetic material

Henrietta Lacks had no control when doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital used her cells 62 years ago in research that led to groundbreaking medical advances. But now her descendants will.

Mental health and substance abuse agencies merge

6:20 PM EDT, July 22, 2013

Mental health and substance abuse agencies merge

Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems and Baltimore Mental Health Systems will merge this fall as the field moves to integrating substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Obesity can lead to liver disease

2:06 PM EDT, July 24, 2013

Obesity can lead to liver disease

You don't have to be a heavy drinker to suffer from liver problems. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has become the most common chronic liver disease in all developed countries, including the United States, says Dr. Srinevas K. Reddy, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a liver surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Compartment syndrome can lead to permanent damage if not treated

2:30 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Compartment syndrome can lead to permanent damage if not treated

Our muscles and organs are divided into compartments held together by connective tissue. Damage to the compartments can cause a condition called compartment syndrome, which can cause painful swelling. Dr. Daryl Osbahr, an orthopedic surgeon at Union Memorial Hospital, said if the condition isn't treated soon enough, it can cause long-term damage.

Community health centers brace for health reform

1:37 PM EDT, July 21, 2013

Community health centers brace for health reform

Uninsured and diagnosed with HIV in 2004, Northeast Baltimore resident Dorothea Townes visits Chase Brexton Health Services' Mount Vernon clinic at least once a month to pick up medications and get checkups.

Some runners sweating higher marathon fees

2:00 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Some runners sweating higher marathon fees

When Margaret Sherrod was in her 20s, she filled her weekends with 10k and other races, but in recent years she has cut back her competitive running schedule.

Hemorrhoids more common as people age

4:51 PM EDT, June 26, 2013

Hemorrhoids more common as people age

Hemorrhoids can be a painful and embarrassing condition, but many people suffer from it, especially as they get older. Luckily, the condition is easy to treat. Sergey Kantsevoy, director of the Center for Therapeutic Endoscopy at Mercy Medical Center, said one new treatment is simpler and quicker than the older options.

Kernan hospital changing name

6:02 PM EDT, July 8, 2013

Kernan hospital changing name

Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital is changing its name to better reflect its ties to the University of Maryland Medical System.

Health reform outreach begins in Maryland and across the country

June 22, 2013

Health reform outreach begins in Maryland and across the country

As a multimillion-dollar national campaign launches Sunday to enroll Americans in the nation's new health care program, Maryland officials have already begun enlisting local groups in a similar drive.

Court overturns Hopkins malpractice case

7:20 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Court overturns Hopkins malpractice case

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturned a multimillion-dollar judgment against Johns Hopkins Hospital in a case that accused its doctors of causing severe and irreversible brain damage to a baby born at the hospital.

UMMC to cut 65 jobs next week

7:15 PM EDT, June 20, 2013

UMMC to cut 65 jobs next week

University of Maryland Medical Center said Thursday it will reduce labor expenses by 3 percent, including the elimination of 65 jobs next week.

Sales of crib bumpers prohibited in Maryland

6:59 PM EDT, June 20, 2013

Sales of crib bumpers prohibited in Maryland

A ban on decorative bumpers that line a baby's crib goes into effect in Maryland Friday.

Businesses welcome reprieve from offering insurance

9:14 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

Businesses welcome reprieve from offering insurance

The owners of the Shanty Grille restaurant in Ellicott City breathed a sigh of relief when the Obama administration delayed for a year penalties on businesses that do not provide health insurance to employees.

Health insurers to pay rebates

6:14 PM EDT, June 20, 2013

Health insurers to pay rebates

Tens of thousands of Marylanders will get rebates from their health insurance companies this summer under a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to spend a certain amount on patient care and quality improvement.

More women removing ovaries to prevent cancer

3:54 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

More women removing ovaries to prevent cancer

Ovarian cancer can be a death sentence for many women. It is difficult to treat and often goes undetected until the late stages when it has spread to other organs in the pelvis and abdomen.

Class of the month: Surfset

1:35 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

Class of the month: Surfset

The first time Christine Saba climbed off her surfboard at the Canton Club fitness center her legs felt like jelly — as if she'd spent the day at the ocean.

Runners get down and dirty at Carroll Mud Run

10:57 PM EDT, June 9, 2013

Runners get down and dirty at Carroll Mud Run

Some approached the pool of brown water gingerly, jumping in with caution.

Three abortion clinic doctors lose licenses

8:47 PM EDT, June 6, 2013

Three abortion clinic doctors lose licenses

The state suspended the medical licenses of three doctors at abortion clinics accused by state regulators of putting women's health at risk — including one case in which a woman died.

Maryland panel approves hospital rate increase

7:53 PM EDT, June 5, 2013

Maryland panel approves hospital rate increase

A state panel voted unanimously Wednesday to increase the rates hospitals can charge by 1.65 percent, but the medical institutions say the amount is inadequate and will collectively drive hospitals into the red.

Protesters gather at Fort Meade in support of Bradley Manning

8:09 PM EDT, June 1, 2013

Protesters gather at Fort Meade in support of Bradley Manning

Chanting "Free Bradley Manning" and wielding signs that read "my hero" and "Americans have the right to know," hundreds of demonstrators descended on Fort Meade on Saturday to support the soldier now facing a court-martial in the largest security breach in U.S. history.

Gansler seeks cap on health insurance rate increases

9:27 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

Gansler seeks cap on health insurance rate increases

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler urged state regulators Tuesday to cap the amount that insurers can raise premiums under the new health care law to no more than 5 percent until more is known about how the sweeping federal legislation will affect health costs.

Maryland hospital rate increase recommended

8:00 PM EDT, May 31, 2013

Maryland hospital rate increase recommended

Maryland hospitals would get some help dealing with federal cuts under a proposed plan that would increase the rates they can charge by 1.65 percent.

Recalled frozen berries sold in Maryland

7:24 PM EDT, June 6, 2013

Recalled frozen berries sold in Maryland

Harris Teeter and Costco have pulled an antioxidant berry blend from stores because it has been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A.

Maintain walkers, wheelchairs like you would a car

May 30, 2013

Maintain walkers, wheelchairs like you would a car

Owning a cane, wheelchair or walker is a little bit like owning a car, said Brad Barnhart, a physical therapist at North Oaks, a senior living community in Pikesville. Skip maintenance, and it could lead to unsafe conditions. Barnhart, with more than 25 years of experience in senior living settings, provides some tips on keeping medical devices in good shape.

Ellicott City woman dies in crash on I-95

7:28 PM EDT, June 1, 2013

Ellicott City woman dies in crash on I-95

An Ellicott City woman died after the car she was riding in collided with another vehicle on Interstate 95 Saturday afternoon.

Enlarged prostate can cause urination problems in men

2:28 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

Enlarged prostate can cause urination problems in men

Many men will experience prostate enlargement as they get older, some to the point that it will cause urination problems. Dr. Michael Naslund, director of the Maryland Prostate Center at the University Maryland Medical Center, said there are many options for treatment, including surgery, drugs and lifestyle changes.

University of Maryland Medical Center to begin layoffs this month

7:46 PM EDT, June 11, 2013

University of Maryland Medical Center to begin layoffs this month

The University of Maryland Medical Center will send layoff notices to employees at the end of the month as it looks to cut costs in the wake of federal budget cuts and what it and other state hospitals have called inadequate rate increases.

Crack baby epidemic not as bad as originally thought

7:56 PM EDT, May 28, 2013

Crack baby epidemic not as bad as originally thought

Many predicted the 1980s crack epidemic would create a generation of children with major developmental and behavioral problems, but a new study found much of that hype hasn't panned out.

Angelina Jolie among growing number of women choosing mastectomy before cancer

7:57 PM EDT, May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie among growing number of women choosing mastectomy before cancer

Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy rather than risk developing breast cancer hit close to home for Melissa DeSantis, a Bel Air mother of three children.

Abortion clinics lose licenses again

8:23 PM EDT, May 24, 2013

Abortion clinics lose licenses again

State health regulators suspended the licenses of several abortion clinics owned by Associates in OB/GYN Care for the second time after an employee with no health care license or certification gave a patient a drug to induce an abortion at the Baltimore facility.

Maryland hospitals warn of jobs losses if federal cuts hit

6:22 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Maryland hospitals warn of jobs losses if federal cuts hit

The Maryland Hospital Association said Friday that jobs may be in jeopardy if a state commission approves a plan that would make hospitals absorb all of the 2 percent Medicare cuts required under federal sequestration.

Boy reportedly injured in ATV accident in Whiteford

2:34 PM EDT, May 12, 2013

Boy reportedly injured in ATV accident in Whiteford

Fire officials in Harford County say a medevac helicopter was requested in Whiteford on Sunday after an 11-year-old boy reportedly crashed an ATV four-wheeler into a tree.

HPV-related throat cancers multiplying

5:39 PM EDT, May 15, 2013

HPV-related throat cancers multiplying

It is well known that HPV (human papillomavirus) can lead to deadly cervical cancer in women, but the virus is causing cancer in men as well. Throat cancers caused by HPV are showing up typically in men with little or no history of smoking, said Dr. Kevin J. Cullen, an oncologist who specializes in treating head and neck cancers. Cullen, the director of the University of Maryland's Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, talks about the growing cases of HPV-related throat cancers.

Cleansing can be good if not too extreme

3:41 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

Cleansing can be good if not too extreme

Does eliminating specific foods from the diet, such as sugar or wheat, provide health benefits? Such cleansing has become a popular way for people to lose weight, boost energy and eat more healthfully. Liz Lipski, academic director for the Master of Science degree in nutrition and integrative health at Maryland University of Integrative Health, believes cleanses can be beneficial if they are not too extreme.

Governments should use zoning to limit liquor stores, Hopkins researchers say

6:18 PM EDT, April 11, 2013

Governments should use zoning to limit liquor stores, Hopkins researchers say

Zoning laws have become a powerful way to reduce the number of liquor stores in cities, but too few government officials use them, Johns Hopkins University public health researchers said in a new report.

Oxbow wins 2013 Preakness, beating Derby winner Orb

8:36 PM EDT, May 18, 2013

Oxbow wins 2013 Preakness, beating Derby winner Orb

No Triple Crown winner this year, no first-female-jockey-to-win, no sunshine? No problem, said those who flocked to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday and waited out a midafternoon downpour to watch Oxbow leave behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb to capture the 138th Preakness Stakes.

Maryland hospitals oppose state plan to update waiver

10:41 PM EDT, May 6, 2013

Maryland hospitals oppose state plan to update waiver

The Maryland Hospital Association has sent a letter to state health officials saying it will not support a proposal that would link medical spending to the state's economic growth.

Bracelet-like device treats acid reflux

2:53 PM EDT, May 3, 2013

Bracelet-like device treats acid reflux

It looks like an expensive bracelet, but the contraption laced in titanium beads gets placed around the esophagus rather than the wrist.

Local student to talk weight loss on 'The View'

7:41 PM EDT, May 15, 2013

Local student to talk weight loss on 'The View'

Kaci DeWitt-Rickards remembers being a chunky kid with a steady diet of Burger King chicken tenders, vanilla milkshakes and Papa John's pizza.

University of Maryland School of Medicine aims to raise $500 million

6:54 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine aims to raise $500 million

The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced this week a $500 million fundraising goal — the Baltimore institution's largest campaign ever.

Two shot in separate incidents in Baltimore on Sunday

9:45 PM EDT, May 12, 2013

Two shot in separate incidents in Baltimore on Sunday

Two men were shot in separate incidents Sunday in Baltimore, police said, and both were expected to survive their injuries.

Boston Marathon victims to get free prosthetics

7:02 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

Boston Marathon victims to get free prosthetics

A Linthicum firm is among several orthotics and prosthetics companies that will offer victims of the Boston Marathon bombing artificial limbs at no charge if their insurance doesn't cover all or some of the costs of the devices.

Ben Carson steps down as Hopkins commencement speaker

9:28 PM EDT, April 10, 2013

Ben Carson steps down as Hopkins commencement speaker

Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson stepped down Wednesday as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine after complaints from students about controversial comments concerning same-sex marriage.

Pietro 'Pete' Rugolo, owner of Jerry's Belvedere Tavern

6:35 PM EDT, May 12, 2013

Pietro 'Pete' Rugolo, owner of Jerry's Belvedere Tavern

Pietro "Pete" Rugolo, the popular owner of Jerry's Belvedere Tavern on York Road in Govans, died May 8 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of pancreatic cancer. The Lutherville resident was 75.

Group chosen to help implement health reform settled with feds over fraud

6:53 PM EDT, May 3, 2013

Group chosen to help implement health reform settled with feds over fraud

Maryland tapped the nonprofit Seedco to help implement health care reform despite a $1.7 million settlement the agency agreed to in December to resolve a federal fraud suit.

Bill would offer more protection to pregnant workers

9:59 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

Bill would offer more protection to pregnant workers

When Peggy Young became pregnant with her third child, she said a supervisor told her she was a liability and not to come back to work as a UPS package delivery driver in Landover until she had the baby.

Maryland health centers get $1.7 million in federal funding

3:33 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

Maryland health centers get $1.7 million in federal funding

Sixteen health centers in Maryland will share in $1.7 million in federal funding to help enroll uninsured residents in health plans under health care reform.

State report outlines Kwiatkowski's time in Maryland

10:39 PM EDT, March 20, 2013

State report outlines Kwiatkowski's time in Maryland

Supervisors at a Maryland hospital weren't surprised when drugs were missing from a treatment room where contract radiology technician David Kwiatkowski was assigned.

Hospitals concerned about state rate-setting proposal

3:39 PM EDT, April 6, 2013

Hospitals concerned about state rate-setting proposal

A state plan to tie medical spending to the growth of the economy is making hospital executives uneasy.

Hopkins CEO says Ben Carson remarks inconsistent with medical school's culture

8:55 PM EDT, April 5, 2013

Hopkins CEO says Ben Carson remarks inconsistent with medical school's culture

The dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine sought to distance the institution from famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who has made headlines for his opposition to same-sex marriage, and also promised to meet with students opposed to Carson's planned role in commencement proceedings.

Hospital rates vary significantly, Medicare data show

12:55 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

Hospital rates vary significantly, Medicare data show

Johns Hopkins Hospital charged $13,667 on average to treat one admission of a Medicare patient with diabetes in 2011, while a couple of miles away Mercy Medical Center billed an average of $8,425.

Law would give pregnant women more workplace protection

7:40 PM EDT, March 20, 2013

Law would give pregnant women more workplace protection

Companies would have to adjust the duties of women who can't perform their normal jobs because they are pregnant under legislation passed by the House of Delegates Wednesday.

Committee passes legislation to license staffing agencies

7:47 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

Committee passes legislation to license staffing agencies

The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously Thursday for a proposed law that would require state licensing of medical staffing companies after a radiographer was accused of exposing hundreds of Marylanders to hepatitis C.

Md. hospitals say rate vote means jobs cuts

11:41 AM EDT, May 2, 2013

Md. hospitals say rate vote means jobs cuts

Maryland hospitals said they will need to cut jobs and patient services after a state panel voted Wednesday to keep hospital rates flat, despite a 2 percent cut in Medicare payments required by federal sequestration.

Ben Carson still Hopkins commencement speaker

6:37 PM EDT, April 8, 2013

Ben Carson still Hopkins commencement speaker

The dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine met with graduating students Monday about their opposition to neurosurgeon Ben Carson as commencement speaker after his controversial remarks about same-sex marriage.

You don't have to suffer from constipation

2:06 PM EDT, April 17, 2013

You don't have to suffer from constipation

Constipation hits everybody at some point. The uncomfortable condition can be caused by many things, including a bad diet and dehydration. Dr. Vaibhav A. Parekh, director of Medstar Harbor Primary Care, talks about how to prevent and treat constipation, and how to tell if it's a sign of more serious health problems.

CareFirst proposes 25 percent rate increase under health care reform

10:24 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

CareFirst proposes 25 percent rate increase under health care reform

Blaming the cost to implement health care reform, the state's largest health insurer has proposed eye-popping rate increases to state regulators for individuals and small businesses.

Fitch issues AA- rating on Hopkins bonds

6:11 PM EDT, April 10, 2013

Fitch issues AA- rating on Hopkins bonds

Fitch Ratings said Tuesday it has issued a AA- rating on two series of bonds worth $299 million to be issued to The Johns Hopkins Health System for refinancing and capital improvements.

Insurance co-op gets state certification

6:05 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

Insurance co-op gets state certification

Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc., a consumer-owned nonprofit that will compete with private insurers to sell health policies, said Wednesday it has received a key state certificate that will allow it to offer health benefit plans later this year.

Heart disease often missed in women

3:15 PM EDT, March 20, 2013

Heart disease often missed in women

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, but many don't recognize the warning signs. They may ignore the symptoms or mistake them for more benign ailments. Dr. Shannon J. Winakur, medical director of the Women's Heart Center at Saint Agnes Hospital, said women should be more aware of heart disease and how to prevent it.

2:50 PM EDT, March 23, 2013

Maxim employee forged email to state in hepatitis c case

A staffing company owned by Columbia-based Maxim Healthcare Services created a false email to make it appear it had informed state health officials about unethical conduct by contract worker David Kwiatkowski, who is accused of exposing hundreds of Maryland patients to hepatitis C.

Keswick using music to treat dementia, Alzheimer's

2:53 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

Keswick using music to treat dementia, Alzheimer's

Linda Kellar seemed too young for dementia, the slow-forming disease that erodes the memories of people usually much older than the then-54-year-old housewife.

Hopkins looking for replacement for Carson as commencement speaker

6:55 PM EDT, April 11, 2013

Hopkins looking for replacement for Carson as commencement speaker

Johns Hopkins administrators scrambled Thursday to find a commencement speaker to replace Dr. Ben Carson, who stepped down from two engagements because of backlash from recent comments he made about same-sex marriage.

Health Department says hot water heater sickened Hopkins employees

11:05 PM EST, February 27, 2013

Health Department says hot water heater sickened Hopkins employees

The Baltimore Health Department said late Wednesday that investigators believe a faulty hot water heater sickened 23 people at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick complex this week.

Rate-setting commission recommends no increase in hospital charges

9:49 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

Rate-setting commission recommends no increase in hospital charges

The state's hospitals would absorb all of the 2 percent Medicare cuts required by federal sequestration under a proposal released Thursday by the state panel that sets hospital rates.

Women should be concerned about low libido

6:49 PM EST, March 6, 2013

Women should be concerned about low libido

Low libido can not only ruin a women's sex life but could also cause her to miss out on some key health benefits. Dr. Valerie Omicioli, a certified menopause practitioner and clinical assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said that low sexual desire is something that women should not ignore.

Kid triathlons becoming more popular

11:38 AM EDT, May 28, 2013

Kid triathlons becoming more popular

When 11-year-old Benjamin Lausch competes in triathlons, his eye is on beating a boy from Pennsylvania named Daniel.

Anne Arundel county executive shuts down in-house surveillance operation

12:05 AM EST, March 5, 2013

Anne Arundel county executive shuts down in-house surveillance operation

On her first full day on the job, the new Anne Arundel County executive shut down a surveillance operation inside the county office building that included 500 cameras recording minute-by-minute activity in and around numerous county government facilities.

Maryland suspends licenses of 3 abortion clinics

7:55 PM EDT, March 12, 2013

Maryland suspends licenses of 3 abortion clinics

State health officials have suspended surgical abortion procedures at three clinics, including one in Baltimore where a patient suffered cardiac arrest and later died at a hospital.

1:44 PM EST, March 2, 2013

Man found shot in vehicle in East Baltimore

Baltimore police are investigating the shooting of a 33-year-old man found dead in a vehicle early Saturday morning.

Sequestration will hit health care in Maryland

9:28 PM EST, February 28, 2013

Sequestration will hit health care in Maryland

The chief financial officer at Anne Arundel Medical Center is watching the fight over federal spending closely.

Johns Hopkins at Keswick building evacuated after people fall ill

11:35 PM EST, February 26, 2013

Johns Hopkins at Keswick building evacuated after people fall ill

The cafeteria at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick complex was shut down Tuesday after 18 people were sickened with an unknown condition and 600 evacuated from the building in North Baltimore.

Details disputed in condition of patient who died after abortion

9:58 PM EDT, March 12, 2013

Details disputed in condition of patient who died after abortion

A Baltimore abortion clinic whose license was suspended last week disputes that a patient suffered cardiac arrest at its facility, as the state contends.

Class of the month: Paddle board yoga comes indoors

8:49 AM EST, February 28, 2013

Class of the month: Paddle board yoga comes indoors

Alex Anderson tried to slowly rotate her body into a warrior yoga pose, but her legs began to tremble, her arms started flailing and she landed with a splash in the pool at MAC Fitness in Harbor East.

Group exposes African-American kids to skiing

8:29 PM EST, February 24, 2013

Group exposes African-American kids to skiing

James Guyton plays basketball. But skiing?

State AG sues maker of diabetes drugs for false advertising

6:50 PM EST, February 20, 2013

State AG sues maker of diabetes drugs for false advertising

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Wednesday he has filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, LLC for falsely saying three of its diabetes drugs were better than others on the market.

Hopkins researcher receives new award to spotlight scientists

10:27 AM EST, February 21, 2013

Hopkins researcher receives new award to spotlight scientists

Many people have heard of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg or Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Pap smears can detect ovarian and endometrial cancers, Hopkins scientists find

7:42 PM EST, January 9, 2013

Pap smears can detect ovarian and endometrial cancers, Hopkins scientists find

Johns Hopkins scientists have found a way to screen for hard-to-detect endometrial and ovarian cancers in women using a routine Pap smear, a discovery they hope eventually could reduce the number of deaths caused by the deadly malignancies.

6:00 PM EST, February 22, 2013

Maker of bed sore ointment accused of defrauding Medicaid

The Maryland Attorney General's office in conjunction with the federal government and 46 other states has reached a $48 million settlement with a Texas drug company that marketed an ointment to treat bedsores even though it wasn't approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Special precautions should be taken when operating on the elderly

3:02 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Special precautions should be taken when operating on the elderly

Surgery on older people can be riskier than other generations. But it can be safely done if doctors take certain precautions. Dr. Mark Katlic, chief of surgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and an expert on surgical care of patients 80 and older, talks about the risks involved.

Catholic Health to pay $4.9 million in St. Joseph overbilling case

9:05 PM EST, February 7, 2013

Catholic Health to pay $4.9 million in St. Joseph overbilling case

The previous owner of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center has agreed to pay the federal government $4.9 million for overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare system by keeping patients in the hospital longer than needed.

Changing to a vegan diet is possible with planning

2:58 PM EST, January 23, 2013

Changing to a vegan diet is possible with planning

As people look to live more healthful lifestyles, many are contemplating meat-free diets. But becoming vegan or vegetarian can seem daunting as people try to figure out what to eat to get all the proper nutrients. Ingrid Beardsley, registered dietitian at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, said the transition can be done with proper planning.

How common is eclampsia today?

2:58 PM EST, February 20, 2013

How common is eclampsia today?

A popular "Downton Abbey" character died in childbirth from eclampsia in a storyline that shocked audiences. But what exactly is eclampsia, and does it kill modern-day moms?

Fitness-themed parties gaining popularity

5:32 PM EST, January 30, 2013

Fitness-themed parties gaining popularity

When Gwen Taylor turned 50 this month, she wanted to celebrate the milestone with something other than the typical dinner and drinks.

UM researchers study how flu is spread

7:59 PM EST, January 18, 2013

UM researchers study how flu is spread

Every flu season, doctors instruct their patients in the basics of respiratory etiquette: To limit spread of the disease, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and practice good hygiene.

St. Joseph receives Medicare certification

8:10 PM EST, February 22, 2013

St. Joseph receives Medicare certification

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center said Friday that it has received a new Medicare provider agreement, allowing it to again seek reimbursement for treating patients on the federal government's health program.

St. Joseph loses $400,000 every day it can't bill Medicare

10:13 PM EST, February 15, 2013

St. Joseph loses $400,000 every day it can't bill Medicare

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center loses about $400,000 every day it's not certified by Medicare to collect payments from the federal health care program.

St. Joseph Medical Center not certified by Medicare system

8:45 PM EST, February 12, 2013

St. Joseph Medical Center not certified by Medicare system

The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center failed a critical federal inspection and has been unable to collect what is likely millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements from the federal government since Dec. 1.

LifeBridge Health announces leadership changes

1:30 PM EST, January 8, 2013

LifeBridge Health announces leadership changes

LifeBridge Health has named Neil M. Meltzer as its new CEO as part of a shake up in leadership at the hospital system prompted by the retirement of the company's current head.

Hearing loss linked to memory loss in the elderly

6:21 PM EST, January 25, 2013

Hearing loss linked to memory loss in the elderly

Adults who lose their hearing later in life also are more likely to have a hard time concentrating on a book or remembering a simple conversation, Johns Hopkins research has found.

5:11 PM EST, January 4, 2013

Amgen to pay Maryland $856,000 in drug marketing case

Drug company Amgen Inc. will pay the Maryland Medicaid system $856,474 to settle allegations that it illegally marketed and priced drugs used to treat anemia, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases.

Flu declared epidemic by CDC

8:54 PM EST, January 11, 2013

Flu declared epidemic by CDC

Federal health officials declared this season's flu outbreak an epidemic Friday as Maryland hospitals and clinics continued to treat unusually high numbers of patients for the virus and manufacturers reported low supplies of the vaccine to treat the illness.

Injured soldier gets double arm transplant

7:56 PM EST, January 29, 2013

Injured soldier gets double arm transplant

Brendan Marrocco sometimes looks down at his arms and can't believe they really exist.

Four treated at Hopkins linked to hepatitis from medical technician

7:12 PM EST, December 21, 2012

Four treated at Hopkins linked to hepatitis from medical technician

Four patients treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital are likely to have contracted hepatitis C from a rogue medical technician accused of stealing drugs and leaving contaminated needles behind, lab tests have confirmed.

Dearth of mental health treatment options leads to emergencies

7:12 PM EST, January 7, 2013

Dearth of mental health treatment options leads to emergencies

Bryan Johnson didn't know he had bipolar disorder until he ended up at the emergency room, where he assaulted a police officer.

Fallston man died of fungal meningitis

5:20 PM EST, December 12, 2012

Fallston man died of fungal meningitis

John C. "Jack" Millhausen, an 84-year-old Fallston resident, is at least the second Marylander to die of fungal meningitis in a national epidemic that experts say is slowing but about which many questions remain.

Solving the state's health disparities

5:27 PM EST, February 10, 2013

Solving the state's health disparities

Nearly 10,000 people in West Baltimore are diagnosed each year with new cases of diabetes, hypertension and other treatable, chronic health conditions — enough to fill 24 jumbo jets.

Soldier who lost all limbs in Iraq gets double arm transplant

1:55 PM EST, January 29, 2013

Soldier who lost all limbs in Iraq gets double arm transplant

A soldier who lost all of his limbs in the Iraq War received double arm transplants at Johns Hopkins Hospital last month in a rare procedure that has already begun to restore some normalcy to his life.

Ravens won't let flu take them down

6:49 PM EST, January 16, 2013

Ravens won't let flu take them down

The worst flu outbreak in a decade hasn't spared the Ravens or other NFL players during the playoff season.

7:49 PM EST, December 21, 2012

Firm at center of fungal meningitis outbreak files for bankruptcy

The pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak that has hit 19 states said Friday it has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Massachusetts.

Blood clots can lead to stroke and even death if not caught early

2:16 PM EST, January 9, 2013

Blood clots can lead to stroke and even death if not caught early

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently received a gag gift of protective headgear after she suffered a concussion and blood clot near her brain after a fall. While Clinton can now make light of the injuries, a blood clot can be a serious health risk that can lead to death. Dr. James L. Frazier, III, a neurosurgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, talks about the dangers.

Pacemaker could help treat Alzheimer's

5:29 PM EST, December 24, 2012

Pacemaker could help treat Alzheimer's

Pacemakers regulate the beat of a weak heart and ease the tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, and now Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers hope the devices also will slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

MedStar to open medical campus in Bel Air

8:06 PM EST, December 17, 2012

MedStar to open medical campus in Bel Air

MedStar Health plans to build a $30 million medical plaza in Bel Air as it tries to capitalize on the area's growing population, company officials said Monday.

Feds approve MD health exchanges

6:47 PM EST, December 10, 2012

Feds approve MD health exchanges

Maryland and five other states received conditional federal approval Monday to operate a state exchange, or marketplace where individuals can buy insurance under health care reform.

Hand, foot and mouth disease common in children

3:23 PM EST, December 12, 2012

Hand, foot and mouth disease common in children

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common ailment often picked up by children in day care. While it may make for a cranky child, Dr. Benjamin N. Lockshin, a Silver Spring dermatologist who also teaches at Georgetown University and the Johns Hopkins University, said the disease is easily treated.

7:15 PM EST, December 1, 2012

Teen allegedly tries to hit Balto. Co. officer with stolen van

Police in Baltimore County have charged a teenager with attempted second degree murder after he allegedly rammed a stolen minivan into a police car and attempted to run over an officer early Saturday.

Hospitals seeing large number of patients with flu symptoms

8:38 PM EST, January 3, 2013

Hospitals seeing large number of patients with flu symptoms

Area hospitals are coping with a surge of patients with achy bodies, fevers and sore throats as the nation grapples with a flu season that has hit earlier and harder than usual.

Regulations on Maryland's crib bumper ban finalized

6:36 PM EST, November 16, 2012

Regulations on Maryland's crib bumper ban finalized

Maryland health officials have published final regulations to prohibit the sale of decorative bumpers that line the inside of baby cribs, making this the first state with such a ban.

Heroin deaths rise as crackdown on prescription drug abuse succeeds

9:34 PM EST, December 7, 2012

Heroin deaths rise as crackdown on prescription drug abuse succeeds

As efforts to crack down on the abuse of prescription drugs have worked, a new problem has emerged, with addicts who can no longer get their fix by popping pills turning to the old-fashioned street drug heroin, health and law enforcement officials say.

UMMS to finalize acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center

6:25 AM EST, November 30, 2012

UMMS to finalize acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical System expects to complete its acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center Friday nearly a year after the Towson hospital sought a buyer as it looked to bounce back from the fallout of accusations that one of its doctors performing unnecessary cardiac procedures.

5:36 PM EST, November 20, 2012

Judge approves settlement in landmark housing discrimination case

A U.S. District Court judge has approved a settlement in a Baltimore fair housing case dating back to 1995.

7:20 PM EST, December 26, 2012

Baltimore VA using 3-D mammograms

The Baltimore VA Medical Center said Wednesday it has become the first hospital in Maryland to offer three-dimensional mammograms, a technology it hopes will better detect breast cancer in women.

7:31 PM EDT, October 16, 2012

More doctors accused of putting unnecessary stents in patients

A Towson law firm has accused eight more doctors of playing a role in implanting unnecessary heart stents in patients at St. Joseph Medical Center, where cardiologist Dr. Mark Midei was accused of performing the procedure in hundreds of patients who didn't need them.

St. Joseph now a part of UMMS

8:07 PM EST, November 30, 2012

St. Joseph now a part of UMMS

When the owners of troubled St. Joseph Medical Center put the Towson hospital up for sale a year ago, the University of Maryland Medical System didn't hesitate to put in a bid.

Protesters accuse Hopkins of withholding Medicaid funds

7:17 PM EDT, October 18, 2012

Protesters accuse Hopkins of withholding Medicaid funds

The owner of a Baltimore substance abuse center led a protest of more than 120 people Thursday morning at the doors of Johns Hopkins Hospital, saying the medical giant owes his organization more than $100,000 in Medicaid payments.

10:06 PM EDT, October 13, 2012

Mixed martial arts fighter among victims in wave of violence

Mixed martial arts fighter Darren Costa and his longtime friend Matthew Morrow were shot early Saturday at a house party in Pasadena as a wave of violence swept across the region.

State board says it can regulate compounding pharmacies

1:31 PM EST, November 18, 2012

State board says it can regulate compounding pharmacies

The state board that regulates Maryland pharmacies like the Massachusetts firm under investigation in a national fungal meningitis outbreak said it can adequately oversee so-called compounding pharmacies, despite cries from critics that the federal government should have more authority.

Marine gets rare spinal surgery to stop pain in his arm

7:50 PM EDT, July 31, 2012

Marine gets rare spinal surgery to stop pain in his arm

A foot and half separated Marc Burleson from the buried bomb he was trying to defuse last December in a narrow alleyway of a small Afghanistan village.

Legislators to look at drug shortages

6:57 PM EST, December 4, 2012

Legislators to look at drug shortages

The staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center considered canceling some surgeries on a recent weekend because the hospital was running low on a common drug used to help bring people out from under anesthesia.

More women turn to frozen eggs for help with infertility

9:13 PM EST, December 8, 2012

More women turn to frozen eggs for help with infertility

Ellen Carpenter delayed marriage until she found Mr. Right, but by that time she was 38 years old, making it much more difficult to have children.

Military can take a toll on women's health

6:28 PM EST, November 17, 2012

Military can take a toll on women's health

Saddled with student loan debt, Dr. Laura Herrera joined the Army Reserve to help pay off medical school bills and perhaps get a chance to see the world.

Hopkins program aims to keep elderly at home

November 24, 2012

Hopkins program aims to keep elderly at home

When an occupational therapist walked through the home of 70-year-old Carol Glover two years ago, she immediately noticed safety hazards.

Class of the month: Soldierfit

4:01 PM EDT, October 31, 2012

Class of the month: Soldierfit

When you enter a Soldierfit class, you become a member of the armed forces — even if just for an hour.

Local blogger surrenders to police after live broadcasting standoff

10:49 AM EST, December 2, 2012

Local blogger surrenders to police after live broadcasting standoff

A Baltimore blogger wanted on a court-issued warrant refused to come out of his home for hours, broadcasting his discussion with a police negotiator live on the Internet before turning himself in peacefully.

Art provides relief to Parkinson's patient

4:10 PM EST, November 7, 2012

Art provides relief to Parkinson's patient

Sometimes it's easy for Vincent Vono to feel down about having to live with Parkinson's disease.

Diabetes leading to blindness in many people

2:24 PM EST, November 28, 2012

Diabetes leading to blindness in many people

Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults 20 to 74 years old. Dr. Michael Grodin, co-director of retinal services and director of clinical research at Katzen Eye Group, discusses eye problems and the link to diabetes.

7:22 PM EST, November 12, 2012

Baltimoreans are as healthy as their neighborhoods

Another study is adding to growing evidence that the condition of a neighborhood can have a significant impact on its residents' health.

Maryland picks model for essential health insurance benefits

8:57 PM EDT, September 27, 2012

Maryland picks model for essential health insurance benefits

Under national health care reform, insurance policies in Maryland will be required to cover acupuncture for pain management and chiropractic care in certain cases.

BGE works to restore power to thousands of residents

8:08 AM EDT, October 31, 2012

BGE works to restore power to thousands of residents

Dale Lucas' horse farm in Baltimore County lost power during Hurricane Irene last year. It lost power for six days when the derecho blew through in June. And it lost power again Monday night.

Julie Bowen wants people to know more about anaphylaxis

2:02 PM EDT, October 17, 2012

Julie Bowen wants people to know more about anaphylaxis

Julie Bowen was on the set of the television show "Boston Legal" four years ago when she got the call from her husband, who was on his way to the hospital with their then-infant son Oliver.

Maryland keeps eye on West Nile Virus

4:10 PM EDT, September 9, 2012

Maryland keeps eye on West Nile Virus

Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties are getting sprayed for mosquitoes and health officials are warning residents to take precautions as the nation copes with the worst season of West Nile Virus since the disease was discovered in the United States in 1999.

UMMS to close on St. Joseph acquisition Dec. 1

2:49 PM EST, November 15, 2012

UMMS to close on St. Joseph acquisition Dec. 1

The University of Maryland Medical System said Wednesday that it expects to complete its acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center on Dec. 1, nearly a year after the Towson hospital sought a buyer as it looked to recover from the fallout of one of its doctors performing unnecessary cardiac procedures.

Mold, bacteria found in pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak

9:04 PM EDT, October 26, 2012

Mold, bacteria found in pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak

The Massachusetts pharmacy at the heart of a probe into a deadly meningitis outbreak may have violated federal health laws, U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators said Friday, saying mold and bacteria were found in areas where drugs were mixed.

Bel Air woman gets new ear lost to skin cancer

5:45 PM EDT, September 25, 2012

Bel Air woman gets new ear lost to skin cancer

Sherrie Walter will never wear earrings again, but recently started styling her hair in a ponytail the way she used to before she was diagnosed with skin cancer nearly four years ago.

Morgan State shooting raises concern among students, alumni

6:18 PM EST, December 1, 2012

Morgan State shooting raises concern among students, alumni

Students drawn to Morgan State University's strong academics and historical legacy are finding that crime is becoming an increasing distraction, and are joining a state lawmaker and alumnus in calling for better security to protect the institution's reputation.

Maryland Shock Trauma seeks community consent on blood plasma study

8:35 PM EDT, October 13, 2012

Maryland Shock Trauma seeks community consent on blood plasma study

Many patients taken to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore cling to life, barely able to breathe, much less consent to participate in a medical trial, a reality that makes trauma research extremely difficult.

1,750 had possible contact with technician with hepatitis C

5:37 PM EDT, August 12, 2012

1,750 had possible contact with technician with hepatitis C

Four Maryland hospitals are offering free hepatitis C testing to at least 1,750 patients who may have been exposed to the viral disease by a traveling medical technician, as state officials launch a broad regulatory review in response to the case.

5:52 PM EST, November 15, 2012

Oncologist named president of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

The man tapped Thursday as the CEO of the newly created University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center is known for his work in oncology, but for the last few years has been working toward a career on the administrative side of the hospital business.

Md. specialty pharmacies seek distance from meningitis outbreak

9:23 PM EDT, October 9, 2012

Md. specialty pharmacies seek distance from meningitis outbreak

Technicians at the Cape Apothecary compounding pharmacy in Annapolis spend their days mixing drugs that are no longer sold commercially or creating specialized batches of medicine for patients such as children who can't handle the normal dose.

Ringworm infection takes on many forms

3:40 PM EDT, August 8, 2012

Ringworm infection takes on many forms

Despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm. Instead, it develops when fungus grows and multiplies on the skin. Dr. Dakara Rucker Wright, a dermatologist with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group who practices at Kaiser Permanente's Towson Medical Center, said the disease, most common in children, is easy to treat.

Insurance co-op to start with $65 million federal loan

6:31 PM EDT, September 28, 2012

Insurance co-op to start with $65 million federal loan

A Maryland group led by Howard County health officer Peter Beilenson has received a $65 million loan under federal health reform to start the state's first insurance co-op, a consumer-owned nonprofit that will compete against private insurers to sell health policies.

Maryland braces for more meningitis cases

8:15 PM EDT, October 5, 2012

Maryland braces for more meningitis cases

Maryland could see new cases of meningitis for a month or more as health officials continue to search for new and past cases of the disease, which has sickened 50 people in several states who received injections of a tainted steroid.

2:21 PM EST, November 14, 2012

ACL injuries common in certain sports

ACL tears have taken out so many University of Maryland football players, you'd think the injury is contagious. Four Terps football players have suffered from the knee injuries this season. Dr. Michael E Trice, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Cartilage Restoration Center at Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, says ACL tears aren't that uncommon in athletes.

Meningitis outbreak brings attention to treatment of back pain

3:36 PM EST, November 4, 2012

Meningitis outbreak brings attention to treatment of back pain

Naomi Morgan reached her limit when her doctor recommended a third surgery for chronic back pain.

Patient sues over hepatitis C exposure

8:00 PM EDT, September 4, 2012

Patient sues over hepatitis C exposure

A patient believed to have contracted hepatitis C from a rogue medical worker has sued Columbia-based Maxim Staffing Solutions Inc. for failing to report the traveling technician to legal authorities even though the company knew he had stolen narcotics and put patients at risk.

Maryland releases breast-feeding recommendations for hospitals

12:01 PM EST, November 14, 2012

Maryland releases breast-feeding recommendations for hospitals

Maryland health officials want the state's hospitals to play a larger role in encouraging mothers to breast-feed in the crucial hours after they give birth, as growing evidence points to the health benefits of feeding babies human milk.

89 Md. facilities bought drugs from firm linked to meningitis outbreak

8:36 PM EDT, October 24, 2012

89 Md. facilities bought drugs from firm linked to meningitis outbreak

The federal Food and Drug Administration identified 89 medical facilities in Maryland that bought drugs from the Massachusetts manufacturer being investigated for a national fungal meningitis outbreak.

Registration still down for Komen Maryland Race for the Cure

7:05 PM EDT, October 18, 2012

Registration still down for Komen Maryland Race for the Cure

A team of runners and walkers from Transformations Fitness for Women studios will participate in Sunday's Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, but their team will be much smaller than previous years.

Research looks at how to better fight breast cancer in African-American women

11:22 AM EDT, October 18, 2012

Research looks at how to better fight breast cancer in African-American women

It is well documented that African-American women with breast cancer are more likely to have a more aggressive type of the disease that kills them, but why remains a mystery.

Maryland considers crib bumper standards instead of ban

8:44 PM EDT, September 7, 2012

Maryland considers crib bumper standards instead of ban

The state will consider adopting voluntary safety standards rather than an all-out ban on bumper pads that line the inside of cribs and have been determined a hazard to babies.

Donations, registrations down for Komen Maryland Race For the Cure

8:59 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

Donations, registrations down for Komen Maryland Race For the Cure

Komen Maryland counts on Race for the Cure to pay for programs and support services related to breast cancer, but as the date for the 20th annual event approaches the group is facing steep declines in the number of people signed up and the amount of money raised.

7:50 PM EDT, October 8, 2012

Two more in Md. diagnosed with meningitis

Maryland health officials said Monday that two more people in the state have developed meningitis after receiving a steroid injection for back pain, as an outbreak that has afflicted 105 people nationwide continues to grow.

5:38 PM EDT, September 13, 2012

Remedi acquires Ohio company

Baltimore-based Remedi SeniorCare, which provides pharmaceutical services to long-term care facilities, has bought an Ohio company in a deal that expands its Midwestern customer base.

City's pregnancy center law gets new hearing

7:09 PM EDT, August 16, 2012

City's pregnancy center law gets new hearing

A federal appeals court has granted a new hearing in a case challenging whether Baltimore can require faith-based pregnancy counseling centers to post signs saying they don't offer abortion or birth control advice and services.

Hopkins aims to make ICU safer with $8.9 million grant

6:14 PM EDT, August 28, 2012

Hopkins aims to make ICU safer with $8.9 million grant

Johns Hopkins will use an $8.9 million gift to make intensive care units safer for patients, expanding on the institution's past work to reduce medical mistakes that have long troubled hospitals.

UnitedHealthcare to add 335 jobs to Baltimore area

June 20, 2012

UnitedHealthcare to add 335 jobs to Baltimore area

UnitedHealthcare will announce Wednesday that it plans to hire 335 people in the Baltimore area as it enhances services to Medicare beneficiaries.

Circumcision's benefits outweigh risks, doctors' group says

7:58 AM EDT, August 27, 2012

Circumcision's benefits outweigh risks, doctors' group says

The American Academy of Pediatrics is modifying its stance on circumcision for the first time in more than a decade, acknowledging that the health benefits outweigh the risks of the procedure, which involves removing the foreskin of a baby boy's penis.

9:41 PM EDT, June 23, 2012

Dragon boats race through harbor

Team Kaya's dragon boat sped quickly past others along the waters of Baltimore's harbor Saturday morning, leaving other teams to wonder if it had a secret weapon.

Decline in circumcisions costing health care system billions, study finds

8:15 PM EDT, August 20, 2012

Decline in circumcisions costing health care system billions, study finds

A 20-year decline in male circumcision has cost the country $2 billion in medical costs that could have been prevented, Johns Hopkins researchers say in a study released Monday.

Report finds state oversight of compounding pharmacies lax

6:35 PM EDT, October 29, 2012

Report finds state oversight of compounding pharmacies lax

As Massachusetts closed another compounding pharmacy for unsanitary conditions, a report released Monday argued that the state boards that regulate those pharmacies are doing an inadequate job.

Maryland poised for next phase of health reform

8:29 PM EDT, June 29, 2012

Maryland poised for next phase of health reform

Infinite Biomedical Technologies started to see the benefits of President Barack Obama's health reform law well before the Supreme Court decided its fate.

Triceps tears have a long recovery period

3:19 PM EDT, October 31, 2012

Triceps tears have a long recovery period

Fans were missing linebacker Ray Lewis at the end of the Ravens' last game. Lewis is out for the season after suffering a triceps tear, a rare injury with a long recovery time. Dr. Umasuthan Srikumaran, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said triceps tears are significant injuries for athletes.

10:54 PM EDT, October 3, 2012

2 cases of meningitis reported in Md., part of multistate outbreak

State health officials are looking into two cases of meningitis, including one death, that may have been caused by spinal injections.

Fraud case against University of Maryland Medical System dismissed

7:56 PM EDT, August 3, 2012

Fraud case against University of Maryland Medical System dismissed

A federal court has dismissed a case against a rehabilitation hospital owned by the University of Maryland Medical System that was accused of diagnosing patients with a rare malnutrition-related disorder to collect bigger Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Baseline brain testing grows in popularity

6:21 PM EDT, August 17, 2012

Baseline brain testing grows in popularity

Amid growing concerns about concussions, more student athletes are having their brain function tested prior to injury in a procedure called baseline testing that is becoming increasingly mainstream.

Helping your child get enough sleep

4:19 PM EDT, September 5, 2012

Helping your child get enough sleep

The beginning of the school year often means morning battles between parents and their children who don't want to get out of bed in the morning. But a good night's sleep is crucial to a student's performance in school. Dr. Scott Krugman, chairman of the department of pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and the vice president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, talks about children's sleep patterns and how to get them on a workable sleep schedule.

4:04 PM EDT, August 4, 2012

Doctors, hospitals concerned about hefty malpractice awards

Maryland's medical community is concerned about the potential fallout from two multimillion-dollar malpractice judgments awarded by Baltimore juries to families who blamed local hospitals where their babies were delivered for their children's disabilities.

Robin Roberts, Nora Ephron bring MDS into spotlight

6:59 PM EDT, July 6, 2012

Robin Roberts, Nora Ephron bring MDS into spotlight

The underlying medical condition that contributed to the death of writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron and is forcing ABC news anchor Robin Roberts to get a bone marrow transplant is a rare and complicated disease that scientists are still trying to figure out.

Baltimore policeman shot in line of duty survives once again

8:14 PM EDT, September 14, 2012

Baltimore policeman shot in line of duty survives once again

Gene Cassidy thought he was lucky to survive being shot in the head twice 25 years ago when he was a Baltimore policeman, so a second near-death ordeal recently seemed unreal.

Engineers inspect Washington Monument in preparation for restoration

6:21 PM EDT, August 25, 2012

Engineers inspect Washington Monument in preparation for restoration

Tracy Marcotte scanned a hand-held metal detector across various spots on the base of the Washington Monument as if she were searching for gold.

More younger people getting colorectal cancer

4:03 PM EDT, July 29, 2012

More younger people getting colorectal cancer

Carol Carr showed all the signs of colorectal cancer seven years ago, but doctors thought the 44-year-old Glen Burnie woman was too young to have the disease and never tested her for it.

Number of children dying in hot cars remains a problem

7:40 PM EDT, August 24, 2012

Number of children dying in hot cars remains a problem

No parent would ever intentionally leave a child in a steaming car on a hot summer day. But it happens every year to astounded parents. Dr. Melissa Sparrow, clinical director of pediatric inpatient and emergency services at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, talks about what can happen when babies are left in hot cars and how to prevent it.

Aphasia affects estimated 1 million people

2:32 PM EDT, June 27, 2012

Aphasia affects estimated 1 million people

Earlier this month a Texas Rangers sportscaster went from calling live highlights of a baseball game to talking about a botched robbery. The sportscaster's incoherent switch confused listeners, but doctors saw the symptoms of aphasia, a disease not known to many but which affects 1 million people.

6:40 PM EDT, May 21, 2012

Maryland health spending rises

Marylanders spent $44.5 million on personal health care in 2010 as expenditures in the state continued to outpace the nation, according to a new report.

Hopkins falls to No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report list

12:02 AM EDT, July 17, 2012

Hopkins falls to No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report list

Johns Hopkins Hospital lost its coveted spot as the nation's top-ranked hospital for the first time in 22 years, edged out by Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital in the latest analysis by U.S. News & World Report to be released Tuesday.

Maryland braces for Supreme Court decision on health care reform law

7:22 PM EDT, June 19, 2012

Maryland braces for Supreme Court decision on health care reform law

Miriam Brand just graduated from the University of Maryland and does not have a job, but she does have health insurance.

Doctors, hospitals concerned about hefty malpractice awards

11:47 AM EDT, August 4, 2012

Doctors, hospitals concerned about hefty malpractice awards

Maryland's medical community is concerned about the potential fallout from two multimillion-dollar malpractice judgments awarded by Baltimore juries to families who blamed local hospitals where their babies were delivered for their children's disabilities.

Baby boomers unknowingly infected with hepatitis C

7:10 PM EDT, July 6, 2012

Baby boomers unknowingly infected with hepatitis C

When Alan Shackelford's ankles would swell up, he brushed it off as another sign of getting older — only to find out it was a symptom of something much worse.

Maryland looking to beef up vaccine requirements

6:48 PM EDT, May 15, 2012

Maryland looking to beef up vaccine requirements

Maryland's children would be required to get more vaccines before attending school under a proposal being considered by state health officials.

Maryland's hospital rating system in danger of failing

June 9, 2012

Maryland's hospital rating system in danger of failing

For 35 years, Maryland has enjoyed a unique exemption from the federal government that allowed it to regulate hospital rates so that patients are charged the same no matter where they seek care.

8:08 PM EDT, June 22, 2012

Maryland to adopt guidelines for abortion clinics

Operators of abortion clinics in Maryland will have to apply for licenses and meet strict guidelines under new regulations being adopted by state health officials next month.

10:23 PM EDT, August 25, 2012

Settlement in decades-old fair housing case

Hundreds of families living in some of Baltimore's most impoverished neighborhoods will get to move to better conditions under a proposed settlement that could finally resolve a fair housing case dating back to 1995.

New HIV prevention drug may not be for everyone

8:51 PM EDT, July 17, 2012

New HIV prevention drug may not be for everyone

Sexual promiscuity fueled by alcohol and drug use led one 47-year-old Towson man to contract HIV.

Marathon training for beginners

6:21 PM EDT, July 11, 2012

Marathon training for beginners

Safari Charles of Owings Mills learned a few important lessons after running her first half-marathon last year.

Researchers eye saliva for patient testing

7:28 PM EDT, May 23, 2012

Researchers eye saliva for patient testing

No one likes to get stuck with a needle.

Health study supports need for new hospital in Prince George's

6:39 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Health study supports need for new hospital in Prince George's

The case for building a new teaching hospital inPrince George's Countyassociated with the University of Maryland Medical System got a boost from a health study released Wednesday, but the question remains how the county and state would pay for it.

Executives from Hopkins, UMMS, CareFirst weigh in on health care reform

6:23 PM EDT, July 9, 2012

Executives from Hopkins, UMMS, CareFirst weigh in on health care reform

The Supreme Court's recent ruling on federal health care reform may have settled legal concerns, but the heads of Maryland's top insurer and two largest medical institutions said there are still unanswered questions and worries about the law.

Dragon boats race in harbor

6:13 PM EDT, June 23, 2012

Dragon boats race in harbor

Team Kaya's dragon boat sped quickly past others racing along the waters of Baltimore's harbor Saturday morning, leaving other teams to wonder if it had a secret weapon.

Medical community seeks to increase use of donor breast milk in Maryland

5:17 PM EDT, July 15, 2012

Medical community seeks to increase use of donor breast milk in Maryland

LaQuasha Singletary was having a normal pregnancy until the day her blood pressure shot up and her vision blurred.

Maryland hospital rates to tick upward

8:44 PM EDT, May 2, 2012

Maryland hospital rates to tick upward

Patients and their insurers won't see much of a difference in hospital bills in the next year, as the state rate-setting panel decided to adopt a plan favored by the hospitals that holds payments "to a near-freeze level."

7:58 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Young girl loses feet in mower accident

It's a parent's worst nightmare.

Facebook promotes organ donations

7:56 PM EDT, May 1, 2012

Facebook promotes organ donations

Facebook has launched a program to promote organ donation, which grew from a conversation between the social media company's chief operating officer and a Johns Hopkins surgeon already passionate about the cause.

9:27 PM EDT, April 8, 2012

Man shot in Northeast Baltimore; city police investigating

A man was shot Sunday afternoon at the corner of Kirk Avenue and Fillmore Street in Northeast Baltimore, according to the Baltimore City Police Department.

O'Malley would veto medical marijuana bill

10:45 AM EST, March 9, 2012

O'Malley would veto medical marijuana bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley likely would veto any legislation to legalize medical marijuana because of concerns over whether it would stand up to federal scrutiny, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

Maryland begins process to ban bumper pads in cribs

7:52 PM EDT, June 8, 2012

Maryland begins process to ban bumper pads in cribs

Maryland health officials continued their push to become the first state to ban the sale of bumper pads that line the inside of baby cribs, introducing proposed language Friday for regulations that could go into effect next year.

Plant idling raises concerns about future of Sparrows Point

7:15 PM EDT, May 25, 2012

Plant idling raises concerns about future of Sparrows Point

It's deja vu at Sparrows Point.

9:23 PM EDT, April 12, 2012

New power plant to be built in Waldorf

Maryland energy regulators Thursday ordered the construction of the state's first new natural gas power plant since the state's electric power market was deregulated more than a decade ago.

Nearly 3,600 participate in first Komen race in Ocean City

4:53 PM EDT, April 22, 2012

Nearly 3,600 participate in first Komen race in Ocean City

Nearly 3,600 people ran or walked in the rainy and slippery inaugural Susan G. Komen breast cancer race in Ocean City Sunday, despite early concerns that a controversy involving Planned Parenthood could hurt attendance.

Former Orioles executive Jim Duquette to donate kidney to daughter

6:31 PM EDT, June 3, 2012

Former Orioles executive Jim Duquette to donate kidney to daughter

The problems of a 10-year-old sound something like this.

Retiring CEO Edward Miller reflects upon his time at Hopkins

5:06 PM EDT, June 22, 2012

Retiring CEO Edward Miller reflects upon his time at Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Medicine faced a leadership crisis in 1996 when Dr. Edward D. Miller came in as interim dean of the school of medicine.

Health care reform moves ahead in Maryland, nationally

8:26 PM EDT, June 28, 2012

Health care reform moves ahead in Maryland, nationally

States including Maryland can move with more certainty to insure their poor, and the federal government can require others to buy health coverage after the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's landmark health care law Thursday.

5:48 PM EDT, April 5, 2012

Legislation passed to create health exchanges

Maryland continued its aggressive implementation of health care change Thursday despite uncertainty surrounding the issue nationally, as the General Assembly passed legislation to create open markets where people will buy insurance.

Carolyn Holly Howard, alternative medical practitioner

8:47 PM EDT, April 8, 2012

Carolyn Holly Howard, alternative medical practitioner

Carolyn Holly Howard, a practitioner of alternative medical techniques, died Tuesday at her Baltimore home after an eight-year battle with ovarian cancer.

7:16 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Burch resigns Hopkins board positions

Francis B. "Frank" Burch, Jr., co-chairman of the Baltimore-based law giant DLA Piper, resigned abruptly last week from Johns Hopkins' medicine and university boards.

LifeBridge to open new children's hospital at Sinai

6:51 PM EST, February 27, 2012

LifeBridge to open new children's hospital at Sinai

The new Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai will boast some of the latest medical technology, but just as important is its expanded playroom.

Methadone clinics don't attract crime, study finds

7:36 PM EDT, April 30, 2012

Methadone clinics don't attract crime, study finds

Methadone clinics are often seen as the bad neighbor nobody wants.

8 Marylanders infected in nationwide salmonella outbreak

6:10 PM EDT, April 4, 2012

8 Marylanders infected in nationwide salmonella outbreak

Eight people in Maryland are among 93 across the country who have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak with a possible link to sushi, according to state health officials.

Medical students find out residencies at Match Day

8:12 PM EDT, March 16, 2012

Medical students find out residencies at Match Day

Twins William and Raphael "Rafi" Karkowsky have always shared life's best moments.

University of Maryland Medical School to open proton center

8:03 PM EDT, April 16, 2012

University of Maryland Medical School to open proton center

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has begun construction of a $200 million proton center that will bring the latest in cancer treatment to the region and double investment in the University of Maryland's growing BioPark in West Baltimore.

6:40 PM EDT, June 18, 2012

U.Va. considering Hopkins CEO as interim president

The departing CEO and dean of the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins Medicine is being considered as interim president of the University of Virginia, whose current leader was forced to resign, stirring up controversy on campus.

5:57 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

Maryland part of national pacemaker settlement

Maryland will get nearly $10,000 as part of a national settlement involving kickbacks to doctors to encourage them to implant pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators in patients, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday.

Funeral held for Calvert County family stricken with flu

9:03 PM EDT, March 14, 2012

Funeral held for Calvert County family stricken with flu

Lou Ruth Blake was the family's matriarch who sang in the church choir and organized gospel shows. Lowell Frederick Blake liked to make people laugh. Venessa Marie Blake was the ardent churchgoer with a contagious smile.

Sparrows Point mill owner files for bankruptcy

7:51 PM EDT, May 31, 2012

Sparrows Point mill owner files for bankruptcy

The Sparrows Point steel mill stumbled into bankruptcy for the second time in 11 years as its owner filed Thursday for Chapter 11 protection from creditors as it prepares to idle operations and cut nearly 2,000 jobs at the plant next week.

6:58 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

State audits Maryland Health Insurance Plan

The agency that oversees the state's health plan for those uninsured because of preexisting conditions, paid a vendor nearly $367,000 for information technology services without proving that the contract was chosen through a competitive bidding process, a legislative audit has found.

Bacteria that caused flesh-eating infection more common than believed

11:35 AM EDT, May 17, 2012

Bacteria that caused flesh-eating infection more common than believed

The story of a 24-year-old Georgia graduate student fighting a flesh-eating disease has prompted a microbiologist with the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System to speak out about the infection.

St. Joseph Medical Center board recommends buyer

8:38 PM EDT, March 20, 2012

St. Joseph Medical Center board recommends buyer

St. Joseph Medical Centertook another step in choosing a buyer for its Towson campus.

Recipient of synthetic trachea dies

6:24 PM EST, March 6, 2012

Recipient of synthetic trachea dies

A Maryland man who became the second person in the world to have a synthetic windpipe transplant died Monday, nearly four months after having the rare operation done in Sweden.

Johns Hopkins patients move into new $1.1 billion facility

10:05 PM EDT, April 29, 2012

Johns Hopkins patients move into new $1.1 billion facility

At the ding of a cowbell Sunday, staffers in a command center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital began clapping and yelling out victory cheers.

Fertility preservation for women with cancer

6:34 PM EST, March 7, 2012

Fertility preservation for women with cancer

When a young woman is diagnosed with cancer, getting pregnant is probably the last thing on her mind. But if she wants children in the future, it's something she should think about. The chemotherapy and radiation treatments used to treat cancer can hurt a women's fertility. Nearly 10 percent of the 1.5 million diagnosed with cancer each year are of childbearing age, according to the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Melissa M. Yates, an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center, says these women need to think about fertility preservation before they begin treatment for cancer.

8:58 PM EDT, April 8, 2012

City fire officials investigating rooftop fire in Pigtown

Baltimore city fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that started on the roof of a rowhouse in Pigtown Sunday afternoon.

Drug company deals eyed in probe of shortage

7:55 PM EDT, March 21, 2012

Drug company deals eyed in probe of shortage

Congressional lawmakers investigating the shortage of lifesaving drugs used to treat cancer and other illnesses are looking into three companies in North Carolina and Maryland that they believe set up "fake pharmacies" to access the drugs that they then sold at a markup.

Helicopters help save lives, Hopkins study finds

8:36 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

Helicopters help save lives, Hopkins study finds

Severely injured patients are more likely to survive if transported by helicopter rather than ambulance, according to new research by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that adds fuel to the debate over flying patients to receive care.

New fitness classes ratchet up the intensity

3:41 PM EDT, April 25, 2012

New fitness classes ratchet up the intensity

Some of the newest fitness classes around Maryland involve warrior drills based on "The Hunger Games"books and practicing the downward dog yoga pose on a paddleboard in the middle of a lake.

Doctors' group pushes for new child safety seat standards in Maryland

11:18 AM EST, January 31, 2012

Doctors' group pushes for new child safety seat standards in Maryland

A Maryland doctors' group is pushing legislation to bolster the state's child safety seat laws, a move designed to better protect toddlers from head, neck and spinal injuries during accidents.

7:39 AM EDT, March 23, 2012

Maryland launches health care reform website

The state will launch a website today that it hopes will give people a road map to health care reform as the country marks the second anniversary of the signing of the landmark legislation.

Hernias in women can be hard to diagnose

2:05 PM EDT, May 2, 2012

Hernias in women can be hard to diagnose

Hernias are a common ailment among Americans; more than 4 million people develop the painful condition. And although both men and women develop hernias, female patients may be harder to diagnose. Doctors and patients may not realize the abdominal pain a woman is feeling is because of a hernia. Dr. Hien Nguyen, assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said the pain can be mistaken for other conditions with similar symptoms, such as adhesions from prior surgery, endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts. Nguyen talks about treating hernias in women.

RG Steel cuts salaries

6:10 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

RG Steel cuts salaries

RG Steel LLC is cutting the salaries of managers and executives, including those at Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, because of weak economic conditions.

O'Brien says Archdiocese of Baltimore won't offer birth control coverage

7:04 PM EST, February 7, 2012

O'Brien says Archdiocese of Baltimore won't offer birth control coverage

Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien said in a strongly worded letter that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will not comply with federal law requiring churches to offer birth control coverage even it means dropping health insurance for its 3,500 employees.

Robotic technology to treat lung cancer

4:30 PM EST, January 25, 2012

Robotic technology to treat lung cancer

The da Vinci robotic technology allows doctors to perform more precise surgeries. The technique also enables patients to recover more quickly with fewer complications in many cases. The technique is used to perform many different types of surgeries. Dr. Gavin Henry, program director of the surgical residency at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, uses it over traditional lobectomy surgery to treat patients with lung cancer. The hospital said Henry is poised to outpace every surgeon in Maryland in the use of robotic technology for this operation. He talks about the technique below.

St. Joseph enters into agreement with University of Maryland Medical System

8:36 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

St. Joseph enters into agreement with University of Maryland Medical System

Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Center ended its search for a new owner Friday, announcing that it has entered an agreement to become part of the rapidly expanding University of Maryland Medical System.

St. Joseph considers merger with non-Catholic hospital system

5:01 PM EST, February 26, 2012

St. Joseph considers merger with non-Catholic hospital system

Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Centermay soon become part of a hospital system that does not follow its strict Catholic beliefs on abortion and reproductive rights.

Maryland health centers take more personalized approach to weight loss

7:15 PM EST, February 1, 2012

Maryland health centers take more personalized approach to weight loss

Sharlene Fair had tried for years to lose weight, but nothing seemed to work until she found her answer after breathing into a tube at her local gym.

 Spinal stenosis a painful arthritic condition

1:38 PM EST, February 23, 2012

Spinal stenosis a painful arthritic condition

Jim Calhoun should be on the sidelines of a basketball court, coaching the University of Connecticut men's team. Instead, he's been on medical leave for a painful arthritic condition.

9:23 PM EST, January 12, 2012

Medical billing a target of fraud investigations

In Maryland, an orthopedic practice agreed to pay $2.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations that it had billed for patients' visits that never took place and had double-charged for X-ray work to get higher reimbursements. In Connecticut, a health care facility paid nearly a half-million dollars to the federal government in a similar settlement over allegations that it had exaggerated costs associated with a prostate cancer treatment.

St. Agnes Hospital to buy former Cardinal Gibbons High

8:45 PM EST, March 2, 2012

St. Agnes Hospital to buy former Cardinal Gibbons High

St. Agnes Hospital officials said Friday that they are negotiating with the Archdiocese of Baltimore to buy the historic Cardinal Gibbons School, two years after it was shut down amid protests from alumni and parents.

 Groups react to Susan G. Komen's Planned Parenthood reversal

10:01 PM EST, February 3, 2012

Groups react to Susan G. Komen's Planned Parenthood reversal

The Susan G. Komen for the Curebreast cancer advocacy and charity group backed away Friday from a plan to slash funding to Planned Parenthood programs, but the public apology might not be enough to repair its damaged image right away.

Debate over Komen's Planned Parenthood decision grows in Maryland, nation

7:53 AM EST, February 3, 2012

Debate over Komen's Planned Parenthood decision grows in Maryland, nation

The inaugural Susan G. Komen breast cancer race scheduled for Ocean City in April was meant to be a feel-good event promoting a noble cause — and a way to boost tourism during the resort town's off-season.

Sparrows Point steel mill shuts down suddenly

7:27 PM EST, December 23, 2011

Sparrows Point steel mill shuts down suddenly

Sparrows Point has shut down steelmaking operations as the Baltimore County plant struggles to pay its bills and win back customers, workers said Friday.

2 Baltimore churches challenge each other in health throwdown

6:55 PM EST, January 11, 2012

2 Baltimore churches challenge each other in health throwdown

It all started with a little bit of good-natured trash talk between the pastors of two of Baltimore's most prominent African-American churches.

Maryland seeks to improve support for mothers to breast-feed

4:52 PM EST, February 11, 2012

Maryland seeks to improve support for mothers to breast-feed

Breast-feeding didn't come easy at first for Sharalyn Webre, who struggled through five months with her first child.

Perkins hospital workers rally for more jobs

8:17 PM EST, February 15, 2012

Perkins hospital workers rally for more jobs

Workers at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup held a rally Wednesday to urge state lawmakers to add more jobs at the troubled mental facility where three patients were killed in a 14-month span.

7:53 PM EST, February 1, 2012

St. Joseph Medical Center narrows field of suitors to three

St. Joseph Medical Center has narrowed its search for a strategic partner to three, the hospital said Wednesday.

5:11 PM EST, December 28, 2011

Maryland gets $28.3 million health performance bonus

The state of Maryland has received a $28.3 million performance bonus for its efforts in enrolling children in federal health programs.

8:42 PM EST, December 14, 2011

Hopkins, Lockheed announce plan to create a better ICU

Johns Hopkins Medicine and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday they would work together to create a safer and more efficient model for hospital intensive care units.

Hopkins, Lockheed aim to modernize the ICU

5:31 PM EST, December 25, 2011

Hopkins, Lockheed aim to modernize the ICU

Johns Hopkins intensive care nurse Nelly E. Lopez spends so much of her workday monitoring patient distress alarms that she sometimes hears phantom beeps even when she is no longer on the job.

11:21 AM EDT, October 27, 2011

Baltimore's fight against hunger gets healthy

When a load of bagged salad arrived at the Fishes & Loaves food pantry in West Baltimore recently, people scooped it up quickly.

UMMS in expansion mode

9:01 PM EST, February 20, 2012

UMMS in expansion mode

Since becoming a part of the University of Maryland Medical System three years ago, Upper Chesapeake Health has attracted new doctors, broken ground on a new $60 million cancer center and won over patients who once left Harford County for care.

Finding the root of the problem with hair extensions

8:03 PM EST, December 14, 2011

Finding the root of the problem with hair extensions

Hairstylist Reggie Dowdy has found himself time and time again doing emergency hair repair on women whose tresses have been damaged by weaves and extensions.

Home birth supporters seek to ease midwife rules

9:06 PM EST, January 29, 2012

Home birth supporters seek to ease midwife rules

More than 500 Maryland moms delivered babies at home last year, but as such births become more popular, a dispute is brewing over whether to make the process a more viable option in the state.

Study reveals strongest link yet between organ transplants, cancer

November 26, 2011

Study reveals strongest link yet between organ transplants, cancer

The most comprehensive study ever on the link between organ donations and cancer is arming physicians with new data that could help make the procedures safer.

Obama budget cuts would hit Maryland

10:17 PM EST, February 13, 2012

Obama budget cuts would hit Maryland

Labor unions that represent government workers — and some Maryland Democrats — criticized the budget President Barack Obama unveiled Monday for cutting $27 billion in federal employee pensions while offering what they called a modest, half-percent raise.

Kaiser Permanente expanding

8:06 PM EST, February 29, 2012

Kaiser Permanente expanding

Kaiser Permanente will open a new medical facility in Lansdowne next year as part of a long-term strategy to double the number of patients it serves in the Mid-Atlantic region in the next decade.

 Abingdon man first in the U.S. to get synthetic trachea transplant

9:42 PM EST, January 13, 2012

Abingdon man first in the U.S. to get synthetic trachea transplant

Doctors in America told Chris Lyles a cancerous tumor on his windpipe was inoperable, but he and his family wouldn't take no for an answer.

State board recommends criteria for insurance exchanges

8:12 PM EST, December 27, 2011

State board recommends criteria for insurance exchanges

The O'Malley administration will introduce legislation in the coming General Assembly that would create the exchanges where people will buy affordable insurance under health care reform.

Federal birth control ruling upsets religious groups

8:11 PM EST, January 25, 2012

Federal birth control ruling upsets religious groups

Church officials and other religious-based groups are gearing up to fight an order by the Obama administration that they include birth control in employee health plans — a requirement some say could threaten the protection of other moral beliefs and practices.

PepsiCo to pay for employee surgeries at Hopkins

4:22 PM EST, December 11, 2011

PepsiCo to pay for employee surgeries at Hopkins

PepsiCo has signed a deal that allows employees and dependents across the nation to get certain surgeries at Johns Hopkins Hospital — a cutting-edge arrangement that could grow in popularity as companies look to provide better health care and contain costs.

6:58 PM EST, November 21, 2011

State employee fired after giving out fraudulent nursing assistant licenses

A state employee gave nursing assistant licenses to 157 people who didn't have the credentials and in some cases didn't even apply for the jobs, a legislative audit has revealed.

Low-income women to get free health planning services

6:21 PM EST, November 21, 2011

Low-income women to get free health planning services

Nearly 35,000 low-income women in the state are now eligible for free pregnancy counseling, contraception and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and breast cancer under a program that starts at the beginning of the year.

Hopkins to study genetics of asthma in African-Americans

8:32 PM EST, December 29, 2011

Hopkins to study genetics of asthma in African-Americans

Johns Hopkins researchers, in the largest study to date, will map the genetic code for asthma in people of African descent in hopes of better understanding why the disease and other allergy-related ailments disproportionately afflict that population.

Three Baltimore elementary students contract scarlet fever

8:20 PM EST, January 13, 2012

Three Baltimore elementary students contract scarlet fever

School and health officials worked Friday to ease parents' fears after three classmates at George Washington Elementary in Southwest Baltimore were diagnosed with scarlet fever — an ailment with a scary history, but one that is easily treated and usually not life-threatening.

University of Maryland Medical System among suitors for St. Joseph

9:19 PM EST, December 16, 2011

University of Maryland Medical System among suitors for St. Joseph

The University of Maryland Medical System and LifeBridge Health are among five suitors vying for a partnership with St. Joseph Medical Center, though a deal will likely be complicated by the Towson hospital's poor financial situation.

5:40 PM EST, November 7, 2011

2 cases of legionnaires at Hampden senior home

Baltimore city health officials have confirmed two cases of legionnaires disease at a Hampden nursing home.

Teaching about HIV/AIDS in the church

7:05 PM EST, December 6, 2011

Teaching about HIV/AIDS in the church

When the Rev. Keron Sadler of the NAACP tried to persuade churches around the country to play a more active role in HIV/AIDS education, she drew some hostile reactions. One pastor said his congregants might think he was gay. Another said AIDS is a curse. Yet another walked out of the room rather than discuss the topic.

Maryland to increase primary care health work force by 25 percent

8:06 PM EST, November 8, 2011

Maryland to increase primary care health work force by 25 percent

State officials on Tuesday announced a plan to increase the number of primary care health professionals by as much as 25 percent in the next decade through a wide range of goals that include increased educational opportunities, financial incentives and tort reform.

Hopkins Medicine hires Iowa dean as new CEO

9:41 PM EST, December 19, 2011

Hopkins Medicine hires Iowa dean as new CEO

Rheumatologist and college dean Dr. Paul B. Rothman will serve as the next CEO of the $6.5 billion Johns Hopkins Medicine health system, ushering in a new era for the world-renowned medical institution that after a decade of rapid expansion faces the new challenges of an evolving health care industry.

7:20 PM EST, November 30, 2011

State to look into underspending on disabled

Maryland Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein told two Senate committees Wednesday that the state has hired an outside consultant to help figure out how Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration failed to spend $25 million that had to be returned to the general fund.

Stolen mummy to return home to UM medical school

9:19 PM EST, November 11, 2011

Stolen mummy to return home to UM medical school

The 200-year-old mummified remains of a small child are making their way back to the University of Maryland School of Medicine after an absence in which they were posted for sale on eBay and languished for almost five years in a Michigan police evidence room.

Loved ones say goodbye to ex-Raven Orlando Brown

10:21 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

Loved ones say goodbye to ex-Raven Orlando Brown

Former Raven Orlando "Zeus" Brown was remembered Friday as a force on the football field, a jovial character who liked to have a good time and a devoted father who would do anything for his five kids.

South Pole stroke victim recovering at Johns Hopkins

9:16 PM EDT, October 28, 2011

South Pole stroke victim recovering at Johns Hopkins

Working late into the night at a research center at the South Pole, Renee-Nicole Douceur thought she was just tired when her vision suddenly became blurred.

8:43 PM EDT, October 24, 2011

Advocates, union call for changes at mental hospital

Mental health advocates and labor union officials are calling for increased staffing and policy changes at the state's maximum security mental hospital — including a reassessment of how patients are paired as roommates — after one patient killed another at the Jessup facility last week.

Health disparities found for Baltimore Latinos

10:31 PM EDT, October 20, 2011

Health disparities found for Baltimore Latinos

Many Latinos in Baltimore lack medical coverage, which contributes to problems such as fewer mothers getting prenatal care, according to a new report that takes the first comprehensive look at the group's health.

HIV/AIDS population aging

5:08 PM EDT, September 24, 2011

HIV/AIDS population aging

When Malcolm Coley was diagnosed with HIV, he began preparing to die.

6:55 PM EDT, August 25, 2011

W.R. Grace awarded nearly $3 million for carbon reduction

W.R. Grace & Co. will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a nationwide effort to develop cost-effective ways of reducing the carbon pollutants released by coal-fired power plants, the department announced Thursday.

7:16 PM EDT, September 24, 2011

NAACP leader talks of Troy Davis execution

Troy Davis failed to prove to correction and legal officials that he was innocent of killing a police officer 22 years ago, but in the eyes of NAACP President Benjamin Jealous he has all the attributes of a hero.

4:50 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

$4.2 million in tech grants awarded to 15 area firms

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program has approved $4.2 million in high-technology and biotechnology grants to 15 area companies.

Senate committees talk violence at Perkins mental hospital

7:29 PM EST, November 30, 2011

Senate committees talk violence at Perkins mental hospital

Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center remains in crisis mode as a new executive and national consultants look into safety concerns after three killings at the hospital, state health officials told two Senate committees Wednesday.

The journey of breast cancer survivorship

10:38 AM EDT, September 30, 2011

The journey of breast cancer survivorship

After months of chemotherapy and radiation, Susan Faber had finally finished breast cancer treatment and conquered the disease.

7:00 PM EDT, November 4, 2011

Thousands of X-rays stolen from St. Joseph hospital

Baltimore County police are looking for someone who stole thousands of X-rays from St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson in what they believe was a scheme to extract the silver from the images.

Where you live can help determine your health, studies say

4:36 PM EST, November 18, 2011

Where you live can help determine your health, studies say

Sabrina Oliver looked forward to good schools and safer streets when she moved her family from her crime-ridden and trash-strewn West Baltimore neighborhood to the suburbs, but was surprised to discover another benefit as well — a dramatic improvement in their health.

Former Raven Orlando Brown probably didn't know he had diabetes, medical examiner says

6:16 PM EDT, October 6, 2011

Former Raven Orlando Brown probably didn't know he had diabetes, medical examiner says

Former Baltimore Raven Orlando Brown died of a diabetic complication that is rarely fatal but can sometimes be quick to strike — and he might not even have known he had the underlying disease.

8:18 PM EDT, September 20, 2011

Altius wins Kentucky wireless broadband project

Phoenix-based Altius Broadband said Tuesday that it had signed a contract to begin construction on a wireless broadband service network in four eastern Kentucky counties.

St. Joseph hospital seeks strategic partnership

5:33 PM EDT, October 16, 2011

St. Joseph hospital seeks strategic partnership

St. Joseph Medical Center is looking to partner with other hospitals as it continues to lose patients and revenue in the wake of problems with its lead cardiologist — a move that experts say might even lead to a merger.

4:16 PM EST, November 15, 2011

Skin cream linked to case of Mercury poisoning

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a warning Tuesday about skin creams that may contain mercury. 

Speaker maker Polk getting into the headphone business

5:42 PM EDT, September 19, 2011

Speaker maker Polk getting into the headphone business

After nearly 40 years in the speaker business, Polk Audio is following music listeners from their living rooms and cars to their smart phones and their MP3 players.

6:54 PM EDT, October 18, 2011

Kernan Hospital faces $8.1 million lawsuit

The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Kernan Hospital seeking $8.1 million because of what is says was improper billing to the Medicare and Medicaid system.

Tax-free shopping: Who benefits?

2:45 PM EDT, August 6, 2011

Tax-free shopping: Who benefits?

Retailers are banking on Maryland shoppers packing stores beginning Aug. 14 to take advantage of a temporary rollback of the 6 percent state sales tax.

Child mummy returned to University of Maryland

5:42 PM EST, November 15, 2011

Child mummy returned to University of Maryland

Ronn Wade gingerly picked up the package wrapped in a simple white sheet and placed it on an examining table before slowly unwrapping the layers.

Treatment problems, fear found in state's high-security mental hospital, workers say

6:02 PM EST, November 7, 2011

Treatment problems, fear found in state's high-security mental hospital, workers say

Workers at Maryland's maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Jessup, where two patients were slain recently, are calling on the state to address what they describe as problems in treatment and a pervasive climate of fear.

Local growers, retailers try to reassure cantaloupe eaters after listeria outbreak

9:00 PM EDT, September 29, 2011

Local growers, retailers try to reassure cantaloupe eaters after listeria outbreak

Local melon growers and retailers are trying to reassure consumers after listeria linked to cantaloupe from a Colorado farm killed 13 people across the country, including one in Maryland — the deadliest foodborne outbreak in more than a decade.

Maryland companies show off wares at Natural Products Expo

6:33 PM EDT, September 21, 2011

Maryland companies show off wares at Natural Products Expo

Organic products and those without preservatives and harsh processing remain big business in the United States — with $81 billion in sales last year — despite a tough economy.

Mother delivers baby in the middle of earthquake

8:09 PM EDT, August 24, 2011

Mother delivers baby in the middle of earthquake

She had endured 33 hours of labor when her baby's head finally appeared Tuesday afternoon.

O'Malley names new Perkins hospital CEO

8:36 PM EDT, November 2, 2011

O'Malley names new Perkins hospital CEO

State officials tapped a veteran psychiatric hospital administrator Wednesday to take over leadership of Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, where two recent killings have sparked questions about the safety and therapy provided at Maryland's maximum-security mental facility.

12:11 PM EDT, August 3, 2011

Grace expanding Middle East joint venture

W.R. Grace & Co. is expanding one of its joint ventures to provide more products and services to petroleum refiners in places such as the Middle East, the Columbia-based chemical maker announced Wednesday.

2:00 PM EDT, September 24, 2011

Man, 18, shot in hand, chest in West Baltimore

Baltimore police are investigating the shooting of an 18-year-old man Friday night in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore.

Baltimore's fight against hunger gets healthy

8:08 PM EDT, October 26, 2011

Baltimore's fight against hunger gets healthy

When a load of bagged salad arrived at the Fishes & Loaves food pantry in West Baltimore recently, people scooped it up quickly.

Consumer and business confidence seen as key to weathering economic storm

8:54 PM EDT, August 9, 2011

Consumer and business confidence seen as key to weathering economic storm

Bettie Dunkin was surprisingly unfazed by the financial turmoil of the last few days.

10:46 PM EDT, August 30, 2011

Auditors criticize state Family Health Administration

State auditors have questioned $88,000 in claims paid to health care providers by the Family Health Administration in the last two fiscal years.

6:44 PM EDT, August 17, 2011

U.S. Treasury gives Bethesda bank $11.4 million for small business lending

Monument Bank of Bethesda has received $11.4 million in federal funds to increase lending to small businesses, the U.S. Treasury announced Wednesday.

The Interview: Bill Sumas, vice chairman of Village Super Market Inc.

5:10 PM EDT, August 6, 2011

The Interview: Bill Sumas, vice chairman of Village Super Market Inc.

The closing of 25 Superfresh stores in the Baltimore area this summer meant new opportunities for other grocers looking to move to the region.

8:57 PM EDT, September 12, 2011

Columbia firm settles $150M fraud case with federal government

A Columbia-based health care firm has agreed to a $150 million settlement with the federal government and 43 states to resolve criminal and civil charges that it submitted claims for millions of dollars of work that it did not perform and operated offices that were not properly licensed, officials said Monday.

Spray-paint artist arrested at Inner Harbor

9:57 PM EDT, September 18, 2011

Spray-paint artist arrested at Inner Harbor

A spray-paint artist who recently won a temporary court order that allows him to create his work along Ocean City's boardwalk without a permit was arrested Sunday at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

5:17 PM EDT, September 6, 2011

Under Armour reorganizes its executive team

Baltimore-based sports apparel company Under Armour announced the departure of its chief operating officer as part of a reorganization of its executive team.

4:54 PM EDT, September 13, 2011

New president at Giant Food

Giant Food, the region's largest grocer, has appointed a Walmart executive as its president.

9:56 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

Residents still concerned about plans for East Baltimore

The developers of an 88-acre redevelopment project north of Johns Hopkins Hospital tried for the second time in two weeks Thursday night to present area residents with a new plan for refurbishing their neighborhood with a new park, pharmacy, school and other amenities — and once again were met with skepticism.

Shoppers head to stores to spend tax-free

7:30 PM EDT, August 14, 2011

Shoppers head to stores to spend tax-free

Valerie Montone was at first a little skeptical about the idea of tax free shopping — convinced retailers would mark up prices beforehand and wipe out the intended savings.

9:19 PM EDT, September 30, 2011

Bon Secours' turnaround could aid community

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System has turned around its financial fortunes and is posting profits two years after receiving financial help from the state to prevent it from closing.

6:14 PM EDT, July 26, 2011

Under Armour reports 2Q earnings, raises revenue forecast

Under Armour officials say that its strong second-quarter earnings report Tuesday is proof that the sports apparel company is giving customers what they want.

There's where the batteries used to be

9:29 PM EDT, August 26, 2011

There's where the batteries used to be

John Minutella rushed through the doors of Ace Hardware in Waverly on Friday evening, his shirt dampened with sweat and face flushed red.

6:50 PM EDT, August 18, 2011

Grants to promote energy efficiency for low-to-moderate-income families

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced $2.1 million in grants Thursday fund energy-efficiency projects aimed at low- and moderate-income families.

12:10 AM EDT, August 24, 2011

MARC train likely delayed Wednesday

Commuters who take the MARC Train can likely expect reduced service Wednesday morning.

10:31 PM EDT, August 23, 2011

Two shot on Bowleys Lane

Baltimore police are at the scene of a shooting in the 5200 block of Bowleys Lane.

Teenagers trading in cigarettes for flavored cigars

7:13 PM EST, November 17, 2011

Teenagers trading in cigarettes for flavored cigars

The number of Maryland teenagers who smoke cigarettes dropped significantly in the past decade, but state health officials say new statistics show that more young people are now getting hooked on candy-flavored cigars instead.

Teen to honor aunt at Komen race

3:06 PM EDT, October 15, 2011

Teen to honor aunt at Komen race

Gabriella Polsinelli still recalls the heartbreak she felt when her favorite aunt died of breast cancer five years ago.

Post-9/11 buildup added billions to Maryland's economy

9:13 PM EDT, September 5, 2011

Post-9/11 buildup added billions to Maryland's economy

General Physics Corp. had already built a strong business training police and fire departments in the use of emergency equipment.

7:09 PM EDT, August 14, 2011

Heavy rain, flash flooding ensnare Baltimore motorists

Heavy rains from a morning storm caused flash flooding and standing water in the city and throughout the region, officials said.

Maryland family sues over listeria

8:50 PM EDT, September 30, 2011

Maryland family sues over listeria

The family of a Maryland man who died of listeria is suing the Colorado melon farm that grew cantaloupes linked to a nationwide outbreak of the deadly bacteria.

Baltimore-area hospitals compete for moms-to-be with hardwood floors, gourmet meals and other luxuries.

11:50 AM EDT, September 22, 2011

Baltimore-area hospitals compete for moms-to-be with hardwood floors, gourmet meals and other luxuries.

Julie McAllister was feeling serene as she lounged in her room with the window view, enjoying a quiet, kid-free afternoon.

The Interview: Douglas Beigel

2:54 PM EDT, September 10, 2011

The Interview: Douglas Beigel

Parents encourage their children to become doctors and nurses, but how many of them grow up dreaming to become lab technicians?

4:55 PM EDT, August 14, 2011

Heavy rain, flash flooding ensnare Baltimore motorists

Heavy rains from a morning storm caused flash flooding and standing water in the city and throughout the region, officials said.

7:34 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

Stevensville firm gets $4.5 million federal grant

Miltec UV International in Stevensville is a getting a $4.5 million federal grant to develop technology designed to reduce the cost of making lithium ion battery electrodes.

9:00 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

Stronach in charge of Pimlico, Laurel Park

The latest owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course says the Preakness is the key to turning around the state's horse racing industry.

McCormick expanding into emerging markets

July 10, 2011

McCormick expanding into emerging markets

Long known for spicing up American food, McCormick & Co. is taking its food flavorings abroad, with plans to peddle masala powder in the open-air markets of India and borscht seasoning in the stores of Eastern Europe.

8:22 PM EDT, August 19, 2011

Maryland gained 8,100 jobs in July; unemployment climbs

Maryland gained 8,100 jobs in July, but saw declines in government hiring, which had helped it get through the recession.

8:26 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

Rosecroft to resume racing in three weeks

Rosecroft Raceway will resume horse racing in three weeks after state regulators came to an agreement Friday with the facility's owner over operating losses.

In rough economy, Jos. A. Bank thrives

5:52 PM EDT, August 1, 2011

In rough economy, Jos. A. Bank thrives

Most retailers struggled through the recession. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. thrived.

1:08 PM EDT, August 31, 2011

Jos. A. Bank reports 24.7 percent earnings increase

Men's clothier Jos. A. Bank said this morning that second-quarter earnings increased 24.7 percent as men continued to bargain shop.

5:27 PM EDT, August 1, 2011

State medical examiner's office ordered to follow procurement process

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner bought $179,800 worth of medical supplies without following a formal procurement process, according to a state audit.

3:33 PM EDT, July 19, 2011

Wise Metals relocating from Baltimore area to Alabama

Wise Metals Group said Tuesday it will move its corporate headquarters from the Baltimore area to Muscle Shoals, Ala., to be closer to its other divisions.

High-end consignment shops draw frugal shoppers

8:35 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

High-end consignment shops draw frugal shoppers

Nancy Kline learned all about retail during a three-decade career at South Moon Under, the trendy boutique chain where, she jokes, she held just about every job except president.

Under Armour signs NBA rookie Kemba Walker

11:31 AM EDT, July 6, 2011

Under Armour signs NBA rookie Kemba Walker

Baltimore sports apparel company Under Armour said this morning it has signed an endorsement deal with NBA rookie Kemba Walker.

6:45 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Anne Arundel Health System CEO to retire

The CEO of Anne Arundel Health System will retire at the end of the month after nearly four decades at the medical institution, its board of trustees announced Wednesday.

Maryland gets more money for health reform as law faces legal setback

8:49 PM EDT, August 12, 2011

Maryland gets more money for health reform as law faces legal setback

Even as the federal health care reform law appears to be headed to the Supreme Court after another legal setback Friday, Maryland received $27.2 million to move forward on implementing the law's insurance exchanges where consumers can shop for affordable health plans.

9:02 PM EDT, July 21, 2011

Audit: Md. paid mental health claims to patients listed as dead

The agency that manages the state's mental health system paid claims to dead people and didn't adequately verify that other patients qualified for state assistance, according to a legislative audit released Wednesday.

Under Armour's rookie strategy for endorsement deals

7:07 PM EDT, July 25, 2011

Under Armour's rookie strategy for endorsement deals

Marketing executives at sports apparel company Under Armour had a lot to cheer about this month as the American women's soccer team made a run at the World Cup.

9:01 AM EDT, July 26, 2011

W.R. Grace reports nearly 49% earnings increase in 2Q

Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. reported a 48.6 percent quarterly earnings increase as it benefited from its expansion into emerging markets.

Triple kidney swap: 'We think it is the future'

8:09 PM EDT, July 8, 2011

Triple kidney swap: 'We think it is the future'

Joy Hindle cried when she found out she couldn't give one of her kidneys to her twin brother.

6:25 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

BWI welcomes two new 'healthier' tenants

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has announced two new tenants it said will appeal to travelers looking for healthier options.

6:18 PM EDT, July 6, 2011

Ravens lottery ticket to be released in August

The Maryland Lottery said Wednesday it plans to release the newest Baltimore Ravens-themed lottery ticket in August, but that is dependent on the resolution of the National Football League's lockout.

Business in natural disasters

7:50 PM EDT, June 20, 2011

Business in natural disasters

Smiths Detection developed the portable emergency room to treat soldiers on the battlefield.

The Interview: Tim Mitchell, CEO of FrontierMedex

July 17, 2011

The Interview: Tim Mitchell, CEO of FrontierMedex

When oil companies expand into desert areas of Africa, FrontierMedex Group helps them navigate the territory and provides medical care and security.

7:45 PM EDT, June 27, 2011

Judge approves sale of more Superfresh stores

Superfresh now has the blessing of a bankruptcy judge to sell 12 stores, all located in the Baltimore area and Washington.

5:02 PM EDT, June 28, 2011

McCormick to buy Polish food company for $291 million

Spice company McCormick & Co. Inc. said Tuesday it had entered into an agreement to buy a Polish food company, continuing the Sparks company's expansion overseas.

7:15 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Court approves sales of some Superfresh stores, delays on others

A bankruptcy court approved the sale of two Superfresh stores in the Baltimore area but delayed a decision on the fate of several others.

Companies to hire more for the holiday season

7:39 PM EDT, October 25, 2010

Companies to hire more for the holiday season

"We're hiring" seems to have become all too rare a phrase uttered by businesses hampered by the sluggish economy.

Court approves sales of some Superfresh stores, delays on others

6:16 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Court approves sales of some Superfresh stores, delays on others

A bankruptcy court approved the sale of two Superfresh stores in the Baltimore area but delayed a decision on the fate of several others.

Southwest merger with AirTran combines biggest BWI rivals

10:14 PM EDT, September 27, 2010

Southwest merger with AirTran combines biggest BWI rivals

Southwest Airlines' $1.4 billion bid for AirTran Holdings would combine the two largest carriers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, cementing Southwest's dominance at BWI but possibly ushering in higher passenger fares amid decreased competition.

Superfresh closings could spell up to 1,500 layoffs

9:38 PM EDT, May 16, 2011

Superfresh closings could spell up to 1,500 layoffs

Nearly 1,500 workers are in danger of losing their jobs under a reorganization plan by the Superfresh supermarket chain that would sell almost all its stores in Maryland, most of which are in the Baltimore area.

6:06 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

Fresh & Green's opens in 8 former Superfresh locations

Natural Markets Restaurants Inc. has opened eight of its Fresh & Green's supermarkets in Maryland and Washington, D.C., as it takes advantage of space made available by the departure of a rival grocery chain.

The Interview: Jeremy Kugel

4:33 PM EST, November 21, 2010

The Interview: Jeremy Kugel

Social shopping is the new trend in Internet commerce these days.

1:21 PM EDT, June 21, 2011

Shoppers to take over Ellicott City Superfresh next month

Shoppers Food & Pharmacy is moving ahead with plans to open a new store in Ellicott City next month now that a bankruptcy judge has approved its plans to take over the location now owned by Superfresh.

Sparrows Point plant to be sold to new subsidiary of Renco Group

9:10 PM EST, March 2, 2011

Sparrows Point plant to be sold to new subsidiary of Renco Group

The Russian owner of the Sparrows Point Steel Mill said Wednesday it is selling the Baltimore County plant — once vital to building the company's U.S. footprint and to Maryland's manufacturing industry — to the Renco Group because the business isn't profitable enough.

7:51 PM EDT, June 23, 2011

Maryland group to tackle health disparities

The state has assembled a work group of top health professionals to come up with ways to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic groups, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown announced Thursday.

Wolf and Foreman negotiating new Roland Park restaurant

12:01 AM EST, January 26, 2011

Wolf and Foreman negotiating new Roland Park restaurant

Restaurateurs Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf hope to open a new restaurant in the Roland Park Shopping Center in the space once occupied by a beloved deli.

3:14 PM EDT, June 20, 2011

Jos. A. Bank shareholders say yes to say on pay

Shareholders of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers approved the company's executive pay package in a nonbinding "say on pay" vote Friday.

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