Recent stories by Meredith Cohn

Maryland prepares for cases of enterovirus

10:36 PM EDT, September 18, 2014

Maryland prepares for cases of enterovirus

As an unusual strain of virus continues its march across the country — showing up most recently in Pennsylvania and Virginia — health officials in Maryland are warning doctors to be on the lookout and advising parents to prepare.

Hogan ad takes aim at Brown leadership on health exchange

2:51 PM EDT, September 13, 2014

Hogan ad takes aim at Brown leadership on health exchange

Republican Larry Hogan released his first negative television ad of the campaign for governor Friday. It hits a point already hammered by Democrat Anthony Brown's opponents in the primary: Brown's role in the flubbed state health exchange.

Staggered launch could help Md. 'kick the tires' of its new health exchange website

8:36 PM EDT, September 17, 2014

Staggered launch could help Md. 'kick the tires' of its new health exchange website

A day after Maryland committed to a gradual launch of its health exchange, state officials are still working out some key details — including where the opening day sign-up will be held — but experts say it could be a way to avoid a repeat of last year's botched rollout. 

Maryland health exchange to have staggered rollout

7:44 PM EDT, September 16, 2014

Maryland health exchange to have staggered rollout

The state announced Tuesday that it will stagger enrollment into insurance plans through its health exchange over several days in November as it tries to prevent a repeat of last year's debacle when the problem-plagued website crashed on the first day.

Commemorations mark Battle of Baltimore and 9/11 attacks

10:35 PM EDT, September 11, 2014

Commemorations mark Battle of Baltimore and 9/11 attacks

Amid celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," leaders in Maryland have hammered home a point: If it weren't for Baltimore, American history might well have turned out very differently.

Researchers find link between vasectomies and prostate cancer

9:40 PM EDT, September 10, 2014

Researchers find link between vasectomies and prostate cancer

At least 15 percent of American men have vasectomies, so when a study came out recently linking this common method of birth control to an increased risk of the most lethal kind of prostate cancer, it sparked some alarm in doctors' offices.

Ray Rice video helps raise awareness of domestic violence

9:09 PM EDT, September 10, 2014

Ray Rice video helps raise awareness of domestic violence

In the days after the release of video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his fiancee, now his wife, in a New Jersey casino elevator, the hotline at Northwest Hospital's domestic violence program began ringing.

What men should know about side effects of prostate cancer treatment

11:14 AM EDT, September 11, 2014

What men should know about side effects of prostate cancer treatment

Because of advanced treatments, curing prostate cancer has become more common. There now are more than 2.5 million survivors in the United States. Still, many men suffer from side effects after treatment, which may be a deterrent to obtaining care or even discussing the matter with a doctor. But early diagnosis and appropriate treatment will provide the best outcomes, according to Dr. Ira E. Hantman, a urologist with Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. He said men should discuss the pros and cons of screening with their doctors as they approach 50.

Hopkins students invent method to treat battlefield wounds

4:44 PM EDT, August 29, 2014

Hopkins students invent method to treat battlefield wounds

Polyurethane foam, long used in products such as bedding, furniture and insulation to make people more comfortable, someday also may save lives.

State hopes tracking pain pills will reduce overdoses

8:25 PM EDT, September 8, 2014

State hopes tracking pain pills will reduce overdoses

A database in Kentucky that has tracked potentially dangerous and addictive prescriptions dispensed in the state for the past 15 years has become a national model by helping significantly reduce so-called doctor-shopping for pain drugs.

6:00 PM EDT, September 8, 2014

Group focused on infant mortality loses funding

A Baltimore non-profit organization that works to reduce infant mortality in the city lost its federal funding and may shut its doors, the group said Monday.

What patients should know about antibiotics

4:59 PM EDT, September 3, 2014

What patients should know about antibiotics

Antibiotics have saved countless lives over the years, but their overuse has lead to problems including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dr. Mary R. Clance, an epidemiologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center, discusses the history, troubles and appropriate uses of the drugs.

Some drop exchange health plans during last month

4:05 PM EDT, August 29, 2014

Some drop exchange health plans during last month

Maryland's health exchange reported Friday a decline in the number of people who were covered by private plans through the online insurance portal created by the Affordable Care Act.

West Nile Virus confirmed in Washington area adult

5:52 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

West Nile Virus confirmed in Washington area adult

State health officials reported Thursday they have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland for the year.

Evergreen to provide health services to veterans

3:50 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

Evergreen to provide health services to veterans

The medical system that provides care to Maryland's veterans signed a one-year contract with Evergreen Health Care in Baltimore to offer primary health services to new patients, federal and co-op officials said Thursday.

Physical therapy clinics rebrand as Pivot, add facilities

5:59 PM EDT, August 27, 2014

Physical therapy clinics rebrand as Pivot, add facilities

A chain of more than 50 mid-Atlantic physical therapy clinics that rebranded itself Pivot Physical Therapy earlier this month has added five clinics in West Virginia, officials said Wednesday.

Subpoenas issued in Maryland health exchange probe

10:06 PM EDT, August 26, 2014

Subpoenas issued in Maryland health exchange probe

Federal auditors looking into Maryland's flawed health insurance exchange are subpoenaing documents as part of their probe and have sought information from the lead contractor hired by the state to build the site.

Some ICU patients can develop psychosis

1:29 PM EDT, August 20, 2014

Some ICU patients can develop psychosis

With all of the beeping of machines and checking of vital signs, patients in the intensive-care unit often have trouble sleeping. This, along with other hospital conditions, like lack of natural light and familiar surroundings, can lead to disorientation. It's called ICU psychosis, and while it's unsettling to patients and their families, it's not likely to last all that long, according to Dr. Chaitanya Ravi, director of LifeBridge Health Hospitalist Services.

Glimpse of health exchange audit shows progress

2:37 PM EDT, August 23, 2014

Glimpse of health exchange audit shows progress

Maryland health exchange officials have been saying for months that everything is on track for a smooth launch of their new website, where residents can buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Insurers gain rate approvals for health exchange

7:09 PM EDT, August 22, 2014

Insurers gain rate approvals for health exchange

The dominant carrier on Maryland's health exchange, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will raise premiums beginning in January, though not nearly as much as the company wanted, state regulators announced Friday.

Hopkins medical school criticized for using pigs as part of training

7:14 PM EDT, August 21, 2014

Hopkins medical school criticized for using pigs as part of training

Using live pigs to train future doctors in surgery is unethical and unnecessary, members of a health and animal rights group said Thursday during a protest of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Health exchange seeks to re-enroll all who bought insurance plans

7:18 PM EDT, August 19, 2014

Health exchange seeks to re-enroll all who bought insurance plans

Maryland health exchange officials plan to contact every person who bought one of their insurance plans last year to get them to re-enroll in November.

New genetic test helps identify some mystery illnesses

8:42 AM EDT, August 16, 2014

New genetic test helps identify some mystery illnesses

William Smith's disease has grim milestones.

Medical examiner's office breaks procurement rules, audit says

2:54 PM EDT, August 18, 2014

Medical examiner's office breaks procurement rules, audit says

A new report from legislative auditors found that the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner purchased medical supplies without seeking competitive bids or written contracts during the three years ending in May 2014 and may not have gotten the best deals.

Secondary drowning explained

1:34 PM EDT, August 7, 2014

Secondary drowning explained

As kids spend time in the water, officials warn parents to keep a close watch to ensure children don't drown. But there is another condition parents should know about: secondary drowning. It afflicts children who survive a near-drowning incident. And though it's uncommon, it can be fatal if left untreated, according to Dr. Melissa Sparrow, clinical director for pediatric inpatient and emergency services at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Local researchers get in on Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money, awareness for ALS

7:21 PM EDT, August 13, 2014

Local researchers get in on Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money, awareness for ALS

The hottest Facebook trend right now is ice.

Gilchrist, Joseph Richey partner to enhance hospice care

5:51 PM EDT, August 13, 2014

Gilchrist, Joseph Richey partner to enhance hospice care

Gilchrist Hospice Care, the largest provider of hospice services in the state, said Wednesday it has partnered with Joseph Richey Hospice, which operates the only free-standing residential facility in Baltimore City.

Enrollment on Maryland health exchange continues

12:12 PM EDT, August 1, 2014

Enrollment on Maryland health exchange continues

The Maryland health exchange reported Friday that more than 411,000 people had signed up for health insurance as of July 26, up more than 38,000 from a month ago.

Feds says Maryland is on track to launch new health exchange website

1:13 PM EDT, August 8, 2014

Feds says Maryland is on track to launch new health exchange website

Federal regulators expressed confidence this week in Maryland's move to new technology to run its health exchange website.

Kaiser, Hopkins collaborate on patient care

3:43 PM EDT, July 29, 2014

Kaiser, Hopkins collaborate on patient care

Kaiser Permanente and John Hopkins Medicine said Tuesday that they plan to expand on an existing relationship between the health care organizations to improve quality of care for patients.

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.

Conn. coding issues not expected to affect Md. health exchange

9:42 PM EDT, July 15, 2014

Conn. coding issues not expected to affect Md. health exchange

Coding problems that led to coverage and billing troubles for thousands of consumers using Connecticut's online insurance marketplace will be fixed in Maryland's version of the technology, officials said today.

At Hopkins and beyond, new pediatricians turn to 'The Lane' handbook

5:14 PM EDT, July 6, 2014

At Hopkins and beyond, new pediatricians turn to 'The Lane' handbook

In the early 1950s, six pediatric residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital sat down at a table and jotted down notes they thought would help as they began treating patients.

Maryland hospitals aren't reporting all errors and complications, experts say

2:51 PM EDT, July 26, 2014

Maryland hospitals aren't reporting all errors and complications, experts say

Nadege Neim won a $1.4 million verdict last year after suing her Ellicott City obstetrician for removing a healthy ovary and fallopian tube from her right side when she went into the hospital for surgery to have a cyst excised from her left.

Bee conscious of what you plant

7:40 PM EDT, July 13, 2014

Bee conscious of what you plant

As Nathan Reid wandered around his Canton neighborhood, he saw threats everywhere.

Other hospitals help Hopkins pay big settlement in Levy case

10:16 AM EDT, July 26, 2014

Other hospitals help Hopkins pay big settlement in Levy case

When Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed this week to a $190 million settlement with thousands of patients who were secretly photographed during gynecological exams, it put a number of prominent East Coast medical institutions on the hook.

Hopkins Hospital bumped from top spot to No. 3 on U.S. News ranking

July 15, 2014

Hopkins Hospital bumped from top spot to No. 3 on U.S. News ranking

Johns Hopkins, for decades ranked the best hospital in the country, has been through this before. Two years ago, it fell to No. 2 in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings, regaining the top spot last year.

Sinai Hospital to address 'frequent fliers' to the emergency department

5:52 PM EDT, July 24, 2014

Sinai Hospital to address 'frequent fliers' to the emergency department

When people routinely visit the emergency room for nonemergencies, it's not only costly to the health care system but a stress on hospitals, especially one such as Sinai Hospital, which is among several in the state that care for the worst traumas.

Maryland to begin check of Medicaid rolls again

9:53 AM EDT, July 6, 2014

Maryland to begin check of Medicaid rolls again

Maryland officials are poised to again review their Medicaid rolls for those who no longer qualify.

Hopkins Hospital service workers approve contract

7:57 PM EDT, July 11, 2014

Hopkins Hospital service workers approve contract

Service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract that gives all workers raises and would set a minimum wage of $15 an hour for longtime employees.

Marble steps reused as gathering place

7:54 PM EDT, June 29, 2014

Marble steps reused as gathering place

Alice Johnson noticed the checker boards that recently popped up behind her house, a neat brick rowhouse in the Barclay neighborhood of Baltimore.

Health exchange board approves tech purchases for new website

7:33 PM EDT, June 30, 2014

Health exchange board approves tech purchases for new website

The Maryland health exchange board signed off Monday on most of its technology purchases for a new online marketplace set to launch in November.

Program brings meals to hungry city kids

1:56 PM EDT, June 29, 2014

Program brings meals to hungry city kids

Those who qualify for free and reduced price lunch in Baltimore City schools – 84 percent of students -- have few options in the summer.

Police investigating fatal shooting in Pigtown

11:16 AM EDT, June 29, 2014

Police investigating fatal shooting in Pigtown

Baltimore City homicide detectives are looking for information about a shooting that was reported late Saturday in the Pigtown section of southwest Baltimore.

BWI back to normal after storms delay flights

8:20 AM EDT, June 14, 2014

BWI back to normal after storms delay flights

Storms that pummeled the Baltimore region Friday meant headaches for travelers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as flights were cancelled and delayed throughout Friday event.

Weighing Maryland's switch to Connecticut vs. federal health exchange

4:16 PM EDT, June 21, 2014

Weighing Maryland's switch to Connecticut vs. federal health exchange

Since Maryland health exchange officials decided to replace their troubled website with technology used in Connecticut, critics have asked whether it would be cheaper and less risky to join the federal website.

Troubled health exchange must continue to serve

3:24 PM EDT, June 22, 2014

Troubled health exchange must continue to serve

Pregnant and about to lose her health insurance, Genevieve Acker was eager to buy new coverage on the Maryland health exchange.

Jhpiego extends push to save poor mothers, babies

6:58 PM EDT, June 25, 2014

Jhpiego extends push to save poor mothers, babies

More than 6 million children die annually around the globe from largely preventable problems such as diarrhea and pneumonia, but a $500 million, five-year effort led by the Baltimore-based nonprofit Jhpiego aims to put a big dent in those statistics.

Swimmer pulled under waves in Ocean City

5:55 PM EDT, June 13, 2014

Swimmer pulled under waves in Ocean City

A 17-year-old swimmer was caught in a rip current and pulled under water in Ocean City Friday afternoon, and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Man in custody charged in two more deaths

11:09 PM EDT, June 13, 2014

Man in custody charged in two more deaths

Kevin Simpson, already in custody for allegedly killing 12-year-old Shanizya Taft in a car crash, was also charged Friday with killing a teenager and another man in unrelated shootings.

Closing of health centers causes patients to scramble

9:12 PM EDT, June 18, 2014

Closing of health centers causes patients to scramble

When Will Boyd arrived Wednesday at the People's Community Health Center's Brooklyn Park clinic, he was furious to learn that the center will close at the end of the month. The 63-year-old has two broken teeth needing repair and said he was told he couldn't be helped there.

It's important to treat pediatric hip dysplasia early, expert says

5:41 PM EDT, June 25, 2014

It's important to treat pediatric hip dysplasia early, expert says

Hip dysplasia may not be obvious in newborns, but the disorder may already be affecting babies' development. And the sooner parents and caregivers get an evaluation and treatment, the easier the fix, according to Dr. Andrew Abramowitz, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center who trained in pediatric orthopedics.

Lead-paint lawsuits dog Kennedy Krieger

11:28 AM EDT, June 7, 2014

Lead-paint lawsuits dog Kennedy Krieger

Kimberly Smith believed she was "in good hands" when she rented an East Baltimore rowhouse nearly 20 years ago that was part of a Kennedy Krieger Institute study of lead paint remediation techniques.

Health exchange hires new quality-control company

6:05 PM EDT, June 24, 2014

Health exchange hires new quality-control company

Nearly three months after the Maryland health exchange decided to ditch its online marketplace for a new website, the exchange board has hired a small Greenbelt firm to check its work.

Understanding Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome

1:56 PM EDT, June 11, 2014

Understanding Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Heath announced the nation's first case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome on May 2. Public health officials are keeping tabs on the virus, which has infected more than 800 people in more than a dozen countries, killing at least 310 of them, according to Reuters. But the officials don't believe the general public is at great risk.

Lead-paint study sparks debate over experiments with children

7:28 AM EDT, June 9, 2014

Lead-paint study sparks debate over experiments with children

How do public health experts handle research when they know they cannot offer subjects the best medical treatment possible — only "less than the best" solutions?

Patients turn to fecal transplants to cure infection

3:46 PM EDT, June 6, 2014

Patients turn to fecal transplants to cure infection

Extra attention to hygiene means fewer germs are infecting people in health care settings these days, but particularly hardy bacteria called Clostridium difficile are defying the trend — and even gaining in strength.

Carroll Hospital Center CEO to retire

1:21 PM EDT, June 5, 2014

Carroll Hospital Center CEO to retire

John M. Sernulka, CEO of Carroll Hospital Center, plans to retire July 1 after 26 years at the facility, according to the hospital's board chairman. Leslie Simmons, hospital president, will become CEO.

Maryland wraps up late enrollment on its health exchange

6:57 PM EDT, May 2, 2014

Maryland wraps up late enrollment on its health exchange

Maryland's health exchange officials say they have contacted all 18,000 people who reported having trouble signing up for insurance through the state's online marketplace before the end of open enrollment in April and added 7,500 people to the rolls.

Sinai Hospital doctors pioneer limb-lengthening procedure

8:10 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

Sinai Hospital doctors pioneer limb-lengthening procedure

Chandler Crews sat on a bench outside of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore one recent day, put her feet on the ground and grinned.

Health exchange enrollment continues to tick up

4:10 PM EDT, May 16, 2014

Health exchange enrollment continues to tick up

The Maryland health exchange reported that more than 343,000 people have gained coverage through the online marketplace as of May 10, including some people who reported having trouble with the website and signed up after the official enrollment period ended.

Parasite treatment may help people with brain cancer

5:56 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

Parasite treatment may help people with brain cancer

At a lab on the edge of the Johns Hopkins University's East Baltimore medical campus, researchers grow tumors on mice so they can try and cure them. But one day, the cancer wouldn't grow.

More Marylanders going to the hospital with insurance

7:00 PM EDT, May 29, 2014

More Marylanders going to the hospital with insurance

Significantly fewer people have been going to Maryland hospitals this year without health insurance, according to new data provided to The Baltimore Sun by state officials, who now say the rates that hospitals charge will rise more slowly for everyone.

Coping with spring allergies

2:33 PM EDT, May 28, 2014

Coping with spring allergies

The winter was cold and snowy and the spring has been wet and warm, and that combination has made it easier for trees to produce much more pollen than normal. And that means runny noses and red, watery eyes for many who suffer from allergies. But Dr. Gregory Small, board-certified in internal medicine and a primary care physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center at Texas Station, says that there are a number of ways to treat these allergies.

People better managing diabetes, despite growing numbers with the disease

2:46 PM EDT, April 30, 2014

People better managing diabetes, despite growing numbers with the disease

While diabetes is becoming more common, people are learning how to better manage the disease.

Baltimore investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease

6:09 PM EDT, May 16, 2014

Baltimore investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease

Two cases of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed at a senior housing complex in East Baltimore, city health officials said Friday.

Maryland health exchange faces disclosure scrutiny

1:26 PM EDT, May 10, 2014

Maryland health exchange faces disclosure scrutiny

Maryland Health Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein can add another educational accomplishment to his resume — a certificate of completion from the University of Maryland and the state attorney general's office for an online course on Maryland's Open Meetings Act.

Frequently asked questions about Medicare

11:19 AM EDT, April 19, 2014

Frequently asked questions about Medicare

Since 1966, residents 65 or older have been able to sign up for Medicare, the federal government's health plan for seniors. But there are now private plans available, as well as a drug plan, giving people more options — but also raising more questions for beneficiaries.

Health exchange contractor's top executive terminated

8:14 PM EDT, May 5, 2014

Health exchange contractor's top executive terminated

A top executive with the company Maryland hired to build its health exchange website — and later dumped — has been terminated on the heels of heavy financial losses.

Medicare pays hundreds of millions to Maryland providers

9:46 PM EDT, April 9, 2014

Medicare pays hundreds of millions to Maryland providers

Eye specialists, ambulance service providers and clinical laboratories are the biggest recipients of Medicare payments around the country and in Maryland, taking in hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal health program for seniors, according to newly released data.

Disadvantaged urban youth may be more likely to be problem gamblers

7:38 PM EDT, April 18, 2014

Disadvantaged urban youth may be more likely to be problem gamblers

Betting on dice on the streets of Baltimore or wagering on favorite sports teams may seem innocuous behavior for city teenagers, but it can serve as a gateway to heavier gambling and other risky behavior, impairing lives for years to come.

CareFirst dominates health exchange enrollments

7:52 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

CareFirst dominates health exchange enrollments

The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through the state's new online marketplace chose plans offered by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the state's dominant insurer. Even more called the carrier and enrolled directly, according to data obtained from the insurer.

Arts funding diverted to help keep film industry in Maryland

11:40 PM EDT, April 6, 2014

Arts funding diverted to help keep film industry in Maryland

Netflix's Capitol Hill drama "House of Cards" may receive millions more in tax credits to continue filming in Maryland, now that the General Assembly has agreed to make more funding available. But the local arts community may not like the politics.

Health exchange continues to enroll consumers in insurance

7:50 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

Health exchange continues to enroll consumers in insurance

Almost 18,680 people asked for more time to sign up for insurance through the state's health exchange because they had trouble with the website during open enrollment, but exchange officials said Tuesday that many have already had their issues addressed.

 When to choose urgent care or emergency room

5:32 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

When to choose urgent care or emergency room

It's the weekend or nighttime, and someone in the family doesn't feel well or has hurt themselves. Many people assume the local hospital's emergency department is the best place to go for treatment, but an urgent care center may be a faster and cheaper way to get care for less serious conditions, according to Dr. William P. Jaquis, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. LifeBridge Health, Sinai's parent company has recently partnered with ExpressCare urgent care centers.

Tooth decay in children

7:32 PM EDT, April 16, 2014

Tooth decay in children

Tooth decay has become a major problem among young children, and pediatric dentists are urging parents to take steps such as limiting sugary snacks and drinks. They also now advise brushing with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste and having a wellness exam at age 1, according to Dr. Norman Tinanoff, chief of the division of pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

37th annual Baltimore Farmers' Market opens

4:28 PM EDT, April 6, 2014

37th annual Baltimore Farmers' Market opens

A sure sign of spring in Baltimore are the containers of greens under the Jones Falls Expressway, and the throngs of people queuing up to buy them.

Herbert 'Hunky' Matz, lawyer

8:43 PM EDT, April 6, 2014

Herbert 'Hunky' Matz, lawyer

Herbert "Hunky" Matz, a Baltimore lawyer known for his warmth and wit, died Wednesday in his sleep. He turned 100 years old in January.

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.

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.

Maryland nurse convicted of sex abuse in Ohio

9:56 PM EDT, March 28, 2014

Maryland nurse convicted of sex abuse in Ohio

A Maryland nurse now serving jail time in Ohio for having unwanted sexual contact with a woman in labor has surrendered his state nursing license.

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.

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.

Officials urge consumers to cut back on sugar

2:49 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Officials urge consumers to cut back on sugar

When Samantha Kuczynski contemplated the biggest dietary problem in her lunch recently, she didn't point to the chicken wrap sandwich or the french fries.

Deadline looms to enroll in health insurance

7:58 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Deadline looms to enroll in health insurance

Edward Brown heard a radio ad recently and realized the clock was ticking: If he wanted health insurance, the Baltimore truck driver needed to find time to sign up before the end of March.

Md. health exchange enrollment gets a bump

3:28 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Md. health exchange enrollment gets a bump

As the deadline approaches to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Maryland's exchange saw a bump on enrollment in private plans.

Maryland looks to Connecticut as exchange model

7:59 PM EDT, March 13, 2014

Maryland looks to Connecticut as exchange model

Maryland will likely dump all or part of the state's health insurance exchange website and adopt Connecticut's system, a move that could make it the first state to abandon a dysfunctional site.

More than 38,000 sign up for private plans on Md. health exchange

4:27 PM EST, March 7, 2014

More than 38,000 sign up for private plans on Md. health exchange

Just over 38,000 people have signed up for private health plans through the Maryland exchange website through March 1, according to a weekly report from exchange officials released Friday.

Hotline offered to those with applications stuck in health exchange website

4:29 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Hotline offered to those with applications stuck in health exchange website

Consumers who have attempted to enroll in health insurance through the Maryland exchange but have become stuck in the website can call a new hotline to ensure they are covered before the end of open enrollment March 31.

More than 35,600 have bought private insurance through Md. health exchange

4:23 PM EST, February 28, 2014

More than 35,600 have bought private insurance through Md. health exchange

The Maryland health exchange reported that another 2,385 people purchased private insurance through its website in the week ending Feb. 22, brining the total in private plans to more than 35,600.

Finger-pointing continues on Maryland's health exchange

7:47 PM EDT, March 12, 2014

Finger-pointing continues on Maryland's health exchange

Weeks after officials at the state's health care exchange began blaming IBM software for the worst problems, including lost applications, IBM began pushing back, saying the state shares some of the blame.

Medicaid recipients may stay in system even if they don't qualify

10:12 PM EST, February 27, 2014

Medicaid recipients may stay in system even if they don't qualify

Maryland must spend as much as $30.5 million more to provide Medicaid coverage to Marylanders because the state's glitch-riddled health exchange website can't tell whether they are still eligible.

Republicans continue push to scrap health exchange website

6:42 PM EST, March 6, 2014

Republicans continue push to scrap health exchange website

Republicans in Annapolis continue their push to get more information about what went wrong with the state's troubled health exchange website, and to scrap the site entirely.

New options to treat multiple myeloma

2:33 PM EST, March 5, 2014

New options to treat multiple myeloma

Multiple myeloma is cancer of the bone marrow, an incurable type of the disease that kills about 10,700 people a year. But for the 22,000 diagnosed annually, including recently Tom Brokaw, former NBC news anchor, there are new options for treatment and more kinds of therapies in the works, according to Dr. Gary I. Cohen, medical director of the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He answers questions about the disease.

Enrollment goals are revised for Maryland health exchange

6:02 PM EST, February 23, 2014

Enrollment goals are revised for Maryland health exchange

The target long used by the Maryland health exchange of how many people would enroll in private policies through its website this year was slashed in half after an error came to light, making the state appear far closer to its goal — but still unlikely to reach it.

Work on small business health exchange website halted

6:36 PM EST, February 23, 2014

Work on small business health exchange website halted

The contractor under fire for the botched rollout of the state's troubled online health exchange for uninsured people was also hired during a closed-door meeting to develop a similar marketplace for Maryland's small businesses — work that exchange officials acknowledge has halted.

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.

Maryland health exchange averaging about 2,000 enrollees a week in private plans

2:21 PM EST, February 21, 2014

Maryland health exchange averaging about 2,000 enrollees a week in private plans

The Maryland health exchange reported Friday that 33,251 people had signed up for private insurance plans online as of Feb. 15, an uptick of just over 2,000 from the week before.

Consumers remain stuck in the health exchange

1:20 PM EST, February 17, 2014

Consumers remain stuck in the health exchange

Three days after the Maryland health exchange launched its online marketplace for the uninsured and underinsured, Lynn Baklor enthusiastically logged on.

Judge orders Noridian, EngagePoint to arbitration

11:58 PM EST, February 25, 2014

Judge orders Noridian, EngagePoint to arbitration

A federal judge ordered on Tuesday two former lead contractors on Maryland's health exchange into arbitration to settle their differences.

9,600 more people get health plans in Md., weekly report shows

3:20 PM EST, February 14, 2014

9,600 more people get health plans in Md., weekly report shows

The Maryland health exchange has enrolled another 9,600 people in health insurance, according to the exchange's weekly report.

Md. health exchange to charge for work on public information requests

11:32 AM EST, February 22, 2014

Md. health exchange to charge for work on public information requests

The online exchange where Maryland's uninsured can buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act has been troubled since its Oct. 1 launch, prompting media outlets and others to dig into what went wrong.

Breast cancer and online dating put couple on path to love

6:52 AM EST, February 14, 2014

Breast cancer and online dating put couple on path to love

Trueheart4me was 5-foot-9, spiritual but not religious, and a social drinker, her Match.com profile read. She loved the water, traveling and a good belly laugh.

Student diagnosed with TB in Montgomery County

6:08 PM EST, February 9, 2014

Student diagnosed with TB in Montgomery County

A student at Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County has active tuberculosis and parents were told Feb. 6 in a letter that some other staff and students will be tested for the disease, though the risk of transmission is small.

New program to bring healthy food to city's corner stores

7:29 PM EST, February 26, 2014

New program to bring healthy food to city's corner stores

Baltimore City plans to help corner stores in West Baltimore stock healthier fare, and get kids and their parents interested in buying it, as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity.

Canceling health plan bought on glitchy exchange also can be tough

2:48 PM EST, February 15, 2014

Canceling health plan bought on glitchy exchange also can be tough

After spending several hours over two days to enroll in an insurance plan through the glitch-prone Maryland health exchange, it took another two days to cancel the policy.

Former Md. health exchange director given five wage increases

9:11 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Former Md. health exchange director given five wage increases

Rebecca Pearce, who resigned under pressure in December as the director of the state's troubled health insurance exchange, was given five wage increases during her nearly 27-month tenure — including one scheduled raise after she stepped down, according to emails and letters provided by the exchange.

Pa. woman getting emails from Maryland health insurance shoppers by mistake

6:06 PM EST, February 6, 2014

Pa. woman getting emails from Maryland health insurance shoppers by mistake

Elisabeth Smith is not a navigator hired by the Maryland's health exchange. She can't help anyone sign up for health insurance. Please stop emailing her.

Health insurance bill arrives with a higher price tag than expected

2:37 PM EST, February 8, 2014

Health insurance bill arrives with a higher price tag than expected

When the bill arrived from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, I expected to open it and see that I owed $250 by March 15.

City churches recruited to raise awareness about heart disease

8:36 PM EST, February 9, 2014

City churches recruited to raise awareness about heart disease

When Dr. Frank M. Reid III, senior pastor at Bethel AME Church, said "bless your heart" to his congregation this Sunday, he meant it literally.

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.

Technical problems mar insurance purchase

7:06 AM EST, January 27, 2014

Technical problems mar insurance purchase

For a chunk of two recent days, I tried to buy insurance on the Maryland health exchange.

How to treat bone spurs

7:38 PM EST, February 5, 2014

How to treat bone spurs

Putting too much stress on your joints? Or maybe arthritis has become an issue?

Maryland health exchange enrollment continues to tick up

4:46 PM EST, January 31, 2014

Maryland health exchange enrollment continues to tick up

The Maryland health exchange, where uninsured and underinsured can buy insurance, reported that 26,832 people have enrolled through the website for private coverage as of Jan. 25. That's up 1,655 from last week's report.

How much screen time is best for kids?

4:08 PM EST, January 22, 2014

How much screen time is best for kids?

It seems that just about all kids, from toddlers to teenagers, have a smartphone, tablet or other device in their hands at one time or another. But too much screen time might not be healthy, especially if it's replacing physical activities or interfering with personal relationships or homework.

'Exoskeleton' helps paraplegics walk again

2:08 PM EST, January 29, 2014

'Exoskeleton' helps paraplegics walk again

Marcela Turnage does the challenging, such as skiing, sailing and horseback riding. And the more mundane, like shoveling snow from the driveway.

Improved care for the mentally ill outlined

6:07 PM EST, January 21, 2014

Improved care for the mentally ill outlined

A panel convened by Gov. Martin O'Malley after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., has made more than two dozen recommendations to bolster care for the mentally ill in Maryland.

Funds proposed to spur community health partnerships

6:06 PM EST, January 21, 2014

Funds proposed to spur community health partnerships

Annie Monroe got in a quick workout at the FutureCare Irvington nursing home on a recent afternoon. But the 87-year-old great-grandmother doesn't live there.

Exchange enrollment reaches 148,208

6:24 PM EST, January 24, 2014

Exchange enrollment reaches 148,208

The Maryland health exchange reported that 25,177 people enrolled in private insurance through the website through Jan. 18, a jump of 2,665 from the previous week.

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.

Consumers trading up for better, cheaper health insurance

12:11 AM EST, January 19, 2014

Consumers trading up for better, cheaper health insurance

Barbara Gruber has never been happier to pay a bill.

Hopkins to tackle cancer with $90 million bequest

7:12 AM EST, January 6, 2014

Hopkins to tackle cancer with $90 million bequest

Johns Hopkins University scientists will share in one of the largest one-time philanthropic gifts for cancer research ever made, $540 million aimed at preventing and curing the disease, officials are scheduled to announce today.

A thyroidectomy that leaves no scar

3:32 PM EST, January 17, 2014

A thyroidectomy that leaves no scar

Elizabeth Klein is used to the spotlight, but there was something the budding actress from Bethesda didn't want everyone to see.

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.

Mucous cysts are more annoying than dangerous

2:27 PM EST, January 8, 2014

Mucous cysts are more annoying than dangerous

Those who have a habit of biting their lips may find that a small bluish bump has developed inside their mouth. It might disappear on its own or it might linger. Dr. Zaineb Hassan Makhzoumi, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said they are more annoying than dangerous. But those who suffer from them may want to have them removed by a doctor.

Hopkins internship helps move city residents into jobs

5:36 PM EST, December 23, 2013

Hopkins internship helps move city residents into jobs

Olivia Griffin gets to her job at Johns Hopkins Hospital an hour early each work day just to make sure she isn't late.

1 new cold-related death reported in Md.

2:28 PM EST, January 15, 2014

1 new cold-related death reported in Md.

The blistering cold that descended on the region in the second week of January contributed to one death, state health officials reported.

O'Malley to push emergency bill to provide retroactive health coverage

8:36 PM EST, January 3, 2014

O'Malley to push emergency bill to provide retroactive health coverage

The O'Malley administration will propose emergency legislation to provide retroactive health coverage to people who tried to sign up by the end of the year but were stymied by the technical problems that have plagued Maryland's online insurance exchange.

Farmers' market draws a crowd for last day

11:39 AM EST, December 22, 2013

Farmers' market draws a crowd for last day

For some it's the allure of fresh local vegetables. For others it's a coffee and a something baked. But for many it's a Sunday tradition.

All Maryland health exchange insurers agree to extend deadline

7:09 PM EST, December 17, 2013

All Maryland health exchange insurers agree to extend deadline

All insurers selling policies on the state's health care exchange have agreed to extend the enrollment deadline for coverage that begins Jan. 1, state officials said Tuesday.

At Hopkins, kidney transplants occur in chain reactions

5:00 AM EST, December 31, 2013

At Hopkins, kidney transplants occur in chain reactions

When John Davis' kidney began failing in January, his girlfriend's mother decided to donate one of her kidneys to help save his life. That the two weren't actually a "match" — meaning Davis' body would never accept her kidney — didn't matter.

State leaders embrace Medicaid expansion

6:00 PM EST, January 2, 2014

State leaders embrace Medicaid expansion

Nearly two out of every three people signing up for health care coverage so far on Maryland's troubled insurance exchange qualified for Medicaid — helping the state top its goal for the program's enrollment.

Company helping fix Md. health exchange linked to firm selling policies

9:38 AM EST, December 28, 2013

Company helping fix Md. health exchange linked to firm selling policies

When state leaders brought in a new company to help repair their troubled health care exchange, they went to one whose owner has a lot to gain from the sales of insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Maryland's health exchange site running more smoothly, users say

8:13 PM EST, December 18, 2013

Maryland's health exchange site running more smoothly, users say

Even as work continues to mend the state's health exchange, enrollment of uninsured Marylanders is going more smoothly and a marketing push is set to get underway, users and state officials said Wednesday.

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.

St. Joseph trying to turn the corner

8:08 PM EST, November 30, 2013

St. Joseph trying to turn the corner

After a surgical scandal involving a cardiologist brought St. Joseph Medical Center to its knees, the medical staff left behind struggled to move forward.

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.

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.

Health officials urge public to get flu shots

5:50 PM EST, November 26, 2013

Health officials urge public to get flu shots

This year's flu season got off to an early start, and public health officials are asking people to get their vaccinations to ward off a serious outbreak.

Trotting with a team

November 28, 2013

Trotting with a team

Shane Lauer can be forgiven for wanting to stay in bed. It was a chilly Saturday morning in early November and even veteran marathoners like him don't always feel like training.

Howard County General Hospital to get new president

5:11 PM EST, December 9, 2013

Howard County General Hospital to get new president

Howard County General Hospital said Monday that Steven C. Snelgrove will become president, succeeding Vic Broccolino, who plans to retire Jan. 15 after 24 years of service.

O'Malley considered delaying exchange launch

9:25 PM EST, December 12, 2013

O'Malley considered delaying exchange launch

Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledged for the first time Thursday that he briefly considered delaying the Oct. 1 launch of the state's health insurance exchange when staff members raised concerns about potential problems.

Work-arounds are used to get consumers health care

8:58 PM EST, November 18, 2013

Work-arounds are used to get consumers health care

Beginning Tuesday, radio and TV ads will encourage residents to call 211 and get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Baltimore health department cites store for selling lead-tainted children's jewelry

November 22, 2013

Baltimore health department cites store for selling lead-tainted children's jewelry

Young World Store on Liberty Heights Avenue has been cited by the Baltimore City Health Department for selling children's bracelets with excessive levels of lead, the agency announced Thursday.

Enrollments on Md. health exchange jump, though site still glitchy

7:56 PM EST, December 23, 2013

Enrollments on Md. health exchange jump, though site still glitchy

Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday that 42,589 people had signed up for insurance through the state's health exchange as of Dec. 21 — a jump of almost 13,000 people in a week — but the faster clip of sign-ups was temporarily stymied by more troubles with the website.

New law allows HIV-infected organ donation

11:44 AM EST, November 22, 2013

New law allows HIV-infected organ donation

President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday legislation that would allow HIV-infected people to donate their organs to other HIV-infected people for research aimed at eventually making such transplants routine.

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.

Enrollment in health plans continues to tick up

2:27 PM EST, December 20, 2013

Enrollment in health plans continues to tick up

Maryland's health exchange has enrolled 7,435 people in private insurance plans, as of Dec. 14, jumping more than 2,250 from the previous week, exchange officials reported Friday.

Rival campaigns criticize Brown on Md. health exchange

8:38 PM EST, November 19, 2013

Rival campaigns criticize Brown on Md. health exchange

Two rival campaigns for governor took aim Tuesday at Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown over his role in the glitch-riddled launch of Maryland's health insurance exchange, contending that he mismanaged implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

New University of Maryland Shock Trauma tower opens

7:48 AM EST, November 8, 2013

New University of Maryland Shock Trauma tower opens

When severely injured patients at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center needed rides between floors, there was only one way to fit all the life-saving staff and equipment in the cramped elevators.

Pit bull involved in owner's death had bitten before

9:34 PM EST, November 3, 2013

Pit bull involved in owner's death had bitten before

City animal control officers had seized the pit bull earlier this year that was involved in a fatal attack on its owner early Friday, but returned the dog because they "did not feel the dog was a threat to the public," according to a statement from officials Sunday.

Light could replace shock to regulate hearts

7:18 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Light could replace shock to regulate hearts

So many Americans experience dangerous fluctuations in heartbeat that about 400,000 times a year a device is implanted in their chests to keep a normal rhythm.

Obama, some Marylanders grapple with dropped insurance plans

5:00 AM EST, November 6, 2013

Obama, some Marylanders grapple with dropped insurance plans

Raymond Liu remembers President Barack Obama's promise that people would be able to keep their insurance if they liked it. He liked his, but he won't be able to keep it.

Policyholders get chance to extend health plans

9:10 PM EST, November 20, 2013

Policyholders get chance to extend health plans

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Wednesday that it would offer more than 55,500 customers the chance to extend their healthcare plans for another year, even though the policies don't comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

Bipartisan effort toasts Bentley at 90th birthday

7:20 PM EST, November 17, 2013

Bipartisan effort toasts Bentley at 90th birthday

Former Maryland Rep. Helen Delich Bentley has been through many receiving lines in her decades as a journalist, legislator and consultant.

73,000 losing coverage as insurers drop plans

4:39 PM EST, November 4, 2013

73,000 losing coverage as insurers drop plans

About 73,000 policy holders around the state will lose their insurance in coming months because nine insurance companies are dropping some health plans that were not grandfathered under the Affordable Care Act, the Maryland Insurance Administration confirmed Monday.

Congregation pools resources to feed hungry for a week

5:03 PM EST, November 3, 2013

Congregation pools resources to feed hungry for a week

Eighty pounds of chicken. Fifty pounds of beef. One hundred pounds of pasta.

More than 3,100 sign up for insurance in Maryland

5:39 PM EDT, October 25, 2013

More than 3,100 sign up for insurance in Maryland

More than 3,100 people have signed up for health coverage on the state's new online marketplace for the uninsured, according to the latest numbers released by the Maryland Health Connection.

About 1,500 enroll in health care through state website this week

5:07 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

About 1,500 enroll in health care through state website this week

The number of consumers buying health insurance on Maryland's online marketplace for the uninsured climbed by about 1,500 to 4,651 as of Friday, according to weekly statistics released by the Maryland Health Connection.

Gene patent case could impact patients, research

2:52 PM EDT, September 22, 2012

Gene patent case could impact patients, research

Every time a woman is tested for gene mutations linked to significantly higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer, her blood is sent to a lab in Utah.

Maryland's Obamacare health exchange hit with problems

7:09 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

Maryland's Obamacare health exchange hit with problems

As the nation prepared for the launch of federal health reforms, Maryland was lauded as a leader in adopting the president's signature program. Obama used a community college in Maryland as a backdrop to promote his plan — and to praise Maryland as a model.

Hunt for the young, healthy continues for health care enrollment

11:09 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Hunt for the young, healthy continues for health care enrollment

The Obama administration made an appeal in recent days to young uninsured singles: Half of the group may pay only $50 a month with subsidies for a health insurance policy.

David C. Hodgson appointed chair of Hopkins' boards

2:31 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

David C. Hodgson appointed chair of Hopkins' boards

David C. Hodgson was appointed chairman of the boards of trustees at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Health System Corp. and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Hopkins officials said Wednesday.

Evergreen faces challenges in delivering health insurance

12:04 PM EDT, October 29, 2013

Evergreen faces challenges in delivering health insurance

Four weeks since it began selling health insurance on the state's new marketplace for the uninsured, Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. has signed up only five people.

T. Boone Pickens plans $20M gift to Hopkins

4:35 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

T. Boone Pickens plans $20M gift to Hopkins

Billionaire Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has vision.

Maryland 'stumbled out of the gate' with health exchanges, Brown says

8:02 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Maryland 'stumbled out of the gate' with health exchanges, Brown says

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who was tapped to oversee health care reform in Maryland, spoke for the first time Wednesday about the bumpy rollout of the effort's centerpiece, the marketplace for the uninsured. He said he was "not satisfied."

The basics of newborn skin care

1:55 PM EDT, October 17, 2012

The basics of newborn skin care

First-time parents may not always know how to care for their newborn's skin or recognize common conditions. Most problems resolve themselves, and the basic rule of thumb for washing and choosing products is to go with what's simple, says Dr. Kate B. Puttgen, assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine departments of dermatology and pediatrics and assistant director of the division of pediatric dermatology and cutaneous laser center.

Consumers, advocates seek health insurance work-arounds

7:20 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Consumers, advocates seek health insurance work-arounds

If there is a good health insurance plan out there for Baltimore scientist Luke Goembel, it's as big a mystery as the space he studies.

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.

Maryland wins big grant for its insurance marketplace

7:21 PM EDT, August 23, 2012

Maryland wins big grant for its insurance marketplace

Maryland secured $123 million of federal funding to launch its health insurance exchange, the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's health care reform, state officials announced Thursday.

Charlie Kimball talks about racing with diabetes

4:09 PM EDT, August 31, 2012

Charlie Kimball talks about racing with diabetes

Charlie Kimball was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007, news that upended his personal and professional life. But the 27-year-old English-born, California-raised open-wheel racing veteran didn't just work to get his career back on track, he's worked to inspire others.

Ravens, MedStar tackle issue of concussions

7:11 PM EDT, September 18, 2012

Ravens, MedStar tackle issue of concussions

Jameel McClain knows what it feels like to be "dinged," or hit so hard in the head that he felt dizzy.

Hearing impaired get boost at Hopkins clinic

4:32 PM EDT, September 21, 2012

Hearing impaired get boost at Hopkins clinic

Hearing aids have improved the quality of many people's lives, but most users have learned they are less than ideal in noisy environments.

Understanding sports hernias

4:23 PM EDT, October 3, 2012

Understanding sports hernias

That chronic groin pain sometimes felt by athletes may be called a sports hernia, but it's not really a hernia at all, according to Dr. Katherine G. Lamond, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She said they are different from what's normally thought of as a hernia and sometimes tough to diagnose. But once doctors determine that this is the cause, there is effective treatment.

5:49 PM EDT, September 11, 2012

Listeria-tainted cheese sends three to hospital

Three people in Maryland have been hospitalized after consuming Listeria-tainted cheese, and state health officials are working to help contain the multi-state outbreak.

Bariatric surgery to cure Type 2 diabetes better understood

5:18 PM EDT, September 16, 2012

Bariatric surgery to cure Type 2 diabetes better understood

Days after undergoing gastric bypass surgery, Brenda Maker's diabetes was gone — her body producing enough of the hormone insulin to turn sugar into fuel.

City reports progress, challenges in residents' health

6:51 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

City reports progress, challenges in residents' health

In the past two years, fewer Baltimoreans have been hospitalized for diabetes, hypertension, asthma and drugs.

Md. infant mortality rate at record low for second year

6:48 PM EDT, August 8, 2012

Md. infant mortality rate at record low for second year

Maryland maintained a record low infant mortality rate for the second year in a row, statistics cheered by state leaders, though the rate continued to outpace the national average.

Excess weight can increase breast cancer risk, researchers say

4:16 PM EDT, October 19, 2013

Excess weight can increase breast cancer risk, researchers say

Mother and daughter Angela and Candi Watts were both diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. After a two-year battle, they are both disease-free, but the war continues.

2,393 Marylanders buy health insurance on state exchange

4:49 PM EDT, October 18, 2013

2,393 Marylanders buy health insurance on state exchange

Almost 2,400 Marylanders have bought insurance in the first 17 days that the state's new health care exchange has been open, according to new data released by the Maryland Health Connection.

Whooping cough making a comeback in Md., U.S.

7:15 PM EDT, August 15, 2012

Whooping cough making a comeback in Md., U.S.

Public health officials are warning adults and adolescents to get booster shots in the wake of an unusually large number of cases of whooping cough this year around the nation and in Maryland.

Swine flu cases found in Maryland

6:49 PM EDT, August 17, 2012

Swine flu cases found in Maryland

Six Queen Anne's County residents have been diagnosed with a strain of swine flu that has been infecting people across the country, including many who have been attending state and local agricultural fairs, according to state health officials.

Group urges pregnant women to maintain good dental care

3:57 PM EDT, September 19, 2012

Group urges pregnant women to maintain good dental care

With so many things to think about, expectant mothers sometimes neglect their teeth, but this can have implications for their unborn babies. In response, the advocacy group Maryland Dental Action Coalition is educating women about proper oral hygiene and dietary habits through an effort called Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids. The group's aim is to develop good habits by mothers and children and to reduce early childhood cavities, said Dr. Winifred J. Booker, an Owings Mills pediatric dentist who has served on several state committees and professional organizations and is currently a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Tips for hydration during summer heat

2:09 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Tips for hydration during summer heat

With the extreme heat, and even in less extreme temperatures, those who spend any time outside must stay properly hydrated. Some drinks are better than others, and some people need more fluids than others, says Dr. Marc I. Leavey, an internist at Mercy Medical Center and Lutherville Personal Physicians.

Johns Hopkins biology professor wins top research award

5:03 PM EDT, September 11, 2012

Johns Hopkins biology professor wins top research award

Johns Hopkins University adjunct biology professor Donald Brown has won the 2012 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science for his work in genetics, as well as mentoring young scientists. He is the sixth Hopkins faculty member to win the prestigious award for basic and clinical research.

3:35 PM EDT, September 14, 2012

Baltimore County sprays for mosquitoes

Pikesville and Catonsville are the next area locations to be sprayed for mosquitoes in response to cases of West Nile Virus, Baltimore County Department of Health officials said Friday.

From Sun Magazine: Budging the bulge with CoolSculpting

8:04 AM EDT, September 10, 2012

From Sun Magazine: Budging the bulge with CoolSculpting

It's a common refrain in Gia D'Anna's office: Extra inches that childbirth or time left around the middle are resisting diet and exercise.

Details on midwife unaired in Hopkins malpractice case

6:17 PM EDT, July 14, 2012

Details on midwife unaired in Hopkins malpractice case

When a jury ordered Johns Hopkins Hospital to pay $55 million to a Baltimore family whose newborn was brain-damaged, the case hinged on what doctors and nurses did in the two hours before birth.

Getting older, getting fit

3:30 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Getting older, getting fit

For people who want to live past 100, the first step is taking a whole bunch more steps.

Alcohol tax funds boost long-term care services in Maryland

1:52 PM EDT, July 18, 2012

Alcohol tax funds boost long-term care services in Maryland

About $14.3 million generated by the 2011 state alcohol tax will be used to expand long-term care services to frail seniors and adults with disabilities, officials said Wednesday.

RFID tags help University of Maryland Medical Center track emergency drugs

11:29 AM EDT, July 27, 2012

RFID tags help University of Maryland Medical Center track emergency drugs

An average of twice a day, a patient at the University of Maryland Medical Center has a heart attack, dangerous allergic reaction or other emergency that requires supplies from a crash cart.

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.

3:38 PM EDT, July 9, 2012

Medicare recipients to get more coordinated care

Four doctor groups across Maryland have been chosen by the federal Department of Health and Human Services for a program that aims to cut health costs and better coordinate care for Medicare recipients.

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.

6:28 PM EDT, July 24, 2012

Board of Physicians to get reorganization advice

The Maryland Board of Physicians is expected to get some advice Wednesday on how to reform itself, eight months after a legislative review found the panel was not working fast or efficiently enough to protect the public from bad doctors.

Considering bariatric surgery? Read this first

2:31 PM EDT, July 11, 2012

Considering bariatric surgery? Read this first

Often, those who are very overweight have tried dieting for years before giving up in frustration. But more obese people are turning to bariatric surgery to jump-start their weight-loss programs.

EPA rule on air pollution struck down

8:02 PM EDT, August 21, 2012

EPA rule on air pollution struck down

A federal appeals court swept aside a key pillar of Maryland's plan to reduce soot and smog on Tuesday when it struck down a federal rule aimed at limiting air pollution crossing from one state to another.

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.

9:39 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Sixth case cited in nurse midwife's license suspension

The Maryland Board of Nursing has added a sixth case in its order suspending the license of an Ellicott City nurse midwife for her alleged actions during home births in recent years — including a case in which Johns Hopkins Hospital was ordered to pay one of the largest malpractice judgments in the state.

Strategies for dealing with migraines

3:42 PM EDT, June 13, 2012

Strategies for dealing with migraines

The many people who suffer from migraine headaches often seek quiet, dark places to ride them out. But there are effective means of preventing them, shortening their duration and even stopping them. There are established medications and lifestyle changes sufferers can employ, and even some new ones to try, says Dr. Michael Sellman, chief of neurology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

6:45 PM EDT, July 24, 2012

Catholic Relief Services denies funding contraception

Catholic Relief Services is defending a grant it shared with another aid group that separately funds contraception, which is a violation of church doctrine.

FDA approves drug to prevent HIV infection

7:31 PM EDT, July 16, 2012

FDA approves drug to prevent HIV infection

The federal government has approved for the first time a drug that can prevent an HIV infection, a significant development for Baltimore where transmission rates for the virus remain high and growing.

3:42 PM EDT, May 7, 2012

Md. to get $1.8 million in Abbott settlement over drug marketing

Maryland is slated to receive $1.8 million for its part in a national settlement with Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories over allegations of illegal drug marketing, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Monday.

Injury prevention laws save lives, report shows

9:53 PM EDT, May 22, 2012

Injury prevention laws save lives, report shows

Tens of thousands of lives have been saved over the years because Americans more routinely wear seat belts and don't drive drunk.

More hospitals allowing visits from patients' pets

7:55 PM EDT, July 6, 2012

More hospitals allowing visits from patients' pets

Ask patients in some area hospitals which caregivers they most look forward to seeing, and they'll say the ones with hairy faces and bad breath.

7:58 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Young girl loses feet in mower accident

It's a parent's worst nightmare.

Microbe that lives in salt shows promise for salmonella vaccine

12:00 PM EDT, June 22, 2012

Microbe that lives in salt shows promise for salmonella vaccine

After years of complex research, a small team of University of Maryland scientists says it has developed a simple solution to a killer Third World disease using salt.

Baltimore to strip some liquor stores of licenses in rezoning effort

12:24 AM EDT, June 18, 2012

Baltimore to strip some liquor stores of licenses in rezoning effort

City health officials want to strip the licenses of dozens of liquor stores in predominantly poor Baltimore neighborhoods, linking the outlets to higher levels of violent crime.

Korean-American liquor store owners feel targeted by city

9:56 PM EDT, June 18, 2012

Korean-American liquor store owners feel targeted by city

When Michelle Ha came to the United States in 1980, she dreamed of getting a college degree and returning to South Korea to become a politician.

Implantable pain disk may help those with cancer

5:00 PM EDT, May 21, 2012

Implantable pain disk may help those with cancer

An estimated 3.5 million cancer patients around the globe are in severe pain from their disease, but many get no relief.

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.

Diets suggested for more pregnant women

6:52 PM EDT, June 24, 2012

Diets suggested for more pregnant women

Before Aiesha Eddins got pregnant, she didn't give much thought to her diet.

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."

A new dress, and set of lungs, for prom

7:18 PM EDT, April 26, 2012

A new dress, and set of lungs, for prom

For the first time in the six years since Victoria Chakwin was diagnosed with a deadly lung disease, the gown she wears won't be hospital issue.

Rare disorder nearly takes Baltimore woman's sight

3:44 PM EDT, May 6, 2012

Rare disorder nearly takes Baltimore woman's sight

When Tamika Morgan developed red irritated eyes in the fall of 2010, she wasted no time heading to an optometrist at a local retail store who gave her drops for pink eye.

Doctors grapple with prostate cancer screening guidelines

7:24 PM EDT, May 30, 2012

Doctors grapple with prostate cancer screening guidelines

For years, the PSA test has been the standard method for early detection of prostate cancer, which strikes one in six men.

Bloomberg joins Johns Hopkins in dedicating new hospital

9:31 PM EDT, April 12, 2012

Bloomberg joins Johns Hopkins in dedicating new hospital

Michael Bloomberg's first donation to Johns Hopkins was $5, which he gave the year after he graduated in 1964 from the university with an engineering degree.

Maryland doctors probe old cases for lead exposure

7:30 PM EDT, May 17, 2012

Maryland doctors probe old cases for lead exposure

A day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut in half the threshold for determining lead exposure in the nation's children, pediatricians faced the task of identifying new cases from thousands of their old files.

8:10 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

350 jobs at stake as hospital changes programs

The University Specialty Hospital is expected to move its inpatient chronic care services to other hospitals in the University of Maryland Medical System in July, hospital and state officials said Tuesday.

Health centers win funding to expand services

5:47 PM EDT, May 1, 2012

Health centers win funding to expand services

Maryland is slated to receive almost $15 million in the next round of funding from the federal health care reform law to upgrade and expand community health centers, mostly in the Baltimore area.

Forensic nurses taking the lead on rape cases in Maryland

5:04 PM EDT, April 21, 2012

Forensic nurses taking the lead on rape cases in Maryland

Rape is a notoriously difficult crime to prosecute. Of every 100 rapes nationwide, 46 are reported, 12 lead to arrests and three result in prison sentences.

Black women in city infected with HIV at higher rate than national average

7:04 PM EST, March 8, 2012

Black women in city infected with HIV at higher rate than national average

African-American women in Baltimore and five other U.S. cities are becoming infected with HIV at a rate five times the national average for black women, and closer to the rates of some African countries, according to a new study.

5:04 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Maryland Health Insurance Plan makes cost, benefit changes

The federal program that offers health insurance to Marylanders with pre-existing conditions has made changes recently that will make some costs go up and others go down.

Hopkins researchers aim to uncover which mobile health applications work

4:40 PM EDT, March 14, 2012

Hopkins researchers aim to uncover which mobile health applications work

Those looking to lose weight, quit smoking or keep tabs on a malady have a lot of choices in the smartphone app stores. Choosing one that's beneficial is more of a problem.

 A guide to vasectomy reversal

4:24 PM EDT, April 18, 2012

A guide to vasectomy reversal

Sometimes men are the ones to take care of birth control through a surgical procedure. But when those men and their partners have a change of heart about children for any number of reasons, they seek to reverse their vasectomies. And that's usually possible, even long after the original procedure, says Dr. Brad Lerner, co-director of the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America a division of Chesapeake Urology. Lerner answers questions about getting and reversing a vasectomy.

University of Maryland, Baltimore to revamp teaching on pain

4:24 PM EDT, May 26, 2012

University of Maryland, Baltimore to revamp teaching on pain

As part of a federal project aimed at better treating pain, the University of Maryland, Baltimore will begin revamping the way it teaches future doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists.

6:28 PM EDT, April 3, 2012

Komen hands out grants for breast cancer work

The Maryland affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded $2.2 million to 26 local health departments, hospitals and other programs to provide free mammograms, breast exams and diagnostic tests.

1 in 80 Maryland children diagnosed with autism, CDC says

6:51 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

1 in 80 Maryland children diagnosed with autism, CDC says

One in 88 American children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new estimate from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

5:49 PM EST, February 24, 2012

'Cease and desist' order issued against autism doctor

Dr. Mark R. Geier, a Rockville doctor accused of improperly treating children with autism, has been ordered by the state Board of Physicians to stop practicing medicine while his license is suspended.

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.

4:25 PM EST, February 9, 2012

Audit finds drug oversight, record-keeping problems at Springfield Hospital Center

A state legislative audit of Springfield Hospital Center found that the state psychiatric hospital in Sykesville was not keeping good records or controls of its $2.4 million stable of pharmaceuticals.

Parents, teens must weigh many factors in deciding on rhinoplasty

4:52 PM EDT, March 21, 2012

Parents, teens must weigh many factors in deciding on rhinoplasty

Many teens are unhappy with their appearance and ask their parents for a "nose job," or rhinoplasty. But there are a lot of factors to consider, such as the limits of surgery, the long-term effects and possible complications, according to Dr. Patrick J. Byrne, a facial plastic surgery specialist who practices at the Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center at Green Spring Station. Byrne, also an assistant professor at Hopkins School of Medicine, says there are better techniques to make the surgery successful, but this is still a big decision.

 Hopkins surgeon performs 2,000th Whipple

8:10 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

Hopkins surgeon performs 2,000th Whipple

Early Friday in a small, brightly lit operating room in Johns Hopkins Hospital, a half-dozen doctors and nurses huddled over the gut of a cancer patient, quietly passing metal instruments and surgical sutures.

Supreme Court begins hearings on health care law

6:49 PM EDT, March 26, 2012

Supreme Court begins hearings on health care law

It was 1942 when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that Congress could influence wheat prices by telling farmers how much they could grow.

Baltimore targets 'food deserts'

2:55 PM EST, March 4, 2012

Baltimore targets 'food deserts'

More than a third of Baltimore neighborhoods don't have ready access to healthy foods, leaving one in five residents to rely on high-fat, high-calorie meals from corner stores and carryout restaurants, a new assessment shows.

Understanding the new pap smear guidelines

3:33 PM EDT, April 4, 2012

Understanding the new pap smear guidelines

Many women became used to having a Pap smear annually to check for cervical cancer, but recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have updated the timeline. Now, most women will need the test every five years. Cancer experts now agree that that this can fully protect women, while cutting down on costs, false positive test results and side effects, said Dr. Amanda Nickles Fader, assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Hopkins' medical students learn to use their stethoscopes

5:11 PM EST, February 19, 2012

Hopkins' medical students learn to use their stethoscopes

The stethoscope may be an icon of the medical profession to most patients. But it's more of a relic to many doctors.

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.

7:12 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

Roads to close for Hopkins Bayview construction

Johns Hopkins Bayview campus plans to begin construction on a new $40 million emergency department annex on April 1, and some roads will be closed while work is being done.

Virginia man receives face transplant at Maryland Shock Trauma

9:53 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

Virginia man receives face transplant at Maryland Shock Trauma

When Richard Lee Norris opened his eyes after a marathon 36-hour surgery to give him a new face, he immediately wanted a mirror.

Tom Brady highlights need for kidney donations

9:00 PM EST, February 3, 2012

Tom Brady highlights need for kidney donations

When the Super Bowl ends Sunday, win or lose, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is likely to exchange texts with one man.

8:16 PM EDT, March 28, 2012

Good Samaritan Hospital settles claims it defrauded health programs

Good Samaritan Hospital agreed to pay $793,548 to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to federal health benefit programs for four years ending in December 2008, federal Department of Justice officials reported Wednesday.

Auto show in Baltimore draws shoppers, but mostly dreamers

5:38 PM EST, February 11, 2012

Auto show in Baltimore draws shoppers, but mostly dreamers

They came to the Motor Trend International Auto Show in Baltimore with five cars on their list and a plan to narrow it down to three.

Campaign to highlight options for uninsured

7:09 AM EDT, March 19, 2012

Campaign to highlight options for uninsured

For those who have heart disease, cancer, diabetes or another condition, buying health insurance can be impossible.

7:23 PM EDT, March 20, 2012

University of Maryland doctors perform full face transplant

The University of Maryland said Tuesday that it had completed a rare full face transplant on a 37-year-old man, including a double jaw and tongue.

6:23 PM EDT, March 28, 2012

Weather helps, hurts Chesapeake Bay grasses

The protective underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay have dropped to their lowest levels since 2006, according to the latest report from Maryland and Virginia scientists.

10:01 AM EST, February 12, 2012

High winds knocked out power to 6,000 overnight

About 6,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers lost power overnight as high winds pummeled the region, but their lights were back on by 6:30 a.m. Sunday, the utility said.

St. Joseph Medical Center's future unclear

7:31 PM EST, December 28, 2011

St. Joseph Medical Center's future unclear

When a star cardiologist at St. Joseph Medical Center was accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures in 2009, it changed the course of the Towson hospital and now raises questions about its future.

10:56 PM EST, February 1, 2012

Maryland Board of Physicians gets new leader

The Maryland Board of Physicians, which has faced scrutiny in recent months because of its backlog of cases and other problems, is getting a new leader, state health officials said Wednesday.

After slow start, flu season ramps up in Maryland

8:09 PM EDT, March 16, 2012

After slow start, flu season ramps up in Maryland

It's nearly spring, temperatures in the 70s, yet the flu waited until now to ramp up in Maryland, killing three members of a Calvert County family.

Injection easier than IV in treating deadly epileptic seizures, study shows

12:23 PM EST, March 5, 2012

Injection easier than IV in treating deadly epileptic seizures, study shows

Megan Elphage lives in fear of another big epileptic seizure.

9:41 PM EST, January 15, 2012

Ravens fans savor the moment

After enduring sub-freezing temperatures, layered in purple and clinging to cozies that were keeping their hands from sticking to the aluminum beer cans, Baltimore's football fans got their reward Sunday.

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.

4:59 PM EST, February 9, 2012

Dava Pharmaceuticals settles accusations it overcharged Medicaid

Dava Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay about $11 million to settle federal claims that it misreported drugs prices so it could charge more of the state-federal Medicaid program, according to U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and others in the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Project seeks 1 million veterans to give blood, DNA for disease research

4:23 PM EST, February 5, 2012

Project seeks 1 million veterans to give blood, DNA for disease research

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer for a battle it's waging at home — against disease.

Board of Physicians suspends Salisbury pain doctor's license

December 14, 2011

Board of Physicians suspends Salisbury pain doctor's license

The state Board of Physicians Tuesday suspended the license of a Salisbury pain doctor, who the board said had not been using proper safeguards in prescribing opiates.

6:30 PM EST, January 27, 2012

St. Joseph Medical Center lays off 17 people

St. Joseph Medical Center plans to cut 17 positions at the troubled Towson hospital as part of a "performance improvement initiative."

3:35 PM EST, December 10, 2011

Police charge man in robberies of Goodwill discount stores

Baltimore County police say they have charged a former Goodwill employee with robbing three of the discount stores in November.

Health department links 6 illnesses to raw milk from Pa. dairy store

7:44 PM EST, January 27, 2012

Health department links 6 illnesses to raw milk from Pa. dairy store

Six people were infected with Campylobacter by raw milk from the Family Cow dairy store in Chambersburg, Pa., including three in Maryland, the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Friday.

Review shows alcohol companies reach youth online

4:37 PM EST, January 8, 2012

Review shows alcohol companies reach youth online

A beer bottle was lit up like a Christmas tree on one Facebook page and flanked by stuffed animals in another.

9:40 PM EST, January 31, 2012

Cigna completes purchase of HealthSpring Inc.

Connecticut-based Cigna Corp. said Tuesday that it has closed on its $3.8 billion acquisition of HealthSpring Inc., a health care company that specializes in the Medicare Advantage market.

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.

Emergency preparation for dialysis patients

2:17 PM EST, February 8, 2012

Emergency preparation for dialysis patients

Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment for those with kidney disorders. But during emergencies, particularly bad weather, sometimes patients don't want to go — or can't get to — their usual dialysis center. There are some steps patients can take to prepare, says Brandon Eck at the DaVita dialysis centers, who volunteers with the company's emergency response team, DaVERT.

Johns Hopkins unveils new hospital

8:00 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Johns Hopkins unveils new hospital

At the new $1.1 billion Johns Hopkins Hospital there will be Xboxes and a basketball court for kids, sleeper-sofas for families, single rooms for all patients, an improved dining menu and extensive soundproofing.

3:22 PM EST, January 17, 2012

Grant to fund referral system for rental housing for disabled in Md.

Maryland health officials won a $330,000 federal grant to create a system with state housing and disabilities officials that can refer those with disabilities to rental housing.

Treating menopause symptoms

3:41 PM EST, January 11, 2012

Treating menopause symptoms

Every woman will experience menopause, some in the normal course of aging and some before. It can bring on a host of symptoms in addition to hot flashes. But there are things that women can do, from improving their diet and exercising to finding the right treatment, explains Dr. Rakhi Gupta, a gynecologist at the Center for Women's Health at Good Samaritan Hospital. She answers some common questions about this life change.

Health Enterprise Zones to target disparities in state

8:20 PM EST, January 16, 2012

Health Enterprise Zones to target disparities in state

Frustrated by Maryland's high rate of health disparities, state leaders are proposing a new attack — one more commonly associated with economic development.

7:34 PM EST, January 12, 2012

Experts offer safety measures at Perkins hospital

A pair of expert consultants and leading officials from Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center told a state legislative panel Thursday what steps they think are necessary to make the facility safe after three patients were killed in 14 months and three other patients were charged in their deaths.

Local hand experts treat the injured, deformed in Nepal

2:12 PM EST, December 31, 2011

Local hand experts treat the injured, deformed in Nepal

It wasn't long after Dr. James Higgins became chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital last January that he answered a call from Operation Smile, the Norfolk-based humanitarian group that provides free surgery for needy children with facial deformities.

Advisory panel calls for end to most experiments on chimpanzees

6:52 PM EST, December 15, 2011

Advisory panel calls for end to most experiments on chimpanzees

Medical experiments on chimpanzees are largely unnecessary and should be rare, concluded a report released Thursday from special panel of the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science.

6:30 PM EST, January 4, 2012

CDC grants $12.5 million for HIV prevention in Maryland

Maryland will get $12.5 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund HIV prevention activities in the counties this year, down about $604,000 from last year, according to state health officials.

Season's first lab-confirmed case of flu recorded in Baltimore area

11:30 AM EST, December 30, 2011

Season's first lab-confirmed case of flu recorded in Baltimore area

The first laboratory-confirmed case of seasonal flu was reported Friday by state health officials, who are using the milestone to remind residents to get vaccinated for the virus. The case involves an adult in the Baltimore region, and comes two months later than the first case reported last season.

Quitting smoking is tough, but not impossible

3:07 PM EST, December 28, 2011

Quitting smoking is tough, but not impossible

Many people pick quitting smoking as their New Year's resolution. But if quitting smoking was easy, most smokers would have already done it. Tobacco is highly addictive and the process isn't easy, but quitting is possible for those who really are ready and are linked to methods that work for them, says Christine Schutzman, a certified tobacco treatment specialist who leads a free Freshstart smoking cessation program at the Cancer Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center.

State panel urges tighter oversight of stent procedures

7:24 PM EST, December 28, 2011

State panel urges tighter oversight of stent procedures

The Maryland Health Care Commission sent recommendations Wednesday to the General Assembly on stepping up oversight of coronary stent placements.

5:26 PM EST, December 9, 2011

New city data to help improve health in neighborhoods

More than half of the deaths in recent years in a quarter of Baltimore's neighborhoods were avoidable, according to a new set of assessments from city health officials that were released Friday.

Taking care of diabetes during holidays

December 15, 2011

Taking care of diabetes during holidays

More than 20 million Americans are living with diabetes, and another 40 million are in the early stages of the disease. Managing diabetes can be a challenge all year long, but the holidays can pose special problems. All those extra treats, meals and drinks can add up to extra pounds and higher glucose levels. But a little planning, and will power, can keep diabetes in check, according to Susan Steinweg, a registered nurse and a certified diabetes educator. She's also the coordinator of Carroll Hospital Center's Diabetes Center.

12:34 PM EST, January 5, 2012

$2 million in reimbursements awarded for electronic health records

Hospitals and other health care providers in Maryland are receiving a total of $2 million in federal money to reimburse them for investments they made in new electronic record systems, state officials said Thursday.

State suspends doctor's right to prescribe most pain killers

7:47 PM EST, December 8, 2011

State suspends doctor's right to prescribe most pain killers

State health officials took the unusual step Thursday of suspending the authority of a Salisbury pain doctor to write prescriptions for opiates, narcotics and all other controlled dangerous substances commonly used to treat pain.

Audit criticizes state medical board for backlog of complaints

8:23 PM EST, November 21, 2011

Audit criticizes state medical board for backlog of complaints

The state Board of Physicians has a serious backlog of complaints and a growing timeline for resolving it, according to a newly released legislative audit of the agency charged with protecting the public from bad doctors.

Cubital tunnel syndrome causes numbness in some fingers

2:26 PM EST, November 30, 2011

Cubital tunnel syndrome causes numbness in some fingers

Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, and likely even know someone who suffers from it. Cubital tunnel syndrome is less common but also can cause debilitating symptoms, such as numbness in the ring and little fingers and wasting of muscle in the hand. More men than women suffer from the disorder, which can be caused by repeatedly leaning on your elbow or bending your arm for long periods of time. Dr. Ryan Katz, attending hand surgeon at the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital, answers questions about its cause and treatment.

5:12 PM EST, November 16, 2011

More Marylanders treated for substance abuse

State health officials have leveraged federal funds to offer more people substance abuse treatment, according to a report sent to state lawmakers by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

1:15 PM EST, November 22, 2011

UnitedHealthcare to buy local firm for undisclosed amount

The health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare plans to acquire Baltimore-based XLHealth Corp., bolstering the company's portfolio of Medicare Advantage plans. The plans focus on Medicare recipients with chronic illnesses or other special needs. XLHealth's Care Improvement Plus plan focuses on the underserved.

1:14 PM EST, December 10, 2011

Balto. Co. police charge Eastpoint man with Sept. killing

Baltimore County police have charged Jeremiah Ezekiel Edwards, 19, of the 7400 block of Berkshire Road in Eastpoint, with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime.

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.

Perkins patients can be the toughest to treat

6:01 PM EST, November 20, 2011

Perkins patients can be the toughest to treat

As a new chief executive at Clifton T. Perkins investigates what led to two recent slayings at the state's maximum security mental hospital, he will confront a facility full of patients who have become increasingly hardened and troubled.

Eyelid inflammation becoming more common

12:48 PM EST, November 16, 2011

Eyelid inflammation becoming more common

Blepharitis, usually identified by a sufferer's red, irritated eyelids, is becoming more common. And while doctors aren't sure why, it can be controlled with vigilance, according to Dr. Laura K. Green, residency program director of cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at the Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. She said there are some simple things sufferers can do at home, such as keeping the eyelids clean, that can help ease the irritation.

Bird watchers get glimpse at city's offerings

11:01 PM EST, December 10, 2011

Bird watchers get glimpse at city's offerings

It's just a spit of woods buffering a creek that winds through a cluster of apartments and houses in Northwest Baltimore. But it's a cozy winter home to the city's birds.

More suffer from hearing loss than expected, study shows

3:49 PM EST, December 3, 2011

More suffer from hearing loss than expected, study shows

One in five Americans has significant hearing loss, far more than previously thought, according to new research that has scientists warning of an impending public health threat.

12:17 PM EST, December 8, 2011

Baltimore receives $499,929 for school-based health centers

Baltimore was awarded $499,929 Thursday as part of a $14 million grant for school-based health centers around the country.

8:52 PM EST, December 7, 2011

State made Medicaid payments for dead people

The state may have erroneously paid up to $2.5 million on health care through the Medicaid program for more than 300 low-income residents after they died, according to a state legislative audit released Wednesday.

7:54 PM EST, November 22, 2011

Health officials alarmed over silicone injections for fuller buttocks

Some women who want rounder, fuller buttocks are turning to a dangerous cosmetic procedure: illegal injections of silicone offered by people who lack medical training and may buy their supplies in home improvement stores.

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.

Runner who collapsed in half-marathon meets with rescuers

6:50 PM EST, November 10, 2011

Runner who collapsed in half-marathon meets with rescuers

Baltimore Running Festival organizers draped a finisher's medal on Bob Pohl's neck Thursday, nearly four weeks after he collapsed at the finish line of the half marathon and was saved by bystanders and medical personnel.

8:45 PM EST, November 30, 2011

Outside consultant considered for embattled Board of Physicians

The chairman of the state Board of Physicians, which was slammed in a recent legislative audit for its dysfunction, told a panel of lawmakers Wednesday that it could get on track in another year by hiring an outside consultant and instituting long-awaited fixes.

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.

Understanding the new prostate cancer screening recommendations

5:40 PM EDT, October 19, 2011

Understanding the new prostate cancer screening recommendations

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent advisory panel, recently recommended that healthy men not be given PSA blood tests to detect prostate cancer. But that won't mean the end of diagnosis and treatment of the disease, the most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death in American men.

 University of Maryland, others work to improve drug manufacturing process

1:21 PM EDT, October 20, 2011

University of Maryland, others work to improve drug manufacturing process

At the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, scientists are working on a database that will help drug makers decide which of 1,000 or so materials are safest and most effective to deliver specific medications.

New city plan aimed at reducing HIV/AIDS infections by 25%

6:14 AM EST, November 29, 2011

New city plan aimed at reducing HIV/AIDS infections by 25%

A group of Baltimore's health care leaders has crafted a plan to cut new cases of HIV infection by 25 percent by 2015, as part of an overall strategy to cope with a disease that has plagued the city for decades.

Cummings looks into prescription drug shortages

7:38 PM EDT, October 5, 2011

Cummings looks into prescription drug shortages

University of Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese said she was heartbroken that a chemotherapy drug used to treat her 3-year-old son, Tyler, for leukemia was in short supply and possibly unavailable.

Team effort saves Baltimore half-marathon runner in cardiac arrest

9:27 AM EST, November 9, 2011

Team effort saves Baltimore half-marathon runner in cardiac arrest

Like many veteran marathoners, Bob Pohl always had an eye on the clock.

6:40 PM EST, November 14, 2011

Developmental Disabilities Administration looks into unspent money

Officials at the Developmental Disabilities Administration have launched an investigation into why $25 million was left unspent by the agency, and the new executive director says he expects answers by the end of the year.

Early treatment key to foot injuries

5:13 PM EDT, November 2, 2011

Early treatment key to foot injuries

We've all stubbed a toe, stepped down on our foot awkwardly or hurt our feet in an accident. Sometimes there's no damage. But other times, there's pain, swelling and bruising. Dr. Gary A. Pichney, from the Mercy Medical Center Institute for Foot & Ankle Reconstruction, answers questions about proper steps to take after an injury to the toe or foot, when to see the doctor and how long the healing may take.

Health advocates seek increase in tobacco tax

6:48 PM EDT, October 11, 2011

Health advocates seek increase in tobacco tax

After successfully pushing a new dime-a-drink alcohol tax, health care advocates are advocating for a new $1 levy on tobacco.

6:07 PM EDT, October 18, 2011

'Bath salts' listed as Controlled Dangerous Substance

Five substances known as "bath salts" were added to the list of Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substances list in Maryland through emergency regulations Tuesday.

Patient killed at Perkins mental hospital, police say

9:49 PM EDT, October 28, 2011

Patient killed at Perkins mental hospital, police say

State health officials moved Friday to bolster security and reassess patients at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, after the second patient slaying in a week at the state mental facility.

Researchers turn attention to breast cancer prevention

12:00 PM EDT, October 13, 2011

Researchers turn attention to breast cancer prevention

Cheryl Corbin's mother and grandmother had breast cancer, so an oncologist suggested she be tested for an inherited gene mutation linked to the disease. But when the results came in, she didn't show up to hear them.

Foreclosure crisis may lead to health concerns nationwide

7:09 PM EDT, October 20, 2011

Foreclosure crisis may lead to health concerns nationwide

The devastation of losing a house to foreclosure can lead to depression and a host of other conditions, according to the authors of new study who warn of a looming national health crisis. They are advocating for a new unified approach by financial and mental health advisers to provide homeowners with aid.

Local youngsters audition for 'The Nutcracker'

7:01 PM EDT, October 2, 2011

Local youngsters audition for 'The Nutcracker'

Plenty of young girls dream of performing with a prestigious ballet company, and for about 50 of them from the greater Baltimore area the first step was Sunday.

Tips and advice for runners training for Baltimore Marathon

6:30 PM EDT, October 5, 2011

Tips and advice for runners training for Baltimore Marathon

There is more to training for a marathon than running a few laps around the track. Finishing 26.2 miles, or even getting to the starting line, takes attention to some details about eating and hydrating, miles covered, and aches and pains. Dr. John Senatore, avid runner and chief of podiatry in Union Memorial Hospital's sports medicine department, talks about what to do — and what not to do — as next week's Baltimore Running Festival approaches.

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.

Scuba diving may hold promise for paraplegics

4:14 PM EDT, October 15, 2011

Scuba diving may hold promise for paraplegics

Outfitted in scuba gear and 100 feet underwater, Cody Unser noticed a weird tingling in her legs. She dived a second and a third time, and again felt tingling. It was subtle, but it was the first new sensation that she had felt in three years, since becoming paralyzed from the chest down at age 12.

Maryland proposes ban on crib bumpers

10:27 AM EDT, September 28, 2011

Maryland proposes ban on crib bumpers

Maryland health officials proposed Tuesday a ban on the sale of crib bumpers, which have been linked to the asphyxiation of at least two dozen infants across the country — a move that would make it the first state to prohibit the bumpers.

Cancer patients turn to acupuncture to cope with symptoms, side effects

10:52 AM EDT, September 30, 2011

Cancer patients turn to acupuncture to cope with symptoms, side effects

Acupuncture, the traditional Chinese medicine that uses needles for treatment, is increasingly being used with cancer patients. Dr. Ting Bao, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and faculty at Maryland's Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and Center for Integrative Medicine, regularly used acupuncture to alleviate pain and treat side effects.

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.

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.

3:21 PM EDT, October 12, 2011

Legionella bacteria confirmed at Ocean City hotel

State health officials confirmed Wednesday the presence of Legionella bacteria in the water at Plim Plaza Hotel in Ocean City. Officials have also announced three new cases of Legionnaire's disease among hotel guests, in addition to the three cases announced last week. One elderly out-of-state resident has died.

 Baltimore aims to stop smoking around pregnant women and babies

7:11 PM EDT, October 5, 2011

Baltimore aims to stop smoking around pregnant women and babies

In the continued effort to reduce infant mortality in Baltimore, health officials and the Family League of Baltimore City have launched an effort to reduce secondhand smoke near babies and pregnant women.

10:11 AM EDT, September 17, 2011

Companies that cheat government are rarely disbarred

When Maxim Healthcare Services settled one of the government's largest-ever medical fraud cases last week, the Medicaid and Veterans Affairs contractor agreed to pay $150 million and implement a host of corporate reforms.

Progress in Hepatitis C research

September 8, 2011

Progress in Hepatitis C research

Hepatitis C has long been a problem with a low rate of cure. But new drug therapies are in use and others are on the horizon, according to Dr. Paul J. Thuluvath, chief of gastroenterology at Mercy Medical Center and the medical director of the Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy. That has meant better liver health for millions in this country and around the globe.

Grand Prix aims to be green, but challenges remain

9:04 PM EDT, September 1, 2011

Grand Prix aims to be green, but challenges remain

When race fans roll into town for the Baltimore Grand Prix this weekend, they can expect to find the Inner Harbor course lined with more than 1,200 recycling bins, and their drinks will be served in cups made of biodegradable corn instead of plastic.

From Sun Magazine: Botox 2.0

6:54 AM EDT, September 23, 2011

From Sun Magazine: Botox 2.0

When Sandy Rosenblatt looked in the mirror, the striking brunette could see nothing but one big flaw — her eyes, which were sunken and seemed a little dark. So at 34 she had a plastic surgeon smooth them over. While she was there, she decided to have her long oval face made a little cheekier and her brows a little less creased.

5:49 PM EDT, September 14, 2011

Delayed HIV funding restored to local agencies

Millions in federal funds used to provide services to those living with HIV are again flowing to local programs after a months-long delay.

Americans still scarred by Sept. 11 attacks

September 5, 2011

Americans still scarred by Sept. 11 attacks

When an earthquake hit the Baltimore area recently, a familiar anxiety crept over Kimberly Anthony — not unlike her feelings after the terrorist attacks a decade ago.

Grand Prix backers look to raise an extra $1.5 million

7:55 PM EDT, September 19, 2011

Grand Prix backers look to raise an extra $1.5 million

Organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix have sought to raise an additional $1.5 million from investors to pay bills including salaries, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

6:59 PM EDT, August 18, 2011

Audit finds vital records not properly protected

The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is not properly securing birth, death and marriage certificates, leaving the vital records vulnerable to criminals, according to a new legislative audit.

Maryland's infant mortality rate drops to lowest level on record

11:30 PM EDT, August 23, 2011

Maryland's infant mortality rate drops to lowest level on record

After moving aggressively in recent years to make a dent in Maryland's stubbornly high infant mortality rate, city and state officials plan to announce Wednesday a significant drop, to the lowest level on record.

6:52 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

Hopkins gets $30 million to study personalized cancer medicine

Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center announced Monday that it has established a Center for Personalized Cancer Medicine with a $30 million gift from the Richmond, Va.-based Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research.

September 22, 2011

A look at Maryland's emergency medical system

The state of Maryland created one of the nation's first statewide emergency medical systems to ensure that patients got consistent and timely care no matter where they were. The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems now oversees and coordinates the providers from the field to the emergency department, according to James W. Brown, director of educational support services, from headquarters in Baltimore.

Total disc replacement helps with range of motion, expert says

6:04 PM EDT, July 27, 2011

Total disc replacement helps with range of motion, expert says

Knee and hip replacements have been common for decades, offering patients who suffered from degeneration a full range of pain-free movement. But spines and backs have been more problematic. Spinal fusions, the gold standard, have meant a limited range of motion for patients and even future procedures on adjoining discs. But a newer procedure that involves inserting an artificial disc, called total disc replacement, means patients can get that range of motion and pain relief without the drawbacks of fusion. Once other therapies have been exhausted, Dr. Amiel Bethel, a neurosurgeon at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, performs the procedure through a small incision, minimizing tissue disruption.

11:03 AM EDT, August 23, 2011

Body thought that of former Dulaney student found in N.J. river

Police believe they've discovered the body of a popular former Dulaney High School athlete who went missing last week after going on a jog near his home close to Temple University in Philadelphia.

7:27 PM EDT, August 25, 2011

Money delayed to local health organizations for HIV care

Federal dollars that localities use to fund care for those living with HIV have been cut off for months, leaving some who can't afford their own care without services.

Methadone clinic considers offering cash to addicts

7:14 PM EDT, September 13, 2011

Methadone clinic considers offering cash to addicts

A Northeast Baltimore clinic that once pitched on-demand methadone to desperate addicts during the late-night hours is focusing on a new idea — paying addicts to come in for treatment.

Back-to-school checkup

August 25, 2011

Back-to-school checkup

Going back to school, particularly if it's a new school, can be a daunting time for kids and their parents. There's a lot to consider, from sleep schedules to proper nutrition and immunizations. Much can be accomplished by establishing good habits, says Dr. Julie Yeh, a pediatrician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, who answered questions about handling the coming school year.

Life-threatening sepsis appears to be on rise

August 11, 2011

Life-threatening sepsis appears to be on rise

Every year, some 750,000 Americans develop sepsis, an extreme immune system response to infection. It kills a quarter to half of them, more than the combined number of people who die of prostate and breast cancer and AIDS, according to the National Institutes of Health.

St. Joseph Medical Center replaces chief executive

6:36 PM EDT, August 12, 2011

St. Joseph Medical Center replaces chief executive

St. Joseph Medical Center tapped a veteran health care manager Friday to replace its president and chief executive, who resigned two weeks ago without explanation.

8:30 PM EDT, July 19, 2011

City landlord pleads guilty in lead paint case

A Baltimore landlord with a history of violations of lead paint abatement laws agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to three misdemeanor violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

6:01 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

Arrest made in weekend stabbing death in Parkville

Baltimore County police have charged a man with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of another man during an argument over the weekend.

12:16 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

Cambridge country club fined $500,000 for pollution violations

A Cambridge country club was ordered to pay an "extraordinary penalty" of $500,000 by a Dorchester County Circuit Court for discharging raw sewage into wetlands along the Choptank River that eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay, according to a Thursday announcement from the state attorney general's office.

Maryland researchers helped crack genomic code of bacteria in E.coli outbreak

6:51 PM EDT, July 27, 2011

Maryland researchers helped crack genomic code of bacteria in E.coli outbreak

Within days of the E.coli outbreak in Germany that officially ended this week, scientists at the University of Maryland Institute for Genome Sciences began cracking the genomic code of the bacteria responsible for infecting thousands and killing dozens.

5:29 PM EDT, July 28, 2011

State seeks to streamline health care regulations

While health care regulations are in place to provide consistent and high-quality care, as well as to protect the vulnerable, some rules are outdated, expensive and not particularly useful, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

6:22 PM EDT, July 26, 2011

New Maryland plan targets cancer deaths

State health officials released an ambitious plan Tuesday to reduce cancer deaths, using the latest strategies to prevent, detect and treat the disease — and save the lives of an additional 1,200 Marylanders a year.

8:16 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

St. Joseph Medical Center's CEO resigns

The executive brought in to lead St. Joseph Medical Center as a crisis manager after a doctor was accused of placing unnecessary stents in hundreds of patients resigned Friday without explanation.

Flu vaccinations pushed for Maryland hospitals

8:44 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

Flu vaccinations pushed for Maryland hospitals

Maryland hospitals have become more aggressive in recent years about vaccinating workers for the flu, but public health officials are pushing for even stricter programs to halt the spread of a virus that kills thousands each year.

Anna Iris Ray Meyer, a 'Rosie the Riveter,' dies

6:04 PM EDT, July 17, 2011

Anna Iris Ray Meyer, a 'Rosie the Riveter,' dies

Anna Iris Ray Meyer, who joined the war effort in the 1940s by working on bomber planes as a "Rosie the Riveter," died July 14 at her daughter's home in Fallston. She was 92.

Doctors aim to stop pancreatic cancer before it forms

3:56 PM EDT, July 17, 2011

Doctors aim to stop pancreatic cancer before it forms

Seeing a chance to stop one of the most deadly kinds of cancer before it forms, doctors at Johns Hopkins and at other hospitals around the nation are focusing on the common pancreatic cyst.

Cracking the calories in rich crab favorites

6:16 PM EDT, July 20, 2011

Cracking the calories in rich crab favorites

Marylanders love their crabs — especially when the meat is picked and mixed with cream, cheese, mayo and Old Bay.

7:05 PM EDT, July 15, 2011

Hopkins home care group charged with discrimination in lawsuit

A home health care service operated by Johns Hopkins failed to accommodate an employee with breast cancer and later fired her, the U.S. agency that enforces job discrimination laws charged in a suit announced Friday.

Triple-digit heat wave continues in Maryland

7:50 PM EDT, July 21, 2011

Triple-digit heat wave continues in Maryland

Maryland really began to turn in the roaster Thursday, joining much of the rest of the country, now deep in the summer's worst heat wave.

4:56 PM EDT, July 13, 2011

MTA worker dies of infection

A Maryland Transit Administration bus driver has died of a blood infection caused by the bacteria that also causes meningitis, health officials said Wednesday, but they played down the public health risk.

Gyms try and take the work out of workout

6:02 PM EDT, July 27, 2011

Gyms try and take the work out of workout

Go ahead and bang a drum, hang from the curtains and spin that hula hoop. Area gym instructors say it's good for you, even if you don't realize it.

7:48 AM EDT, July 18, 2011

21-year-old man fatally shot in S.W. Baltimore identified

Baltimore police have identified the 21-year-old victim who was fatally shot early Sunday in Southwest Baltimore, officials said.

4:28 PM EDT, July 13, 2011

Ask the Expert: Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer's

Everyone forgets a name or a date from time to time. But how do you know when it's something serious?

7:01 PM EDT, June 30, 2011

Controversial Baltimore methadone clinic delays opening

The operators of a proposed "open access" methadone clinic for heroin addicts, which promised treatment within 15 minutes, say they will delay the launch by 30 days to work out differences with state regulators.

Chantix may cause more heart attacks than previously thought

5:16 PM EDT, July 4, 2011

Chantix may cause more heart attacks than previously thought

A new study led by a Johns Hopkins researcher says the popular anti-smoking drug Chantix significantly increases the risk for a heart attack or other serious heart problem in healthy, middle-aged smokers.

New study scrutinizes heart stent procedures

8:25 PM EDT, July 6, 2011

New study scrutinizes heart stent procedures

A new study of more than 500,000 cardiac patients who underwent recent cardiac stent or angioplasty procedures in the United States has found that up to 15 percent were either unnecessary or appeared to be of uncertain medical benefit.

6:16 PM EDT, June 30, 2011

Hopkins clerical workers to lose jobs

About 160 clerical associates will lose their jobs by the end of this year at Johns Hopkins Hospital as it transitions to an electronic medical support system, including patient records and order entry.

Woman, daughter, 4, found dead in Baltimore Co. apartment

8:46 PM EDT, June 28, 2011

Woman, daughter, 4, found dead in Baltimore Co. apartment

Baltimore County police continued on Tuesday to investigate the suspicious deaths of a mother and her 4-year-old daughter whose bodies were found in their Parkville apartment.

Baltimore pastor to open on-demand methadone clinic

8:13 PM EDT, June 23, 2011

Baltimore pastor to open on-demand methadone clinic

Tired of the heroin and crime surrounding his Northeast Baltimore church and treatment center, the Rev. Milton Williams said Thursday that he plans to open the city's first "open access" clinic, which will hand out methadone within 15 minutes to any addict who walks through the door.

7:49 PM EDT, June 27, 2011

Body of man found in park identified

The body of a man found in Patapsco State Park in April was identified Monday through his knee replacements, according to Maryland State Police. State medical examiner ruled John H. Hagegeorge, died of natural causes and exposure but they could not identify the 55 year old through conventional means. Officials used the serial numbers to track down the hospital that had used them. Hagegeorge, whose last known address was on Redcliffe Road in Catonsville, appeared to be living at a makeshift campsite where his body was found. His estranged wife told police that she didn't report him missing because she didn't know he was missing. Hagegeorge's body was found by searchers who were in the park looking for Phylicia Barnes, the teenager who had disappeared from Northwest Baltimore in December and was the subject of a nationwide search. Her body was found later in April in the Susquehanna River, and her death ruled a homicide. No arrests have been made.

9:39 PM EDT, June 27, 2011

More than 1,000 protest proposed toll increase for Hatem bridge

More than 1,000 people from the northeast corner of the state came out Monday evening to tell state officials not to raise the toll on the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, which they say connects them to their churches, shopping centers, doctors and friends on the other side of the Susquehanna River.

4:04 PM EDT, July 1, 2011

Mid-Atlantic Health Care buys 5 Philadelphia nursing homes

Timonium-based Mid-Atlantic Health Care LLC, which owns and operates six senior care facilities in Maryland and one in Delaware, said Friday that it bought five skilled nursing centers in Philadelphia from the NewCourtland Network for $75 million.

Lupron therapy for autism at center of embattled doctor's case

7:37 PM EDT, June 16, 2011

Lupron therapy for autism at center of embattled doctor's case

Since Sam Wessels was diagnosed with autism at age 2, doctors have offered his mother a litany of drugs for the boy from Prozac and Ritalin to Metadate CD and Strattera, commonly used to treat ADHD. Other "alternative" medicine pitches have included special diets and even nicotine.

11:31 AM EDT, July 17, 2011

21-year-old shot, killed Sunday in Southwest Baltimore

Baltimore police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man early Sunday in Southwest Baltimore, officials said. Police were called to the 1200 block of Ward Street at 5:51 a.m. and discovered the victim, who police have not named. The victim died at the scene. Police are seeking witnesses.

10:12 PM EDT, June 27, 2011

Woman and young daughter found dead in their Baltimore Co. home

A woman and her daughter were found dead by Baltimore County police Monday afternoon in their apartment in the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive, police said Monday night.

5:22 PM EDT, June 28, 2011

Suspect in killing of dentist convicted in unrelated murder

A 34-year-old man charged with killing a well-known dentist in his Glen Burnie office was convicted on Monday in a separate murder — the fatal shooting of a man in Baltimore over a $150 debt, according to the city state's attorney's office.

More homeless veterans getting dental care in Maryland

July 4, 2011

More homeless veterans getting dental care in Maryland

Kenneth Mumford smiled into the mirror and saw a full set of pearly white teeth for the first time in years.

8:03 PM EDT, June 27, 2011

Body of man found in park identified

The body of a man found in Patapsco State Park in April was identified Monday through his knee replacements, according to Maryland State Police.

Deciding when seniors should give up driving

3:28 PM EST, February 23, 2011

Deciding when seniors should give up driving

Driving can become a challenge as people age. Jan Crye, an occupational therapist and certified driving rehabilitation specialist at the Driving Evaluation and Training Program at Sinai Hospital, called it a delicate balance between the need for independence and the need for safety. She pointed to an 83-year-old man who recently drove the wrong way on a California freeway, causing a pileup. There are many factors that should be considered before elders get behind the wheel, she said.

Birds, squirrels weather the storm

February 16, 2010

Birds, squirrels weather the storm

Winter weather might be bad for backs and spirits, but birds and squirrels are most likely doing just fine, according to wildlife specialists.

GBMC doctor talks about food safety for the Fourth of July

4:51 PM EDT, June 29, 2011

GBMC doctor talks about food safety for the Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July approaching, many people are contemplating cookouts and picnics. But all that celebratory food and drink can pose a threat to your health. There are steps to take to ensure there aren't any unwelcome fireworks in your belly, according to Dr. Niraj Jani, division chief in gastroenterology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Moms who planned C-sections report high satisfaction, study says

9:24 AM EDT, May 8, 2011

Moms who planned C-sections report high satisfaction, study says

Dawn Cofiell was adamantly opposed to delivering her son Donovan by cesarean section three years ago, but a complication made it unavoidable.

6:20 PM EDT, June 22, 2011

Cardiologist defends himself at license hearing

The Towson cardiologist accused of placing cardiac stents into patients who didn't need them had a chance to defend himself Wednesday before the Maryland Board of Physicians, which is deciding whether the doctor should retain his license.

7:14 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Hospital employee and three others accused of stealing patients' identities

A federal grand jury has indicted four people, including a former employee of the University of Maryland Medical Center, in what prosecutors said was a scheme to steal patients' identities.

Week of Father's Day puts spotlight on men's health

3:56 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Week of Father's Day puts spotlight on men's health

It's Men's Health Week, and public health officials are encouraging men to pay more attention to their bodies. Not only should they be paying more attention to little changes that don't seem right, they should be getting annual checkups. Diseases common in older men such as prostate cancer can be treated when found early, and other conditions can be prevented from getting worse, says Mercy Medical Center urologist Dr. Ira Hantman.

Ask the Expert: MRSA in children

4:27 PM EDT, June 1, 2011

Ask the Expert: MRSA in children

Staph infections didn't used to cause much of a fuss. They would irritate skin but could easily be treated with antibiotics. Recently, however, antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, have been surfacing. Dr. Robert Ancona, St. Joseph Medical Center's chief of pediatrics and an infectious disease specialist, have been noticing more concerning MRSA infections in children lately.

Son of autism doctor charged with practicing without a license

5:55 PM EDT, May 19, 2011

Son of autism doctor charged with practicing without a license

The Maryland panel that oversees doctors in the state has charged a man with practicing medicine without a license just weeks after his father's license was suspended for putting autistic children at risk.

The difference between sudden cardiac arrest and heart attacks

January 27, 2011

The difference between sudden cardiac arrest and heart attacks

The new year brings a lot of resolutions to exercise. And sometimes the cold weather also means more snow shoveling. All that exertion can be harmful to people with abnormal hearts by leading to sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, director of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, talks about the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack and what those at risk can do.

Area braces for new snowstorm

February 10, 2010

Area braces for new snowstorm

With another snowstorm bearing down on Baltimore, officials called on local contractors and out-of-state equipment for help, warned that stretches of some highways could be shut down today and implored area residents to stay home.

February 18, 2010

Wealthy suburbs healthiest areas of state, study says

A new study that showed wealthier suburban areas such as Howard County are healthier than urban and rural parts of the state came as no surprise to public health officials, who point to disparities such as access to preventive care and good food.

Many drugs in short supply at hospitals, pharmacies

9:38 PM EDT, June 25, 2011

Many drugs in short supply at hospitals, pharmacies

For a time this year, a psychiatric hospital run by the state of Maryland didn't have enough injectable drugs for schizophrenia patients who refused to take pills.

Alternative autism treatments can be appealing to desperate parents

8:49 PM EDT, May 11, 2011

Alternative autism treatments can be appealing to desperate parents

After her daughter Jodie was diagnosed with autism, Alison Singer went online, searching desperately for anything that looked like it might help her little girl.

How to treat minor animal bites, scratches

March 24, 2011

How to treat minor animal bites, scratches

Animal bites can be serious. They can injure the skin and bones and joints, and the damage could have lasting impacts. Dr. Tanveer Giaibi, chief of emergency medicine at Northwest Hospitals, answers questions about the dangers of and treatments for all kinds of bites.

Clearing up confusion on wisdom teeth removal

4:26 PM EST, February 9, 2011

Clearing up confusion on wisdom teeth removal

It seems just about everyone has to have his wisdom teeth extracted. For most, it's an easy procedure and an easy recovery. But many people don't understand why we have those third molars to begin with — or if there are alternatives to removal. We asked Dr. Robert E. Williams, a clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland Dental School who also practices in Baltimore and Bel Air.

State looks to remove autism panelist with links to suspended doctor

11:42 AM EDT, May 6, 2011

State looks to remove autism panelist with links to suspended doctor

A day after Dr. Mark Geier's medical license was suspended in Maryland over allegations of putting children with autism at risk, state officials were seeking to remove his son from a state commission that advises the governor on the disorder.

Tommy John injuries an epidemic in Little League

March 10, 2011

Tommy John injuries an epidemic in Little League

The injury that St. Louis Cardinals star pitcher Adam Wainwright suffered in the bullpen during spring training isn't just a big league problem. As baseball season approaches, Little Leaguers and other school-age players should be aware that they can damage their elbows. Dr. Anand M. Murthi, attending orthopedic surgeon and chief of shoulder and elbow surgery at Union Memorial Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, explains the surgery that is sometimes necessary for repairs. It's called ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, better known as Tommy John surgery, named after the former pitcher who was one of the first professional athletes to successfully undergo the procedure.

February 9, 2010

Snow still blocked, slowed ways to work

As crews continued to clear roads, train tracks and runways of packed snow and ice from the weekend blizzard, another storm was expected to pummel the region today, causing headaches for those returning to work.

Kids make up largest group with traumatic brain injuries

12:27 AM EST, November 9, 2010

Kids make up largest group with traumatic brain injuries

Austin Story doesn't remember the late-summer outing at a friend's lakefront home in New Jersey, or the rocks he climbed near a waterfall. Or how he lost his footing and, as his horrified mother looked on, fell about 50 feet.

'You're never going to believe what just happened …'

3:37 PM EDT, May 4, 2011

'You're never going to believe what just happened …'

So many items in the home and office are potential poisoning risks, from cleaners to medications to personal care items. Kids are particularly at risk of ingesting poisons because they don't always know the difference between what's safe and what's not. Bruce D. Anderson, director of operations at the Maryland Poison Center, has heard it all. He answers questions about who calls the center and what help they can get.

February 15, 2010

Study sounds alarm on healers' health risks

In laparoscopic surgery, gall bladders are removed, stomachs are constricted and tumors are excised through small incisions that mean less pain and shorter hospital stays. But while the patients are benefiting, the procedures are causing injuries in surgeons themselves.

Patients praise Hopkins surgeon as calm, forthright

7:57 PM EDT, September 17, 2010

Patients praise Hopkins surgeon as calm, forthright

Elizabeth Coxe's back pain was flaring up again. She'd been thrown from a horse about 35 years ago, and a new knee injury was aggravating the old hurt.

Commission to review Hopkins Hospital security after shooting

7:50 PM EDT, September 23, 2010

Commission to review Hopkins Hospital security after shooting

The panel that accredits U.S. hospitals has asked Johns Hopkins Hospital to review its security measures — and potential improvements — in the wake of the shooting of a doctor by the distraught son of a patient last week.

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