| Jun 25, 2014
| 8:00 AM
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General's report on the harms of smoking, which launched anti-tobacco public health efforts that have saved an estimated 8 million American lives. We are today a far more educated public when it...
| May 9, 2014
| 4:46 PM
Baltimore once suffered the highest rate of tuberculosis infection of any large city in the country — 75 cases per 100,000 people in 1966.
Since the 1980s, however, the city has served as a model for tuberculosis control and prevention, helping to...
| May 16, 2014
| 3:09 PM
Two cases of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed at a senior housing complex in East Baltimore, city health officials said Friday.
A pair of residents at the 149-unit Apostolic Towers Apartments at 201 N. Washington St. tested positive for the...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:05 PM
An outbreak of group A Streptococcus infections at weight loss clinics in Maryland and Delaware in 2012 was probably caused by poor infection control practices on the part of the staff, according to a new study.
All of the patients — including a...
| May 29, 2014
| 2:24 PM
First ladies aren't normally given to sharp rebukes of Congress, but we can't blame Michelle Obama for being a bit peeved at the efforts of some on Capital Hill to roll back school nutrition standards. At the request of certain special interest groups,...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Anyone who has lost a loved one has experienced the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Following my mother's death from one such infection, Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., in April 2010, I went through the...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 10:36 AM
As my 9-year-old son and I were enjoying a meal at a Lebanese cafe last month, I overheard a middle aged woman say to the server: "This is my first Memorial Day weekend alone. I'm separated, and the kids are with their dad." The way in which she wore...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 12:46 PM
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.
Patients endure round after...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 8:28 AM
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.
Kennedy Krieger takes care of children, Smith thought...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 2:40 PM
It's the start of the summer season and that means many families will be heading to fairs and festivals with petting zoos. And state health officials said people to remember that chicks, ducks, turtles and other animals can transmit salmonella, E. coli...
| May 8, 2014
| 7:24 PM
It isn't often that one hears the word "stellar" used to describe a federal form.
Nevertheless, that's the term Annetta Cheek, a leading advocate of clarity in how government communicates with citizens, uses to praise the form that took the Grand...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:40 PM
It's lunch time, and William Brown has stepped away from his desk for a nicotine fix in the lobby of the building where he works. The city employee isn't allowed to smoke here, but he can vape.
He flips the switch on his sleek black electronic...