| Apr 20, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Wednesday is the 30-year anniversary of the day my colleagues and I reported that a new retrovirus, now known as HIV, was the agent causing AIDS. We also announced the development of an effective HIV blood test and the capacity to continuously produce the...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 5:55 AM
Columbia resident Michael Osborne couldn't process the news when he was first diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer back in May 2008.
"It was horrifying," he said. "I called my wife, and we cried a lot. I was thinking 'You die of this disease,...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 12:41 PM
This year, approximately 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Parkinson's, joining the 1 million people already living with the disease in the United States and the 4 million to 6 million diagnosed with it worldwide. Their painful struggle is one...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 3:08 PM
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.
The letter from...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:00 AM
About two months ago, I was driving home from Frederick at about 2 a.m., and I passed a specter on the side of the road. At least I thought so, because it was hard for me to believe that I had seen what I thought I saw. I pulled over to the side of the...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Leila, 4, wanted to ask Santa for pink Legos this Christmas. But trying to get the little girl, who has autism, to sit on Santa's lap at the mall had proved difficult in years past.
Early Saturday morning, before White Marsh Mall had formally opened for...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:47 AM
Thanks to new restrictions passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley this year, Maryland is now in the top tier of states when it comes to the strength of its gun laws. It had been close to the top before, but now it ranks fourth,...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 10:29 AM
The rise of drug-resistant bacteria is one of the more alarming health threats of the past several decades. Some of the nation's top hospitals, including one operated by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, have experienced deadly outbreaks....
| Dec 16, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Over the past 20 years, conflicting information regarding the use of hormone therapy — and in particular bioidentical hormone therapy, which chemically matches hormones the body already produces — has confused women experiencing...
| Dec 20, 2013
Cold weather tips
The Department of Health offers information on how to safely enjoy cold weather: Visit the website aahealth.org. Click on "cold weather tips" under "Hot topics." This includes dressings for cold weather, suggestions for items to have at...
| Dec 29, 2013
For those looking for a fairly simple and pain-free resolution for the new year, here's one: Get a carbon monoxide detector for your home or business or both. If you already have one, perhaps it's time to change the batteries or at least test them.
| Jan 31, 2014
| 11:33 AM
Heroin laced with the synthetic opioid fentanyl has killed 37 Marylanders since September, state health officials said today.
The deaths, reported by Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, accounted for 12 percent of the 318 overdose deaths...