Nearly 20,000 children in Maryland, or 1 in 68, have some variation of the autism spectrum disorder; the precise number of adults is hard to come by, underscoring the fact that autism is looked at still as largely a children's disorder. In recent decades, there's been a dramatic increase in children diagnosed with autism for multiple reasons and now these youngsters are growing up.
Dr. Levi Watkins, the first black chief resident of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was known as much for fighting the injustice faced by African Americans as his groundbreaking medical work.
Representatives from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group Foundation delivered a petition to a Walgreens at 1300 East North Avenue in Baltimore Tuesday, saying it contributes to high rates of asthma in children.
The massive Carnival Pride cruise liner docked at the Port of Baltimore just before sunrise Sunday for the first time in five months, ending a hiatus created when new air standards sent the ship looking for fresh digs.
A panel of nutritionists and health experts that updates the nation's Dietary Guidelines every five years included sugar reduction in a draft last month. Natural sugars are OK, the panel said, but people should not eat more than 200 calories a day in added sugar.
Babies contract infant botulism by ingesting bacterium spores, which then harbor in the large intestine where toxins breed. The toxins damage nerves that send the signals to make muscles contract. In turn, the body slowly loses its ability to move.
Four health insurance companies have paid a combined $280,000 in fines to the Maryland Insurance Administration for selling health insurance plans to college students that did not meet state standards.
State auditors are criticizing Maryland's health department for the way it hired a contractor to replace the system used to process Medicaid payments — and later having to suspend work with the company.
Doctors at trauma units around the country use different blood mixtures when performing transfusions on patients. For a long time it was unclear if one combination worked better than another because no one had ever studied the issue.
Just like last week, the snowstorm headed for the Northeast Sunday will most likely skip blanketing Maryland with heavy snow, however those heading to Super Bowl parties should take note that the Baltimore area may still have to contend with some wintry precipitation.
Maryland health exchange officials told the Senate Finance Committee of the General Assembly Wednesday that 191,000 people had signed up for public and private insurance during open enrollment, which lasts until Feb. 15.
The health care law that was supposed to make insurance available to hundreds of thousands in the state is costing Marylanders so much in prescription drug costs that it may deter patients from taking their medicine, the survey by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease found.
National health reform was supposed to open the doors to mental health services for hundreds of thousands of people who couldn't get treatment, but in Maryland patients are finding there aren't enough doctors.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced a new initiative Monday that would offer rehab services and drug education to these patients – many who will wind up in the hospital again. Doctors could also prescribe patients with the drug naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug.
More needs to be done to address a hidden toll of violence that is creating a ripple of social ills in Baltimore, including hurting children's ability to learn, community advocates and health professionals say.
Killings in Baltimore, which has the fifth-highest homicide rate of major U.S. cities, have left behind thousands of grieving families. Like the children exposed to violence, or the caregivers tending sons disabled by shootings, the grieving relatives of the murdered are little noticed after the funerals and the candlelight vigils. But their suffering is part of the devastating domino effect of violence in the city.
Many families that have been victimized by violence find themselves on a long odyssey taking care of an adult son — and illustrating the unseen toll of violence in the Baltimore region. Little is known about these families; there have been few studies of their situation, and it's unclear how many victims end up being cared for at home. Experts compare their experience to that of the families of injured soldiers back from war.