In the midst of the ongoing debate about soaring drug prices, there is one voice that is too rarely heard — the patient voice. As the ones depending on these drugs each and every day, patients must be considered first and foremost. Who speaks for us? Certainly it isn't the insurers who fight filling our prescriptions for medications deemed vital by our doctors. Supposedly it is the job of the insurance companies to facilitate access to these medications, but that is not what is happening.
Asthma-related hospitalizations increase significantly during severe heat and rainstorms, which are predicted to worsen as the Earth warms from climate change, according to new research from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
Simple tests already used regularly to assess kidney function and damage could also help doctors predict who will suffer heart disease, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found.
Boosting manufacturing in Maryland requires acknowledging reality. Steel and other symbols of 20th century manufacturing have given way to products few people imagined a few generations ago: vaccines, monoclonal antibody drugs and advanced computer technologies.
Synagro Technologies, a Baltimore-based waste management company, faces grass roots opposition to its application to spread industrial waste as fertilizer over farms in seven Virginia counties. As a result of the backlash, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has delayed signing off on Synagro's plans.
Eighteen months after Gov. Martin O'Malley heralded a deal to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay by generating electricity from poultry waste, the company chosen to build the manure-fueled power plant on the Eastern Shore has yet to land a site or apply for permits.
For those waiting on surgery to place a defibrillator inside their body, special vests can deliver lifesaving shocks in the event of a heart arrhythmia. But the downside, some say, is that the vests are so uncomfortable some patients don't wear them all the time.
Many supposedly bee-friendly flowers and home garden plants being sold by major retailers have been pretreated with pesticides implicated in bee declines, according to a study by Friends of the Earth and other organizations, including the Maryland Pesticide Network.
Despite early progress reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution, levels of a key pollutant, phosphorus, have not come down in many rivers in the past decade — and are actually worsening in several, officials say.
Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill Thursday creation a regional 3D printing and additive manufacturing authority in collaboration with Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
With Triple Crown season upon us, we are calling on Congress to pass the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act to protect the sport's athletes — both equine and human — and begin to restore integrity and confidence in an industry whose reputation has been badly sullied.
Baltimore's success in reducing cases of tuberculosis could be eroded as budget cuts make monitoring the stubbornly persistent health threat more difficult as new sources and more drug-resistant strains emerge.
A settlement was filed in bankruptcy court Tuesday that could provide victims of a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections with $100 million as early as next year, lawyers said.
North County High School students Jack Andraka and Chloe Diggs recently captured the gold medal and $50,000 in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages student teams to identify an environmental issue that has global impact and provide a viable, replicable solution.
Given the amount of drugs collected at take back days in Harford County since their inception, it seems like it would make sense to provide such a service at health department buildings and police stations.
Pair opens Maryland Addiction Recovery Center in Towson using "recovery-based" philosophy where detox is part of the treatment. The major demographic of patients is 15 to 30 year olds and the center treats addictions not just for drugs and alcohol but for gambling, shopping and sexual addictions.
Over these last three decades I've frequently been asked if I believe we can eradicate HIV and stop the epidemic. I believe the answer is yes — if the public and private sectors begin to invest more resources in research, treatment and in reaching people at risk. A functional cure is likely achievable within a decade and vaccine candidates are emerging.
A man found guilty of burglary based on DNA evidence asked a state appellate court Thursday to throw out his conviction, arguing that police improperly kept his genetic information in the database they used to link him to a Coke can from the crime scene.
It seems that many minorities do not give back to their communities to help develop the next generation pursue STEM fields, or that many minority kids are turned away from STEM fields because they do not believe it is possible to be successful in these fields. If our society wants to see more minorities in STEM fields then we as a whole have to contribute and not put the entire burden on the education system to train the next generation of minorities in STEM fields.
Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has placed its name in lights over the Inner Harbor, a mark of the Indian drug manufacturer's growing presence since the company located its U.S. headquarters in Baltimore more than a decade ago.
Local medical professionals will gather with members of Baltimore's gay community later this month to discuss a new medical treatment that involves HIV-negative patients taking a daily pill to avoid becoming infected.
Tricia Lige of Knettishall, will be walking with her Lige Lightning team of walkers at the MS Walk Towson on April 13 at Goucher College. Jennifer Cooper of Baltimore is honorary chair and Barbara Shelton of Towson will be walking in her 12th walk this year.