The University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development has been awarded a $36.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote vaccines for typhoid fever, which kills a quarter million people a year worldwide. The money will be used to set up the Typhoid Vaccine Acceleration Consortium, a partnership with the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford and PATH, a global health organization based in Seattle.
Four of the Howard County Council's five members on Friday voted to overturn County Executive Allan Kittleman's veto of a bill that creates a set of nutritional guidelines for the food and drink sold in Howard County government vending machines.
People packed the Howard County Council's Ellicott City chambers Monday night to testify on a bill that would create nutritional standards for food and drink sold on county property, in a hearing that was reminiscent of another held almost a year ago.
A recent report from the Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation, the organization tasked with ensuring that a full range of housing is built downtown, has recommended the County Council take a second look at the requirements for developing Columbia's city center.
The Horizon Foundation earlier this week launched a new television ad campaign calling on Coca-Cola to help fight childhood obesity. Starting next week, the $40,000 campaign will hit the air, with 30- and 90-second advertisements playing on broadcasts and cable networks through the Baltimore region during the months of October and November.
Curbing sugar consumption of children could help increase their current life expectancy, since too much sugar in the diet, especially in liquid form, has been linked to development of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many more diseases.