Dr. Czarina A. "Rina" Santos-Borja, director of geriatric services at Sheppard Pratt Health System who was known for her wide smile and ability at putting her patients and their families at ease, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of a cranial aneurysm. She was 49.
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.
As tiny cameras have become more readily available, lawyers and victims advocates say crimes of voyeurism are easier to commit -- and potentially more damaging to victims like Shulevitz, who fear that the recorded videos and images of them can be disseminated.
The 23rd annual "Sheppard Pratt Cares for Kids" benefit was a sell-out even before invitations to the $300-a-plate event were mailed out. That's probably in part because of its aim of raising money for the hospital's pediatric patients and students, but it may have something to do with the event's reputation for fun themes.
Several years ago when opponents of the death penalty were making their case for repeal, we constantly heard the refrain that "life without parole" is a sufficiently tough sentence. This year the assault on eliminating life without parole has begun.
The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt received more than 300 posters, created by students from 23 public and private schools throughout seven counties in Maryland, in response to The Center's ninth annual Love Your Tree campaign. This campaign challenged students to create posters that confront society's narrow ideals about beauty and embrace body diversity and self-acceptance. Love Your Tree is a body image campaign based on the work of award-winning playwright, Eve Ensler, author
Plans to open a counseling clinic for drug addicts is causing consternation in the Mount Washington community , Opponents say it poses a safety risk to motorists at a bad intersection and to children who walk to several schools in the immediate area.
Health care professionals can take several simple steps to optimize use of antipsychotics in the treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms such as agitation, hallucinations, delusions or associated behaviors, like screaming or hitting. They should consider such medications only after ruling out alternative causes of symptoms, such as pain or unmet needs. Use of antipsychotics should be limited to those patients whose symptoms are severe enough to adversely affect function and quality of life.
George H. Beatty, a retired Sheppard Pratt Health System security officer who enjoyed performing in musicals, died Thursday of complications of diabetes and kidney disease at his Timonium home. He was 65.
Dr. Irving J. Taylor, a noted psychiatrist, researcher and philanthropist, who had been medical director and CEO of the old Taylor Manor Hospital in Ellicott City, died Friday at his Pikesville home of a heart attack. He was 95.
After 150 years, the aim of University of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Center is still compassionate care. Just ask Sister Evelyn Grudza, one of five Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who have worked at the hospital for decades and who believe, their job is to continue the mission of the three Franciscan sisters who opened St. Joseph's German Catholic Hospital in three donated rowhouses in East Baltimore in 1864.
There aren't a lot of effective treatments for those suffering brain injuries in car crashes, athletics and battle, but a unique collaboration between those who study mental illness and those who treat the disorders may mean a new drug to soothe aggression and aid memory.
A number of research studies have documented the negative effects of TV and film portrayals of mental illness and mental health professionals, which measurably discourage viewers from seeking treatment and diminish confidence in treaters.
Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide, the little-discussed and less-understood phenomenon that now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the United States.
By By Scott Dance and Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun
Dr. Carolyn R. Haynie, a psychiatrist whose work with underserved children in her hometown of Baltimore became the core of a regional practice, died May 12 of breast cancer. The Mount Washington resident was 65.
Vladimir Mehul Baptiste imagined conversations with his family, according to his mother, banged on the walls of his home screaming, "What's wrong with me" and sat in a rainstorm because he said it felt good.
The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors.
Dr. Robert W. Gibson, a seminal figure for more than three decades at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital where he oversaw the desegregation of its facilities, ended its bankruptcy and extended it into the community, died March 8 of heart failure at his Parkton home. He was 89.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun