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Joyce P. Wheeler, a retired city public schools elementary teacher who made teaching science fun, died March 21 of complications of Alzheimer's disease at her family farm in Sequim, Wash. The former longtime Govans resident was 78.
Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research is preparing to launch a free online class to help students and others understand legal issues and use data to inform policy debates about gun violence.
An evolutionary biologist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, recently co-authored a study that shows how two species of ravens became one, a reverse of more typical evolution known as speciation reversal.
Emocha Mobile Health, a Baltimore-based health technology startup, is expanding its mobile application that helps people takes their medications as prescribed to opioid addiction treatment with a $1.7 million federal grant and $1 million in private funding.
Shock Trauma is one of the many hospitals and doctors offices around the country testing, and in some cases already using, virtual reality technology in treating patients. Virtual reality is being used to distract patients during painful procedures, such as treatment for third-degree burns, so they feel less pain. Soldiers and veterans suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are getting treated with virtual reality videos that recreate traumatic events to help patients face
Can a childhood cancer doctor like me have insights about that other end of medicine — older adults with dementia? Confronting my wife's Alzheimer's disease, I am appalled by the lack of effective therapy for her and by what I see as a lack of direction in clinical dementia research, a lack of structure and a lack of ambitious leadership.
Dr. Leopold M. "Leo" Karpeles, a retired physician who earlier had been an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, died April 26 from complications of dementia at Fairfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Crownsville. He was 95.
Greg Bennett's challenge is remaining free of the prison of other peoples' perceptions. It is keeping loose from restrictions on his movement and personal growth. Greg's challenge is exceeding the expectations that would set an expiration date on his dreams. Greg's Challenge is a website, www.gregshallenge.org, that tells the story of a 19-year-young man who, with the support of his family, is fighting the odds.
Opponents of earned sick leave laws resort to fear-mongering, with dire predictions about the impact on business for a modest earned sick and safe leave policy. However, these concerns are not borne out by the facts. The experiences of cities and states around the country that have already implemented sick leave laws demonstrate that business climate has been healthy, costs have been minimal and job growth has been strong in municipalities with earned sick leave laws.
New residents at dozens of hospitals around the country, including some in Baltimore, are working marathon 28-hour shifts as part of a pair of studies assessing impacts on patient safety, and consumer and medical student groups want it stopped
Criticized for years for not addressing a concussion problem that could threaten the sport's future, the NFL is working now to get ahead of it, changing rules to minimize the injuries and funding research into new technologies at Aberdeen Proving Ground and elsewhere through a competition sponsored by Under Armour and General Electric.
Nearly 200 of those researchers are gathering at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore to share the latest research, and hopefully spark new ideas, in the effort to meet that goal. They were in town for the International Meeting of the Institute of Human Virology, which for the last 17 years has brought together the best minds in AIDS research to help advance ways to treat it.
The current crisis in science (internal squabbles, credibility issues, funding deficits, political questioning) provides an opportunity to for reforms that will ensure that science continues to provide humanity with the new insights, tools and alternatives it must have to face a challenging future.
Dr. Thomas E. Schwark, a pediatrician who had served as CEO of Wyman Park Medical Center and ended his career working for the United States Agency for International Development, died April 24 of a heart attack at his home in Harper House in Cross Keys. He was 76.
Rubber tires contain a number of carcinogens and lung irritants. The government knows a lot about the harmful effect that tires present and yet the Environmental Protection Agency has actually promoted the use of shredded tires and artificial turf where our children play.
Charles W. "Chuck" Woodfield, whose career in Baltimore County public schools teaching science and serving as department chair spanned more than four decades, died May 9 of complications from pneumonia at his Jarrettsville home. He was 88.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Herman L. Ammon, who taught chemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park, for nearly five decades and was also an expert in the field of crystal structure, died Aug. 2 of a stroke at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun