Recent stories by Andrea Walker
7:36 PM CDT, May 18, 2013
No Triple Crown winner this year, no first-female-jockey-to-win, no sunshine? No problem, said those who flocked to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday and waited out a midafternoon downpour to watch Oxbow leave behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb to capture the 138th Preakness Stakes.
6:41 PM CDT, May 15, 2013
Kaci DeWitt-Rickards remembers being a chunky kid with a steady diet of Burger King chicken tenders, vanilla milkshakes and Papa John's pizza.
6:57 PM CDT, May 14, 2013
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy rather than risk developing breast cancer hit close to home for Melissa DeSantis, a Bel Air mother of three children.
4:39 PM CDT, May 15, 2013
It is well known that HPV (human papillomavirus) can lead to deadly cervical cancer in women, but the virus is causing cancer in men as well. Throat cancers caused by HPV are showing up typically in men with little or no history of smoking, said Dr. Kevin J. Cullen, an oncologist who specializes in treating head and neck cancers. Cullen, the director of the University of Maryland's Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, talks about the growing cases of HPV-related throat cancers.
5:35 PM CDT, May 12, 2013
Pietro "Pete" Rugolo, the popular owner of Jerry's Belvedere Tavern on York Road in Govans, died May 8 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of pancreatic cancer. The Lutherville resident was 75.
1:34 PM CDT, May 12, 2013
Fire officials in Harford County say a medevac helicopter was requested in Whiteford on Sunday after an 11-year-old boy reportedly crashed an ATV four-wheeler into a tree.
8:45 PM CDT, May 12, 2013
Two men were shot in separate incidents Sunday in Baltimore, police said, and both were expected to survive their injuries.
9:41 PM CDT, May 6, 2013
The Maryland Hospital Association has sent a letter to state health officials saying it will not support a proposal that would link medical spending to the state's economic growth.
5:54 PM CDT, May 9, 2013
The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced this week a $500 million fundraising goal — the Baltimore institution's largest campaign ever.
5:53 PM CDT, May 3, 2013
Maryland tapped the nonprofit Seedco to help implement health care reform despite a $1.7 million settlement the agency agreed to in December to resolve a federal fraud suit.
2:33 PM CDT, May 9, 2013
Sixteen health centers in Maryland will share in $1.7 million in federal funding to help enroll uninsured residents in health plans under health care reform.
1:53 PM CDT, May 3, 2013
It looks like an expensive bracelet, but the contraption laced in titanium beads gets placed around the esophagus rather than the wrist.
1:28 PM CDT, May 1, 2013
Many men will experience prostate enlargement as they get older, some to the point that it will cause urination problems. Dr. Michael Naslund, director of the Maryland Prostate Center at the University Maryland Medical Center, said there are many options for treatment, including surgery, drugs and lifestyle changes.
11:55 AM CDT, May 9, 2013
Johns Hopkins Hospital charged $13,667 on average to treat one admission of a Medicare patient with diabetes in 2011, while a couple of miles away Mercy Medical Center billed an average of $8,425.
10:41 AM CDT, May 2, 2013
Maryland hospitals said they will need to cut jobs and patient services after a state panel voted Wednesday to keep hospital rates flat, despite a 2 percent cut in Medicare payments required by federal sequestration.
6:02 PM CDT, April 30, 2013
A Linthicum firm is among several orthotics and prosthetics companies that will offer victims of the Boston Marathon bombing artificial limbs at no charge if their insurance doesn't cover all or some of the costs of the devices.
5:22 PM CDT, April 26, 2013
The Maryland Hospital Association said Friday that jobs may be in jeopardy if a state commission approves a plan that would make hospitals absorb all of the 2 percent Medicare cuts required under federal sequestration.
9:24 PM CDT, April 24, 2013
Blaming the cost to implement health care reform, the state's largest health insurer has proposed eye-popping rate increases to state regulators for individuals and small businesses.
1:06 PM CDT, April 17, 2013
Constipation hits everybody at some point. The uncomfortable condition can be caused by many things, including a bad diet and dehydration. Dr. Vaibhav A. Parekh, director of Medstar Harbor Primary Care, talks about how to prevent and treat constipation, and how to tell if it's a sign of more serious health problems.
5:18 PM CDT, April 11, 2013
Zoning laws have become a powerful way to reduce the number of liquor stores in cities, but too few government officials use them, Johns Hopkins University public health researchers said in a new report.
5:37 PM CDT, April 8, 2013
The dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine met with graduating students Monday about their opposition to neurosurgeon Ben Carson as commencement speaker after his controversial remarks about same-sex marriage.
8:49 PM CDT, April 25, 2013
The state's hospitals would absorb all of the 2 percent Medicare cuts required by federal sequestration under a proposal released Thursday by the state panel that sets hospital rates.
8:28 PM CDT, April 10, 2013
Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson stepped down Wednesday as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine after complaints from students about controversial comments concerning same-sex marriage.
2:41 PM CDT, April 3, 2013
Does eliminating specific foods from the diet, such as sugar or wheat, provide health benefits? Such cleansing has become a popular way for people to lose weight, boost energy and eat more healthfully. Liz Lipski, academic director for the Master of Science degree in nutrition and integrative health at Maryland University of Integrative Health, believes cleanses can be beneficial if they are not too extreme.
2:39 PM CDT, April 6, 2013
A state plan to tie medical spending to the growth of the economy is making hospital executives uneasy.
5:55 PM CDT, April 11, 2013
Johns Hopkins administrators scrambled Thursday to find a commencement speaker to replace Dr. Ben Carson, who stepped down from two engagements because of backlash from recent comments he made about same-sex marriage.
7:55 PM CDT, April 5, 2013
The dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine sought to distance the institution from famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who has made headlines for his opposition to same-sex marriage, and also promised to meet with students opposed to Carson's planned role in commencement proceedings.
8:59 PM CDT, March 22, 2013
When Peggy Young became pregnant with her third child, she said a supervisor told her she was a liability and not to come back to work as a UPS package delivery driver in Landover until she had the baby.
9:39 PM CDT, March 20, 2013
Supervisors at a Maryland hospital weren't surprised when drugs were missing from a treatment room where contract radiology technician David Kwiatkowski was assigned.
5:11 PM CDT, April 10, 2013
Fitch Ratings said Tuesday it has issued a AA- rating on two series of bonds worth $299 million to be issued to The Johns Hopkins Health System for refinancing and capital improvements.
5:05 PM CDT, April 3, 2013
Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc., a consumer-owned nonprofit that will compete with private insurers to sell health policies, said Wednesday it has received a key state certificate that will allow it to offer health benefit plans later this year.
6:40 PM CDT, March 20, 2013
Companies would have to adjust the duties of women who can't perform their normal jobs because they are pregnant under legislation passed by the House of Delegates Wednesday.
1:50 PM CDT, March 23, 2013
A staffing company owned by Columbia-based Maxim Healthcare Services created a false email to make it appear it had informed state health officials about unethical conduct by contract worker David Kwiatkowski, who is accused of exposing hundreds of Maryland patients to hepatitis C.
1:53 PM CDT, March 22, 2013
Linda Kellar seemed too young for dementia, the slow-forming disease that erodes the memories of people usually much older than the then-54-year-old housewife.
6:47 PM CDT, March 21, 2013
The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously Thursday for a proposed law that would require state licensing of medical staffing companies after a radiographer was accused of exposing hundreds of Marylanders to hepatitis C.
1:08 PM CDT, April 17, 2013
When 11-year-old Benjamin Lausch competes in triathlons, his eye is on beating a boy from Pennsylvania named Daniel.
2:15 PM CDT, March 20, 2013
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, but many don't recognize the warning signs. They may ignore the symptoms or mistake them for more benign ailments. Dr. Shannon J. Winakur, medical director of the Women's Heart Center at Saint Agnes Hospital, said women should be more aware of heart disease and how to prevent it.
11:05 PM CST, March 4, 2013
On her first full day on the job, the new Anne Arundel County executive shut down a surveillance operation inside the county office building that included 500 cameras recording minute-by-minute activity in and around numerous county government facilities.
8:58 PM CDT, March 12, 2013
A Baltimore abortion clinic whose license was suspended last week disputes that a patient suffered cardiac arrest at its facility, as the state contends.
5:49 PM CST, March 6, 2013
Low libido can not only ruin a women's sex life but could also cause her to miss out on some key health benefits. Dr. Valerie Omicioli, a certified menopause practitioner and clinical assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said that low sexual desire is something that women should not ignore.
10:05 PM CST, February 27, 2013
The Baltimore Health Department said late Wednesday that investigators believe a faulty hot water heater sickened 23 people at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick complex this week.
6:55 PM CDT, March 12, 2013
State health officials have suspended surgical abortion procedures at three clinics, including one in Baltimore where a patient suffered cardiac arrest and later died at a hospital.
12:44 PM CST, March 2, 2013
Baltimore police are investigating the shooting of a 33-year-old man found dead in a vehicle early Saturday morning.
8:28 PM CST, February 28, 2013
The chief financial officer at Anne Arundel Medical Center is watching the fight over federal spending closely.
10:35 PM CST, February 26, 2013
The cafeteria at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick complex was shut down Tuesday after 18 people were sickened with an unknown condition and 600 evacuated from the building in North Baltimore.
7:49 AM CST, February 28, 2013
Alex Anderson tried to slowly rotate her body into a warrior yoga pose, but her legs began to tremble, her arms started flailing and she landed with a splash in the pool at MAC Fitness in Harbor East.
7:29 PM CST, February 24, 2013
James Guyton plays basketball. But skiing?
5:00 PM CST, February 22, 2013
The Maryland Attorney General's office in conjunction with the federal government and 46 other states has reached a $48 million settlement with a Texas drug company that marketed an ointment to treat bedsores even though it wasn't approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
5:50 PM CST, February 20, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Wednesday he has filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, LLC for falsely saying three of its diabetes drugs were better than others on the market.
9:27 AM CST, February 21, 2013
Many people have heard of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg or Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
1:58 PM CST, February 20, 2013
A popular "Downton Abbey" character died in childbirth from eclampsia in a storyline that shocked audiences. But what exactly is eclampsia, and does it kill modern-day moms?
8:05 PM CST, February 7, 2013
The previous owner of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center has agreed to pay the federal government $4.9 million for overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare system by keeping patients in the hospital longer than needed.
7:10 PM CST, February 22, 2013
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center said Friday that it has received a new Medicare provider agreement, allowing it to again seek reimbursement for treating patients on the federal government's health program.
9:13 PM CST, February 15, 2013
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center loses about $400,000 every day it's not certified by Medicare to collect payments from the federal health care program.
7:45 PM CST, February 12, 2013
The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center failed a critical federal inspection and has been unable to collect what is likely millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements from the federal government since Dec. 1.
4:32 PM CST, January 30, 2013
When Gwen Taylor turned 50 this month, she wanted to celebrate the milestone with something other than the typical dinner and drinks.
2:02 PM CST, February 6, 2013
Surgery on older people can be riskier than other generations. But it can be safely done if doctors take certain precautions. Dr. Mark Katlic, chief of surgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and an expert on surgical care of patients 80 and older, talks about the risks involved.
4:27 PM CST, February 10, 2013
Nearly 10,000 people in West Baltimore are diagnosed each year with new cases of diabetes, hypertension and other treatable, chronic health conditions — enough to fill 24 jumbo jets.
6:56 PM CST, January 29, 2013
Brendan Marrocco sometimes looks down at his arms and can't believe they really exist.
1:58 PM CST, January 23, 2013
As people look to live more healthful lifestyles, many are contemplating meat-free diets. But becoming vegan or vegetarian can seem daunting as people try to figure out what to eat to get all the proper nutrients. Ingrid Beardsley, registered dietitian at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, said the transition can be done with proper planning.
6:42 PM CST, January 9, 2013
Johns Hopkins scientists have found a way to screen for hard-to-detect endometrial and ovarian cancers in women using a routine Pap smear, a discovery they hope eventually could reduce the number of deaths caused by the deadly malignancies.
5:21 PM CST, January 25, 2013
Adults who lose their hearing later in life also are more likely to have a hard time concentrating on a book or remembering a simple conversation, Johns Hopkins research has found.
6:59 PM CST, January 18, 2013
Every flu season, doctors instruct their patients in the basics of respiratory etiquette: To limit spread of the disease, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and practice good hygiene.
7:54 PM CST, January 11, 2013
Federal health officials declared this season's flu outbreak an epidemic Friday as Maryland hospitals and clinics continued to treat unusually high numbers of patients for the virus and manufacturers reported low supplies of the vaccine to treat the illness.
12:30 PM CST, January 8, 2013
LifeBridge Health has named Neil M. Meltzer as its new CEO as part of a shake up in leadership at the hospital system prompted by the retirement of the company's current head.
4:11 PM CST, January 4, 2013
Drug company Amgen Inc. will pay the Maryland Medicaid system $856,474 to settle allegations that it illegally marketed and priced drugs used to treat anemia, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases.
12:55 PM CST, January 29, 2013
A soldier who lost all of his limbs in the Iraq War received double arm transplants at Johns Hopkins Hospital last month in a rare procedure that has already begun to restore some normalcy to his life.
5:49 PM CST, January 16, 2013
The worst flu outbreak in a decade hasn't spared the Ravens or other NFL players during the playoff season.
6:12 PM CST, December 21, 2012
Four patients treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital are likely to have contracted hepatitis C from a rogue medical technician accused of stealing drugs and leaving contaminated needles behind, lab tests have confirmed.
6:12 PM CST, January 7, 2013
Bryan Johnson didn't know he had bipolar disorder until he ended up at the emergency room, where he assaulted a police officer.
1:16 PM CST, January 9, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently received a gag gift of protective headgear after she suffered a concussion and blood clot near her brain after a fall. While Clinton can now make light of the injuries, a blood clot can be a serious health risk that can lead to death. Dr. James L. Frazier, III, a neurosurgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, talks about the dangers.
4:29 PM CST, December 24, 2012
Pacemakers regulate the beat of a weak heart and ease the tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, and now Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers hope the devices also will slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer's.
7:06 PM CST, December 17, 2012
MedStar Health plans to build a $30 million medical plaza in Bel Air as it tries to capitalize on the area's growing population, company officials said Monday.
7:38 PM CST, January 3, 2013
Area hospitals are coping with a surge of patients with achy bodies, fevers and sore throats as the nation grapples with a flu season that has hit earlier and harder than usual.
4:20 PM CST, December 12, 2012
John C. "Jack" Millhausen, an 84-year-old Fallston resident, is at least the second Marylander to die of fungal meningitis in a national epidemic that experts say is slowing but about which many questions remain.
6:49 PM CST, December 21, 2012
The pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak that has hit 19 states said Friday it has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Massachusetts.
6:20 PM CST, December 26, 2012
The Baltimore VA Medical Center said Wednesday it has become the first hospital in Maryland to offer three-dimensional mammograms, a technology it hopes will better detect breast cancer in women.
5:47 PM CST, December 10, 2012
Maryland and five other states received conditional federal approval Monday to operate a state exchange, or marketplace where individuals can buy insurance under health care reform.
2:23 PM CST, December 12, 2012
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common ailment often picked up by children in day care. While it may make for a cranky child, Dr. Benjamin N. Lockshin, a Silver Spring dermatologist who also teaches at Georgetown University and the Johns Hopkins University, said the disease is easily treated.
8:13 PM CST, December 8, 2012
Ellen Carpenter delayed marriage until she found Mr. Right, but by that time she was 38 years old, making it much more difficult to have children.
6:15 PM CST, December 1, 2012
Police in Baltimore County have charged a teenager with attempted second degree murder after he allegedly rammed a stolen minivan into a police car and attempted to run over an officer early Saturday.
8:34 PM CST, December 7, 2012
As efforts to crack down on the abuse of prescription drugs have worked, a new problem has emerged, with addicts who can no longer get their fix by popping pills turning to the old-fashioned street drug heroin, health and law enforcement officials say.
5:25 AM CST, November 30, 2012
The University of Maryland Medical System expects to complete its acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center Friday nearly a year after the Towson hospital sought a buyer as it looked to bounce back from the fallout of accusations that one of its doctors performing unnecessary cardiac procedures.
7:07 PM CST, November 30, 2012
When the owners of troubled St. Joseph Medical Center put the Towson hospital up for sale a year ago, the University of Maryland Medical System didn't hesitate to put in a bid.
4:36 PM CST, November 20, 2012
A U.S. District Court judge has approved a settlement in a Baltimore fair housing case dating back to 1995.
9:49 AM CST, December 2, 2012
A Baltimore blogger wanted on a court-issued warrant refused to come out of his home for hours, broadcasting his discussion with a police negotiator live on the Internet before turning himself in peacefully.
5:57 PM CST, December 4, 2012
The staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center considered canceling some surgeries on a recent weekend because the hospital was running low on a common drug used to help bring people out from under anesthesia.
5:28 PM CST, November 17, 2012
Saddled with student loan debt, Dr. Laura Herrera joined the Army Reserve to help pay off medical school bills and perhaps get a chance to see the world.
5:36 PM CST, November 16, 2012
Maryland health officials have published final regulations to prohibit the sale of decorative bumpers that line the inside of baby cribs, making this the first state with such a ban.
1:24 PM CST, November 28, 2012
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults 20 to 74 years old. Dr. Michael Grodin, co-director of retinal services and director of clinical research at Katzen Eye Group, discusses eye problems and the link to diabetes.
November 24, 2012
When an occupational therapist walked through the home of 70-year-old Carol Glover two years ago, she immediately noticed safety hazards.
12:31 PM CST, November 18, 2012
The state board that regulates Maryland pharmacies like the Massachusetts firm under investigation in a national fungal meningitis outbreak said it can adequately oversee so-called compounding pharmacies, despite cries from critics that the federal government should have more authority.
6:17 PM CDT, October 18, 2012
The owner of a Baltimore substance abuse center led a protest of more than 120 people Thursday morning at the doors of Johns Hopkins Hospital, saying the medical giant owes his organization more than $100,000 in Medicaid payments.
5:18 PM CST, December 1, 2012
Students drawn to Morgan State University's strong academics and historical legacy are finding that crime is becoming an increasing distraction, and are joining a state lawmaker and alumnus in calling for better security to protect the institution's reputation.
1:49 PM CST, November 15, 2012
The University of Maryland Medical System said Wednesday that it expects to complete its acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center on Dec. 1, nearly a year after the Towson hospital sought a buyer as it looked to recover from the fallout of one of its doctors performing unnecessary cardiac procedures.
6:22 PM CST, November 12, 2012
Another study is adding to growing evidence that the condition of a neighborhood can have a significant impact on its residents' health.
3:10 PM CST, November 7, 2012
Sometimes it's easy for Vincent Vono to feel down about having to live with Parkinson's disease.
3:01 PM CDT, October 31, 2012
When you enter a Soldierfit class, you become a member of the armed forces — even if just for an hour.
4:52 PM CST, November 15, 2012
The man tapped Thursday as the CEO of the newly created University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center is known for his work in oncology, but for the last few years has been working toward a career on the administrative side of the hospital business.
7:08 AM CDT, October 31, 2012
Dale Lucas' horse farm in Baltimore County lost power during Hurricane Irene last year. It lost power for six days when the derecho blew through in June. And it lost power again Monday night.
6:31 PM CDT, October 16, 2012
A Towson law firm has accused eight more doctors of playing a role in implanting unnecessary heart stents in patients at St. Joseph Medical Center, where cardiologist Dr. Mark Midei was accused of performing the procedure in hundreds of patients who didn't need them.
8:04 PM CDT, October 26, 2012
The Massachusetts pharmacy at the heart of a probe into a deadly meningitis outbreak may have violated federal health laws, U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators said Friday, saying mold and bacteria were found in areas where drugs were mixed.
7:35 PM CDT, October 13, 2012
Many patients taken to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore cling to life, barely able to breathe, much less consent to participate in a medical trial, a reality that makes trauma research extremely difficult.
9:06 PM CDT, October 13, 2012
Mixed martial arts fighter Darren Costa and his longtime friend Matthew Morrow were shot early Saturday at a house party in Pasadena as a wave of violence swept across the region.
1:21 PM CST, November 14, 2012
ACL tears have taken out so many University of Maryland football players, you'd think the injury is contagious. Four Terps football players have suffered from the knee injuries this season. Dr. Michael E Trice, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Cartilage Restoration Center at Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, says ACL tears aren't that uncommon in athletes.
2:36 PM CST, November 4, 2012
Naomi Morgan reached her limit when her doctor recommended a third surgery for chronic back pain.
8:23 PM CDT, October 9, 2012
Technicians at the Cape Apothecary compounding pharmacy in Annapolis spend their days mixing drugs that are no longer sold commercially or creating specialized batches of medicine for patients such as children who can't handle the normal dose.
1:02 PM CDT, October 17, 2012
Julie Bowen was on the set of the television show "Boston Legal" four years ago when she got the call from her husband, who was on his way to the hospital with their then-infant son Oliver.
6:50 PM CDT, July 31, 2012
A foot and half separated Marc Burleson from the buried bomb he was trying to defuse last December in a narrow alleyway of a small Afghanistan village.
11:01 AM CST, November 14, 2012
Maryland health officials want the state's hospitals to play a larger role in encouraging mothers to breast-feed in the crucial hours after they give birth, as growing evidence points to the health benefits of feeding babies human milk.
7:57 PM CDT, September 27, 2012
Under national health care reform, insurance policies in Maryland will be required to cover acupuncture for pain management and chiropractic care in certain cases.
7:36 PM CDT, October 24, 2012
The federal Food and Drug Administration identified 89 medical facilities in Maryland that bought drugs from the Massachusetts manufacturer being investigated for a national fungal meningitis outbreak.
6:05 PM CDT, October 18, 2012
A team of runners and walkers from Transformations Fitness for Women studios will participate in Sunday's Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, but their team will be much smaller than previous years.
10:22 AM CDT, October 18, 2012
It is well documented that African-American women with breast cancer are more likely to have a more aggressive type of the disease that kills them, but why remains a mystery.
7:15 PM CDT, October 5, 2012
Maryland could see new cases of meningitis for a month or more as health officials continue to search for new and past cases of the disease, which has sickened 50 people in several states who received injections of a tainted steroid.
4:45 PM CDT, September 25, 2012
Sherrie Walter will never wear earrings again, but recently started styling her hair in a ponytail the way she used to before she was diagnosed with skin cancer nearly four years ago.
5:35 PM CDT, October 29, 2012
As Massachusetts closed another compounding pharmacy for unsanitary conditions, a report released Monday argued that the state boards that regulate those pharmacies are doing an inadequate job.
6:50 PM CDT, October 8, 2012
Maryland health officials said Monday that two more people in the state have developed meningitis after receiving a steroid injection for back pain, as an outbreak that has afflicted 105 people nationwide continues to grow.
3:10 PM CDT, September 9, 2012
Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties are getting sprayed for mosquitoes and health officials are warning residents to take precautions as the nation copes with the worst season of West Nile Virus since the disease was discovered in the United States in 1999.
5:31 PM CDT, September 28, 2012
A Maryland group led by Howard County health officer Peter Beilenson has received a $65 million loan under federal health reform to start the state's first insurance co-op, a consumer-owned nonprofit that will compete against private insurers to sell health policies.
7:59 PM CDT, October 4, 2012
Komen Maryland counts on Race for the Cure to pay for programs and support services related to breast cancer, but as the date for the 20th annual event approaches the group is facing steep declines in the number of people signed up and the amount of money raised.
7:00 PM CDT, September 4, 2012
A patient believed to have contracted hepatitis C from a rogue medical worker has sued Columbia-based Maxim Staffing Solutions Inc. for failing to report the traveling technician to legal authorities even though the company knew he had stolen narcotics and put patients at risk.
2:19 PM CDT, October 31, 2012
Fans were missing linebacker Ray Lewis at the end of the Ravens' last game. Lewis is out for the season after suffering a triceps tear, a rare injury with a long recovery time. Dr. Umasuthan Srikumaran, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said triceps tears are significant injuries for athletes.
9:54 PM CDT, October 3, 2012
State health officials are looking into two cases of meningitis, including one death, that may have been caused by spinal injections.
4:38 PM CDT, September 13, 2012
Baltimore-based Remedi SeniorCare, which provides pharmaceutical services to long-term care facilities, has bought an Ohio company in a deal that expands its Midwestern customer base.
7:44 PM CDT, September 7, 2012
The state will consider adopting voluntary safety standards rather than an all-out ban on bumper pads that line the inside of cribs and have been determined a hazard to babies.
6:09 PM CDT, August 16, 2012
A federal appeals court has granted a new hearing in a case challenging whether Baltimore can require faith-based pregnancy counseling centers to post signs saying they don't offer abortion or birth control advice and services.
5:14 PM CDT, August 28, 2012
Johns Hopkins will use an $8.9 million gift to make intensive care units safer for patients, expanding on the institution's past work to reduce medical mistakes that have long troubled hospitals.
4:37 PM CDT, August 12, 2012
Four Maryland hospitals are offering free hepatitis C testing to at least 1,750 patients who may have been exposed to the viral disease by a traveling medical technician, as state officials launch a broad regulatory review in response to the case.
7:14 PM CDT, September 14, 2012
Gene Cassidy thought he was lucky to survive being shot in the head twice 25 years ago when he was a Baltimore policeman, so a second near-death ordeal recently seemed unreal.
3:19 PM CDT, September 5, 2012
The beginning of the school year often means morning battles between parents and their children who don't want to get out of bed in the morning. But a good night's sleep is crucial to a student's performance in school. Dr. Scott Krugman, chairman of the department of pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and the vice president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, talks about children's sleep patterns and how to get them on a workable sleep schedule.
6:58 AM CDT, August 27, 2012
The American Academy of Pediatrics is modifying its stance on circumcision for the first time in more than a decade, acknowledging that the health benefits outweigh the risks of the procedure, which involves removing the foreskin of a baby boy's penis.
3:04 PM CDT, August 4, 2012
Maryland's medical community is concerned about the potential fallout from two multimillion-dollar malpractice judgments awarded by Baltimore juries to families who blamed local hospitals where their babies were delivered for their children's disabilities.
6:56 PM CDT, August 3, 2012
A federal court has dismissed a case against a rehabilitation hospital owned by the University of Maryland Medical System that was accused of diagnosing patients with a rare malnutrition-related disorder to collect bigger Medicare and Medicaid payments.
7:15 PM CDT, August 20, 2012
A 20-year decline in male circumcision has cost the country $2 billion in medical costs that could have been prevented, Johns Hopkins researchers say in a study released Monday.
2:40 PM CDT, August 8, 2012
Despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm. Instead, it develops when fungus grows and multiplies on the skin. Dr. Dakara Rucker Wright, a dermatologist with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group who practices at Kaiser Permanente's Towson Medical Center, said the disease, most common in children, is easy to treat.
5:21 PM CDT, August 25, 2012
Tracy Marcotte scanned a hand-held metal detector across various spots on the base of the Washington Monument as if she were searching for gold.
3:03 PM CDT, July 29, 2012
Carol Carr showed all the signs of colorectal cancer seven years ago, but doctors thought the 44-year-old Glen Burnie woman was too young to have the disease and never tested her for it.
6:40 PM CDT, August 24, 2012
No parent would ever intentionally leave a child in a steaming car on a hot summer day. But it happens every year to astounded parents. Dr. Melissa Sparrow, clinical director of pediatric inpatient and emergency services at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, talks about what can happen when babies are left in hot cars and how to prevent it.
7:29 PM CDT, June 29, 2012
Infinite Biomedical Technologies started to see the benefits of President Barack Obama's health reform law well before the Supreme Court decided its fate.
8:41 PM CDT, June 23, 2012
Team Kaya's dragon boat sped quickly past others along the waters of Baltimore's harbor Saturday morning, leaving other teams to wonder if it had a secret weapon.
11:02 PM CDT, July 16, 2012
Johns Hopkins Hospital lost its coveted spot as the nation's top-ranked hospital for the first time in 22 years, edged out by Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital in the latest analysis by U.S. News & World Report to be released Tuesday.
June 20, 2012
UnitedHealthcare will announce Wednesday that it plans to hire 335 people in the Baltimore area as it enhances services to Medicare beneficiaries.
5:21 PM CDT, August 17, 2012
Amid growing concerns about concussions, more student athletes are having their brain function tested prior to injury in a procedure called baseline testing that is becoming increasingly mainstream.
10:47 AM CDT, August 4, 2012
Maryland's medical community is concerned about the potential fallout from two multimillion-dollar malpractice judgments awarded by Baltimore juries to families who blamed local hospitals where their babies were delivered for their children's disabilities.
5:59 PM CDT, July 6, 2012
The underlying medical condition that contributed to the death of writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron and is forcing ABC news anchor Robin Roberts to get a bone marrow transplant is a rare and complicated disease that scientists are still trying to figure out.
6:10 PM CDT, July 6, 2012
When Alan Shackelford's ankles would swell up, he brushed it off as another sign of getting older — only to find out it was a symptom of something much worse.
1:32 PM CDT, June 27, 2012
Earlier this month a Texas Rangers sportscaster went from calling live highlights of a baseball game to talking about a botched robbery. The sportscaster's incoherent switch confused listeners, but doctors saw the symptoms of aphasia, a disease not known to many but which affects 1 million people.
5:21 PM CDT, July 11, 2012
Safari Charles of Owings Mills learned a few important lessons after running her first half-marathon last year.
6:22 PM CDT, June 19, 2012
Miriam Brand just graduated from the University of Maryland and does not have a job, but she does have health insurance.
9:23 PM CDT, August 25, 2012
Hundreds of families living in some of Baltimore's most impoverished neighborhoods will get to move to better conditions under a proposed settlement that could finally resolve a fair housing case dating back to 1995.
7:51 PM CDT, July 17, 2012
Sexual promiscuity fueled by alcohol and drug use led one 47-year-old Towson man to contract HIV.
5:39 PM CDT, July 25, 2012
The case for building a new teaching hospital inPrince George's Countyassociated with the University of Maryland Medical System got a boost from a health study released Wednesday, but the question remains how the county and state would pay for it.
5:48 PM CDT, May 15, 2012
Maryland's children would be required to get more vaccines before attending school under a proposal being considered by state health officials.
7:08 PM CDT, June 22, 2012
Operators of abortion clinics in Maryland will have to apply for licenses and meet strict guidelines under new regulations being adopted by state health officials next month.
4:17 PM CDT, July 15, 2012
LaQuasha Singletary was having a normal pregnancy until the day her blood pressure shot up and her vision blurred.
5:23 PM CDT, July 9, 2012
The Supreme Court's recent ruling on federal health care reform may have settled legal concerns, but the heads of Maryland's top insurer and two largest medical institutions said there are still unanswered questions and worries about the law.
June 9, 2012
For 35 years, Maryland has enjoyed a unique exemption from the federal government that allowed it to regulate hospital rates so that patients are charged the same no matter where they seek care.
5:40 PM CDT, May 21, 2012
Marylanders spent $44.5 million on personal health care in 2010 as expenditures in the state continued to outpace the nation, according to a new report.
6:28 PM CDT, May 23, 2012
No one likes to get stuck with a needle.
7:26 PM CDT, June 28, 2012
States including Maryland can move with more certainty to insure their poor, and the federal government can require others to buy health coverage after the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's landmark health care law Thursday.
6:16 PM CDT, June 26, 2012
Francis B. "Frank" Burch, Jr., co-chairman of the Baltimore-based law giant DLA Piper, resigned abruptly last week from Johns Hopkins' medicine and university boards.
5:13 PM CDT, June 23, 2012
Team Kaya's dragon boat sped quickly past others racing along the waters of Baltimore's harbor Saturday morning, leaving other teams to wonder if it had a secret weapon.
7:44 PM CDT, May 2, 2012
Patients and their insurers won't see much of a difference in hospital bills in the next year, as the state rate-setting panel decided to adopt a plan favored by the hospitals that holds payments "to a near-freeze level."
8:27 PM CDT, April 8, 2012
A man was shot Sunday afternoon at the corner of Kirk Avenue and Fillmore Street in Northeast Baltimore, according to the Baltimore City Police Department.
6:52 PM CDT, June 8, 2012
Maryland health officials continued their push to become the first state to ban the sale of bumper pads that line the inside of baby cribs, introducing proposed language Friday for regulations that could go into effect next year.
6:15 PM CDT, May 25, 2012
It's deja vu at Sparrows Point.
6:58 PM CDT, May 8, 2012
It's a parent's worst nightmare.
4:06 PM CDT, June 22, 2012
Johns Hopkins Medicine faced a leadership crisis in 1996 when Dr. Edward D. Miller came in as interim dean of the school of medicine.
5:31 PM CDT, June 3, 2012
The problems of a 10-year-old sound something like this.
6:56 PM CDT, May 1, 2012
Facebook has launched a program to promote organ donation, which grew from a conversation between the social media company's chief operating officer and a Johns Hopkins surgeon already passionate about the cause.
6:36 PM CDT, April 30, 2012
Methadone clinics are often seen as the bad neighbor nobody wants.
4:48 PM CDT, April 5, 2012
Maryland continued its aggressive implementation of health care change Thursday despite uncertainty surrounding the issue nationally, as the General Assembly passed legislation to create open markets where people will buy insurance.
8:23 PM CDT, April 12, 2012
Maryland energy regulators Thursday ordered the construction of the state's first new natural gas power plant since the state's electric power market was deregulated more than a decade ago.
7:03 PM CDT, April 16, 2012
The University of Maryland School of Medicine has begun construction of a $200 million proton center that will bring the latest in cancer treatment to the region and double investment in the University of Maryland's growing BioPark in West Baltimore.
7:47 PM CDT, April 8, 2012
Carolyn Holly Howard, a practitioner of alternative medical techniques, died Tuesday at her Baltimore home after an eight-year battle with ovarian cancer.
5:10 PM CDT, April 4, 2012
Eight people in Maryland are among 93 across the country who have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak with a possible link to sushi, according to state health officials.
7:12 PM CDT, March 16, 2012
Twins William and Raphael "Rafi" Karkowsky have always shared life's best moments.
10:35 AM CDT, May 17, 2012
The story of a 24-year-old Georgia graduate student fighting a flesh-eating disease has prompted a microbiologist with the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System to speak out about the infection.
6:51 PM CDT, May 31, 2012
The Sparrows Point steel mill stumbled into bankruptcy for the second time in 11 years as its owner filed Thursday for Chapter 11 protection from creditors as it prepares to idle operations and cut nearly 2,000 jobs at the plant next week.
3:53 PM CDT, April 22, 2012
Nearly 3,600 people ran or walked in the rainy and slippery inaugural Susan G. Komen breast cancer race in Ocean City Sunday, despite early concerns that a controversy involving Planned Parenthood could hurt attendance.
9:45 AM CST, March 9, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley likely would veto any legislation to legalize medical marijuana because of concerns over whether it would stand up to federal scrutiny, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
5:51 PM CST, February 27, 2012
The new Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai will boast some of the latest medical technology, but just as important is its expanded playroom.
5:58 PM CDT, May 3, 2012
The agency that oversees the state's health plan for those uninsured because of preexisting conditions, paid a vendor nearly $367,000 for information technology services without proving that the contract was chosen through a competitive bidding process, a legislative audit has found.
5:40 PM CDT, June 18, 2012
The departing CEO and dean of the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins Medicine is being considered as interim president of the University of Virginia, whose current leader was forced to resign, stirring up controversy on campus.
4:57 PM CDT, March 15, 2012
Maryland will get nearly $10,000 as part of a national settlement involving kickbacks to doctors to encourage them to implant pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators in patients, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday.
8:03 PM CDT, March 14, 2012
Lou Ruth Blake was the family's matriarch who sang in the church choir and organized gospel shows. Lowell Frederick Blake liked to make people laugh. Venessa Marie Blake was the ardent churchgoer with a contagious smile.
7:58 PM CDT, April 8, 2012
Baltimore city fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that started on the roof of a rowhouse in Pigtown Sunday afternoon.
7:38 PM CDT, March 20, 2012
St. Joseph Medical Centertook another step in choosing a buyer for its Towson campus.
6:55 PM CDT, March 21, 2012
Congressional lawmakers investigating the shortage of lifesaving drugs used to treat cancer and other illnesses are looking into three companies in North Carolina and Maryland that they believe set up "fake pharmacies" to access the drugs that they then sold at a markup.
7:36 PM CDT, April 17, 2012
Severely injured patients are more likely to survive if transported by helicopter rather than ambulance, according to new research by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that adds fuel to the debate over flying patients to receive care.
5:24 PM CST, March 6, 2012
A Maryland man who became the second person in the world to have a synthetic windpipe transplant died Monday, nearly four months after having the rare operation done in Sweden.
9:05 PM CDT, April 29, 2012
At the ding of a cowbell Sunday, staffers in a command center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital began clapping and yelling out victory cheers.
5:34 PM CST, March 7, 2012
When a young woman is diagnosed with cancer, getting pregnant is probably the last thing on her mind. But if she wants children in the future, it's something she should think about. The chemotherapy and radiation treatments used to treat cancer can hurt a women's fertility. Nearly 10 percent of the 1.5 million diagnosed with cancer each year are of childbearing age, according to the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Melissa M. Yates, an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center, says these women need to think about fertility preservation before they begin treatment for cancer.
2:41 PM CDT, April 25, 2012
Some of the newest fitness classes around Maryland involve warrior drills based on "The Hunger Games"books and practicing the downward dog yoga pose on a paddleboard in the middle of a lake.
6:39 AM CDT, March 23, 2012
The state will launch a website today that it hopes will give people a road map to health care reform as the country marks the second anniversary of the signing of the landmark legislation.
10:18 AM CST, January 31, 2012
A Maryland doctors' group is pushing legislation to bolster the state's child safety seat laws, a move designed to better protect toddlers from head, neck and spinal injuries during accidents.
1:05 PM CDT, May 2, 2012
Hernias are a common ailment among Americans; more than 4 million people develop the painful condition. And although both men and women develop hernias, female patients may be harder to diagnose. Doctors and patients may not realize the abdominal pain a woman is feeling is because of a hernia. Dr. Hien Nguyen, assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said the pain can be mistaken for other conditions with similar symptoms, such as adhesions from prior surgery, endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts. Nguyen talks about treating hernias in women.
5:10 PM CDT, May 3, 2012
RG Steel LLC is cutting the salaries of managers and executives, including those at Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, because of weak economic conditions.
6:04 PM CST, February 7, 2012
Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien said in a strongly worded letter that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will not comply with federal law requiring churches to offer birth control coverage even it means dropping health insurance for its 3,500 employees.
7:36 PM CDT, March 23, 2012
Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Center ended its search for a new owner Friday, announcing that it has entered an agreement to become part of the rapidly expanding University of Maryland Medical System.
4:01 PM CST, February 26, 2012
Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Centermay soon become part of a hospital system that does not follow its strict Catholic beliefs on abortion and reproductive rights.
3:30 PM CST, January 25, 2012
The da Vinci robotic technology allows doctors to perform more precise surgeries. The technique also enables patients to recover more quickly with fewer complications in many cases. The technique is used to perform many different types of surgeries. Dr. Gavin Henry, program director of the surgical residency at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, uses it over traditional lobectomy surgery to treat patients with lung cancer. The hospital said Henry is poised to outpace every surgeon in Maryland in the use of robotic technology for this operation. He talks about the technique below.
7:45 PM CST, March 2, 2012
St. Agnes Hospital officials said Friday that they are negotiating with the Archdiocese of Baltimore to buy the historic Cardinal Gibbons School, two years after it was shut down amid protests from alumni and parents.
6:15 PM CST, February 1, 2012
Sharlene Fair had tried for years to lose weight, but nothing seemed to work until she found her answer after breathing into a tube at her local gym.
12:38 PM CST, February 23, 2012
Jim Calhoun should be on the sidelines of a basketball court, coaching the University of Connecticut men's team. Instead, he's been on medical leave for a painful arthritic condition.
8:23 PM CST, January 12, 2012
In Maryland, an orthopedic practice agreed to pay $2.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations that it had billed for patients' visits that never took place and had double-charged for X-ray work to get higher reimbursements. In Connecticut, a health care facility paid nearly a half-million dollars to the federal government in a similar settlement over allegations that it had exaggerated costs associated with a prostate cancer treatment.
7:17 PM CST, February 15, 2012
Workers at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup held a rally Wednesday to urge state lawmakers to add more jobs at the troubled mental facility where three patients were killed in a 14-month span.
6:53 AM CST, February 3, 2012
The inaugural Susan G. Komen breast cancer race scheduled for Ocean City in April was meant to be a feel-good event promoting a noble cause — and a way to boost tourism during the resort town's off-season.
6:27 PM CST, December 23, 2011
Sparrows Point has shut down steelmaking operations as the Baltimore County plant struggles to pay its bills and win back customers, workers said Friday.
5:55 PM CST, January 11, 2012
It all started with a little bit of good-natured trash talk between the pastors of two of Baltimore's most prominent African-American churches.
9:01 PM CST, February 3, 2012
The Susan G. Komen for the Curebreast cancer advocacy and charity group backed away Friday from a plan to slash funding to Planned Parenthood programs, but the public apology might not be enough to repair its damaged image right away.
8:01 PM CST, February 20, 2012
Since becoming a part of the University of Maryland Medical System three years ago, Upper Chesapeake Health has attracted new doctors, broken ground on a new $60 million cancer center and won over patients who once left Harford County for care.
3:52 PM CST, February 11, 2012
Breast-feeding didn't come easy at first for Sharalyn Webre, who struggled through five months with her first child.
6:53 PM CST, February 1, 2012
St. Joseph Medical Center has narrowed its search for a strategic partner to three, the hospital said Wednesday.
4:11 PM CST, December 28, 2011
The state of Maryland has received a $28.3 million performance bonus for its efforts in enrolling children in federal health programs.
8:06 PM CST, January 29, 2012
More than 500 Maryland moms delivered babies at home last year, but as such births become more popular, a dispute is brewing over whether to make the process a more viable option in the state.
7:42 PM CST, December 14, 2011
Johns Hopkins Medicine and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday they would work together to create a safer and more efficient model for hospital intensive care units.
4:31 PM CST, December 25, 2011
Johns Hopkins intensive care nurse Nelly E. Lopez spends so much of her workday monitoring patient distress alarms that she sometimes hears phantom beeps even when she is no longer on the job.
10:21 AM CDT, October 27, 2011
When a load of bagged salad arrived at the Fishes & Loaves food pantry in West Baltimore recently, people scooped it up quickly.
7:11 PM CST, January 25, 2012
Church officials and other religious-based groups are gearing up to fight an order by the Obama administration that they include birth control in employee health plans — a requirement some say could threaten the protection of other moral beliefs and practices.
9:17 PM CST, February 13, 2012
Labor unions that represent government workers — and some Maryland Democrats — criticized the budget President Barack Obama unveiled Monday for cutting $27 billion in federal employee pensions while offering what they called a modest, half-percent raise.
7:06 PM CST, February 29, 2012
Kaiser Permanente will open a new medical facility in Lansdowne next year as part of a long-term strategy to double the number of patients it serves in the Mid-Atlantic region in the next decade.
7:03 PM CST, December 14, 2011
Hairstylist Reggie Dowdy has found himself time and time again doing emergency hair repair on women whose tresses have been damaged by weaves and extensions.
8:42 PM CST, January 13, 2012
Doctors in America told Chris Lyles a cancerous tumor on his windpipe was inoperable, but he and his family wouldn't take no for an answer.
November 26, 2011
The most comprehensive study ever on the link between organ donations and cancer is arming physicians with new data that could help make the procedures safer.
7:32 PM CST, December 29, 2011
Johns Hopkins researchers, in the largest study to date, will map the genetic code for asthma in people of African descent in hopes of better understanding why the disease and other allergy-related ailments disproportionately afflict that population.
3:22 PM CST, December 11, 2011
PepsiCo has signed a deal that allows employees and dependents across the nation to get certain surgeries at Johns Hopkins Hospital — a cutting-edge arrangement that could grow in popularity as companies look to provide better health care and contain costs.
5:58 PM CST, November 21, 2011
A state employee gave nursing assistant licenses to 157 people who didn't have the credentials and in some cases didn't even apply for the jobs, a legislative audit has revealed.
4:40 PM CST, November 7, 2011
Baltimore city health officials have confirmed two cases of legionnaires disease at a Hampden nursing home.
7:12 PM CST, December 27, 2011
The O'Malley administration will introduce legislation in the coming General Assembly that would create the exchanges where people will buy affordable insurance under health care reform.
6:05 PM CST, December 6, 2011
When the Rev. Keron Sadler of the NAACP tried to persuade churches around the country to play a more active role in HIV/AIDS education, she drew some hostile reactions. One pastor said his congregants might think he was gay. Another said AIDS is a curse. Yet another walked out of the room rather than discuss the topic.
7:20 PM CST, January 13, 2012
School and health officials worked Friday to ease parents' fears after three classmates at George Washington Elementary in Southwest Baltimore were diagnosed with scarlet fever — an ailment with a scary history, but one that is easily treated and usually not life-threatening.
8:19 PM CST, December 16, 2011
The University of Maryland Medical System and LifeBridge Health are among five suitors vying for a partnership with St. Joseph Medical Center, though a deal will likely be complicated by the Towson hospital's poor financial situation.
5:21 PM CST, November 21, 2011
Nearly 35,000 low-income women in the state are now eligible for free pregnancy counseling, contraception and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and breast cancer under a program that starts at the beginning of the year.
8:41 PM CST, December 19, 2011
Rheumatologist and college dean Dr. Paul B. Rothman will serve as the next CEO of the $6.5 billion Johns Hopkins Medicine health system, ushering in a new era for the world-renowned medical institution that after a decade of rapid expansion faces the new challenges of an evolving health care industry.
7:06 PM CST, November 8, 2011
State officials on Tuesday announced a plan to increase the number of primary care health professionals by as much as 25 percent in the next decade through a wide range of goals that include increased educational opportunities, financial incentives and tort reform.
8:19 PM CST, November 11, 2011
The 200-year-old mummified remains of a small child are making their way back to the University of Maryland School of Medicine after an absence in which they were posted for sale on eBay and languished for almost five years in a Michigan police evidence room.
6:20 PM CST, November 30, 2011
Maryland Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein told two Senate committees Wednesday that the state has hired an outside consultant to help figure out how Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration failed to spend $25 million that had to be returned to the general fund.
8:16 PM CDT, October 28, 2011
Working late into the night at a research center at the South Pole, Renee-Nicole Douceur thought she was just tired when her vision suddenly became blurred.
6:29 PM CST, November 30, 2011
Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center remains in crisis mode as a new executive and national consultants look into safety concerns after three killings at the hospital, state health officials told two Senate committees Wednesday.
6:00 PM CDT, November 4, 2011
Baltimore County police are looking for someone who stole thousands of X-rays from St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson in what they believe was a scheme to extract the silver from the images.
3:36 PM CST, November 18, 2011
Sabrina Oliver looked forward to good schools and safer streets when she moved her family from her crime-ridden and trash-strewn West Baltimore neighborhood to the suburbs, but was surprised to discover another benefit as well — a dramatic improvement in their health.
9:21 PM CDT, October 7, 2011
Former Raven Orlando "Zeus" Brown was remembered Friday as a force on the football field, a jovial character who liked to have a good time and a devoted father who would do anything for his five kids.
4:33 PM CDT, October 16, 2011
St. Joseph Medical Center is looking to partner with other hospitals as it continues to lose patients and revenue in the wake of problems with its lead cardiologist — a move that experts say might even lead to a merger.
3:16 PM CST, November 15, 2011
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a warning Tuesday about skin creams that may contain mercury.
4:42 PM CST, November 15, 2011
Ronn Wade gingerly picked up the package wrapped in a simple white sheet and placed it on an examining table before slowly unwrapping the layers.
5:16 PM CDT, October 6, 2011
Former Baltimore Raven Orlando Brown died of a diabetic complication that is rarely fatal but can sometimes be quick to strike — and he might not even have known he had the underlying disease.
7:43 PM CDT, October 24, 2011
Mental health advocates and labor union officials are calling for increased staffing and policy changes at the state's maximum security mental hospital — including a reassessment of how patients are paired as roommates — after one patient killed another at the Jessup facility last week.
5:54 PM CDT, October 18, 2011
The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Kernan Hospital seeking $8.1 million because of what is says was improper billing to the Medicare and Medicaid system.
5:02 PM CST, November 7, 2011
Workers at Maryland's maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Jessup, where two patients were slain recently, are calling on the state to address what they describe as problems in treatment and a pervasive climate of fear.
8:00 PM CDT, September 29, 2011
Local melon growers and retailers are trying to reassure consumers after listeria linked to cantaloupe from a Colorado farm killed 13 people across the country, including one in Maryland — the deadliest foodborne outbreak in more than a decade.
9:31 PM CDT, October 20, 2011
Many Latinos in Baltimore lack medical coverage, which contributes to problems such as fewer mothers getting prenatal care, according to a new report that takes the first comprehensive look at the group's health.
4:08 PM CDT, September 24, 2011
When Malcolm Coley was diagnosed with HIV, he began preparing to die.
9:38 AM CDT, September 30, 2011
After months of chemotherapy and radiation, Susan Faber had finally finished breast cancer treatment and conquered the disease.
7:08 PM CDT, October 26, 2011
When a load of bagged salad arrived at the Fishes & Loaves food pantry in West Baltimore recently, people scooped it up quickly.
5:55 PM CDT, August 25, 2011
W.R. Grace & Co. will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a nationwide effort to develop cost-effective ways of reducing the carbon pollutants released by coal-fired power plants, the department announced Thursday.
7:36 PM CDT, November 2, 2011
State officials tapped a veteran psychiatric hospital administrator Wednesday to take over leadership of Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, where two recent killings have sparked questions about the safety and therapy provided at Maryland's maximum-security mental facility.
7:18 PM CDT, September 20, 2011
Phoenix-based Altius Broadband said Tuesday that it had signed a contract to begin construction on a wireless broadband service network in four eastern Kentucky counties.
6:16 PM CDT, September 24, 2011
Troy Davis failed to prove to correction and legal officials that he was innocent of killing a police officer 22 years ago, but in the eyes of NAACP President Benjamin Jealous he has all the attributes of a hero.
8:19 PM CDT, September 30, 2011
Bon Secours Baltimore Health System has turned around its financial fortunes and is posting profits two years after receiving financial help from the state to prevent it from closing.
5:33 PM CDT, September 21, 2011
Organic products and those without preservatives and harsh processing remain big business in the United States — with $81 billion in sales last year — despite a tough economy.
7:09 PM CDT, August 24, 2011
She had endured 33 hours of labor when her baby's head finally appeared Tuesday afternoon.
4:42 PM CDT, September 19, 2011
After nearly 40 years in the speaker business, Polk Audio is following music listeners from their living rooms and cars to their smart phones and their MP3 players.
1:00 PM CDT, September 24, 2011
Baltimore police are investigating the shooting of an 18-year-old man Friday night in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore.
6:13 PM CST, November 17, 2011
The number of Maryland teenagers who smoke cigarettes dropped significantly in the past decade, but state health officials say new statistics show that more young people are now getting hooked on candy-flavored cigars instead.
5:44 PM CDT, August 17, 2011
Monument Bank of Bethesda has received $11.4 million in federal funds to increase lending to small businesses, the U.S. Treasury announced Wednesday.
3:50 PM CDT, August 10, 2011
The Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program has approved $4.2 million in high-technology and biotechnology grants to 15 area companies.
7:57 PM CDT, September 12, 2011
A Columbia-based health care firm has agreed to a $150 million settlement with the federal government and 43 states to resolve criminal and civil charges that it submitted claims for millions of dollars of work that it did not perform and operated offices that were not properly licensed, officials said Monday.
9:46 PM CDT, August 30, 2011
State auditors have questioned $88,000 in claims paid to health care providers by the Family Health Administration in the last two fiscal years.
7:50 PM CDT, September 30, 2011
The family of a Maryland man who died of listeria is suing the Colorado melon farm that grew cantaloupes linked to a nationwide outbreak of the deadly bacteria.
1:45 PM CDT, August 6, 2011
Retailers are banking on Maryland shoppers packing stores beginning Aug. 14 to take advantage of a temporary rollback of the 6 percent state sales tax.
11:11 AM CDT, August 3, 2011
W.R. Grace & Co. is expanding one of its joint ventures to provide more products and services to petroleum refiners in places such as the Middle East, the Columbia-based chemical maker announced Wednesday.
8:57 PM CDT, September 18, 2011
A spray-paint artist who recently won a temporary court order that allows him to create his work along Ocean City's boardwalk without a permit was arrested Sunday at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
4:17 PM CDT, September 6, 2011
Baltimore-based sports apparel company Under Armour announced the departure of its chief operating officer as part of a reorganization of its executive team.
3:54 PM CDT, September 13, 2011
Giant Food, the region's largest grocer, has appointed a Walmart executive as its president.
8:56 PM CDT, August 11, 2011
The developers of an 88-acre redevelopment project north of Johns Hopkins Hospital tried for the second time in two weeks Thursday night to present area residents with a new plan for refurbishing their neighborhood with a new park, pharmacy, school and other amenities — and once again were met with skepticism.
2:06 PM CDT, October 15, 2011
Gabriella Polsinelli still recalls the heartbreak she felt when her favorite aunt died of breast cancer five years ago.
7:54 PM CDT, August 9, 2011
Bettie Dunkin was surprisingly unfazed by the financial turmoil of the last few days.
8:13 PM CDT, September 5, 2011
General Physics Corp. had already built a strong business training police and fire departments in the use of emergency equipment.
8:29 PM CDT, August 26, 2011
John Minutella rushed through the doors of Ace Hardware in Waverly on Friday evening, his shirt dampened with sweat and face flushed red.
5:50 PM CDT, August 18, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced $2.1 million in grants Thursday fund energy-efficiency projects aimed at low- and moderate-income families.
6:30 PM CDT, August 14, 2011
Valerie Montone was at first a little skeptical about the idea of tax free shopping — convinced retailers would mark up prices beforehand and wipe out the intended savings.
12:08 PM CDT, August 31, 2011
Men's clothier Jos. A. Bank said this morning that second-quarter earnings increased 24.7 percent as men continued to bargain shop.
4:10 PM CDT, August 6, 2011
The closing of 25 Superfresh stores in the Baltimore area this summer meant new opportunities for other grocers looking to move to the region.
5:14 PM CDT, July 26, 2011
Under Armour officials say that its strong second-quarter earnings report Tuesday is proof that the sports apparel company is giving customers what they want.
10:50 AM CDT, September 22, 2011
Baltimore-area hospitals compete for moms-to-be with hardwood floors, gourmet meals and other luxuries.
Julie McAllister was feeling serene as she lounged in her room with the window view, enjoying a quiet, kid-free afternoon.
6:09 PM CDT, August 14, 2011
Heavy rains from a morning storm caused flash flooding and standing water in the city and throughout the region, officials said.
11:10 PM CDT, August 23, 2011
Commuters who take the MARC Train can likely expect reduced service Wednesday morning.
9:31 PM CDT, August 23, 2011
Baltimore police are at the scene of a shooting in the 5200 block of Bowleys Lane.
1:54 PM CDT, September 10, 2011
Parents encourage their children to become doctors and nurses, but how many of them grow up dreaming to become lab technicians?
3:55 PM CDT, August 14, 2011
Heavy rains from a morning storm caused flash flooding and standing water in the city and throughout the region, officials said.
6:34 PM CDT, August 10, 2011
Miltec UV International in Stevensville is a getting a $4.5 million federal grant to develop technology designed to reduce the cost of making lithium ion battery electrodes.
7:22 PM CDT, August 19, 2011
Maryland gained 8,100 jobs in July, but saw declines in government hiring, which had helped it get through the recession.
7:26 PM CDT, July 29, 2011
Rosecroft Raceway will resume horse racing in three weeks after state regulators came to an agreement Friday with the facility's owner over operating losses.
4:27 PM CDT, August 1, 2011
The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner bought $179,800 worth of medical supplies without following a formal procurement process, according to a state audit.
July 10, 2011
Long known for spicing up American food, McCormick & Co. is taking its food flavorings abroad, with plans to peddle masala powder in the open-air markets of India and borscht seasoning in the stores of Eastern Europe.
7:49 PM CDT, August 12, 2011
Even as the federal health care reform law appears to be headed to the Supreme Court after another legal setback Friday, Maryland received $27.2 million to move forward on implementing the law's insurance exchanges where consumers can shop for affordable health plans.
8:00 PM CDT, July 29, 2011
The latest owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course says the Preakness is the key to turning around the state's horse racing industry.
4:52 PM CDT, August 1, 2011
Most retailers struggled through the recession. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. thrived.
8:01 AM CDT, July 26, 2011
Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. reported a 48.6 percent quarterly earnings increase as it benefited from its expansion into emerging markets.
2:33 PM CDT, July 19, 2011
Wise Metals Group said Tuesday it will move its corporate headquarters from the Baltimore area to Muscle Shoals, Ala., to be closer to its other divisions.
7:35 PM CDT, July 18, 2011
Nancy Kline learned all about retail during a three-decade career at South Moon Under, the trendy boutique chain where, she jokes, she held just about every job except president.
8:02 PM CDT, July 21, 2011
The agency that manages the state's mental health system paid claims to dead people and didn't adequately verify that other patients qualified for state assistance, according to a legislative audit released Wednesday.
6:07 PM CDT, July 25, 2011
Marketing executives at sports apparel company Under Armour had a lot to cheer about this month as the American women's soccer team made a run at the World Cup.
10:31 AM CDT, July 6, 2011
Baltimore sports apparel company Under Armour said this morning it has signed an endorsement deal with NBA rookie Kemba Walker.
7:09 PM CDT, July 8, 2011
Joy Hindle cried when she found out she couldn't give one of her kidneys to her twin brother.
5:45 PM CDT, June 15, 2011
The CEO of Anne Arundel Health System will retire at the end of the month after nearly four decades at the medical institution, its board of trustees announced Wednesday.
July 17, 2011
When oil companies expand into desert areas of Africa, FrontierMedex Group helps them navigate the territory and provides medical care and security.
5:25 PM CDT, July 18, 2011
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has announced two new tenants it said will appeal to travelers looking for healthier options.
5:18 PM CDT, July 6, 2011
The Maryland Lottery said Wednesday it plans to release the newest Baltimore Ravens-themed lottery ticket in August, but that is dependent on the resolution of the National Football League's lockout.
6:50 PM CDT, June 20, 2011
Smiths Detection developed the portable emergency room to treat soldiers on the battlefield.
6:45 PM CDT, June 27, 2011
Superfresh now has the blessing of a bankruptcy judge to sell 12 stores, all located in the Baltimore area and Washington.
6:39 PM CDT, October 25, 2010
"We're hiring" seems to have become all too rare a phrase uttered by businesses hampered by the sluggish economy.
4:02 PM CDT, June 28, 2011
Spice company McCormick & Co. Inc. said Tuesday it had entered into an agreement to buy a Polish food company, continuing the Sparks company's expansion overseas.
6:15 PM CDT, June 15, 2011
A bankruptcy court approved the sale of two Superfresh stores in the Baltimore area but delayed a decision on the fate of several others.
5:16 PM CDT, June 15, 2011
A bankruptcy court approved the sale of two Superfresh stores in the Baltimore area but delayed a decision on the fate of several others.
8:10 PM CST, March 2, 2011
The Russian owner of the Sparrows Point Steel Mill said Wednesday it is selling the Baltimore County plant — once vital to building the company's U.S. footprint and to Maryland's manufacturing industry — to the Renco Group because the business isn't profitable enough.
9:14 PM CDT, September 27, 2010
Southwest Airlines' $1.4 billion bid for AirTran Holdings would combine the two largest carriers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, cementing Southwest's dominance at BWI but possibly ushering in higher passenger fares amid decreased competition.
8:38 PM CDT, May 16, 2011
Nearly 1,500 workers are in danger of losing their jobs under a reorganization plan by the Superfresh supermarket chain that would sell almost all its stores in Maryland, most of which are in the Baltimore area.
5:06 PM CDT, July 18, 2011
Natural Markets Restaurants Inc. has opened eight of its Fresh & Green's supermarkets in Maryland and Washington, D.C., as it takes advantage of space made available by the departure of a rival grocery chain.
3:33 PM CST, November 21, 2010
Social shopping is the new trend in Internet commerce these days.
2:14 PM CDT, June 20, 2011
Shareholders of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers approved the company's executive pay package in a nonbinding "say on pay" vote Friday.
12:21 PM CDT, June 21, 2011
Shoppers Food & Pharmacy is moving ahead with plans to open a new store in Ellicott City next month now that a bankruptcy judge has approved its plans to take over the location now owned by Superfresh.
6:51 PM CDT, June 23, 2011
The state has assembled a work group of top health professionals to come up with ways to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic groups, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown announced Thursday.
11:01 PM CST, January 25, 2011
Restaurateurs Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf hope to open a new restaurant in the Roland Park Shopping Center in the space once occupied by a beloved deli.