Health and Fitness

Maryland leaders, community members highlight federal legislation to support home energy upgrades, workforce training

Baltimore homeowner Diane Adams talks about how home weatherization improvements have benefited her. Screenshot from livestream via Charm TV Baltimore/Facebook.

President Joe Biden is slated to sign the Inflation Reduction Act into law Tuesday, including $369 billion to bolster energy security and address climate change.

During a press conference Monday, Maryland’s federal, state and local politicians; nonprofit and business leaders; and homeowners highlighted how the legislation will help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient and cut down on their energy bills.

University of Maryland Medical System awards $2.3M in grants to address statewide food insecurity

Photo courtesy of Maryland Food Bank.

The number of Marylanders without daily access to quality, affordable, nutritious food is on the rise, with the Maryland Food Bank recently reporting that the need rose from 8% in December to 32% in June.

To help meet that growing need, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has awarded $2.3 million in funding to nine organizations and individuals working to address food insecurity.

Sinai Hospital to build new 125,000 square feet cancer treatment center

Rendering photo of new Sinai cancer center Photo courtesy of LifeBridge Health

LifeBridge Health has plans of expansion on the campus of Sinai Hospital which is developing a new outpatient cancer treatment center. 

The three-story, 125,000 square feet facility located on Greenspring Avenue will combine all outpatient cancer services, which are currently provided at different locations throughout Sinai’s campus.

A Guest View on Health: Children Are The Forgotten Population

Shortages in formula, school closure policies and a failure to act on gun violence all show how we are failing our children. (Photo courtesy of Free Fall Baltimore.)

We have failed our children over and over. 

For nearly five months from February to June, 43 percent of infant formulas were out of stock, leaving many parents desperate to feed their babies.  For infants with allergies, the solution was not so simple.  I personally knew dozens of mothers who were left empty-handed without the formula their infant with an allergy needed despite searching online and consulting their pediatrician.

Monkeypox vaccines remain limited in Maryland as U.S. declares public health emergency

Monkeypox virus. Image courtesy of Baltimore City Health Department.

With monkeypox cases on the rise in the U.S., the Biden administration has declared the virus a public health emergency. 

In Maryland, local health departments are working to vaccinate residents, but the vaccine supply from the federal government remains limited.

Baltimore launches effort to attract new National Institutes of Health research agency

The Johns Hopkins Bayview campus in East Baltimore is home to the NIH’S National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Center for Inherited Disease Research. Image via Google Maps.

Baltimore is vying to be the home of a new $1 billion federal agency focused on health research.

Mayor Brandon Scott announced Thursday that he had launched a coalition effort in the hopes of attracting the agency to Baltimore.

Baltimore under extreme heat alert Thursday as temperatures climb

Photo by Ken Marshall/Flickr Creative Commons.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa issued an extreme heat alert for Aug. 4, the second such alert for the city this season.

Nonprofit Back on My Feet to host 5K night run at Herring Run Park

Photo courtesy of Back on My Feet.

National non-profit Back on My Feet, which serves homeless individuals, will host its annual 5K night run on Aug. 5 at Herring Run Park.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, the “Sneaks Come Out at Night” 5K run will take over the streets of Baltimore to support Back on My Feet’s work to “combat homelessness through fitness, community support, essential employment, and housing resources.”

Hogan: Monkeypox vaccine doses remain ‘severely limited’; Maryland might not get more until fall

Monkeypox marks on a hand. Photo credit: NHS England High Consequence Infection Diseases Network/CDC.

Maryland’s monkeypox vaccine supply remains scarce, and the state might have to wait until fall to receive more doses, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday.

Johns Hopkins Hospital ties for nation’s fifth best hospital in latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report

Photo by Like_the_Grand_Canyon, via Flickr Creative Commons

Johns Hopkins Hospital tied with UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for the fifth best hospital in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual hospital rankings for 2022-2023.

Hopkins currently sits at its lowest ranking to date, slipping from its fourth place spot from last year. However, the Baltimore hospital remains one of the top-ranked medical institutions rated by U.S. News & World Report out of more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States, and was ranked number one in Baltimore and Maryland. It was also ranked the number one children’s hospital in Maryland.

Hogan announces $10M in grant funding for opioid support programs across Maryland

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Maryland will award $10 million in grant funding to programs addressing the opioid crisis, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday, in partnership with Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC).

Baltimore rolls out monkeypox vaccine to ‘highest risk’ residents

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Thompson Dzirasa discusses the monkeypox vaccine roll out in the city. Photo by Bethany Raja/WYPR.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said it’s not true that the city has a stockpile of monkeypox vaccines that aren’t being distributed during a press conference at Chase Brexton Health Care in the Mt Vernon neighborhood.

‘Yes On My Block’: Advocates, city officials urge support for overdose prevention sites

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa was one of several city officials and advocates who expressed support for overdose prevention sites during a press conference Thursday. Image via Charm TV Baltimore/Facebook.

William Miller II shares how his father, who was “at the top of his life,” died from an overdose on Oct. 7, 2020.

The next day, the younger Miller says he was given a blessing: the birth of his own son, William Miller III.

“But he will never get the chance to meet his grandfather. And his grandfather won’t know how his grandson has grown,” Miller said.

During a press conference with Mayor Brandon Scott on Thursday morning, Miller and other advocates and city officials expressed their support for overdose prevention sites, also known as “safer drug consumption spaces.”

Non-toxic nail salon Topcoat reimagines the nail care ritual

Siblings Kim, Nam, Amy and Thanh Nguyen are the founders and owners of Topcoat nail salon in Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Topcoat.

Growing up, the Nguyen siblings saw how inhaling fumes from nail care products day after day in their family’s nail salon exhausted their loved ones and caused them respiratory issues.

So in July 2020, siblings Kim, Nam, Amy and Thanh Nguyen opened the Topcoat nail salon in downtown Baltimore with the goal of creating a healthier and more comfortable environment for nail technicians and customers alike.