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Ebola Vaccine To Be Tested in Maryland

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10:23am

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The current Ebola outbreak exposed some glaring gaps in the current pharmacological map: Only a handful of drug companies had made any progress at all on developing an Ebola treatment. Only one of those had gotten far enough along in developing an Ebola treatment to provide it to affected patients. Even then, they had a frighteningly small amount of a drug that had never been tested on humans before.

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Featured, Health and Fitness, Money & Power, Schools

Hopkins Students One Step Closer to Winning $10 Million Prize

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 9:00am

They look like undergrads today, but they may well be millionaires soon. Photo via Aezon Health

They look like undergrads today, but they may well be millionaires soon. Photo via Aezon Health

Six months ago, we reported on the group of Johns Hopkins undergraduates who were in the running to win the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. Then, they were one of 30 qualifying teams vying for the award. This week, the odds got even better when the group advanced to the finalist stage, making them one of only 10 groups still in the running.

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Culture, Health and Fitness

Local TV Station Seeks Doctor to Host Upcoming Talk Show

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 2:50pm

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Calling all docs: Did you ever dream of a career in television?  Could you be the next Dr. Oz? Charm TV, Baltimore’s public access station, wants you!  Also known as Channel 25, the TV station rebranded itself in June to include more lifestyle spots and plans to launch later this year a health and wellness web series.  For details, read the press release below. Good luck! – The Eds.

 
CharmTV, Baltimore’s premiere television station that spotlights the essence of Baltimore, is holding open auditions to find the perfect host for a new health and wellness web series it plans to launch later this year.

CharmTV is seeking a Baltimore-based doctor with ties to the Baltimore community, preferably a general practitioner or internist. The ideal host will have some TV experience, but it is not required.

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Giving, Health and Fitness

Hopkins ALS Research Center Benefits from Ice Bucket Challenge

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 10:22am

Johns Hopkins ALS researchers take the ice bucket challenge

Johns Hopkins ALS researchers take the ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge has turned into a fundraiser’s dream. Everyone from George W. Bush to the Baltimore Ravens has dumped a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And while some were initially skeptical that the stunt would actually translate into increased donations, the viral power of the ice bucket challenge seems to be working–as of today, the national ALS association has received $53.3 million in donations, way more than the $2.2 million in garnered last year.

But the national ALS group isn’t the only one benefitting from ALS’s moment in the spotlight–the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins has also seen its August donations go up 800 percent (!!) compared to last year.

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Health and Fitness, Schools

Towson President Takes Leave of Absence

1 Written by: | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:30am

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In an email to students, faculty, staff, and alumni, Towson University President Maravene Loeschke announced that she would be taking a leave of absence from her position through December.

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Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Baltimore County Bike Race This Weekend Around Prettyboy Reservoir

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 3:09pm

No wonder its named the Prettyboy

No wonder it’s named the Prettyboy

If you love biking, you may want to participate this weekend in a new race this Sunday, August 24 (first rider starts at 9 a.m.).

The race will be a time trial (individual start) bicycle race around the Prettyboy Reservoir watershed area. The event is sponsored by local bicycle racing team, Joe’s Bike Shop Racing. “It is our hope to bring bike racing back to Baltimore County. This is the first official road race in Baltimore in over a decade,” writes race organizer and promoter Sam Hoffberger in an email.

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Health and Fitness, Schools

Binge Drinking Is a Big Problem for Maryland College Students

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 10:34am

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Binge drinking is associated with a host of public health problems, including increased rates of drunk driving, car accidents, alcohol poisoning, and domestic violence. So it’s troubling that the first Maryland College Alcohol Survey showed that nearly half of Maryland college students reported binge drinking in the previous month.

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Charles Village, Featured, Health and Fitness

Baltimore’s Best New Addition: The Wyman Park Ping Pong Table

2 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 9:09am

Photo via Friends of Wyman Park Facebook page

Photo via Friends of Wyman Park Facebook page

After years of publicity, fundraising, and galvanizing community support, Ping Pong Baltimore has accomplished one of its longtime goals: Installing a permanent ping pong table in Wyman Park Dell.

The idea arose out of community building workshops dating back to 2011, which happened to be attended by representatives from Friends of Wyman Park Dell, landscape architecture/urban design firm Mahan Rykiel Associates, and Ping Pong Baltimore: Why not put a ping pong table in the park? Fast forward three years, one successful online fundraising campaign, several grants, and lots of city paperwork later, and there’s now a ping pong table installed on a concrete pad near the corner of 29th and Charles Streets.

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Culture, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Kid Tested, Mother Approved: Local Aerial Adventures for Children Get Thumbs Up from Youths

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 3:00pm

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Kids are natural monkeys. They love to climb.

Entrepreneur Matt Baker, who owns Terrapin Adventures in Savage, has tapped into the natural desire of kids to go to the tree tops with a new high-wire act: a ropes course just for kids called the Terrapin Explorers Kids Course. It’s designed specifically for children ages 5-9. Parents rejoice!  Put away the iPads, pack the kids in the car and go.

The course features two levels, balance challenges, a 20-foot rock wall,  and two zip lines. It’s a rope- and steel-cable playground in the sky.  The object, over the course of about an hour, is to climb over, balance, scramble up, and zing down zip lines all the while yelling, “Whooop! Watch this, Ma!” as my son did last Saturday. It’s a blast. Read More →

Health and Fitness, Lifeline, Sponsored Post, Stevenson Village

Elder Care Expert Lisa Vogel Gives Tips on Making the Most of Visits to Your Favorite Oldster

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 10:16am

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It’s been too long, and you know you need to schedule your next visit soon.  Still, you dread sitting for several hours hearing the litany of complaints:  “Therapy is not helping.  My arthritis just keeps getting worse. You all have your own lives, I understand no one has time for me.”

But what is your favorite senior citizen really saying?  Research tells us that the elderly, in general, are low on optimism.  But as you listen to comments about poor appetites and sleepless nights, go deeper and put yourself in their shoes. Read More →

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