Neuroscientists have long understood that age and stress damage the brain, in part by depleting energy reserves that are crucial to brain cell function. At its most extreme, such damage shows up as diseases like Alzheimer’s. But new research out of Johns Hopkins indicates that exercise may play a powerful role in protecting the brain against age- and stress-related damage. Read More →
Uber has delivered puppies and kittens in one-off promotions before. Today, the transportation network service company is providing something a little more directly beneficial to your health. Read More →
Just as fashion sees trends come and go, so does plastic surgery. Statistics from a variety of the United States’ top medical societies and industry resources reveal some interesting changes to the norm. Check out these 5 recent trends:
1. Silicone Is Surging
In 2014, Maryland hospitals upended how they get paid, and so far it’s been saving money and improving services. Read More →
Here’s a statistic that may floor you: 500,000 U.S. kids have elevated levels of lead in their blood (5+ mcg/dL). On Tuesday, we reported that during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Governor Hogan announced that all Maryland 1- and 2- year-olds will now be tested for lead poisoning. To date, only children from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and high risk neighborhoods were required to test for lead.
Maryland reports a 98 percent drop in new childhood lead poisoning cases. But that is of those who were tested, which in 2014 was 20 percent of Maryland’s children ages 0-6. For every $1 invested in lead prevention, taxpayers achieve a $214 payback. A simple pin-prick test costing $16.47* seems a smart investment to identify those children exposed to lead. More importantly, universal screening will help communities pinpoint which residences require lead remediation in order to eliminate childhood lead poisoning.
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Charm City Yoga is under new ownership. California-based YogaWorks acquired the local chain of seven yoga studios for an undisclosed sum as part of what appears to be an East Coast strategy. Read More →
Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been front-page news for months now. All the press attention to Carson makes it easy to forget that there are plenty of other amazing, brilliant physicians at Hopkins, including some that have overcome difficult odds to become leaders in their fields (and not presidential candidates). Read More →
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