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HEALTH
By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2011
It was a few days after Christmas when 16-year-old Amanda Custer and her mom made a rare stop for a takeout burger. The indulgence ended badly for Amanda. Soon after, she said, "I felt real nauseous. Food was, like, gross. I got really bad cramps, a whole bunch of heartburn and an upset stomach. " And it didn't go away. "I would feel OK and try to eat something, and then I'd regret it," she recalled. "The pain afterwards was horrible. A couple of hours after I ate, I'd be going to the bathroom, feeling nauseous.
NEWS
By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Staff Writer | March 12, 1993
Demetria Ebony Campbell had not yet graduated from college when she was diagnosed with leukemia.But in the two-year struggle against the illness that eventually took her life, the 22-year-old touched a wide circle of people that stretched far beyond the city limits of Baltimore all the way to Hollywood.In tribute to this young woman who had accomplished so much, more than 500 family members, friends, community leaders, off-duty policemen and at least one West Coast celebrity gathered here yesterday for her funeral.
FEATURES
By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 18, 1997
My 10-year old developed a bad cold with fever and a hard cough last week. In general, he seems better, but he is still coughing. Now he says his chest hurts. Should I be worried?If your son's chest hurts only when he coughs, the pain is probably due to sore chest and abdominal muscles. Coughing is hard work. It can put extra strain on muscles not used to working so hard, just as starting a new sport or exercise program might.Make yourself cough as you read this, and feel how much more deeply you inhale and how much more forcefully your chest and abdominal muscles move in than they do during a normal breath.
SPORTS
By Bob Raissman and Bob Raissman,New York Daily News | July 12, 1991
NEW YORK -- Cynthia Alzado knows what people will think. They will call her a vengeful ex-wife.She doesn't care.The sun was shining on the tiny back yard of her Cedarhurst, Long Island, condominium Wednesday as her mood swung from regret to relief to rage. She had known Lyle Alzado since she was a teen-ager and classmate at Lawrence High School. They had lived together for 3 1/2 years before marrying in 1985.The relationship and 15-month marriage was carried out in the fast lane. It was filled with violence.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2011
Barbara Gaskins says she took her 15-year-old son to his bus stop every morning at 7:30, well in time for his 9 a.m. homeroom bell at Patterson High School. She obtained as many medical excuses as the doctor would allow when her son suffered from a series of stomach viruses. And she has taught her children that they have to "get an education to get somewhere in life. " But Gaskins was recently jailed for 10 days — one of the dozen parents of Baltimore City students to receive a sentence this year — after failing to send her child to school 103 of 130 days.
NEWS
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | November 30, 2001
Calling his crime "diabolical," a Howard County judge sentenced Paul Stephen Riggins, the Elkridge man convicted of killing his long-missing wife, to life in prison yesterday. Before imposing the sentence and with crying friends of Nancy Lee Riggins huddled on courtroom benches, Judge Lenore R. Gelfman noted that the killing left the couple's only child, Amanda, who turns 11 tomorrow, without either parent - and friends and family without a grave to visit. "The family has no place to mourn, no sense of closure," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Jane Geier from Ellicott City said that she dined several years ago at Mama's on the Half Shell in Canton and enjoyed the old-fashioned Baltimore-style coddies that were served there. She was looking for the recipe so she could make them at home for her family. Baltimore coddies, not to be confused with codfish cakes, are hand-formed, slightly flattened potato cakes flavored with salt cod and other seasonings and then deep-fried. They are traditionally served at room temperature, sandwiched between two saltine crackers with a dollop of yellow mustard.
SPORTS
By JOHN EISENBERG | September 20, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia - Disappointed that the U.S. women's gymnasts failed to win a medal in the team competition last night? You should have seen what happened after they were finished tumbling and vaulting at the Olympic Park Superdome. The world got a glimpse of the ego problems, turf wars and turmoil that have troubled the team for several years, leaving the unmistakable impression that, if anything, a fourth-place finish in the team event was a major accomplishment. Yes, it was a far cry from the gold medal won in Atlanta four years ago in a moment that turned a nation of television viewers into gymnastics fans.
SPORTS
By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | January 15, 1995
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Will this finally be "no mas" for Roberto Duran?There was every indication that would be the proper decision at the Convention Center last night as the fiercely proud Panamanian, 43, was dominated by a younger and faster Vinny Pazienza, who easily defended the somewhat dubious International Boxing Council super-middleweight title.Duran, who began fighting 28 years ago and has won world championships in four different weight classes, looked every bit his age as Pazienza consistently beat him to the punch in a fast-paced 12 rounds.
NEWS
By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2000
CUMBERLAND -- John A. Miller IV, described by prosecutors as a "highly motivated predator" who lured a Carroll County girl to her death, was convicted yesterday of murder and sexual assault, setting the stage for a death penalty hearing next week. Miller, 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder, a first-degree sexual offense, robbery and false imprisonment in the strangling of 17-year-old Shen D. Poehlman in Reisterstown in July 1998. The defense had conceded that Miller killed the girl but had fought the sexual-assault and robbery allegations, knowing that prosecutors needed those convictions to pursue the death penalty.
FEATURES
By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
She's baaaack! One of the most memorable "Bridezillas" from the popular cable show of the same name is back for WE tv's new series "Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas. " Danni Starr and her husband, Marlon, who live in Rockville will appear on the show, which premieres this Friday, May 31 at 9 p.m., following the tenth and final season's premiere of "Bridezillas. " Danni, 28, who is a co-host on The Kane Show, a nationally syndicated morning radio show, and Marlon, 30, who is a deejay, got married on March 19, 2011 in St. Lucia and appeared on Season 8 of "Bridezillas.
HEALTH
By Dr. Thomas E. Finucane | October 2, 1990
A reader recently asked about her 72-year-old mother, who complains of secreting a lot of saliva when she has a cold or viral infection.The mother has to keep swallowing constantly to prevent drooling. The reader wanted to know whether this was caused by something specific and if it is a symptom of something that is treatable. She noted that her mother's doctor said it was nothing special and ignored it.In normal circumstances, we produce saliva most of the time. Production can be increased by smelling, seeing or, if we're hungry enough, thinking about food.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and michael.dresser@baltsun.com | December 1, 2008
Avoiding the purgatory that is Interstate 95 on a holiday weekend is not all that difficult if you're heading from Baltimore to the Northeast. Pennsylvania offers a wide choice of routes to scoot to the west of Philadelphia and invade New Jersey. Going south is more difficult.There aren't that many great options when you're heading to Richmond or beyond at peak travel times. The obvious route is to take the Capital Beltway to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and follow I-95 south.
NEWS
By Douglas A. Beigel | April 22, 2014
A health care crisis is quietly unfolding in our nation's laboratories. This crisis has developed largely off the public's radar screen. If not resolved, it can adversely impact the lives of every American. The crisis in question: alarming shortages within the laboratory workforce. Lab testing has an estimated impact on over 70 percent of medical decisions. That percentage will grow as baby boomers retire and preventive coverage - including screening tests performed by labs - increases as part of federal health care reform.
NEWS
By KELLY OVERTON | June 23, 2006
The pharmaceutical industry and the National Institutes of Health spend billions of dollars annually on medical research techniques that have been rendered obsolete by technological advances. Adult stem cell research is key to our status as the world's leader in medical research. The continued use of animals to test the effectiveness of medications and health interventions for humans is akin to using smoke signals instead of e-mail as a method of communication. Animal testing has never really worked.
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