April 19, 2013
I have a 5-year-old black lab who has a nasty habit of eating other dogs' feces if she's not carefully watched. She's in good health, eats organic dry food, and is exercised regularly. We've tried everything to break this habit - even our vet is at a loss. Any ideas? Ingesting feces is known as coprophagia. It is considered normal behavior during certain life stages, e.g. it's normal for nursing mothers to eat their own puppies' feces and for a young puppy to sometimes eat it. We're not sure why healthy adult dogs that are eating high-quality food eat their own feces.
March 29, 2013
Shirtless, hair flowing, legs pumping, Dr. Theodore Houk is a familiar sight running along North Charles Street on his twice-daily, 5.5-mile trek between his Lutherville home and his job at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. "You always see him out there," said Kathleen Wrona, who has seen Houk, an internal medicine specialist, often during her commute. On Thursday, she saw him again, witnessing as the vehicle in front of her struck Houk, critically injuring him and sending him to Maryland Shock Trauma Center via helicopter.
March 11, 2013
Notre Dame's habit of living dangerously backfired on the team. After registering back-to-back overtime wins against Penn State and North Carolina, the No. 3 Fighting Irish dropped an 8-7 decision to No. 20 Hofstra last Saturday. It is Notre Dame's first loss in four contests, but coach Kevin Corrigan - and perhaps his health - would prefer a few games where the outcome isn't as tight. “If you said to me that I could win every game between now and the end of the year and never come close to anybody, I'd take it, but I don't think that's the case,” he said Monday morning.
December 19, 2012
Perhaps government banning of sugary drinks oversteps. It is a meaningful effort to reduce the burden of obesity on everyone. One thing that has stood out in the debate over health care reform is repeated statements from health care consumers that they do not want to pay for the other guy's health problems. There is one sure way to get consumers on board with changes in habits and consumption and to take more responsibility in their lifestyle choices. Through the wallet. How about higher co-payments for folks whose BMI, which does not lie, is over the recommended goal?
October 4, 2012
Buck Showalter is in need of some coffee. The Orioles manager pops a plastic cup into the well of a newfangled instant coffee maker in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field, not hesitating to say it pales in comparison with the old-school percolating coffee pot back in his office at Camden Yards. The season is long, and he's tired. His right knee hurts, and in a few moments he will have an ice wrap on it the size of large melon as he hobbles around on the second-to-last day of baseball's grueling 162-game regular season.
September 28, 2012
This has not been a banner year for the meat industry. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health confirmed once again that meat consumption raises the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan warned that routine use of antibiotics to promote animal growth on factory farms is causing "the end of modern medicine. " No wonder U.S. per capita meat consumption has been dropping by nearly 4 percent annually. October offers several excellent opportunities for dropping animal products from our diet.