June 24, 2011
As the state of Maryland considers whether to continue its suspension of Dr. Mark Geier's medical license ("Discredited Lupron therapy for autism still has backers," June 17), I think it's critical for readers of The Sun to fully understand the remarkable impact that his therapies are having for families like mine around the country. When our son Kit, who has autism, first started showing signs of violence more than two years ago, we were afraid that his unprovoked bursts of rage would result in disastrous consequences — to another child, or teacher at his school, or to my husband or me at home.
June 15, 2011
When Lynn Patterson resolved to lose weight early this year, she took a hormone normally associated with pregnancy, not dieting. The 53-year-old Catonsville nurse went on the hCG diet, named for human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone that is produced naturally in pregnant women and often used in fertility treatments to trigger ovulation. Promoters of the diet say hCG suppresses the appetite, making it easy to stick to a diet of just 500 calories a day. They also say it helps the body burn fat while retaining muscle.
April 4, 2011
The NFL apparently wants more than just a bigger cut of the league's revenue pool. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the league is insisting on human growth hormone testing as part of the new collective bargaining agreement with the players. He stressed the need to keep such banned substances out of the sport after telling 700 Baltimore-area high school football players at Woodlawn High about the dangers and repercussions of using performance-enhancing drugs. "The integrity of the NFL is critical," Goodell said.
March 26, 2010
Realignment in Major League Baseball, which could move the Orioles out of the American League East one day, was touched on Thursday during the players' annual spring meeting with their union chief. But because it is only conceptual, not a lot of time was dedicated to it, according to new union chief Michael Weiner , who spent nearly two hours with the Orioles. "On-field issues are very important to the players, so we mentioned a number of those issues. My understanding is that realignment is not a front-burner issue," said Weiner, the union's former general counsel who took over as executive director from Don Fehr last year.
January 8, 2010
Ask Michael Cera, the star of "Youth in Revolt," if he has lost his virginity, and he answers "Yes" before adding that good, if dusty, chestnut: "Now, I'm trying to get it back." Recycled jokes about lost virginity are a lot like movies that mine the humor of the same subject: Depending on the execution, they veer wildly between trite and funny. In the case of Cera's quip - spoken with his halting, thoughtful, almost squeaky voice - it falls solidly on the humorous side. With "Youth in Revolt," in theaters today, director Miguel Arteta ("The Good Girl")
February 15, 2009
Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green will continue its series of performances for children with a musical Little Red Riding Hood at 10 a.m. Friday. Carousel Puppets will dramatize the story with hand and rod puppets. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door, if available. Group rates are available. The series is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Information: 410-730-3987. Natural balance Local naturopathic physician Dr. Julie Kniess will discuss "How to Balance Female Hormones ... Naturally" from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Slayton House.