June 22, 2007
The days when the YMCA of Central Maryland was where people would go for an inexpensive place to stay or to work out in a "dingy" gym or pool are long gone, but that image still persists in many people's minds. The 154-year-old nonprofit wants to change that perception and today will unveil a $1 million marketing campaign it said will portray a more modern and realistic image of the YMCA. The organization is changing its name to Y of Central Maryland.
November 4, 2005
Appointments Dr. Allan S. Noonan, who served as the chief health officer of Pennsylvania and of the District of Columbia, has been named dean of the new School of Public Health and Policy at Morgan State University. A specialist in epidemiology and maternal and child health, Noonan, 62, was active in international efforts to eradicate smallpox in West Africa "After 30 years of seeing people of color underrepresented at the decision-making level, I am thrilled to take on this challenge, so that Morgan graduates can continue to have an increasing impact on the health of people of color," Noonan said in a statement.
September 12, 2014
Like thousands of others across Maryland, our staff just celebrated our first Purple Friday of the season. We have a long-running office football pool, and each week a miniature traveling statue of Edgar Allan Poe - clad in a Ravens jersey - rests on the winner's desk as a trophy. Though we haven't converted every employee into a tried-and-true Ravens fan (yet), we all agree we're pleased the Ravens' coaching staff took swift action to terminate Ray Rice's contract following Monday's release of the video showing him assaulting his then-fiancée in February.
July 12, 2007
Hoping to shape up and willing to shell out big bucks for a personal trainer to crack the whip? Make sure you know what you're paying for. Spending a lot of money on a high-priced trainer doesn't necessarily mean you're getting the most experienced or best-educated person for the job. It may only mean you're getting the one who's bringing the gym the most business or who's got the most buzz, industry experts caution. With the numbers of personal trainers increasing - and claims of celebrity connections proliferating - cutting through that buzz can be difficult.
August 27, 2006
As a U.S. Army physician working in South Korea in the late 1960s, Dr. Gil Burnham took care of sick and injured GIs. But as an unofficial side project, he and the group of medics he supervised spent most weekends traveling the South Korean countryside, caring for villagers. "I discovered I could order any amount of medicine through the Army supply system, and nobody asked questions," Burnham says. "There was a huge amount of tuberculosis, so we started these TB clinics." He had found his calling.
March 4, 2012
More than a third of Baltimore neighborhoods don't have ready access to healthy foods, leaving one in five residents to rely on high-fat, high-calorie meals from corner stores and carryout restaurants, a new assessment shows. City, academic and nonprofit officials have worked for years to eliminate so-called "food deserts," but they say the latest data from Johns Hopkins University researchers shows the scope of the problem and where good food options are most urgently needed. "You can see on the ground that a lot of areas are lacking," said Holly Freishtat, who became Baltimore's first food policy director about two years ago. "The next step for the map is to use it for policy.
July 22, 2014
It's a Wednesday evening at the Pop Physique studio in downtown Baltimore, and a dozen women -- most clad in leggings, T-shirts and socks -- are rotating their hips while trying to hold an exercise ball between their thighs. "Great job, guys!" says instructor Smithy Onattu, directing her students via a headset as a playlist with songs such as Lana Del Rey's "Florida Kilos" and "Tumblr Girls" by rapper G-Eazy pumps through the art-filled space. Over the course of an hour, the group will tackle a series of exercises: planks and push-ups, plies and other ballet moves.
June 7, 2006
On June 4, 2006, NANCY A., beloved daughter of the late Merle and William Stephens; beloved sister of Frances Razmus and her husband J. Andrew Razmus; aunt of Kathleen, David and Stephen Razmus. Also survived by many friends. Friends may call at the THOMAS J. SKARDA FUNERAL HOME, 2829 Hudson Street (Corner of Linwood Avenue) on Friday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Services will be held Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and Charles Street on Saturday at 11 A.M. In lieu flowers contributions may be made to the Nancy Stephen's Student Fund, c/o The Dept.
November 10, 2011
Many thanks to Jay Hancock for his interesting article about the Justice Department accusing Kernan Hospital of fraud in presenting a diagnosis of kwashiorkor in the billing for a number of patients ("Feds charge fraud in Kernan diagnoses," Nov. 8). I find it hard to believe that any medical personnel would be so stupid as to bill for patients with a wildly unlikely diagnosis of kwashiorkor. It seems more likely that a billing clerk entered an erroneous ICD (international classification of disease)
March 14, 2012
Those looking to lose weight, quit smoking or keep tabs on a malady have a lot of choices in the smartphone app stores. Choosing one that's beneficial is more of a problem. Science is still trying to catch up to the market for mobile health applications, software that runs on mobile devices such as iPhones, Androids and tablets, which has produced tens of thousands of possible ways to achieve better health for free or a fee. One of the broadest efforts to assess "mHealth" strategies is being made by dozens of faculty, staff and students in multiple departments at the Johns Hopkins University, which has 49 official studies under way in Baltimore and around the world as part of its Global mHealth Initiative.