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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1999
Phoebe Rhea Berman, a philanthropist who endowed the Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute, died of heart failure Saturday at Fernwood, her Green Spring Valley home. She was 89.One of Baltimore's most celebrated hostesses, she owned a thoroughbred racing stable, published a newspaper and collected modern art."She possessed what has become a lost sense of civic duty," said Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. "She supported the fabric of the community."In 1988, Mrs. Berman presented the museum with a painting by artist Mark Rothko, "Black on Red," which Ms. Bolger called "a staggering gift."
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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.
NEWS
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.
FEATURES
By Jacqueline Stenson and Jacqueline Stenson,Los Angeles Times | 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.
NEWS
By David Kohn and David Kohn,Sun Reporter | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | 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.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
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)
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Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
A popular "Downton Abbey" character died in childbirth from eclampsia in a storyline that shocked audiences. But what exactly is eclampsia, and does it kill modern-day moms? Barbara Deller, a nurse-midwife and senior maternal and newborn health adviser at Jhpiego, an international health non-profit organization and affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University, fills us in on the illness. What is eclampsia and what kind of dangers does it pose to pregnant women? Eclampsia is a serious, potentially fatal complication of pregnancy in which the woman, usually after the 20th week of pregnancy, develops high blood pressure, protein in her urine (proteinuria)
NEWS
October 2, 2014
"This is not West Africa," Texas health commissioner Dr. David Lakey said Wednesday at a news conference designed to dispel Texans' (and Americans') fear of an Ebola outbreak after a man there was diagnosed with the disease. "This is a very sophisticated city, a very sophisticated hospital. " The subtext: All those gruesome photos you're seeing of people dying in the streets in West Africa — that's something that happens over there, to other people, not here, not to us. But what the events of the last few days have shown is that it's exactly that kind of hubris that puts us most at risk, and that for all the sophistication of the U.S. health system, it only takes a simple lapse to create the conditions for a broader outbreak.
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