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 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."
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
July 27, 2011
Go ahead and bang a drum, hang from the curtains and spin that hula hoop. Area gym instructors say it's good for you, even if you don't realize it. The unconventional workouts are part of a movement to keep the masses focused on their fitness by disguising exercise as playtime, like spinach in brownies. And while more conventional spin, yoga and Latin dance-inspired Zumba aerobics classes remain gym staples, the quirky and even slightly juvenile additions have been attracting regulars.
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)