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By Bruce Japsen and Bruce Japsen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 27, 2003
In what would be one of the largest health-care fraud settlements in U.S. history, Abbott Laboratories will pay more than $600 million to resolve allegations that it worked with medical-care providers to bilk government health insurance programs for the poor and elderly. The medical products giant disclosed late yesterday that it would take a one-time second-quarter charge of $622 million, or 34 cents a share, as a result of an anticipated settlement of civil and criminal allegations against its Ross Products nutrition business.
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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.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 17, 1996
Smoking will become the single largest cause of death and disability in the world within the next 25 years, according to the first comprehensive, global study of how people die.Noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes -- often thought to strike primarily the affluent -- already cause more deaths in the developing world than infectious diseases, the five-year study showed.The study, done by a team headquartered at the Harvard University School of Public Health and released yesterday, found that depression, also associated with affluence, accounts for 10 percent of productive years lost throughout the world.
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By Johanna Neuman and Joel Havemann and Johanna Neuman and Joel Havemann,Los Angeles Times | June 7, 2007
WASHINGTON -- A Georgia man with a highly infectious strain of tuberculosis, whose travels last month caused an international health scare, told Congress yesterday that he had no idea he was contagious. "I don't want this, and I wouldn't have wanted to give it to someone else," said Andrew Speaker, a 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer who is under quarantine at a Denver hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "knew that I had this. ... I was repeatedly told I was not contagious, that I was not a threat to anyone," he said.
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November 3, 2007
Johns Hopkins University faculty will offer 32 presentations covering issues in prevention, treatment and diagnosis of diseases affecting women from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. today at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Topics of the 13th annual health conference, titled "A Woman's Journey," include aging, heart disease, breast cancer, global warming, stress, weight loss and depression. The keynote speaker is Leslie Mancuso, president and chief executive officer of JHPIEGO, a Johns Hopkins affiliate and international health organization that works to improve health care conditions in 50 countries.
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November 24, 2006
Promotions Thomas A. LaVeist has been installed as the inaugural William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Poli cy at the Johns Hop kins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The med ical sociologist was also the inaugural recipient of the Knowledge Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health. LaVeist, an expert on health disparities and the prob lems in minority communi ties, has been on the Hop kins faculty since 1990. His latest book, Minority Popu lations and Health: An In troduction to Health Dis parities in the United States, was published in April 2005.
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By Melody Simmons and Marina Sarris and Melody Simmons and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | May 15, 1991
A task force of 40 Maryland nurses and doctors is waiting to travel to Kuwait to treat war-injured Kuwaiti citizens."They have been told to go with their black bags -- they could go from putting a band aid on to doing open-heart surgery," said Tricia Slawinski, project manager for the Maryland International Health Task Force.Dr. James D'Orta, chairman of the task force and assistant director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital, said the group was formed at the request of Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,Sun Staff Writer | December 16, 1994
Despite the death toll exacted by civil war, poverty and drought, developing nations have generally improved the health of their children through increased immunization, improved primary care and simple techniques like adding iodine to salt.The annual "State of the World's Children" report, released yesterday by UNICEF, said that by next year, 2.5 million fewer children would be dying annually from malnutrition and preventable diseases than died in 1990. Also, 750,000 fewer youngsters will be disabled, blinded, crippled or mentally retarded.
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September 7, 2006
Date of birth: Nov. 17, 1969 Party affiliation: Republican Professional background: President of an international health care nonprofit (www.depression.org). Chairman and CEO of local small business (www.compassmarketinginc.com); named a Future 50 award winner by Baltimore Smart CEO magazine. Educational background: MBA, University of Baltimore; bachelor's degree, accounting, Towson University. Personal: Married to Kathryn Goetzke White; enjoys reading newspapers; Annapolis resident.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | March 15, 1991
Gov. William Donald Schaefer today described war-ravaged Kuwait as a country darkened by clouds of smoke, littered with live ammunition and reeling from destruction at the hands of the Iraqi military."
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