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By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun, and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
A parking valet saved the wedding day of a Fells Point couple this week when he officiated their ceremony after snow shut down the courthouse.  Megan Peterson, 29,  and Tim Christofield, 33, had planned to get married at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis on Tuesday, but the courthouse, like most places, was shut down because of the area's heaviest snow of the season.  The couple had been planning the wedding for months, and...
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
Alfred Sommer, a former Johns Hopkins University dean who discovered the importance of vitamin A in preventing child blindness, will accept an award Sunday in Israel honoring his contributions to preventive medicine. Sommer was chosen as a laureate of the Dan David Prize, bestowed in various fields by Tel Aviv University. He shares the $1 million prize with Esther Duflo, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist being honored for her work on poverty. The Dan David Foundation awards three prizes each year - one for achievements focused on the past, one for the present, and one, as in Sommer's case, for the future.
NEWS
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 Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2010
Dr. Melvyn C. Thorne, a semiretired professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health who was interested in maternal child care and family planning in developing countries, died Aug. 16 of a heart attack at his Roland Park home. He was 77. The son of a mechanic and a homemaker, Dr. Thorne was born and raised in San Francisco. After graduation in 1950 from Lowell High School, he worked his way to Europe aboard a freighter. "He had decided not to go to college and spent time bicycling and traveling throughout Europe," said his wife of 52 years, the former Dorothy Richardson, an educator he met when both were students at the University of California at Berkeley.
NEWS
September 13, 2010
Recent news coverage of the six-month anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake overlooked a terrible tragedy: the destruction of a nursing school filled with more than 100 students and teachers. The horrific event is significant not only because of the appalling loss of life but because it diminished Haiti's current and future nursing workforce — already severely understaffed — at a time when nursing skills are needed most. Haiti's loss underscored a larger problem plaguing countries worldwide.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | August 4, 1997
They appear in health club ads, fit, trim and tanned, with impossibly taut abdomens. They show up less often in real life.The typical health club member rarely resembles Madison Avenue's toned-up version, Roger Ralph learned long ago. As owner of a Harford County club with his wife, Elaine, Ralph set out in the early 1980s to create an environment in which fitness is more a lifestyle than a quest to build muscles.Today, the Ralphs' Bel Air Athletic Club is considered a trend-setter in the industry, a model of the health club of the 21st century.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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