March 3, 2013
A Mississippi infant born with HIV has become the first child cured of the deadly virus, leaving hope that the disease can be eliminated in the youngest patients, scientists from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and other institutions said Sunday. The infant, who was born to an HIV-infected mother, was given antiretroviral treatment beginning 30 hours after birth. Scientists believe the early intervention may have proven key to curing the child, who is now 2 1/2 years old. The infant has been determined “functionally cured,” said the scientists, some of whom are from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
November 26, 2012
Every year, some 400,000 Americans die from smoking-related illnesses, the vast majority of them caused by cigarettes. As many as 40,000 more die from the effects of inhaling secondhand smoke, making cigarettes one of the leading causes of premature death in this country. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that any other product that presented such a clear and present danger to public health would be illegal. That's why a coalition of public health advocates has proposed a $1-per-pack increase in Maryland's cigarette tax to encourage longtime smokers to finally kick the habit and to dissuade younger people, particularly teenagers, from taking it up. Every time Maryland has raised its cigarette tax, which now stands at $2 a pack, smoking has gone down and lives have been saved.
September 26, 2012
Cascelia S. "Cici" Burgess, the Baltimore school system's director of early intervention programs and services, who was an educator in the city for 38 years, died Sept. 20 of a heart attack at her Northeast Baltimore home. She was 61. "The one thing that everybody knows is that she had an undying love for children. And as a special early ed teacher, Cici did all she could to help with resources and whatever else was needed," said Sandra A. "Sam" Means, an administrator at Maritime Industries Academy High School.
September 22, 2012
WESTMINSTER - Advance tickers are on sale for the 13th annual "A Culinary Experience," scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, 6 to 9 p.m., at Martin's Westminster in the 140 Village Shopping Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County. The evening will showcase local restaurants, caterers and bakeries with samplings of their menus. Attendees have the opportunity to vote for awards for the restaurants. Entertainment will be provided by the Eric Byrd Trio, and silent and live auctions will be led by guest auctioneer, Galen Roop.
July 20, 2012
Maryland is exaggerating the value of collecting DNA samples before suspects are convicted, the state's top public defender argued in a filing Friday before the U.S. Supreme Court. The state asked the nation's highest court to decide whether collecting DNA samples to tie suspects to other crimes is a violation of their constitutional rights or a viable crime-fighting tool. In response to a temporary stay issued by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Maryland Public Defender Paul DeWolfe urged the high court to uphold an April decision by the state Court of Appeals to block the collection of DNA samples after a suspect is arrested but not convicted in a violent crime, burglary or an attempt to commit such crimes.
May 30, 2012
Last week's episode was all about shock and awe: Brooks said something that made sense and Tamra did something admirable. Tonight's episode is filled with mock and "Awww, no she didn't!" We open with Tamra fessing up to Her Highness Heather (HHH) and her hubby Terry admitting that she threw Terry (and by association, Heather) under the bus with Alexis last week. If Tamra had any kind of track record of behaving like a normal person, I would give her mad props for her honesty, but it's not that kind of party.