February 21, 2011
Up to half of sexually active young people will get a sexually transmitted disease by the time they are 25, yet many don't seek testing because it may be difficult, costly or embarrassing. Public health officials nationally and in particularly affected cities like Baltimore, however, say they've found a method that seems to address the major hurdles — a website that supplies free in-home testing kits for three of the most commonly reported STDs. "The highest prevalence is in young adults, and we knew we had to reach these kids," said Charlotte A. Gaydos, a professor of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
September 5, 2001
SHARK attack is probably the greatest fear for humans swimming and surfing in ocean waters. (Thank Hollywood for that.) But it is not the greatest danger by far, despite the recent public fixation on gruesome injuries and two deaths in Virginia and North Carolina. Drownings, heart attacks and even coral and seashell lacerations produce more deaths and serious injuries than shark bites. The number of reported shark attacks this summer is actually smaller than normal: three worldwide deaths so far in 2001, compared with eight last year.
March 25, 2012
Smart meters are an insidious, violating and dangerous technology being ushered in at a speed the public cannot fathom ("BGE to begin smart meter installation in May," March 18). They are a health and privacy disaster in the making. Smart meters are currently mandatory, relying on radio frequency radiation or RF/wireless signals. The utility asserts that it will only transmit your personal data two minutes a day. In reality, to maintain the entire mesh network, all meters will be talking with one another 24/7, engulfing our homes and neighborhoods continuously with RF radiation.
January 9, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently received a gag gift of protective headgear after she suffered a concussion and blood clot near her brain after a fall. While Clinton can now make light of the injuries, a blood clot can be a serious health risk that can lead to death. Dr. James L. Frazier, III, a neurosurgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, talks about the dangers. What causes a blood clot to form in the brain? A blood clot or thrombus can form in the arteries that supply blood to the brain.
March 28, 2012
Areas south and west of Baltimore are at risk of potentially severe thunderstorms this afternoon. All of central Maryland is under a hazardous weather advisory to look out for storms, according to the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va., office. But there is a particular risk of damaging hail and heavy winds south and west of the city. The best chance for those conditions is between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Stay tuned for any thunderstorm watches or warnings issued later.
September 4, 2012
Pertaining to the Perry Hall shooting, I have sympathy for both the victim and the shooter. When are parents going to teach their children not to be bullies? In this day and age when bullied victims bring guns to their schools, it would be a good idea not to be a bully. I have absolutely no sympathy for the bullies, but the true tragedy is when innocent victims are in the shooter's path. Every school and every parent should view the documentary "Bully" and then discuss it after.