January 14, 2008
As part of their financial "wish list" from the state, Baltimore officials are seeking $15 million to expand drug treatment, including $5 million that would be used to provide more buprenorphine, the synthetic opiate that has proved to be an effective antidote against heroin addiction. There are legitimate concerns - including those raised in a recent series in The Sun - about "bupe" being sold illegally as a street drug. City officials are aware of the concerns and have added important safeguards.
May 9, 2014
At a lab on the edge of the Johns Hopkins University's East Baltimore medical campus, researchers grow tumors on mice so they can try and cure them. But one day, the cancer wouldn't grow. They tried again and again for months. Figuring there must be something different about this batch of mice, they finally discovered the rodents had been given a drug to prevent pinworm. Three years later, the common parasite treatment that retails for a few dollars a dose is being given to terminal brain cancer patients in a trial that could lead to more widespread use. Researchers who toiled for years for such a discovery said they still are investigating how it works.
June 10, 2012
A 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg sought treatment at Sinai Hospital about 10:30 p.m. Sunday - but refused to tell police where he had been shot. According to Baltimore police, hospital staff alerted police after the man arrived at the hospital, in the 2400 block of W. Belevedere Avenue. Police responded to the hospital to ask the man questions, but he was not being cooperative, said Sgt. Anthony Smith, a police spokesman. Investigators were still trying to figure out details about the shooting late Sunday.
January 24, 2013
It's a matter no one gives a, well let's say hoot, about until there's a problem. When there is a problem with it, everyone affected will be angry enough to call city hall and give the poor soul who answers a blast of, let's just call it hot air. The matter at hand is sewage disposal and treatment, and it appears Aberdeen is at the forefront of making sure no one gets any stink on them from being cavalier about modernization. The city council voted last week to spend up to $96,000 on equipment that will make possible sewer line replacement using a technique called pipe-bursting.
November 22, 2011
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis released a statement, through a team spokesman, regarding his regularly scheduled media availability. “I apologize for not being available as I normally am on a day like today, but I am taking every opportunity to get treatment on my foot to prepare to play on Thursday. Anytime you see your team on the field, you always want to be out there with them. As the leader of your team, it doesn't sit well with me to be on the sidelines. But I was the biggest cheerleader out there on Sunday, and I was truly proud of the way we played as a team.
April 20, 2006
Six years ago, California voters opted to put more low-level drug offenders in treatment rather than behind bars. Recent studies show that the decision paid off, saving the state millions of dollars in reduced prison costs, with no simultaneous spike in violent crime. Though similar drug offenses are handled somewhat differently in Maryland, the larger lesson still holds - nonviolent drug users and sellers need much more treatment. California's so-called Proposition 36 mandated treatment for many nonviolent first- and second-time drug offenders instead of prison.
July 15, 2013
When James Russell learned that he had a rare form of appendix cancer, he thoroughly investigated his treatment options. His research led him to Dr. Armando Sardi, a surgical oncologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore who is one of a few specialists worldwide who performs an aggressive, cutting-edge procedure on patients afflicted with advanced stage abdominal cancer. New York resident Russell, a husband and father of two, proved to be a strong candidate for the potentially life-extending procedure.
June 8, 2011
The table in Jack Samuels' Fells Point office is piled two feet high with books, papers, scientific journals and grant applications. Samuels' wife likes to tease him that he has a hoarding problem, just like the people he studies. In reality, those stacks of paper might hold a remedy. Samuels, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine, is the go-to guy nationwide for researchers seeking to understand the biological basis of hoarding — an intense, irrational drive to collect items in vast quantities, coupled with an inability to discard even objects that are worthless or broken.
March 13, 2014
Well, well, what a surprise, Maryland is poised to pass some form of an indefinite forced medication bill ( "Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment," March 10). Presumably the forced ingestion will end when the subject is cured or hell freezes over, whichever comes first. And all in the name of some perceived safety benefit. I say perceived because, 1) the evidence shows the so-called mentally ill are not any more prone to violence than the general population, and 2)
January 7, 2013
Bryan Johnson didn't know he had bipolar disorder until he ended up at the emergency room, where he assaulted a police officer. His family had taken him to the University of Maryland Medical Center because he was acting strangely, staring into the distance and constantly pacing as he struggled with the death of his brother and the loss of his job. He was sent to Central Booking as soon as he was released from the hospital, and wound up with a...