By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
By Jessica Anderson and Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | 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...
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
Charles R. O'Melia, one of the world's leading water-treatment researchers who during his nearly-three-decade tenure at the Johns Hopkins University mentored more than 100 graduate environmental engineering students, died Dec. 16 of a brain tumor at his Timonium home. He was 76. "A true scholar and a gentleman, Charlie embodied the best of Johns Hopkins. His generosity and warmth of spirit were matched by a terrific dedication to his work as a researcher, educator and scholar," Nicholas P. Jones, dean of Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering, and Edward J. Bouwer, chairman of the department of geography and environmental engineering, said in a joint statement.
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2012
An attorney representing former 98 Rock DJ Steven G. Smith, better known as Stash, said his client would seek treatment for alcoholism and hoped to return to radio, if not at the same station where he'd been a fixture for more than 20 years. "The problem is with alcohol," attorney Leonard Shapiro said of his client, whose employment at 98 Rock ended this week, days after he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. "He knows he's got to get into a treatment program.
By Ann LoLordo | March 3, 2007
The way Sharon Bellamy tells it, her teenage daughter was "out of control" - mouthy, too full of herself for her own good, staying out late, running away. But when 15-year-old Lenisha was caught stealing a cell phone, her mother had had enough: "I was at my wits' end." A court-ordered, months-long, intensive therapy program got mother and daughter on the right track. With a counselor visiting twice weekly, Mom learned how not to take out her frustration on her teenager and Lenisha came to recognize that her mother's rules were the rules of the house.
By Ellen Goodman | February 22, 2000
BOSTON -- This time, the insurance company is right. This time, the folks whose minds are often clouded by dollars are making sense. And this time, the old familiar scenario -- a patient fighting for payment of life-saving therapy against uncaring insurance company -- is temporarily turned on its head. The Aetna insurance company has announced that it will no longer pay breast cancer patients for bone marrow transplants unless the patients are part of a federally funded experiment. Two weeks after the discovery that a South African researcher phonied up research showing that transplants were more effective than the standard treatment, Aetna stopped funding the therapy that has sent 30,000 women into a roller coaster ride of risk and hope, for very little benefit.
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer | March 17, 1992
The chief of psychiatry at New York's famed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center says Americans place a "terrible burden" on themselves and their families when they conclude that something in their own personality has brought on or worsened their cancer.The burden is unfair and unsupported by facts, said Dr. Jimmie C. Holland. "It's enough to get cancer without thinking you brought it on yourself."So far, she said, there is no conclusive evidence that our state of mind has any power to cause cancer or to change its outcome.
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,Staff Writer | February 2, 1993
Luretta Purse never imagined the answer to a throat condition that caused her to shed 52 pounds and constantly pine for food would be one of the world's most potent toxins -- the kind associated with botulism poisoning.Nor, given the life-altering benefits of the treatments, does she care. "It's been a miracle -- I can eat!" Mrs. Purse, of Seaford, Del., said yesterday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.Mrs. Purse wasn't about to temper her enthusiasm for the treatment that relieved a rare swallowing disorder called acalasia, which caused food to back up in her esophagus rather than drop into her stomach.
March 21, 1998
DURING THE 1940s, '50s and '60s, tens of thousands of Marylanders -- children, mostly -- received a treatment called nasal radium therapy, in which a radium-tipped probe was inserted in the nostrils. At the time the procedure, pioneered by doctors at Johns Hopkins, looked like a successful way to treat hearing loss, tonsillitis and colds. Today, it appears to have been a serious mistake.Though experts disagree on the extent to which the therapy increases the chance of cancer and thyroid problems, there have been enough studies and anecdotal evidence to support legislation to create a state panel to examine the risks, devise a system of alerting the 67,000 Marylanders believed to have had this treatment and recommend remedial action.
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | October 8, 1991
Shouting, "No more cuts," about 500 people marched around the War Memorial in Baltimore last night to protest a proposed $450 million in budget cuts that would severely affect social service programs.Some marchers carried signs that urged the governor to "Give us treatment or you'll give us death," and to "Cut waste, not jobs. Raise taxes."The march around the monument, which faces City Hall, took about 20 minutes of a rally that lasted about two hours.Gov. William Donald Schaefer's cuts could mean a loss of $21 million in state aid to Baltimore, city officials said.
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