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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2005
When Larry Wilson heard that city officials were going to give out treatment slots to drug addicts yesterday, he knew that he had to get his friend Gregory Howard downtown and that they should arrive early. In a city with thousands of addicts, 60 slots would go quickly. Wilson delivered. He and Howard -- a heroin addict for 30 years -- were among the first to arrive for Baltimore's Chemical Independence Day, an event that spotlighted local treatment clinics and provided free HIV testing.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2011
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent advisory panel, recently recommended that healthy men not be given PSA blood tests to detect prostate cancer. But that won't mean the end of diagnosis and treatment of the disease, the most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death in American men. Dr. E. James Wright, associate professor and director of the Division of Reconstructive and Neurological Urology and chief of urology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, answers questions about diagnosis and the latest treatments, including measures to mitigate side effects such as incontinence and impotence.
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By JONATHAN BOR and JONATHAN BOR,SUN REPORTER | January 5, 2006
Doctors have revived a 50-year-old method of delivering chemotherapy, reporting today that infusions through the abdominal wall can add more than a year of life for patients with advanced cases of ovarian cancer. On the downside, the treatment produced side effects so unpleasant that half the patients stopped it early. The report, published in today's New England Journal of Medicine, prompted an announcement by the National Cancer Institute that the technique confers "a significant survival benefit" and should be the preferred treatment for women with the advanced disease.
NEWS
By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,Sun reporter | August 17, 2008
Every year, an estimated 12,000 heroin addicts are arrested and processed through Baltimore's downtown booking and pretrial jails. And there are hundreds more who arrive treating their addictions with methadone. But for those who can't make bail, staying behind bars has long meant no methadone - the leading medication to ease painful withdrawal symptoms and a proven strategy to keep addicts off of heroin and clear of criminal lifestyles. Now, that's changing. Maryland's new program to dispense methadone to heroin addicts who are held at the Baltimore jail awaiting trial has rapidly grown into one of the nation's largest efforts to deliver the addiction treatment behind bars.
NEWS
By Julie Bell and Matthew Hay Brown and Julie Bell and Matthew Hay Brown,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2005
Before Katrina hit, untold numbers of its victims already were suffering a different kind of wrath: drug addiction. Now, thousands of addicts are thought to be among the hundreds of thousands displaced by the storm, seeking drug fixes, recovery or simple compassion in the new places they are temporarily calling home. The diaspora has created challenges in communities from Alexandria and Baton Rouge, La., to Houston and San Antonio, where taxed addiction counselors already have full caseloads and, in some cases, all staffed treatment beds are full.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 20, 2014
I have a question for George Will. If he can't answer it, maybe Brit Humecan. Both men were recently part of a panel on "Fox News Sunday" to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder? Wallace was reacting to a clip of Mr. Holder strongly hinting that a testy encounter with House Republicans was part of a pattern of race-based abuse of himself and the president. Some of the panelists framed their answers in political dimensions, i.e., what does this mean for the midterms?
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2011
A Northeast Baltimore clinic that once pitched on-demand methadone to desperate addicts during the late-night hours is focusing on a new idea — paying addicts to come in for treatment. "We are targeting a non-traditional population of addicts that isn't so interested in treatment," said the Rev. Milton Williams, who runs Turning Point Clinic, housed in his New Life Evangelical Baptist Church. "This will be an incentive. " The state has yet to approve the original on-demand, or "open access" idea, citing federal rules that require, for example, a lengthy examination of anyone getting methadone, a Schedule 2 narcotic.
NEWS
By John J. Boronow and Steven S. Sharfstein | December 29, 2013
Treatment refusal occurs in medical/surgical settings across the world every day: a child with leukemia resisting a painful bone-marrow biopsy, an elderly man with Alzheimer's fighting his medication, a woman awakening from a coma and demanding release. And in most instances, "society" - as represented by the family, the health care providers and our legal institutions - has well-established, ethical, effective and efficient mechanisms for enabling the treatment to proceed. But that same society frequently fails people with severe mental illness who also have a related affliction known as "anosognosia" - essentially the inability to recognize one's own illness, however obvious it may be to everyone else.
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By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1997
Sifting through old files and stacks of boxes, staffers from the Department of Veterans Affairs are trying to track down thousands of submariners and pilots who received radiation treatment for ear troubles during World War II. The government wants to tell them they may be at increased risk of cancer.But no one has stepped forward to do the same for civilians who got the treatment as children, even though their risk from the radiation is as much as 10 times higher -- and they may number as many as 2 million.
NEWS
January 4, 2001
YOU CAN understand why Brooklyn Park residents are concerned about a drug treatment halfway house's plans to nearly double its size. That said, Damascus House has earned the right to be heard, too. The halfway house has operated innocuously from a two-story building on Ritchie Highway for 27 years. It has been a model citizen serving a difficult mission. The center houses adult males who are recovering from substance abuse. Local police say they have no criminal complaints on record from the center.
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