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            Every day, it seems that more good news is coming with regards to our ongoing fight against the COVID-19 virus.  Hospitalization rates are dropping, more and more vaccines are being administered, and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was just approved.  All of this is incredibly pr…

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health,one in six U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. However, the taboo created in society surrounding the discussion of mental health prevents the transparency of this fact. It is essential that our society grows comfortable with the conve…

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Every day, more and more people in Maryland are getting their COVID-19 vaccines.  While perhaps not progressing as quickly as some would like, over 880,000 Marylanders have received their shots.  The news that the Biden administration has increased orders for both the Pfizer and Moderna vacc…

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It has been two weeks since my second dose of the Moderna vaccine. It seems a bit surreal; I don’t feel any different. I was expecting this sense of calm or relief to sweep over me - I’m protected from getting seriously ill with Covid. But I don’t feel that sense of calm. Instead, I feel a s…

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On January 28th, a new strain of the coronavirus, believed to have originated in South Africa, was identified in the U.S. in South Carolina. Soon after on January 30th, Maryland became the second state to contract the new variant. So far, three cases of the new South African strain known as …

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Since March, we have all missed our friends, school and social gatherings. However, that isn’t a reason to put others lives at risk. Maskless indoor gatherings are easily avoidable, but are disproportionately the main reason for the spread of Covid, according to Boy Genius Report. Dr. Anthon…

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Even though you are bundled up in jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, and layers galore, you’re cold. But, due to the pandemic, outside is the best place to see other people or grab a meal. Although the dreaded cold can prevent some of these activities from sounding appealing, there are still ou…

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Bethesda, MD, Jan 28 – “Thousands of parents in Montgomery County trust the CDC and our nation’s leading public health experts when they say it’s safe to return to classrooms, and as schools across the country continue to reopen, we are getting more and more frustrated that our kids remain p…

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On January 21, Governor Hogan, in conjunction with the state Health Department and Superintendent updated school reopening guidance and called for districts to reopen. And on January 26, CDC research concluded schools aren’t big coronavirus spreaders and can reopen. Within hours countless go…

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MedStar Montgomery Medical Center joined with millions of American's across the country for a moment of silence to remember those loved ones we have lost to COVID-19, as well as honor our incredibly brave, compassionate and dedicated healthcare workers. In a long fight against this virus, ou…

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Coming to a hospital’s emergency room is not the panacea for COVID. Cases are climbing, the days are getting darker, and every minute, it seems that the news concerning our fight against COVID-19 gets grimmer. Yes, there has been significant progress in vaccine development with a successful …

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There is no denying this year has been stressful for almost everyone as we continue to grapple with a global pandemic and major historical events in our country. Heightened stress levels can lead to a myriad of health issues, especially with your heart.

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After the initial nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19, one of the greatest concerns was how to get students back into the classrooms. Many schools have taken the risk to reopen and are able to use this time to test various ways that ensure their students receive a quality education while not…

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On March 13th, the speculation of the coronavirus became a grim reality for MCPS students, staff, and families when schools closed to contain the virus. Since then, the number of cases and deaths has increased while lockdown measures of states and precautions taken by the public have decline…

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One night, in our emergency department, a 38 year-old male was brought in by the police after a domestic altercation with his wife. He'd been drinking but he seemed cooperative. A full evaluation was needed, and as part of it, the nurse calmly approached him to start an intravenous (IV) line…

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Is it time to rethink how we determine capacity for patients suffering from substance use disorders? We began debating this question after taking care of a young woman with endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of part of the heart, frequently associated with IV drug use, and fatal if n…

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As fall begins in earnest, it appears that we are in the midst of the long-feared second surge of Coronavirus cases. In Maryland, as in many states, cases and hospitalization rates are steadily rising to a crescendo. As two emergency medicine physicians working in Maryland, we can attest tha…

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On March 12, the state superintendent issued an order for all public schools in the state to close for two weeks in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. While students were excited about the prospect of an extended spring break, what they didn’t know was that they wouldn’t be going back.

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TODAY: I'm going live for an update on #COVID19 in Maryland. I'll be joined by Josh Sharfstein, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Beth Anne Langrell, of For All Seasons Behavioral Health and RCC, to give an outlook on fighting the disease in the winter months ahead and …

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Stuck inside? During these tough times, it’s important for us to get out of the house once in a while, whether that means going on a walk or taking a road trip with your family. Fortunately for the WJ community, Maryland and surrounding states are filled with COVID-safe travel destinations f…

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WHEATON – Although already up and running and classes have begun, Jan. 24 marked the official opening of the Wheaton Senior Center, which is located in the new Wheaton Community Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue. To celebrate the occasion, the recreation center, which also is home to a library and gym facilities, held an open […]

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SILVER SPRING – Amanda Barry-Moilanen of Wheaton is scared that a Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule allowing its grant recipients to discriminate, would result in fewer children ever being adopted. On Nov. 1, the Trump administration published a notice that it intends only to comply with explicitly spelled out U.S. Supreme […]

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WHEATON – In response to a federal policy that discourages the use of government aid, District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro and four Maryland legislatures hosted a family resource fair at the Wheaton Recreation Center on Dec. 7. The fair provided information to families about how to take advantage of the government, small business and nonprofit […]

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BETHESDA – Electronic cigarettes are relatively new, and the medical community is only beginning to understand how they affect the lungs.  However, a panel of medical professionals told about 100 high school students gathered at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda on Nov. 19 that it took decades for doctors to know […]

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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County filed a lawsuit in federal court against JUUL, which manufacturers e-cigarettes, and Altria Group, a major financial backer of JUUL. “With this lawsuit, we are making clear that we will not stand by while companies deliberately try to convince young people to become attracted and possibly addicted to vaping,” County […]

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GERMANTOWN — Local elected officials and members of the community have been disappointed to find out that Maryland transportation officials have nixed plans to fund bus transportation that would connect the up-county with more populated areas closer to the District. Designs for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) have been in the works for the last […]

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SILVER SPRING – Manna Food Center, which strives to end hunger in the county, added a community food market in Silver Spring and showcased its newly renovated Gaithersburg warehouse amidst multiple celebrations on Oct. 19 and 20. A red ribbon was cut Oct. 19 at a new food pantry in the eastern part of the […]

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SILVER SPRING—The death of Montgomery County Police (MCP) Officer Thomas J. Bomba on Oct.14 has shed new light on the stress that police and first responders alike face in their daily duties. “Law enforcement officers respond to and witness some of the most tragic events that happen in our communities,” wrote the National Alliance on […]

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BETHESDA – The cutoff jeans moving lazily in the wind belie their meaning. Each one represents someone who died from an overdose. The project, created by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, is on-display outside the Montgomery County Circuit Courthouse in the Veterans Plaza as part of her Empty Fix effort. The Bethesda resident hopes people will […]

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ROCKVILLE — GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) celebrated the opening of its new expanded manufacturing facility in Rockville, which will add 100 new high-paying jobs, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 3.  GSK is a multinational pharmaceutical company based in the United Kingdom. According to GSK, over the years the company has become a leader in products designed […]

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SILVER SPRING – African Americans in Montgomery County have an infant mortality rate that is 237% higher than other ethnic groups living here, according to County Executive Marc Elrich. Their mortality rate for heart ailments is 116% higher, and their rate for breast cancer mortality is 131%  higher, Elrich said during an Oct. 10 African […]

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SILVER SPRING – MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (MMMC) announced the opening of an outpatient oncology center and a breast health and imaging center at its Olney community hospital. “As a community hospital, MedStar Montgomery seeks to provide the best care for our patients in their local community,” Thomas J. Senker, MMMC president, said. “This means […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County health officials released a plan to improve residents’ health over the next six years.  The Healthy Montgomery 2023 plan, released on Sept. 24, provides goals for improving health outcomes such as infant mortality, chronic disease, infectious disease and injuries, according to the report.  “Healthy Montgomery 2023 establishes county-specific benchmarked goals to […]

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GAITHERSBURG – Members of the Maryland Congressional delegation recently attempted to put a stop to a risk of thousands of Marylanders and millions of U.S. residents not receiving benefits for their families.  The delegation on Sept. 17 wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue in opposition to his proposed rule […]

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SILVER SPRING – A non-invasive treatment designed to help people deal with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is available locally after being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about a year ago. OCD is a type of mental illness in which people have either obsessive thoughts and urges or compulsive, repetitive behaviors. It […]

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GAITHERSBURG – On Sept. 10, as Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) continues to make changes to its Athlete Supervision Action Plan, a Gaithersburg High School student and football player passed out alone in a field after practice, found later by his mother. Zachary Arrendell, a 15-year-old high school student, was cleared to play football despite […]

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ROCKVILLE – During the Aug. 29 Montgomery County School Board business meeting, Chief Academic Officer Maria Navarro answered a question about the district’s concerted effort to better educate both students and parents on the harmful effects of vaping. “Yes, absolutely,” Navarro responded, noting that meetings will be set up with officials from the county’s health […]

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SILVER SPRING – Maria Bushby, a Colonel Zadok Magruder High School graduate, was named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow for her efforts to help the homeless. She is one of 262 college students across the country chosen by Campus Compact, a national organization committed to advancing community service in higher education. “I would say that […]

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SILVER SPRING – Two health centers in the county received federal funding to expand efforts that provide medical and behavioral help to those on the fringes. Community Clinic Inc. Health and Wellness Services of Silver Spring and Mobile Medical Care Inc. in Bethesda each received $167,000 as part of a $2.4 million grant that went […]

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