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Every day, it seems the news surrounding our nation’s fight against coronavirus is getting grimmer. Cases and hospitalizations are increasing at alarming rates and, once again, coronavirus seems to be getting the better of us.  For those of us who work in healthcare, watching this unfold fil…

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Every day, it seems the news surrounding our nation’s fight against coronavirus is getting grimmer. Cases and hospitalizations are increasing at alarming rates and, once again, coronavirus seems to be getting the better of us.  For those of us who work in healthcare, watching this unfold fil…

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As we near the one year mark of quarantine in March, people have been spending more time on electronics. Previously, before COVID-19, people were able to go out and talk to friends and family, but now, everything is online. Whether it be through Instagram, Zoom, TikTok, Snapchat or Facetime,…

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As the summer season begins this year, there are many promising developments in our ongoing battle against COVID-19.  As cases and hospitalization rates continue to fall and restrictive measures are being relaxed, many of us are undoubtedly looking forward to this summer after over a year of…

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Recently, the House passed HR 1195: The Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare Workers and Social Services Workers Act.  This bill, as the name suggests, seeks to provide legal protections against workplace violence for healthcare workers. This bill received little fanfare; aside from …

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United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently visited schools in Prince George’s County as part of his many visits to schools where he has given promises of help. Unfortunately, he didn’t travel just a few miles further to Montgomery County. Montgomery County Public Schools (M…

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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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