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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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SILVER SPRING – A chapter of Toastmasters International, an educational nonprofit dedicated to improving communication and public speaking skills, is being formed in the county, with its first organizational meeting taking place Aug. 10.  Toastmasters is being especially targeted toward veterans making the transition back into civilian life. The Commission on Veterans Affairs in Montgomery […]

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SILVER SPRING – Adventist HealthCare’s new medical center in East County will begin serving patients on Aug. 25. “White Oak Medical Center will allow us to provide high-quality, high-touch care in a patient-centered, state-of-the-art facility that will allow us to advance healthcare in our community and throughout the region,” Dr. Jim Rost, chief medical officer […]

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SILVER SPRING – As the push to outlaw abortions mounts throughout the country, an abortion clinic in Bethesda is looking for ways to better handle an expected influx of patients from throughout the country.   According to the Guttmacher Institute, during the first half of this year, state legislatures around the United States have enacted 58 […]

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By Jalen Wade Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – Treatments for epilepsy and seizures are about to make a major advancement. That is because the team at Engage Therapeutics has been developing a new tool to help with the delivery of medication to help with seizures. Called Staccato Alprazolam, it functions like an inhaler to […]

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ROCKVILLE – Measles cases are at a 25-year high, and Maryland has not avoided the outbreak. As of May 9, there were five reported cases of measles in the state — a number that can continue to grow as the disease spreads throughout the country. While Maryland is the not one of the harder-hit states, […]

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By Madeline Rothfield ROCKVILLE – The American Lung Association said the state of Maryland must do more to reduce and prevent tobacco use among youth in order to help end the nationwide e-cigarette epidemic. Maryland earned a grade of “F” in the minimum age category in the ALA’s 17th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, […]

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ROCKVILLE — As an extension of the late Dr. Robert I. Schattner’s philanthropy and devotion to improving the lives of kidney failure patients, the Robert I. Schattner Foundation has awarded the American Kidney Fund, a $150,000 grant to fund programs that support children living with kidney disease and to provide vital financial assistance to low-income […]

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY—Montgomery County ranks 71st overall in the 500 healthiest communities according to U.S News and World Report’s 2019 Healthiest Communities list. U.S News and World Report partnered with the Aetna Foundation which provides funding for research and strategies for improving the health of large populations of people. They also give grants to local non-profits […]

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By Kathleen Stubbs    @kathleenstubbs3 ROCKVILLE — Patients who seek to purchase medical marijuana will be able to do so in Rockville, perhaps in 2019. People driving on Hungerford Drive may notice a sign for “Sugarloaf Wellness Center” near Mannakee Street. The property owner has permits from the City of Rockville for the space to […]

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By Morton F. Goldberg, M.D. Medical advances in my specialty of eye care are always needed, but we can’t always control how or when they occur. What we can influence is the time it takes such advances to travel from the lab bench to patients who are blind or dealing with other severe visual impairments. […]

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@petersrouleau BETHESDA — The Montgomery County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI MC) held its annual Heroes Gala at the Pooks Hill Road Marriott in Bethesda Friday night. The Gala serves as a fundraiser to support NAMI’s goals of raising awareness of mental illness and providing treatment and support to those affected […]

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By Suzanne Pollak DICKERSON — The many back and brain surgeries Jon Kohl suffered through after his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan in 2013 almost left him paralyzed. Not one to give in, the Gaithersburg resident now spends his days doing non-contact boxing, cycling, Pilates and archery. He credits his comeback to his horseback riding sessions […]

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Avery Road Treatment Center, a residential substance abuse center for low-income County residents, will be demolished soon, and a new facility constructed nearby. During the winter months, work is scheduled to begin on a new treatment center, which includes room for only four additional beds, even though the effects from opioid abuse continue to grow. […]

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A new breathing tube in the hands of emergency medical technicians could increase the survivability of patients with sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new National Institutes of Health-funded study. “During resuscitation, opening the airway and having proper access to it is a key factor for the survival of someone who goes into cardiac arrest […]

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GAITHERSBURG — James Gray, a disabled veteran who fought in the Vietnam War, will no longer have to drive from Germantown to Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center to receive medical care from the Veterans Administration. Thanks to the upcoming Sept. 17 opening of Montgomery County’s first community-based outpatient clinic on Gaither Drive in Gaithersburg, […]

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In a new project funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers will be able to visualize socio-economic data at the community level when looking into public health issues.

“Socio-economic disadvantage is one of the fundamental factors that result in health disparities; and understanding those factors is what will lead to development of interventions to reduce disparities,” said Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., director of NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. “Having a tool to better understand social factors impacting health disparities is an important step forward to achieving health equity.”

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The National Institutes of Health reveals gaps in the treatment of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, according to a recently published study.

“A lot of people get traumatic brain injury but it’s such a complex disease that the care of [it] isn’t well known,” said Patrick Bellgowan, Ph.D., Program Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. “We also don’t know who’s going to recover and how well they’re going to recover.”

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Cancer rates across the United States are declining, according to a new report from the National Institutes of Health.

Known as the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, the report examined data across 42 states –concluding that diagnosis and death data decreased from 1999-2015.

“This year’s report is an encouraging indicator of progress we’re making in cancer research. As overall death rates continue to decline for all major racial and ethnic groups in the United States, it’s clear that interventions are having an impact,” said National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless, M.D. “The report also highlights areas where more work is needed. With steadfast commitment to patients and their families, we will be able to lower the mortality rates faster and improve the lives of those affected by cancer.”

“The key point is that mortality from cancer is going down for both men and women … and children as well,” said Kathleen Cronin, Ph.D., one of the authors of the report and a researcher at NCI.

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A new study from the National Institutes of Health shows that cyberbullying, dissatisfaction in family relationships, and unmet medical needs contribute to higher rates of depressive symptoms among LGBT youth across the United States.

“The study shows that adolescence is a critical window for interventions to address depressive symptoms experienced by sexual minority youth,” said Jeremy Luk, Ph.D., first author of the study and postdoctoral researcher at NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “Without appropriate screening and intervention, these disparities may likely persist into young adulthood.”

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Americans are making more visits to hospital emergency rooms with alcohol-related causes, a new study released by the National Institutes of Health found.

“In just nine years, the number of people transported to the [emergency room] annually for medical emergencies caused or exacerbated by alcohol increased from about 3 million to 5 million,” said George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director of NIH’s National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “These findings are indicative of the detrimental effects that acute and chronic alcohol misuse have on public health, and the significant burden they place on our healthcare system.”

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Nearly two years after the Zika virus outbreak in the United States, the experience of the virus leaves the United States more prepared for future outbreaks NIH researchers say.

“The road map has already been written for us … hopefully the experience with Zika will allow us to respond in a much more efficient and effective way,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the institute charged with researching the virus.

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A new study released by the National Institutes of Health reveals that effects from air pollution could increase the risk of early pregnancy loss.

“We’ve studied air pollution and reproductive health for several years, it’s an area of research for myself and my team,” said Pauline Mendola, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and a researcher at NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Mendola explained that after she and her colleagues published a paper earlier this year that revealed that exposure to ground-level ozone was associated with stillbirth, they were curious to see whether the same pollutants could be correlated with miscarriage as well. The study concluded that couples exposed to air pollution were more likely to experience a loss in early-stage pregnancies.

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