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Hospitals inflate price of some services by 20 times or more, study says
Stephen FellerBALTIMORE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Huge price markups at hospitals, with some as large as 20 times the actual cost, are based on increasing revenue simply because they can, researchers say.
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In open letter to Baltimore, Under Armour CEO touts investment, transformational change of Port Covington
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank urged support for the Port Covington project and proposed investing more than $100 million in recreation centers, job training, schools and parks in a full-page ad Wednesday in The Baltimore Sun. The open letter marks Plank's most prominent personal effort moves to...
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School districts in central Maryland had slightly higher than average rates of absenteeism
Nearly all the counties in central Maryland had slightly higher than average percentages of students who were chronically absent from school in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a new report. And in Baltimore more than a third of students missed enough days to endanger their long-term academic...
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Not all hospital readmissions are bad, study finds
In an effort to push hospitals around the nation to improve care of patients and cut costs, federal regulators began in 2012 to impose financial penalties on facilities that had more readmissions than should be expected. New research from Johns Hopkins now suggests that not all of the readmissions...
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Some small Maryland colleges see large enrollment drops over 5 years
Many of Maryland's smallest colleges and universities have seen steadily declining enrollment over the past five years, in some cases by double-digit percentages, straining budgets and prompting layoffs.The declines occurred even as overall enrollment in four-year institutions in the state swelled,...
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Affordable housing advocates push for trust fund, money to fill it
Baltimore voters will be asked in November to approve the creation of a trust fund to develop and maintain housing that extremely low-income residents can afford. But that is only a first step. If the fund were approved, advocates still would have to persuade city officials to put money in it.A...
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William McC. Kerr II, construction company executive
William McC. Kerr II, former president of Concord Associates and a decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Aug. 31 from progressive supranuclear palsy at his Towson home. He was 72. The son of John T. Kerr Sr., a civil engineer, and Dora Preston Kerr, a homemaker, William McConkey Kerr II was born...
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Handymen, home care helps seniors trying to age in place
Where you live plays a big role in staying independent as you age. Now researchers say an innovative program that combined home fix-ups and visits from occupational therapists and nurses improved low-income seniors' ability to care for themselves in their own homes.
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Hogan trade mission to Israel packs in business deals, public speeches
Gov. Larry Hogan will lead a trade mission to Israel this month in hopes of luring cyber security and life science companies to open offices in Maryland, his administration announced Wednesday. The seven-day mission begins Sept. 19 and includes a mix of business deals, public speeches, high-profile...
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Study says more than two-thirds of cancer mutations due to DNA copying errors
More than two-thirds of cancer-causing mutations are the result of random mistakes in DNA replication that occur when normal cells divide, according to a paper published Thursday. The study is sure to renew a debate over how much individuals can do to prevent cancer .
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Henrietta Lacks family divided over HBO movie
A day after the eldest son of Henrietta Lacks admonished HBO for an upcoming movie about his mother and the use of her cells, a second son threw his support behind the drama starring Oprah Winfrey that will air next month.David Lacks Sr. was among a group of family members who issued a statement...
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Baltimore police investigating shooting death of transgender woman
Baltimore police are investigating the death of a 38-year-old transgender woman who was found shot in Barclay early Wednesday. Police said Alphonza Watson was found shot in the stomach at about 4:15 a.m. in the 2400 block of Guilford Ave. Watson, who lives in the 2000 block of N. Charles St., was...
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Struggles of new East Baltimore school show challenges of integration
On the day that the Henderson-Hopkins school opened its doors to let children in, Crystal Jordan marveled at its light-filled rooms, curving stairs and interior play areas.She couldn't believe her family's good fortune. In a city with so many struggling schools, her fifth-grade daughter was entering...
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Raymond J. Talabis, Baltimore area property manager and Timonium resident, dies
Raymond Joseph Talabis, the property manager for the Under Armour Locus Point campus and other urban redevelopment projects, died Saturday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The Timonium resident was 53. Family members said he was found unresponsive at his home following a recent...
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Gene therapy may help treat certain hearing loss
A study from Johns Hopkins University has identified a new gene therapy that can restore hearing loss and reduce dizziness in animal studies.
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Janice Rieve, Hopkins clinical nurse
Janice Rieve, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital nurse, died of complications from heart failure Feb. 1 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The former Northeast Baltimore resident was 77. Born in Schooley's Mountain, N.J., she was the daughter of Leo and Nettie Rieve. She earned a diploma in nursing...
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Career pivot is ultimate test of self-reinvention
Like many people at various points in their careers - even the most successful - he had asked the question: Can I reinvent myself?
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'A Day Without Immigrants' movement spurs march, business closures in Baltimore
Hundreds gathered to parade and demonstrate Thursday in Patterson Park, while elsewhere in Baltimore notable restaurants ceased serving, businesses in Hispanic neighborhoods were closed and children of immigrant families stayed home from school. The moves were part of an effort in cities across...
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Performing arts physician from Glen Arm treats musicians playing in pain
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt has a pretty good grip on the reasons why some musicians need his help to continue playing at an optimum level. More often than not, their hands are either the source or the recipient of stiffness and pain. As such, the Glen Arm resident has has been an attending hand surgeon...
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Moving up - city neighborhoods on the rise
Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, many with their own distinct appeal and history. For homebuyers, the city offers a dizzying array of choices, but its overall appeal appears to be on the upswing. Last year, Baltimore saw 6,123 so-called standard sales, nearly 900 more than the year before,...
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Henrietta Lacks' family wants compensation for her cells
The eldest son of Henrietta Lacks wants compensation from Johns Hopkins University and possibly others for the unauthorized use of her cells in research that led to decades of medical advances. Lawrence Lacks said that he is the executor of his mother's estate and that an agreement the National...
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State, city begin demolishing vacant housing in East Baltimore
East Baltimore residents remember when the Broadway East neighborhood was thriving — full of families and businesses, children and shops — before an exodus began after the riots of 1968.On Friday, they gathered to watch state and city officials tear down properties in the 1700 block of N. Chester...
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Baltimore's First Unitarian Church celebrates 200 years of history, activism
Above the dais in Baltimore's First Unitarian Church, 64,000 pieces of iridescent glass form to make an image of the Last Supper, featuring Jesus and the Holy Grail at the center of one of the world's largest Tiffany mosaics.Just below the artwork, a relic of the church's Christian roots, are plaques...
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Newborn rats get mature hearts by serving as stem cell laboratory
When it comes to treating heart disease, researchers are hoping that stem cells could prove to be a breakthrough. When immature heart muscle cells were implanted into newborn rats, mature adult cells developed, a new study has found. Read Full Article at
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Sylvia Himmelfarb, biologist
Sylvia Himmelfarb, a retired Johns Hopkins University biologist and volunteer, died Jan. 31 of complications from dementia at Sunrise of Pikesville, an assisted-living facility. She was 98. The daughter of Emanuel Himmelfarb, a Light Street grocer, and Ida Himmelfarb, a homemaker, Sylvia Himmelfarb...
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Robert B. Harrison III, lawyer, dies
Robert B. Harrison III, a lawyer and former chairman of the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals, died Sunday of cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Roland Park resident was 76. The son of Robert B. Harrison Jr., a hotel executive, and Chesley...
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UMD president says 350 on campus affected by Trump's travel ban
Some 350 people from graduate students to visiting scholars at the University of Maryland, College Park, are affected by the Trump administration's federal travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, university president Wallace Loh said Tuesday. Loh weighed in on the controversy with a statement...
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Johns Hopkins president writes of his family's own refugee experience in opposing Trump travel ban
With Nazi Germany's invasion imminent in Poland, a young boy and his family fled to Canada in March 1939 and received visas as Jewish refugees. That boy's son would eventually immigrate to the U.S. and become president of the Johns Hopkins University. "I am exactly one generation away from the...
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Joseph F. Steffen Jr., Republican political operative, dies
Joseph F. Steffen Jr., a Republican political operative who enjoyed describing himself as the "Prince of Darkness," died of coronary disease Friday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Dundalk resident was 57.His daughter Jennifer Steffen, with whom he lived, said her father suffered two...
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Man, 39, stabbed to death, others hurt in city shootings
A 39-year-old man was stabbed to death, and four men were injured in shootings — two of them at the Horseshoe Casino — in Baltimore on Sunday, authorities said.The fatal stabbing happened just before 5 p.m. in the 2400 block of Brentwood Avenue in Barclay, police said. The victim, whose name was...
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Two killed in shootings within minutes of each other in Baltimore
Two men were shot to death within 15 minutes of each other in separate incidents in Baltimore on Wednesday evening, police said.Around 4:40 p.m., police found a 21-year-old man shot in the head in the 1700 block of N. Bentalou Street in the Coppin Heights neighborhood. He died shortly after being...
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Hopkins class delves into science of wine, beer, cheese and other fermented delicacies
Ben Crane advised his students to take two light sniffs and then one bigger one, as they considered a recent assignment. "It smells warm," said one student. "Strawberry!" a classmate exclaimed. The materials for that day's class at John Hopkins University were supposed to help train noses to probe...
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Police: Two charged in connection to fatal East Baltimore stabbing
Baltimore police have charged two men in a fatal stabbing that occurred in East Baltimore Sunday afternoon. Warrant Apprehension Task Force detectives arrested 37-year-old Randy Case, of the 2800 block of Huntingdon Avenue and Jermain Doggett, 35, of the 200 block of E. Lafayette Avenue, and charged...
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Yvonne M. Theodore, former Hopkins official who worked to diversify student body, dies
Yvonne M. Theodore, a former assistant to the provost at the Johns Hopkins University whose philanthropic interests were Roman Catholic-based charities, died of cardiovascular disease Jan. 22 at her Canton home.She was 78.The daughter of Richard Powell, a farmer and mechanic, and Alice Powell,...
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ICU patients' outcomes improve when hospital staff also pay attention to families of the sick
When her sister was in and out of intensive care last year, Theodora Peters noticed she no longer had to push so hard for information about her sister's condition and treatment, or to stay by her bedside after visiting hours. "There seemed to finally be recognition that we were part of the team,"...
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Dr. Denton Cooley, famed heart surgeon and Hopkins graduate, dies
Pioneering heart surgeon Denton A. Cooley, a 1944 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who performed some of the nation's first heart transplants and implanted the world's first artificial heart, died Friday in Houston, Texas. He was 96. A leading practitioner of the coronary bypass...
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Troopers help deliver baby along Baltimore beltway
ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say two troopers helped a woman deliver a baby boy along Baltimore's beltway. Police say a man pulled onto the shoulder near a construction site in the Rosedale area late Thursday and alerted troopers there that his wife was having intense labor pains. ...
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Bernie Sanders tells packed crowd at Hopkins to focus on important issues
Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaking Thursday evening at the Johns Hopkins University, decried what he sees as a shift from democracy to an America controlled by moneyed interests.But the independent from Vermont, who lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for president, said little about President-elect...
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Mary Ann Welzant, nurse and instructor, dies
Mary Ann Welzant, a nurse who also taught nursing at Towson University, died of cancer Nov. 3 at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 78. Born in Rock Island, Ill., and raised in Washington, Mary Ann Devine was the daughter of Thomas A. Devine, assistant director...
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Herbert Hendrix Hubbard, attorney and veteran, dies
Herbert Hendrix Hubbard, a retired attorney and World War II veteran, died of cancer Monday at the Blakehurst Retirement Community. The former Charlesmead resident was 94. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Amberson Hardy Hubbard and Virginia Louise Hendrix. He was a 1939 Baltimore City College...
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Missing Univ. of Maryland student last seen boarding Baltimore bus
Police are searching for a University of Maryland, College Park, student who was last seen Nov. 11 aboard a Charm City Circulator bus in Baltimore. Kaitlyn George, 21, has been missing since Nov. 10. University of Maryland Police said Monday they "have no reason to suspect foul play." A friend...
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William F. Turner, chemical company executive and veteran, dies
William F. Turner, a retired chemical company executive who was a highly decorated World War II veteran and an artist whose pen-and-ink drawings chronicled Harford County scenes, died Thursday of heart failure at his Churchville home. He was 91. The son of William F. Turner Jr., a Con Edison personnel...
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Sanders says he could 'stop Mr. Trump from doing bad things'
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Wednesday urged his supporters dejected by four years of President Donald Trump to mobilize against bigotry and hold him accountable for campaign promises to take on Wall Street and to protect entitlement programs. "When we stand together by the millions, we can stop...
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Hopkins symposium with Bernie Sanders sells out
Several hundred people have reserved seats for a free Johns Hopkins University symposium Thursday evening with Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.The symposium and overflow rooms have reached capacity and organizers are no longer accepting reservations, a Hopkins spokeswoman...
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No injuries reported in Carrollton Ridge house fire
No injuries were reported in a vacant house fire in Carrollton Ridge overnight Wednesday, Baltimore city fire officials said. The blaze was reported at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday in a vacant home in the 300 block of S. Monroe Street. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to officials....
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Harry Goldman Jr., Baltimore attorney for six decades
Harry Goldman Jr., an attorney who practiced law for 60 years, died of pneumonia Oct. 4 at Northwest Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 92. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Dr. Harry Goldman Sr. and Bessie Cohen. He was a 1942 graduate of the Park School. During World War II, he served in...
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Jacqueline L. 'Jackie' Gamper, longtime volunteer, dies
Jacqueline L. "Jackie" Gamper, who volunteered with outreach programs at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and served on the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Oct. 29 of congestive heart failure at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. She was 98. "She was a lovely...
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At GWU, Sanders says, ‘We can stop Mr. Trump . . . from doing bad things’
Sanders says he’ll support ideas from Trump “that make sense for working people.’’
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Retail, housing come together as complex near JHU adds finishing touches
This fall some exciting things are in store for the Charles Village area. Johns Hopkins University students, faculty and the adjoining neighborhoods have been watching a new project take shape on the corner of 33rd and St. Paul streets that should add some pizazz to this part of Baltimore. The...
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Transportation alliance critical of MTA's plan to overhaul bus routes
A transportation advocacy group warned Thursday that the Maryland Transit Administration's plan to overhaul bus routes around Baltimore "falls well short" of the potential to connect people to jobs, schools and healthy food. The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance is calling on the MTA to...
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