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09/10/2014 9:30 AM
 ​Last week, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released its 2013 State Obesity Map detailing the percentages of respective states’ populations who are obese, those who have a body mass index of 30 or higher. Read more...
Easy steps can help you minimize the chances of getting West Nile Virus 
09/02/2014 1:20 PM
With Maryland confirming the first case of West Nile virus (WNV) of the season, now seems a good time to remind the public of some easy steps to take to minimize your chance of contracting the virus. WNV is a mosquito-borne disease that affects the nervous system. It is one of a group of arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses) belonging to the Flavivirus genus. 
8/22/2014 1:16PM
 You’ve packed your child’s lunch with fruit and other healthful snacks. When he gets in the car, you make sure he’s secure in his child seat or seatbelt. And you’ve taught him to wash his hands before every meal. You’re doing all you can to protect him and teach him to lead a healthy life. Read more...
 8/13/2014 1:10 PM
 The Aug. 11 suicide of comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams stunned individuals around the world. Both celebrity costars and everyday fans alike have shared feelings of disbelief, grief and wishes that he had gotten help to prevent such a tragic loss. The Hollywood reporter quoted Williams’s publicist as saying the star recently had been battling “severe depression.” And while millions of Americans are directly affected by the more than 37,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made every year by friends or loved ones, there is hope: Suicide is preventable. And there are places to turn for help. Read more..
                                                                                                  7/17/2013 1:56 PM
In the midst of Hurricane Sandy, local health departments across Maryland raced around the clock to ensure that vulnerable, critical care facilities—including dialysis, assisted living, hospice care and nursing homes—were not left without power. Historically, facility tracking in Maryland has presented a profound logistical challenge at the state level: each power status update needed to be manually collated from dozens of spreadsheets, each emailed in at hourly intervals from reporting local health departments, all against the backdrop of a state emergency. During Hurricane Sandy, events unfolded differently in Maryland. Read more... 
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