As Maryland and other states struggle, Trump declares opioids a ‘public health emergency’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday announced before a packed White House East Room that the opioid epidemic is a public health emergency. “It’s time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction,” Trump said, flanked on…

Maryland Nursing Home Regulator Struggling To Keep Up

As complaints rise throughout the nursing home system in Maryland, state nursing home regulators have a persistent staffing problem and are struggling to keep up.

Maryland Officials Expect Zika Virus to Show Up in the State

While there are no reported cases of the Zika virus in Maryland currently, officials say it won’t be long before that changes.

Maryland Health Officials Lower Testing Age for Lead Poisoning

State mandates that children aged one and two should undergo blood tests to detect lead levels

Flu Is Around the Corner, So Experts Urge Marylanders to Get Their Shots

Flu vaccines expected to provide better protection this flu season

Conference Looks at Community Health Workers’ Role in Improving Health Care Equity

The 11th Annual Maryland Health Disparities Conference brought together state health officials and experts from across the health care field Wednesday to talk about the key role community health care workers play.

Translating Ebola: Getting Info to Those Who Don’t Speak English as a First Language

Reaching populations who don’t speak English as their first language to talk about public health information can be a complex task that takes a lot of preparation to tackle effectively. This struggle plays out all the time in some of Maryland’s most diverse counties, where language barriers and cultural differences persist, and information consumption varies widely.

State Health Officials Say They’re Learning from Ebola Mistakes in Texas

Maryland state health officials are learning from the mistakes made at a Texas hospital that have left two nurses who cared for an Ebola patient infected with the disease themselves.

Health Officials Grilled on Ebola Response, Members of Congress Push for Travel Ban

Banning air travel to the United States from the West African countries affected by Ebola could cause people to travel by other means that cannot be monitored, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday.

State Health Officials: Maryland is Prepared to Respond to Ebola

Maryland is prepared to deal with the possibility of an Ebola infection, assured health officials at a Thursday press conference at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore.