Health

Joint effort aims at addressing Langley Park housing ills

LANGLEY PARK, Maryland – Just outside the nation’s capital, this community has been struggling for years with aging and neglected housing.  Many properties are overcrowded, poorly maintained, and have multiple environmental health hazards such as mold, lead-based paints, and pest infestations. For all…

Md. youths needing psychiatric care find long waits, drives

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The first time Jeannine LeMieux’s daughter was hospitalized for a psychotic episode, she was only 8 years old. LeMieux took her daughter to a hospital emergency room near her home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where it was…

National Institutes of Health Bethesda facility needs $1.5 billion for repairs

WASHINGTON – The National Institutes of Health has a repair backlog of $1.5 billion at its Bethesda facility, and some help may be coming from Congress, where Maryland lawmakers have urged increased spending for the agency. An Aug. 26 study…

Senators want answers on Trump administration shutdown of women’s health helpline

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – A group of Democratic senators, including Maryland’s Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, is pressing the Trump administration to explain this summer’s abrupt shutdown of a medical information helpline for women. The Department of Health and…

FDA readying ban on flavored e-cigarettes amidst health scare

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has announced plans to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, the culmination of a nationwide crackdown on vaping following a spike in respiratory illnesses connected to e-cigarette use.  Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said banning…

House pushes four bills to improve maternal health

WASHINGTON – House Democrats are pushing four bills to improve maternal health in an attempt to counter the country’s rising maternal mortality and morbidity rates. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the maternal mortality rate in the…

Weed warriors repel invaders to protect plants and visitors to a Hyattsville park

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — A small, harmless-looking plant caught the eye of Dr. Marc Imlay – a conservation biologist, park ranger and lifelong weed warrior – while he walked the east side of Magruder Park’s woodline. It was a young, invasive bush.…

Among the flowers, animals or pints of beer, yoga is a draw

WASHINGTON – Walking through the United States Botanic Garden, you might be surprised to see some visitors carrying yoga mats on their backs. Most likely, they just finished or are about to start a yoga session in the outdoor garden.…

Maryland will make smoking and vaping age 21

State legislation will increase the smoking age to 21 as well as reclassify all vape products and accessories as tobacco products.

Black maternal health crisis prompts politicians, providers to act

WASHINGTON — One previous cesarean section, a five-page written plan outlining post-delivery care for her oldest child and around 12 weeks of natural childbirth classes still didn’t prove to be enough preparation for the arrival of Allyson Brown’s second child.…