Health

Investigations find dangerous levels of PFAs in fast-food restaurant packaging

Alarming levels of PFAS have been found in food packaging at a large number of popular fast-food chains. These dangerous chemicals are often called “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment. They are used to prevent grease and water from soaking through food wrappers and beverage cups. 

Paid family, medical leave awaiting Maryland governor’s signature

The bill establishes the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, which will provide up to 12 weeks of benefits to a covered individual who must take leave from work for specific personal or family circumstances.

Second COVID-19 booster shot gets mixed views from adults 50+

The FDA recently authorized a fourth COVID-19 shot to be taken four months after the first booster. Some people have debated whether getting another vaccine is necessary.

Prince George’s County parents struggle to find child care

Greenbelt, MD – Prince George’s County parents struggle to find reliable childcare in the pandemic.  Eighty one percent of parents say they need childcare. While that demand grows, the number of childcare providers continues to decline.

Montgomery county business managers conflicted as the mask mandate lift is extended

Rockville, MD – Montgomery county extended the lift of its indoor mask mandate but the decision might be temporary. The uncertainty has caused some confusion and concern, especially among people who have businesses to run. The mandate might be reinstated…

RSV cases spike, as parents worry about their children’s safety

Doctors have seen a recent spike in RSV cases across the nation, at a time when it is usually not expected. RSV usually peaks in the winter months of January and February, and now coupled with COVID, parents are concerned with how to keep their children safe.

DC making moves to tackle food insecurity among low income residents

Washington – DC Health partnered with FRESHFARM to provide fresh produce to low income residents through Produce Plus,  a supplemental assistance program overseen by DC Health. Beginning this summer, FRESHFARM will manage the program to connect local farmers and vendors…

Montgomery county voters demand council to strengthen mental health resources

Rockville, MD – In an unusual move, voters are calling on elected officials and candidates seeking office to prioritize mental health and set policies to deal with the growing number of health concerns in the county. 

Cybersecurity concerns grow in hospitals across Maryland

Maryland hospitals are seeing an uptick in ransomware and other cybersecurity threats, mirroring a national trend, and a federal agency is investigating a dozen breaches among healthcare providers in the state. 

Abortion bans disproportionately impact marginalized communities, activists say

A variety of abortion restrictions have been passed in 21 states, with others pending in state legislatures.