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Maryland has resources for those at risk of suicide
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...
                                                                                                  7/9/2013 12:09 PM 
Maryland-based logistics provider Choptank Transport helps move goods all over the country — but it’s the way Choptank is moving its employees that makes them a Healthiest Maryland Business Success Story. Read more...
Helping Moms Help Their Babies                                    6/26/2013 3:32 PM
For years, public health officials in Maryland have worked to educate pregnant women and new mothers about steps they can take to keep their babies healthy. Data released this month by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows that those efforts are paying off. Read more...
Preparing for MERS                                                            6/24/2013 11:58 AM
Though it hasn’t yet shown up in the United States, much media attention has been paid in recent days to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS CoV. The virus, first identified in 2012, when it was reported to cause a fatal severe respiratory infection in a patient in Saudi Arabia, has since caused a total of 64 infections and 38 deaths in the Arabian Peninsula and Europe. The virus is different from, but similar to, another severe coronavirus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Read more...
Crib Bumper Ban and Safe Sleep                                   6/21/2013 12:31 PM
Today may be the first day of summer, but it’s not too late for spring cleaning — one that could save your baby’s life. Clean out your crib: no fluffy stuffed animals, pillows, or blankets, and take out that crib bumper. Read more...
Summer Water Safety                                                         6/19/2013 3:31 PM
For many families, the best memories are those of hot summer days spent by the pool or on the beach. This summer, families across Maryland are no doubt looking forward to days spent by the pool or trips to Ocean City or the Chesapeake Bay. Read more...

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