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Six ways a hug a day keeps illness away

New research suggests that prevention of infections and reducing stress-related illness might be as simple as a hug from a trusted person. The findings of this latest research were published in Psychological Science.

Five myths about losing weight this year

More than a third of adults in the United States, 35.1 percent, are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

During Cervical Health Awareness Month, Maryland women urged to get Pap tests

Of all cancers that affect women, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and other cancers.

California measles outbreak grows to 68 cases

The measles outbreak in California is growing.

Health enrollment numbers up for 2015

The first detailed analysis of enrollment into the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has yielded good news, particularly for those who may require financial assistance.

Flu season shaping up to be bad one, CDC says

The flu season is at the midway point, and it's shaping up to be a difficult one, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teen's death shows horror of flu epidemic

Shannon Zwanziger seemed perfectly healthy. She was an active 17-year-old who rarely got sick and hadn't been to a doctor in more than three years.

Why are the holidays so hazardous to our health?

It’s a sad statistical fact: The holidays, from Christmas to New Year’s, are a treacherous time when it comes to our health.

Sickle Cell Disease petition gets President Obama’s attention

The Baltimore-based Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and those who have been affected by the illness, their family members and friends and others have collected more than 120,000 signatures on a White House petition to bring the disease some ...

Make 2015 the year of you!

As a psychiatrist, I have the honor of being with people through the ups and downs of life's journey. I bear witness to joy, fear, anger and sorrow, and the ways in which we deal with these emotions.

Studies link obesity and cancer

Sharon Carter does everything she can to lose weight. After years of overindulging, she says she eats three healthy meals per day, her snacks are healthy and few and far in between.

Dr. Leana S. Wen appointed as Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department

On Friday, December 5, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced her appointment of Dr. Leana S. Wen as Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, effective January 15, 2015. Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, who has served as interim health commissioner since May, ...

We may be able to reverse signs of early Alzheimer's disease

The woman at the department store bounded toward Julie Gee.

Students, activists create living red ribbon in commemoration of World AIDS Day

Local Baltimore organizations join in an attempt to make world’s largest living red ribbon in commemoration of World AIDS Day

Dealing with holiday depression

The six weeks encompassing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s—collectively called “the holidays”—are for most a magically unique time of year.