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- A group of public health academics is urging Baltimore leaders to speak up and act quickly to curb the rise of monkeypox, warning that the virus already is disproportionately harming the city’s LGBTQ community.
- Towson-based chiropractor Blake Edward Kalkstein was arrested in Texas earlier this month on charges of sexually assaulting a child.
- View visualizations of Maryland COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, testing, positivity rate and vaccinations.
- Raymond Dennis “Bo” Menton Jr., a retired dentist and Atlantic Coast Conference football field official, died of blood cancer July 16 at Gilchrist Center Howard County. The Ellicott City resident was 89.
- A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Gaithersburg-based Novavax was recommended Tuesday for those age 18 and older by an advisory panel for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and only awaits final formal approval from CDC. The more traditional vaccine is expected to help overcome some hesitancy among the unvaccinated.
- Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the related health system are building a biobank of health data from 250,000 Marylanders.
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- Charlotte Sue Zentz Lister, a retired pharmacist who was a Baltimore Museum of Art docent, died of dementia July 3 at Inspir Carnegie Hill in New York City. The former Pikesville resident was 98.
- Sandra B. Fink, a retired licensed clinical social worker who worked in hospice services, maintained a private psychotherapy practice and taught at several local universities, died of cancer Saturday at her home in the Lake Falls neighborhood of Baltimore County. She was 83.
- The U.S. is getting another COVID-19 vaccine choice as the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cleared Novavax shots for adults.
- A health center serving elderly patients in West Baltimore will open next year at the former Target at Mondawmin Mall, part of a vision to redevelop the shuttered store into a community hub designed to spur neighborhood revitalization.
- A stranger used CPR to save Christopher Holton's life after he collapsed on a trail in Mechanicsville.
- CSX is facing more than $121,000 worth of penalties for a group of serious OSHA violations stemming from a December explosion at its coal facility in Curtis Bay, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.
- LifeBridge Health opens new Center for Hope in Northwest Baltimore to aid victims of violence under one roof.
- Cathy J. Neuman, a former IBM executive who was a later partner and vice president of its Global Consulting Services and, in retirement, was president of the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, died July 2 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson. The Lutherville resident was 70.
- Maryland has been allocated 682 doses of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, with 200 of the doses coming to Baltimore City, considered one of three jurisdictions in the state at high risk from the virus, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
- A Baltimore man with a case of monkeypox calls for urgency in warning and treating the most at-risk communities.
- Elizabeth M. “Liza” Frank, who had a long career as a mental health counselor and during World War II served as a staff member for the Office of Strategic Services in London and later Paris, died from complications of dementia June 30 at Roland Park Place.
- Until recently, there were only a handful of known signatures of Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, a baseball player and 1905 University of Maryland School of Medicine graduate who earned folk hero status for being depicted in the movie "Field of Dreams." In an old building on the school's Baltimore campus, four more have been discovered.
- UPMC Western Maryland recently opened up its new simulation lab, where nursing staff will have opportunities to practice for real-life emergencies on three “manikins,” specialized, life-like dummies that allow for hands-on practice for emergency situations.
- The patient given a pig heart transplant in January died of heart failure, a study by University of Maryland doctors found.
- In its first year, the 911 Diversion Behavioral Health Pilot program has not only served its purpose by rerouting residents’ calls for help to workers best equipped to handle them, but it’s also allowed the Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City Fire Department to save on staffing hours, city officials said Thursday.
- The Maryland General Assembly passed 834 bills over 90 days in 2022, ranging from the odd, like a prohibition on declawing cats, to the routine, like transportation policy .Some took effect immediately as emergency legislation, 264 laws covering abortion, education, policing, pollution, transportation and many others take effect Friday.