Baltimore’s Homicide Rate Continues To Scale Higher

Baltimore is facing its highest homicide rate in 20 years, with over 100 homicides already reported this year and April has not yet come to an end.

The homicide rate scaled to 100 after three new homicides were recorded on Monday, including one that took place near Inner Harbor.


Baltimore's 2017 Homicide Rate Hits 100

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March Brings Maryland Worst Jobs Growth Since 2016

According to the latest federal jobs report, Maryland lost 7,200 jobs after three concurrent months of jobs gains, even though more people joined the workforce in March.

Economists say, the growing number of people searching for work and working, shows increasing confidence in the economy. The U.S. Labor Department released the new estimates on Friday, which show that hiring isn’t very strong. Maryland’s unemployment rate rose by a tenth of a percent to 4.3, lower than the national average of 4.5 percent.

Job gains in February revised down significantly, losing 2,000 more jobs than first reported.

The downward revision of February’s jobs gain and March job loss could very well be “warning signs” that employers are becoming more concerned about the proposed federal budget cuts and how it will affect a state that relies greatly on the government.

Economists are cautioning against putting too much emphasis on the monthly job total, because they are prone to revision. The state has also had a steady year-over-year gain in jobs.

Maryland added an estimated 95,000 jobs since January 2015 and 44,200 jobs since March 2016, which analysts say is a positive sign that job growth remained inline with the state’s population growth.

In spite of March jobs losses, nearly 13,900 people entered the labor force searching for work. Seasonal factors played a role in some of the job loss, as construction companies reported a loss of 4,500 jobs and hotels and restaurants lost 2,700 jobs, both sectors are more prone to seasonal employment unpredictability. The retail sector also reported a loss of 800 jobs, but this is to be expected since it has been dealing with unprecedented store closings and bankruptcies since January.

The health and education sector added 400 jobs, while the public sector gained 300 jobs and the business and professional sector added 2,000 jobs.

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Maryland Rates 7.5 On The 2017 National Health Security Preparedness Index

According to a new survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Maryland is better prepared for serious disease outbreaks and natural disasters than many other states. Maryland rates 7.5 on a 10-point scale for planning efforts in accordance to emergency preparation and response, according to the 2017 National Health Security Preparedness Index.

To compile the index, the nonprofit and 30 organizations follow a process that involves examining over 100 measures, like flu vaccination rates, monitoring water and food safety, numbers of hospitals and paramedics. These measures are then divided into six separate categories, which are ranked on a 10-point scale.


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Men 70 & Older Should Not Undergo Prostate Cancer Screening

Since 2012, the American Cancer Society has been urging men at average risk, age 50 and older to be tested with the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) serum test. However, new evidence has materialized that reveals the potential benefits of PSA testing in men 70 and older do not outweigh the harms, so these men should not undergo PSA screening.

Men are affected by prostate cancer more than any other type of cancer aside from non-melanoma skin cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer mortality in the Hispanic origin populations and among men of all races, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2013, 176,450 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States and 27,681 died from the disease.


Prostate Cancer Statistics

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Maryland Preparing For Spike In Elephant Sedative-Related Overdoses

Maryland is seeing a spike in drug overdoses as a synthetic opioid utilized in large animals becomes more readily available. Law and health enforcement officials nationwide are concerned because it is 10,000 times more potent than the opiate, morphine and 5,000 more potent than the illegal street drug, heroin.

Two recent overdoses, one in Frederick County and the other in Ann Arundel County was linked to the synthetic drug. Carfentanil is utilized as a general anesthetic agent for elephants, hippos and rhinos.


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Baltimore County Council Voted To Repeal Ban On The Stun Gun

Currently it is illegal to possess a stun gun in Baltimore, but this may become a thing of the past. On Monday, legislation was introduced during a City Council meeting that would allow a person to “possess and use an electronic control device as a form of non-lethal self-defense in the home and in public.”

However, the legislation would place restrictions on the use of the stun gun. However, a person who “poses an unacceptable risk of public safety” may not possess one of these devices.

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Sotterley Plantation Slave Quarters Will Soon Be Open To The Public

The Sotterley Plantation is a 94-acre historical site in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, overlooking the Pautexent River. The mansion is a 1-1/2-story building, with a wood shingle roof and beaded clapboard siding. Also, on the property is a log slave quarters that was built in the 1830s, along with a 19th– century brick meat house and 18th-century brick warehouse.

The slave quarters has been off limits to visitors for many years except for private viewings, but the Historic Sotterly Inc., the nonprofit that oversees the operation of the plantation, will soon open it up for walk-through tours. The 16 feet by 18 feet structure consists of a single room, but its historical value is priceless.


Sotterley Plantation Slave Quarters

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New Study Reveals The Absorption Of Thyroid Hormone Medicine Is Altered When Taken Concurrently With Cow’s Milk

Most people opt to take their thyroid hormone medicine early in the morning, which means they probably take it with orange juice or cow’s milk. Well, a new study reveals that cow’s milk reduces the absorption of thyroid hormone medicines.

One of the most common drugs utilized for the physiologic replacement of the thyroid hormone in the United States is Levothyroxine. Patients that have been diagnosed with serum TSH suppression, a common condition in patients with thyroid cancer, and hypothyroidism will be prescribed Levothyroxine. The national healthcare system has been financially burdened with routine TSH testing and frequent dose adjustments.


Hormone Medicine Should Not Be Taken Concurrently With Milk

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Baltimore City Officials Plans To Replace 116-Year Old Harford Road Bridge

On Thursday afternoon, the Harford Road Bridge over Herring Run sprung a leak, reported to the Department of Public Works by witness Matt Bovie. A 6-inch water main broke, causing water to gush out of the bridge “as fierce as a fire hose.”

Bovie said chunks of cement had been falling from the arch for some time now, with one fairly recently on the walkway.


Harford Road Bridge Will Be Replaced "Plans"

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HBO Docudrama “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” Puts Johns Hopkins In An Unfavorable Position

Henrietta Lacks, an impoverished, African-American tobacco farmer, underwent a diagnostic procedure to biopsy a malignant cervical tumor on February 8, 1951. During the procedure, researcher George Gey at Johns Hopkins cultured Lack’s cells without her knowledge or consent. The cervical cancer cells are known as HeLa (the patient’s first two letters of the first and last name), which are the most commonly used and oldest human cell line in the world. Lacks succumbed to her illness on October 4, 1951 at 31 years of age.

The HBO docudrama “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” starring Oprah Winfrey “Queen of All Media”, Academy Award nominee, is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot.


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