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Health professionals in Maryland answer questions related to their field.

  • Ask the expert: Don't pack on the pounds during the holiday season

    Ask the expert: Don't pack on the pounds during the holiday season

    With the holiday season upon us, so is the temptation to overeat — and gain weight. Parties and get-togethers mean lots of savory foods and sweet desserts that may be hard to pass up. But Mindy Athas, an outpatient dietitian-nutritionist at the Tevis Center for Wellness at Carroll Hospital in Westminster,...

  • Train, hydrate and maybe avoid the worst soreness after a marathon

    Train, hydrate and maybe avoid the worst soreness after a marathon

    Anyone planning to run a marathon or half marathon this weekend as part of the Baltimore Running Festival has no doubt been training for weeks and has already felt at least a twinge of soreness. That’s to be expected. But runners are likely to feel better rather quickly, especially if they have...

  • Ask the expert: Prescription card available to those without good coverage

    Ask the expert: Prescription card available to those without good coverage

    Even with a large increase in health insurance coverage in the state under the federal Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, many people still find paying for prescriptions to be difficult. To keep consumers from having to choose between their needed medications and other necessities, MedChi,...

  • Bell's Palsy a common condition, usually treatable

    Bell's Palsy a common condition, usually treatable

    Bell’s palsy is often mistaken for a stroke, but it’s usually a lot less scary. The condition, a form of temporary facial paralysis, is a common affliction that usually resolves itself over time. In a July interview with Vanity Fair, actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she recently suffered from...

  • Gallstones can cause complications during pregnancy

    Gallstones can cause complications during pregnancy

    Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make expectant mothers more prone to developing gallstones. While gallstones won’t hurt the fetus or complicate pregnancy, in some cases they may cause pain and discomfort for the mom, said Dr. Marcie Feinman, director of the surgical intensive care unit at...

  • Birthing centers provide alternative for expecting moms

    Birthing centers provide alternative for expecting moms

    For expectant moms who don’t want to deliver their babies in a hospital, birthing center are another option. Shaina French, is a certified nurse midwife with Anne Arundel Medical Group Bay Area Midwifery, a freestanding birth center located on the main hospital campus of Anne Arundel Medical Center,...

  • New drug shows promise for treating Lou Gehrig's disease

    New drug shows promise for treating Lou Gehrig's disease

    The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first new drug in more than two decades to treat ALS, the disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease that attacks and kills the nerves that control muscles. About 12,000 to 15,000 Americans have ALS, which causes nerves to lose the...

  • Those with arthritis can improve their symptoms with exercise

    Those with arthritis can improve their symptoms with exercise

    More than 24 million adults with arthritis are physically limited by the disease. That number represents a 20 percent increase from 2002 to 2014, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some have trouble holding a cup and others find it hard to walk to their...

  • Acupuncture is an alternative to drugs for pain treatment

    Acupuncture is an alternative to drugs for pain treatment

    Doctors in the United States have been reducing the amount of opioids they prescribe for pain as the nation grapples with a deadly addiction epidemic. The frequency of opioid prescriptions written in Maryland dropped 13.3 percent from 4.2 million in 2013 to 3.6 million in 2016, according to MedChi,...

  • Bariatric surgery has evolved over time

    Bariatric surgery has evolved over time

    Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and Americans have increasingly turned to surgery to help them lose weight. Nearly 200,000 people now get bariatric surgery each year. The procedures have improved and evolved over the last decade. Dr. Gustavo E. Bello, a bariatric surgeon for the...

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