November 19, 2017
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    • Kara Hamilton, seen here with her family, has spread support for women battling breast cancer through her nonprofit organization, Pinked Perspective.Photo courtesy of NanaSue Photography
      Kara Hamilton, seen here with her family, has spread support for women battling breast cancer through her nonprofit organization, Pinked Perspective.

    Local Foundation Has National Reach For Breast Cancer Awareness

    By Maya Pottiger
    Kara Hamilton Spreads Breast Cancer Awareness So It’s “Found Early And Treatable”
    Growing up, Kara Hamilton hated the color pink.
    Now, at 40 years old, she wears pink head to toe every day.
    The change came in July 2011 when Hamilton was diagnosed with breast cancer. She wears...
  • Pregnancy, Expecting Parents And Baby Teeth

    By Dr. Jeffrey Cranska
    Expecting parents, here is what you need to know and do to positively affect the development of your unborn child’s teeth.
    Q: What concerns should I have if I’m pregnant or thinking about having a baby?
    A: Up to three out of four pregnant women have gingivitis due to hormonal changes...
  • UM BWMC Debuts New Mobile Care Service

    University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) is offering a new home-based emergency service to Anne Arundel County residents. Individuals who are not able to travel to a physician's office, emergency department or urgent care center and need medical treatment will be...
  • UM BWMC Names Sonia Hamlin Director Of Marketing And Communications

    University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) has named Sonia Hamlin the new director of marketing and communications. Hamlin comes to UM BWMC from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, where she served as marketing and communications director. Her...
  • UM BWMC To Host Lecture On Memory LossExclusive

    On Wednesday, November 15, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center geriatrician Anuj Bhatnagar will provide a free seminar titled “Remember When: Knowing the Signs of Dementia and More” at 6:30pm at UM BWMC’s Leo & Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center, located on the eighth floor of the medical center at 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie.

    Bhatnagar will discuss memory loss, the aging process, and the newest research regarding the prevention and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He will also discuss when an evaluation should occur. A question and answer session will follow.

    Preregistration is requested. For more information or to...
  • Department Of Health Offers Tips For A Healthy And Safe HalloweenExclusive

    The Anne Arundel County Department of Health provides the following tips to help families have a fun, healthy and safe Halloween:

    • Do not allow children to go trick-or-treating if they are ill. If they had a fever, it should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Those who are ill or who have an ill household member should not hand out treats.

    • Do not share Halloween masks, vampire fangs or similar items. Avoid bobbing for apples, allowing children to dig into a candy bowl and other actions that involve sharing items that have come into contact with other people’s mouths, noses and fingers.

    • Purchase or make costumes that are light and...
  • Department Of Health Awards $592,000 In Community GrantsExclusive

    DOH Supports Substance Misuse Prevention And Recovery Services

    The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has awarded a total of $592,000 in grants to local programs that help enrich the quality of life for Anne Arundel County families and communities. The Fiscal Year 2018 grants support capital projects and program operations that focus on substance use disorder prevention and recovery support services.

    “As we continue to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic, funding for nonprofits remains vital,” said County Executive Steven Schuh. “These grants are an affirmation of our commitment to ensure those who want to get into recovery can do so.”

    Capital Projects

  • Chesapeake Life Center Announces Grief Support Schedule

    Chesapeake Life Center will offer a variety of grief support groups through the end of this year on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus at 90 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena. Registration is required for all groups and can be completed by calling 888-501-7077 or by visiting
  • BWMC October Calendar

    Here's what's on the calendar this month at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

    Wednesday, October 4
    10:30am to noon - The Tate Cancer Center Survivorship Program offers therapeutic yoga for cancer patients. Both patients and caregivers are welcome, and no prior yoga experience is...

  • OB-GYNs Encourage Pregnant Patients To See Their Dentists

    By Dr. Jeffrey Cranska
    A woman’s health care needs change throughout her life. Different concerns exist during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and post-menopause.
    In July, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a statement advising patients to see a dentist during pregnancy. The...
  • Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a reminder for women to talk with their doctors and become better educated about cancer screenings. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Anne Arundel County. Detecting cancer early through screening offers the best chance of...
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  • UM BWMC Launches New Outpatient Talk Therapy Program

    The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) now offers outpatient talk therapy (psychotherapy) for individuals suffering from depression and other mental health conditions. The service is provided within UM BWMC’s bridge clinic; however, participants do not need...
  • HPV And Oral Cancer

    By Dr. Jeffrey Cranska
    If you are a smoker or if you abuse alcohol, you should be concerned about these traditional risk factors for oral cancer. We are now faced with an epidemic: A common viral infection is causing oral cancer to develop in young non-smokers and casual drinkers.
    Research now shows links between human...
  • Protecting Yourself Against Influenza And The Common Cold

    By Dr. Florence Jaffa -- UM BWMC
    As fall begins, we begin to see symptoms associated with the common cold and influenza (flu). But while you may think you are suffering from either a cold or flu, you may be suffering from the other illness. Knowing the difference between the cold and the flu and their symptoms can help determine...
  • News From The Department Of Health

    Website Provides Parent’s Guide to School Health
    Parents and guardians in Anne Arundel County can visit the “Parent’s Guide to School Health” at to find information on school health services for the 2017-2018 school year.
    The page provides...
  • Tackling Concussion Head On

    By Dr. Alan Sokoloff
    “When In Doubt, Hold Them Out”
    Concussion is not new. Sports-related concussions are often associated with immediate and transient symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here is a more common definition: A type of mild traumatic brain injury that usually occurs as a result of a bump...
  • Empire Professional Pharmacy To Reopen Under New OwnershipExclusive

    For more than 30 years, Empire Professional Pharmacy and Medical Equipment has served the community by offering a large supply of compression stockings; canes; crutches; walkers; wheelchairs; diabetic, ostomy and orthopedic supplies; and much more – all available either in person in the full-...

    Waypoint Wellness Center Provides A Safe Stopping Point On Journey To Health And Happiness

    By Dylan Roche
    Skim through social media or talk to a few local parents, and one unfortunate reality of modern life, especially in Anne Arundel County, becomes all too apparent.
    “There’s a mental health crisis in this area,” observed Melissa Wellner, M.D., a board-certified child and adolescent...

    See The Eclipse Safely

    By Dr. Allan Rutzen - Rutzen Eye Specialists and Laser Center
    Because I am an ophthalmologist, people have been asking me how to view the upcoming solar eclipse safely. By taking some simple precautions, you should be able to enjoy this rare celestial event.
    As you have heard by now, the solar eclipse will be visible on Monday, August 21. People in a narrow...

    What You Can Do At The First Sign Of A Heart Attack

    By Dr. Ratnakar Mukherjee - UM BWMC
    When you think of someone having a heart attack, what images enter your mind? Most people think of someone older, usually male and out of shape, clenching their chest in excruciating pain. However, heart attacks can occur in anyone, at any age, and women are just as likely to suffer a heart attack...

    When A Loved One Resists Help

    By Dr. Robin Robinson - Hearing Solutions Audiology Center
    When a loved one with hearing loss declines to use hearing aids, we often repeat ourselves, speak clearly, speak louder, or interpret what others say if the loved one cannot hear the message. But when we do these good deeds for loved ones with a hearing loss, we don’t realize that we’re...

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