A Little Hero Recovers from Heart Surgery to Run Like Superman

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Editor’s note: For 2-year-old Thaddeous McKenzie, the Baltimore Running Festival was just a fun day when he got to run fast with a bunch of other kids. For his mother, Jennifer McAnany, and others who formed “Team Thaddeous,” it meant a lot more.   By Jennifer McAnany (as told to Amy Katz) I felt my son [...]

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Recovering Cancer Patient Takes Control of Health and Weight

November 15, 2013

My Story of Getting Healthy By Verna Prehn Three years ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At the time of my diagnosis, I was a very large woman (weighing more than 300 lbs) with a very high “at-rest” heart rate and (we would find out later) severely malnourished. I went through tough but successful [...]

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Nurses Run for their ‘Heart Kids’

September 30, 2013

By Jen Arrington, MS, RN, CPN, and Kristen Fantel, BSN, RN, CEN On Oct. 12, 17 nurses and friends of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) will be running in the Baltimore Running Festival to raise money for the UMMC Children’s Heart Program. When people ask us why we run, there’s one easy answer. We [...]

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The ‘Seeker’ Gives Through a Living Kidney Donation

August 30, 2013

Matthew Taylor writes about “living an authentic life in a world of artifice” in his blog, “The Seeker.” This week, he posted a frank and engaging piece about donating one of his kidneys to his wife, who suffered from polycystic kidney disease.  Here’s an excerpt: “After some soul searching, I decided to give her one [...]

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Rules of Summer Weight Loss

August 19, 2013

By Jessica DeCostole UMMC Dietetic Intern Editor’s Note: A version of this article appeared in the 7/23/13 edition of  the Baltimore Sun’s health blog, Picture of Health. This post is reprinted with the permission of the Baltimore Sun. Summer is the season for shedding layers and showing a little more skin. It’s also the time [...]

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UMMS “Spring Into a Healthy Summer” Event Serves Up a Dose of Wellness

July 3, 2013

By Kate Hancock , Public Affairs Intern, and Sharon Boston, Media Relations Manager, University of Maryland Medical System As part of our commitment to giving back to our communities, the University of Maryland Medical System’s Community Benefits and Outreach Committee sprang into action with the “Spring Into a Healthy Summer” event June 14 in University [...]

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Maryland Bans Sale of Crib Bumper Pads

July 1, 2013

By Karen Hardingham, BSN, RN, CPST Coordinator for Safe Kids Baltimore University of Maryland Children’s Hospital In an effort to promote “safe sleep” for infants, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has recently banned the sale of crib bumper pads in the state of Maryland. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers [...]

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A Gift of Life and Friendship After a Family’s Loss

May 17, 2013

The weekly StoryCorps segment on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition is a highlight for the show’s listeners. Today’s StoryCorps interview was very special to staff at UMMC. Rick Bounds received a lifesaving liver and kidney transplant here in 2007. Today, he’s a healthy triathlete with four competitions and a 100-mile bike ride to his name. [...]

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I Am a Boston Marathon Nurse

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Editor’s note: UMMC critical-care nurse Alexander E. Halstead, 24, was among the trained volunteer staff in the medical tent near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013, when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260.  In addition to his detailed account below, you can view his interview on WBAL-TV.  [...]

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Man Celebrates Six-Year Anniversary of Heart Transplant during April’s Donate Life Month

April 30, 2013

When I first found out that I needed a heart transplant, I didn’t believe it. I was in denial since I was in such good shape all of my life. I hardly even got a cold. I couldn’t believe that my heart was giving out. Ten years ago after years of being an avid runner, [...]

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