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Vacation Donation: Maryland Educator Receives Kidney Thanks to New Colleague’s Generous Gift

“I felt like the clock was ticking against me.” Gary Simmons, of Glen Burnie, MD, was doing everything he could to maintain his healthy lifestyle while battling kidney failure caused by diabetes. He ate right, worked out three times a week, rode his bike over 30 miles every weekend, and just started a new job with the special education staff at Lindale Middle School in Linthicum, MD. Despite his best efforts, Simmons could tell that his condition was worsening late last year. “It was an immediate fear of death that set in with me,” he says. “Not knowing that I…

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Outpatient Lab has Moved

The Outpatient Lab has moved! The Outpatient Lab is under a complete renovation and has been temporarily relocated to the 1st Floor of the Main building. The Lab is now located in the Laboratory Medicine hallway, adjacent to the orange elevators. Patient must register in the registration area by the Chapel on 1 Main, close to the entrance of the Main building.

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Think a hysterectomy is the only solution for fibroids? Think again. Treatment can involve a simple prick to the wrist

WASHINGTON D.C. – When Nicole Austin-Hillery looks at her wrist, she sees a small, pinhole-sized scar. It’s the only visible sign of her recent treatment for uterine fibroids. Nicole Austin-Hillery “It is hardly noticeable at all,” she says. “It looks like I have a little tiny mole there. There’s absolutely nothing. I don’t even think about that.” July is recognized as Fibroid Awareness Month. Nationwide, one in three women suffer from fibroids, including 80% of African American women and 70% of Caucasian women by the time they reach the age of 50. Oftentimes, the tumors can cause very heavy menstrual…

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Indoor Tanning May Be an Addiction Abetted by Both Genetic and Psychiatric Factors

WASHINGTON — A combination of elevated symptoms of depression along with modifications in a gene responsible for dopamine activity, important to the brain’s pleasure and reward system, appear to influence an addiction to indoor tanning in young, white non-Hispanic women. That finding comes from a new study, reported by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and published online June 11 in Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Excess exposure to ultraviolet radiation can lead to melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Most UV exposure is from the sun, but exposure from indoor tanning is common in certain people and accounts for 10…

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