Salmonella Infections Linked to Moby Dick House of Kabob Hummus

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released a statement Thursday warning people not to eat hummus from Moby Dick House of Kabob because it has been linked to salmonella infections in the state. Since Sept. 10, MDH reports...

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New Vaping Laws Aim to Protect Teens

Kellen Leeson, 21, recalls how the proximity of certain stores made buying tobacco products easy when he was a high school student. New laws, introduced today by Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz and Craig Rice, are designed to...

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High School Athletes Not Immune to Ill Effects of Vaping

Vaping has quickly become an epidemic according to the Centers for Disease Control. Montgomery County has certainly not been immune to this nationwide trend. Dr. Philip Corcoran, who works out of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda,...

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Vaping vs Smoking: What’s the Difference?

There’s a big difference between smoking and vaping says Philip Corcoran, a surgeon in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Clinic at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. Find out more on September 16, at 7 p.m., when MCM Connects: Our...

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The FDA, Vaping, and You

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Since 2009, FDA has regulated cigarettes, smokeless, and roll-your-own...

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Medical Professional Links ‘Popcorn Lung’ Disease to Vaping

As students begin a new school year, the health risks associated with teenagers vaping are entering the forefront of our public discourse. “Popcorn lung” is only one disease that medicine has linked to vaping,...

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November 4, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery County Offers Assistance to Residents During Open Enrollment Period

Open enrollment for people getting their health and dental insurance through Maryland Health Connection (MHC) began Friday, Nov. 1. MHC is Maryland’s official health insurance marketplace. Residents may visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov  online to browse plans, compare coverage and costs, and enroll for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2020. Enrollment is open until Sunday, Dec. 15, for […]

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October 25, 2019 | Staff Writer

Drug Take Back Day Will Accept Vaping Pens

Collection sites for Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day will be accepting more than just prescription drugs. They’ll be accepting vape pens and e-cigarette devices. The service is free and anonymous. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency, which organizes Drug Take Back Day, cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. If batteries cannot be removed prior to […]

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October 24, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Oct. 26

Montgomery County residents can safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, a day set aside as the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Residents are encouraged to bring in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills […]

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October 23, 2019 | Staff Writer

Comptroller Launches Vaping Study Task Force

Because of the growing number of reports about serious illnesses, lung disease and deaths attributable to vaping, Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Wednesday he is creating a task force to examine the public health and safety implications of electronic smoking devices (ESD). As comptroller, Franchot is Maryland’s chief tobacco regulator. In a statement, he said his […]

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October 18, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Ongoing Opioid Crisis Addressed in Press Conference

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich joined the county’s Opioid Intervention Team to address the ongoing crisis in a press conference Friday in Rockville.  Jacqueline Fleming, who’s been in recovery from addiction since October 2018, joined Elrich and others at the conference to talk about her experience and what resources people in recovery need. 

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October 1, 2019 | Andrea Sarralde

Empleados de MCPS Ahora Tienen Acceso Gratuito a las Instalaciones Recreativas del Condado

Todos los empleados de tiempo completo de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) tienen acceso ilimitado a todas las instalaciones recreativas y acuáticas del condado. El concejal Gabe Albornoz en una conferencia de prensa en el Centro de Recreación Comunitario Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac en Rockville anunció formalmente la medida. Se le […]

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September 30, 2019 | Andrea Sarralde

Disparidades Raciales en la Cobertura de Atención Médica

La falta de seguro de salud significa más que enfrentar facturas costosas para pagar por enfermedades catastróficas. Puede significar algo tan simple como hacerse un control de la presión arterial. Y en el condado de Montgomery, la diferencia entre los que tienen y los que no tienen seguro médico cae en líneas raciales, según un […]

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September 30, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Racial Disparities in Health Care Coverage

Lacking health insurance means more than facing expensive bills to pay for catastrophic diseases. It can mean something as simple as getting a blood pressure check. And in Montgomery County, the difference between the haves and have nots falls along racial lines, according to a recent study commissioned by the county council. Among whites, 3.8 […]

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September 27, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Salmonella Infections Linked to Moby Dick House of Kabob Hummus

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released a statement Thursday warning people not to eat hummus from Moby Dick House of Kabob because it has been linked to salmonella infections in the state. Since Sept. 10, MDH reports nine confirmed cases of salmonella in Maryland. The exact cause for people getting sick is unclear, but […]

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September 27, 2019 | Andrea Sarralde

flu shot on prescription pad

Vacunas Gratis Contra la Influenza

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Montgomery dio a conocer las fechas de la campaña anual de vacunación contra la influenza. La gripe estacional circula en otoño e invierno, por lo que es importante vacunarse para prevenir enfermedades durante la temporada de gripe. Las jornadas de vacunación contra la gripe estacional […]

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