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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January 6, 2020 | Joe Yasharoff

Suburban Hospital to Open New Building on March 2

Suburban Hospital in Bethesda is nearing completion of a two-phase reconstruction project that began in 2015. The opening celebration dedication ceremony will take place on Jan. 24. The opening of the building to the public has been pushed back to March 2 to allow the construction company to work through the punch list and some […]

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January 2, 2020 | Staff Writer

FDA Targets Flavored E-Cigarette Products That Appeal to Young People

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced companies had 30 days to stop manufacturing and selling certain flavors of e-cigarettes that appeal to young people. The action still allows tobacco- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes but targets fruit flavors and mint. In a statement, Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said: […]

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December 10, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Talks: Travis Gayles on Declining Cancer Rates

We talk with Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery County health officer, about declining cancer rates. And even though the rates are falling, what does that mean if you or a loved one receive a cancer diagnosis?

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December 4, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Gaithersburg High School to Host Marijuana Forum

Montgomery County will hold an informational session on marijuana December 14 in Gaithersburg. The interactive forum will be led by legal, health policy, and medical experts. Topics will include the use, risks and benefits of marijuana and the impact the drug has on different age groups. The forum is being sponsored by the County’s Alcohol […]

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November 28, 2019 | Hannah Dalsheim

Bethesda Hosts Annual 10K Turkey Chase

The 37th Annual Turkey Chase will be run on Thanksgiving Day in Bethesda. The event offers four different races suitable for runners of different ages and abilities. There is a 50 meter Tot Trot for kids 8 and under that is $10 for entry, 1K Challenge run for $18, 2 mile Fun Run/Walk for $22 […]

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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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