Friday, May 10, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from county to county.
It costs $280 more on average to get an MRI at Baltimore County hospitals like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center than in neighboring Baltimore City, but far less than the statewide average. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. The study found MRIs, CT scans and mammograms were also less costly than statewide figures. Patients in Baltimore County hospitals will be charged an average of $2,100 for a CT scan, a figure that climbs to $2,650 on average statewide. A colonoscopy, according to the data, is $270 more expensive than in Baltimore City, but also well below statewide numbers. These big regional differences have been in the news lately: As…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
State officials released tips for avoiding cold-related illnesses, following a hypothermia-related death in Frederick County earlier this month.
State health officials on Thursday confirmed Maryland's first hypothermia-related death of the winter, and took the opportunity to remind residents how to protect themselves. State officials said the death of a Frederick County man aged 65 or older was confirmed sometime between Dec. 18 and 24. The release said no further information on the man would be released for privacy reasons. By this time in 2011, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the Thursday release from state officials, Maryland had recorded one hypothermia-related death, and 15 for all of last winter. Though hypothermia is commonly associated with cold weather, it actually occurs when the body's temperature drops below 95 degrees. Frostbite occurs when …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The clinic will be held on the campus of CCBC.
This weekend, you'll have the chance to get something from a drive-thru that's better for you than those $1 fries. Franklin Square Medical Center will be hosting a free drive-thru flu shot clinic Sunday on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. The clinic, for anyone ages 6 months or older, starts at 9 a.m. and runs while supplies last. You can bring the whole family, but Franklin Square asks that you leave pets at home.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The state's mosquito control program for Baltimore County is without a home, forcing officials to prioritize efforts.
In a particularly active year for mosquitos, and a deadly year for the West Nile Virus, one might think that parts of Maryland with plenty of water—like eastern Baltimore County—might be first in line for a state mosquito spraying program. "We know that the waterfront's always prone to mosquito activity," County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said in an interview in her Towson office early this week. "I just don't understand it." Earlier this month, state crews sprayed for mosquitos in Catonsville and Pikesville, with one more spraying scheduled for Pikesville on Oct. 1. So why haven't they sprayed on the east side? The answer boils down to priorities and logistics. Mike Cantwell, program manager for the mosquito control section in the Maryland…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Bauer family navigated the complicated pregnancy and birth with the help of Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.
Most parents think their newborns are special, but a Perry Hall couple has reason to believe their babies are more unusual than most. Nolan and Brooks Bauer, identical twin boys, are known as Monoamniotic-Monochorionic, or MoMo twins, a condition that occurs only once in every 10,000 births. What made the babies so rare was their shared placenta and shared sac, with no dividing membrane, according to Dr. Claire Weitz, a high-risk obstetrician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. The fetuses were just one stage away from becoming conjoined twins. "Each baby didn't have its own space," Weitz said. "The reason you don't see a lot of MoMo twins is because the cords can knot and a lot of them don't make it." Weitz was one of several …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Here's what Patch readers in Baltimore city and county voted for in this week's competition.
Thanks to all who voted in Patch's Readers' Choice contests this week. The votes are in, the winners have been named and here are your choices for the best gyms in North Baltimore and Baltimore County. Parkville Family Center Y Next week, chime in on your local Patch site as we look for the best place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!