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More judges order administration to restore pregnancy prevention funds (Salon)

Two more federal judges have ordered the Trump administration to restore funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs that were abruptly eliminated. 

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ decision was “arbitrary and capricious” when it axed $5 million in funding for the city of Baltimore and the Baltimore nonprofit Healthy Teen Network.

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After the Fall

Baltimore is betting on data mapping to curb the leading cause of fatal injuries among older adults.

The mere act of falling down leads to tens of thousands of deaths among adults 65 and over every year in the U.S., and even more hospitalizations. In Baltimore, where there are many older homes and row houses with steep staircases, falls leading to an emergency room visit occur more frequently than in the rest of Maryland on average, and the city's recently launched fall-reduction strategy aims to utilize hospital data to quickly identify neighborhoods – and even exact locations – where falls are most frequent.

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From Football to Rocket Science: Meet the Young People Changing the World in 2018 (Modern Diplomacy)

One hundred of the world’s most promising artists, business leaders, public servants, social entrepreneurs and technologists under the age of 40 have been invited to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders. The aim is to enable them to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for the world. 

Leana Wen is the emergency physician taking on Baltimore’s health crises as the city’s Commissioner of Health. As the head of one of America’s most experimental health departments, she tackles everything from the city’s crippling drug abuse problem to high infant mortality.

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Baltimore SHARP Program Is One Solution To Opioid Epidemic (WJZ)

As quickly as the opioid epidemic claims lives in Baltimore, treatment programs are fighting back. That was the topic of WJZ’s Town Hall Tuesday: Searching for Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic.

“Here in Baltimore City, we focus first and foremost on saving lives. If someone is dying right now, we have to save their life in order for there to be a better tomorrow,” Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said.

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AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore raises $80,000 for Chase Brexton’s HIV/AIDS services (Metro Weekly)

The 2018 AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore raised more than $80,000 to support Chase Brexton Health Care’s HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and testing services.

Chase Brexton Health Care President and CEO Patrick Mutch and Baltimore City Health Department Commissioner Jennifer Martin gave brief remarks at the event, which was emceed by Chardelle Moore of FOX 5 Baltimore. 

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Baltimore Standing Together: Opioid Epidemic (WJZ)

Dr. Leana Wen served on a panel of experts for WJZ's town hall: "Baltimore Standing Together: Opioid Epedemic. 

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Searching for solutions to the opioid crisis (Modern Healthcare)

Healthcare executives and public health officials pushed for easier access to drugs that reduce dependency on painkillers, as well as for a less punitive approach to dealing with those addicted to opioids, in sessions at a conference on April 25-26.

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Hospitals can fight the opioid crisis by treating addiction like the disease it is (Modern Healthcare)

In their guest commentary, Evan Behrle, Dr. Shelly Choo and Dr. Leana Wen discuss the Health Department's Levels of Care initiative. 

In many doctor's offices and hospitals across the country, the response to someone seeking addiction treatment is simple: "We don't do that here."We are living through the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. "We don't do that here"

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Trending News Today (Specialty Pharmacy Times)

Baltimore, Maryland’s health department and a national advocacy group urged the Trump administration to invoke government authority to slash naloxone prices and increase access to the opioid overdo


Baltimore Officials Urge Trump To Lower Naloxone Price Through Law Last Considered During Anthrax Scare (Inside Health Policy)

Baltimore health officials are urging the Trump administration to use a law, which was last considered by the Bush administration during the 2001 anthrax scare , to cut the price of the opioid-over

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